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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mountainstyle Living

Seeking refuge and finding paradise in Jackson Hole

It is no secret that historically, Jackson has experienced a near-constant growth in population. Originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Shoshone, Crow, and Northern Arapahoe tribes, the measured migration of Anglo-American settlers to the valley occurred well into the mid-20th century. And in the ’50s, Jackson was a popular road trip destination for American
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Why is it called Jenny Lake? The story behind one of Grand Teton National Park’s true gems

Offering a perfect reflection of the jagged peaks above, the tranquil, shimmering Jenny Lake is one of Grand Teton National Park’s true gems. As one of the park’s most popular destinations, it’s an iconic sight that welcomes millions of visitors every year. This breathtaking mountain lake, tucked into the folds of the glacially carved moraine
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9 must-do events in Jackson Hole summer 2022

Art Fair Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, June 17-19, August 5-7 For the 57th year, the Art Fair Jackson Hole will bring a wide range of fine art and crafts — including pottery, jewelry, furniture, photography, and unique Teton-made gifts — to the lawn of the Center for the Arts. During the fair in
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About the Cover: Summer 2022

David Yarrow is one of the bestselling photographers in the world. Our cover image — titled “Face Off” — was captured by David in Alaska in 2016, but he often works in and around Jackson Hole. You’ll find one of his newer images, which showcases the majesty of the Tetons, on page 35. David’s evocative
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Teton Valley

MD Landscaping brings mountain culture to your backyard

Fire pits. Outdoor living spaces. Tree-framed views. These are the visual hallmarks of the mountain culture lifestyle. For 30 years, MD Landscaping in Driggs has been helping plan and develop these spaces. I caught up with Carrie Baysek, MD’s retail manager and a 25-year veteran of the business, to learn more about MD Landscaping and
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