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Cast Your Fly Where the River Runs

EACH YEAR LIKE CLOCKWORK A REMARKABLE TRANSFORMATION OVERCOMES JACKSON HOLE. AS BRISK SPRING DAYS GIVE WAY TO THE STIRRINGS OF SUMMER, THE LAST SNOWY VESTIGES OF WINTER GRADUALLY DISAPPEAR. AS THOUGH RELEASING THEIR GRIP, THE VALLEY’S SNOWFIELDS SLOWLY RECEDE, BREATHING FRESH LIFE INTO THE SURROUNDING RIVERS AND LAKES. This perennial scene whispers something of a
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Riding the Wave

For Ali Kalenak, there were two major turning points in her life. The first happened in may 2013 when her twin sister suddenly passed away in Charleston, South Carolina. Ali was living in Jackson at the time, completing her second nursing degree at the university of Wyoming, and living with her then-boyfriend and their two
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Sliding on Ice

The first time Trinity St John saw broomball was also the first time she played. Her boyfriend’s team needed more women, so St John agreed to give it a go and joined the Blood Shots for a game. That was about 15 years ago, and St John has been playing ever since—sometimes on multiple teams
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Snow Biker

Every Thanksgiving, David Hunger would hang up his bike. By that time, winter conditions had arrived in Jackson, and the roads were covered in snow and ice. Hunger, the owner of Teton Mountain Bike Tours, tried studded snow tires on his mountain bike. The tires worked okay, but they weren’t the perfect solution for the
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Always Adventuring

Mark and Janelle Smiley agree on their most athletically challenging day: 15,700 vertical feet and 47 miles in a raging storm. “Total whiteout conditions,” Mark says. The two were in the midst of skiing across the entire Alps Mountain Range, a feat they achieved in 36 days—faster than the previous record of 41 days. “We
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The Legacy Continues

THE EARLY DAYS When former Olympian Karen Eaton started skiing with The Jackson Hole Ski Club in the mid-1950s, Jackson’s population was just 2,000 and only one paved road ran through town. A single chairlift climbed the right side of Snow King Mountain, which was the club’s training ground, until Eaton was a teenager and
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Artistic Wild Man

Born in a small Alaskan fishing village called Aleknagik, with a population of just 219, Derek Collins learned a lot about the outdoors from a young age. Growing up, Collins and his family would travel to Bristol Bay via boat to harvest fish. He spent his summers setting up dryinig racks to hang salmon and
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Get Wild

Jackson is a wild place. Why not head out and see for yourself? Outdoor adventures abound in this mountain town, so get outside and explore. Be sure to take appropriate precautions for recreating outdoors and have all the skill, knowledge, and equipment necessary for a safe trip. Also, be aware of potential dangers, including rapidly
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Keeping it Wild

With free-flowing rivers and abundant wildlife, Jackson is a pretty wild place. Conservation groups are working hard to keep it that way, from reducing conflict between humans and wildlife to protecting area waterways. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a landmark piece of legislation that works to protect
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The Lunch Counter Surf Club

In the belly of the Snake River Canyon, on the river’s largest rapid, exists an unlikely surfer’s paradise. A wave called the Lunch Counter rises over five feet high when conditions are just right. “That section of river is a truly sacred place,” longtime surfer Max Mogren says. “It’s like church on the river.” Crowds
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All in the Family

In the spring, when the Snake River runs high, the rapid known as Lunch Counter can offer whitewater rafters enormous swells. Later in the season, when the river flows are lower, Big Kahuna, a rapid you might have peacefully floated over in the spring, offers frothing swells up to 7 feet high. That’s the thing
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Sharing the Outdoor Lifestyle

Jacob Urban has a birthday tradition. On the day before his birthday, he climbs the Grand Teton, hoping to best his time from the previous year. This year, to celebrate his 47th birthday, he went from car to summit to car in less than six hours, and he thinks he can knock it below
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Embracing Adventure

Sitting on a mountaintop in the Italian Dolomites alongside world-renowned photographer Chris Figenshau, waiting for the late Teton Gravity Research athlete Erik Roner to ski-base jump from a 1,000-foot cliff, may be an unusual way to start a business. But for Marvin Howard, drawing creativity from experiences like this is second nature. The longtime
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A Tail-Wagging Good Time

Tucked away on Granite Creek Road, off the grid from the hustle and bustle of everyday Jackson life, eight-time Iditarod veteran Frank Teasley tends to his troupe of 187 dogs. “I started out living out here in a wall tent with seven dogs in 1981,” he recalls. Now, his operation has grown to be
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10 Winter Favorites

Jackson Hole is a winter-lover’s paradise. Any visitor will find more to do here than they can possibly fit into a single trip. Here are 10 of our favorite winter activities to get a running start of your vacation. 1. SKI JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT There’s a reason Jackson Hole is frequently listed as
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Living Laboratory

At any one time, dozens of studies can be underway in Grand Teton National Park on topics ranging from climate change’s effect on glaciers, to American bullfrogs, pathway use, grizzlies, ancient culture, bighorn sheep, and even the park’s fire history. Researchers come from universities, a variety of agencies, and some are employed by the
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To the Rescue

It was October 2015 and many of the 18 Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers and already left for the season. A call came into dispatch that a woman fell hiking, tumble down about 25 feet, then fell another 20 feet to where she lie, severely injured on a steep, rocky slope. The Jenny Lake Climbing
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Catch of the Day

For Mike Dawkins, an operating partner at Worldcast Anglers in Victor, Idaho, the beauty of fly-fishing is that you never stop learning. There’s always a new fly to try, an uncharted area of water to explore, or a different type of fish to catch. During Teton Valley’s busy summer months, Dawkins’ days start bright
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Connecting with Nature

Taylor Phillips’ first experience with wildlife watching was as a child growing up in Richmond, Virginia. He and his family would drive the dirt roads outside of town at dusk and dawn looking for turkey, deer, and owls. Now, as owner of Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures, looking for animals is Phillips’ job. He opened
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Summer in Jackson Hole

When the days warm up, get outside and enjoy summer in the Tetons. Outdoor activities beckon and indoor options abound for rainy days. Marvel in the scenery, wildlife, heritage, and culture of the region while indulging in some of the best outdoor activities available anywhere. Below is a sampling of what this area has
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