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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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The Lakers of Grand Teton National Park

String Lake is one of Grand Teton National Park’s most well-loved gems. Picnickers bask on the sandy shore and swim in the shallows. Anglers traverse the inlets and outlets. Kayakers cut ribbons through the glass-like reflection of the Tetons on crisp, clear mornings. Hikers, trail runners, alpinists, and skiers set out from the trailhead toward
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Safety first in Jackson’s backcountry

Jackson Hole is surrounded by miles and miles of untamed wild space. It’s one of the characteristics that draws people here, whether for a short visit or a lifetime. In the winter, snow blankets the forests, peaks, and meadows, inviting all kinds of adventure and fun. And though the wintry landscape often looks like a
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Hunting is at the heart of Jackson Hole food culture

Food is an integral part of any culture. For many, the first thing that comes to mind about Jackson Hole’s food culture is the sparkling array of world-class restaurants throughout the valley. And while these eateries are a distinctive facet of the community, there is a local history and tradition that runs much deeper than
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Walking the talk with Jackson’s EcoTour Adventures

Taylor Phillips grew up watching wildlife. As a child in rural Virginia, Taylor and his family used to take Sunday drives to enjoy the landscape and look for deer, turkeys, and other wild animals. Those experiences set the course for his career and instilled a deep passion for the outdoors. After graduating college with a
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6 Teton experiences that take you off the slopes

Maybe you just aren’t drawn to Jackson Hole’s legendary slopes, or maybe your legs just really need a break after a day of making knee-deep turns. Either way, there’s plenty to do around Jackson Hole in the winter that doesn’t take place on the ski hill. Here are a few local go-tos. Sleigh Ride Through
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See the historic side of Jackson Hole — dating back to 1910

There’s more to Jackson than national parks, wildlife and stunning mountain views. The town has a long and deep history that you won’t want to miss. All it takes is an hour spent walking around the heart of Jackson Hole to get a sense of what the town might’ve felt like in the early days.
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Better tasting mountain meals in the Grand Tetons

Mountain climbing is not associated with good food. Most trips involve dehydrated or instant fare that require little more than hot water to prepare. The resulting meals are adequate, but definitely not what you remember when the expedition is over. For many years, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG) was no exception to that rule —
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Surviving the Snowpocalypse

Dear Eventual Local, Welcome to Jackson Hole. Let’s forgo the typical “Last of the Old West” subtitle and the customary hat-tipping howdys and get right down to business, shall we? Whether you’ve just arrived or this is your third winter, you’re no doubt in desperate need of some honest and true local advice from a
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The Life of a Sled Dog

If you’ve lived here long enough, you might be familiar with the house on the hill where Highway 191 intersects Granite Creek. You might have heard barking as you wind the corner on your way to Granite Hot Springs or, if you’re lucky, seen dog sledding teams flying up the road on a snowy winter
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Hunting with Photos

Mark Gocke’s spring ritual is to sit at the water’s edge with a camera, awaiting the song of the loon as they return to nest in Jackson Hole. The waiting game he plays each May paid off one year. “This loon started calling to another loon and then a wolf started howling back to the
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The Woodland Language

The obvious irony of Jackson is the solitude of nature that’s disrupted by the bustle of humans. The bark of a dog, the splash of a kid jumping into String Lake, and a park ranger’s tale, all interrupt nature’s native noise. Sound is an often-overlooked aspect of Teton County because the visuals tend to overwhelm
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Water Song

At first blush, it’s easy to think that hawk-like vision is the most critical sense when casting a fly to a wary trout. To some extent, it’s true; watching the play of shadows and the patterns of a current can lend signs to an attentive angler. But turning your attention to auditory clues can take
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River Music

Though he has been guiding for Barker-Ewing Float Trips for 13 years, Grant Bishop is still the “youngster” on the oars. When he started working on the Snake River at age 18, he was following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. His dad rowed for High Adventure Whitewater and his uncle owned High
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Wood on Water

One of AJ DeRosa’s earliest memories of boating is the sound. AJ, owner of Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures (JHVA), recalls being lulled to sleep as a kid by the sound of water lapping against his uncle’s flat-bottomed boat. Since then, AJ has floated in many kinds of boats — plastic canoes, rubber rafts, fiberglass dories,
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Filming for Climate Change

Every winter, Jackson Hole film production companies brave subzero conditions to capture breathtaking footage showcasing extreme adventures on jagged, snow-covered peaks. Many talented local film producers also use their cinematic skills to shine a light on important conservation issues—such as climate change. Teton Gravity Research (TGR), founded by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, is synonymous
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Big Mountain Shredder

Jackson Hole is notorious for its expansive and untamed backcountry ski access. Professional skier Sam Schwartz feels most at home here, preferring the foreboding cliff bands and tight couloirs that make Jackson an emblematic testing ground of his sport. Schwartz, who is a sponsored athlete for K2 Skis and local apparel company Stio, attributes his
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Bringing Passion to Life

Gov Carrigan knows a good ski when he sees one. Carrigan, who is the visionary behind Caldera House’s Mudroom and Nomad ski shops, has spent his entire life immersed in ski culture. He spent his earliest days carving around on snow in the Catskill mountains, where the town hill functioned as his babysitter. In college,
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Mountain Maven

At 19, Morgan McGlashon became the youngest female to climb and ski the Grand Teton. She first learned to ski at the age of 2, and then took up ski racing, which transitioned into big mountain competitions during college. Now 24, McGlashon is a formidable mountain athlete focused on ski mountaineering. “I’ve skied the Grand
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Adapting to Get Outside

Ten-year-old Maleah McCune loves being outside and playing with her friends, whether they’re biking, paddleboarding, skiing, or playing hockey. Since she has trouble using some muscles due to her muscular dystrophy, she uses specialized adaptive equipment to enjoy the outdoors. While some kids learn how to ride bikes first with a tricycle and then training
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