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Discovering the backcountry

When I first moved to the mountains from the Midwest 12 years ago — in my mid-20s with about three days on a ski hill under my belt, ever — I was enamored with resort culture. As many of us do in the beginning, I worked an intro-level job at the base of the mountain,
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Teton Valley

The Velvet Moose offers a plethora of unique, locally made items

The Velvet Moose, located at 76 N. Main St. in Driggs, Idaho, offers a wide variety of clothing, home décor, and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. When Deborah DeSmit opened the store in May 2021, she wanted to make sure she stocked items that other stores in the area didn’t have. Her
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Basecamp Adventures

6 summer activities that make Jackson Hole stand out

Take a Wildlife Tour with Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures Millions of tourists flock to Jackson to see the dramatic scenery of Grand Teton National Park and the glorious geysers of Yellowstone National Park. For a tour through these protected lands that you won’t soon forget, book a day with EcoTour Adventures. Your naturalist guide will
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Highstyle Profile

What we can learn from the wild animals of the Tetons

Growing up in the woods of Maine with two biologist parents instilled a love of the outdoors and the creatures that live there in Aly Courtemanch, a wildlife biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Aly smiles nostalgically, recalling her initial resistance to becoming a biologist. “I thought biology was geeky!” she remembers. A
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Inspire

In Jackson Hole, Craighead family has conducted groundbreaking wildlife research

In Jackson Hole, the Craighead name is synonymous with groundbreaking wildlife research. Today, the legacy is upheld by Derek Craighead — the founder, president, and senior scientist at Craighead Beringia South. Since its inception in 1998, the Kelly-based institute has conducted 40 research studies, 10 of which have been longterm field projects, and has collaborated
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Nightlife

Preserving a piece of Teton County history

By most standards, the mountain communities that make up Teton County are considered small. But the beauty and lifestyle of the area draw people from all over the world, and like many other mountain towns, there has been a recent boom in growth. To many longtime locals used to small-town living, this can be frustrating,
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Highstyle Profile

A love letter to nature

Three cow elk appear almost ghostlike in the soft stillness of dawn. As the first hints of the morning light reflect against their shrouded figures, the quiet intimacy of this moment is almost palpable against the canvas it is painted on. Entitled “Three Matriarchs,” the painting captures a reverent memory from artist Kathryn Mapes Turner’s
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Inspire

The call of the elk in Jackson Hole

Wildlife biologists, like the animals they study, tend to migrate. For animals, migration allows them to find food and better habitat. For biologists, it allows them to study new species and work in new ecosystems. That’s the story for Frank Durbian, a 25-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran whose career has included working with
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Dine in Style

The Restaurant at White Buffalo Club is the epitome of a Western-style steakhouse and bar

The Restaurant at White Buffalo Club offers a dining experience that lingers in the mind long after you leave their intimate downstairs dining room. After taking a seat at the three-sided bar or one of the custom-crafted Douglas fir tables or booths, you’re presented with a menu that features local meat butchered in-house — including
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Mountainstyle Living

The inside line on real estate and design in Jackson Hole

We sat down with Jill Sassi, a top-producing real estate agent for Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty, and Kate Binger, the owner of Dwelling, a boutique interior design studio, to get the inside scoop on real estate and design in Jackson Hole. The women work independently, but enjoy teaming up to help buyers find and
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Inspire

A legacy of conservation in Jackson Hole

When Bill Rudd first began studying Wyoming’s big game migrations in the late 1970s, GPS tracking collars didn’t exist. Instead, the young scientist, who was getting his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming, would roam the Yellowstone backcountry trying to gain enough elevation to pick up radio waves from collared elk. The research he
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Features

Nature’s calendar

It’s one of the first warm days of March. The sun is clinging to its post longer with each sunrise and dissipating the winter chill like fog on a misty morning. The warm Chinook breeze, the excited chattering of birds, the scents of exposed mulch and rotting grass, all raise together in a chorus that
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Inspire

Business and conservation find common ground through Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow

Entrepreneurism and conservation don’t often share an office. However, if The WYldlife Fund (the Fund) and its initiative, Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow (WTFT), are any example, they should. Thanks to the wildlife-supporting duo of Chris McBarnes and Taylor Phillips, the marriage of business savvy and conservation has proven wildly successful. Chris, who is president at
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Teton Valley

Local artist Borbay finds his true home in the Tetons

When Erin and I decided to get married and have kids, I was all in — with one caveat: “You’re going to have to drag my cold, dead corpse out of Manhattan.” So, imagine Erin’s surprise when, following a three-month stint in Teton Village, I proposed we move to Victor, Idaho (population 2,088 at the
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Features

Jackson Hole’s wildlife warrior

Last summer, I pulled into the Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s property and parked alongside Kristin Combs’ cerulean Toyota Prius boasting a droll, self-deprecating sticker that read: “Cool Prius!” — Nobody. She waved me over, standing aside a six-person tent. The rainfly was off, and inside was a meticulously assembled habitat replete with leafy boughs, sprigs
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Features

The path of the pronghorn in Jackson Hole

Stopped by an impenetrable fence on their journey south, a group of pronghorn, their heads bobbing up and down, mill around anxiously, unsure where to go. One mature doe takes the lead and wanders alone along the fence line, moving forward and doubling back until she comes to a gap. Ahead of her, an overpass
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Features

Zahan Billimoria, an athlete first and foremost

Zahan Billimoria is characterized by movement. The founder of Samsara Training is always on the move, whether it’s exploring in the mountains, beginning new athletic endeavors, or analyzing insights to create effective and functional training programs. Zahan, who is also a longtime guide with Exum Mountain Guides and the subject of a short film from
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Mountainstyle Living

Sharing the spirit of the West

Mekki Jaidi recalls the moment everything changed. As the plane approached Jackson Hole Airport from the south, ending the short flight from Salt Lake City, he gazed out the window. And that view — rugged snow-capped peaks, untamed rivers, endless swaths of wild forests — stirred a shift in him. The trajectory of Mekki’s life
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Mountainstyle Living

Expanding the paradise of Jackson Hole

For better or worse, the pandemic has permanently changed how we live, where we work, and how we play. The transition to and continuation of remote work has given us the opportunity to live anywhere we choose rather than near the office. Places like Jackson Hole, Park City, and Breckenridge — and all mountain towns
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Features

Survival of the grizzly depends on migration

Imagine being stranded indefinitely on an isolated island with only a handful of people. When date night rolls around, your options would be … well, quite limited. It’s not difficult to imagine how that might ultimately cause some issues for your island-bound micro-population. This is precisely the situation that the grizzly bears of the Greater
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