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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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Teton Valley

CRYO Therapy Idaho offers a new route to better health

Markida Henley has lived in the Jackson Hole area for over 30 years, but her perspective on cold is a little different than most locals. She’s used to regular — albeit short — immersions into -250 degree Fahrenheit cold sauna. How, you ask? Markida uses whole body cryotherapy, a treatment that works by surrounding your
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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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Mountainstyle Living

Prospect Studio focuses on the big picture in their architectural work

When the three principals of Prospect Studio started tossing around names for their new architectural firm, they wanted something different. They were searching for a word that captured their vision. “The word ‘prospect’ kept coming up,” Matt Thackray, one of the principals, says. “It’s an optimistic view of the future, an expansive view. As a
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Teton Valley

Tetonia Club returned to its former glory

Scott Kauf never imagined himself as a bar owner. The world-champion mogul skier was living in Vail in the ‘90s and traveling around the West when he fell in love with the down-home atmosphere and natural beauty of Alta, Wyoming. Fast forward to today, and you’ll still find Scott shredding Targhee with his two kids
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Mountainstyle Living

A happy housing story in Jackson, Wyoming

Augusta “Gus” Friendsmith rides a silver motorcycle, played on a roller derby team, and has a wild mane of curly hair. She wears every color of the rainbow and speaks impeccable Spanish. When she isn’t teaching kids to ski, she helps manage a disaster response program, runs her own craft business, works with locals who
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Mountainstyle Living

Reimagining the Jackson Hole home

A set of indigo faux-fur chairs featuring exposed cerused oak sets the tone for the chic ski house that was a recent collaboration between interior designer Kate Binger and realtor Jill Sassi. “It has the vibe of a sophisticated mountain tree house,” Kate says. “It’s reminiscent of a classic mountain chalet,” Jill adds, noting that
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Highstyle Profile

American Avalanche Institute’s Don Sharaf has a skill for every time of year

If you want to find Don Sharaf, you need to know the season. Don, also known as “Big Don,” has never held a 9-to-5, 40-hour-a-week job in his 30-year career. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t worked. In fact, when Don is on a project — regardless of what that project may be — he’s usually
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An entrepreneur for entrepreneurs in Jackson Hole

Gary Trauner thinks part of what makes Jackson, Jackson, is its incredible ecosystem. Not just the natural ecosystem — the public lands and wildlife for which the Tetons are famous — but also its ecosystem of talented and accomplished people. These people, he believes, are the ones who can help Jackson become more ecologically, economically,
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Jackson Holes nonprofit offers outdoor recreation opportunities to kids in need

Endurance athlete, mountain biker, strength and cycling coach, fly fisher, trail runner, and dog owner can all be used to describe Jenny Wolfrom-Holladay, a true versatile Jackson recreationalist. These passions paired with a background in nonprofit work prepared Jenny to take the helm as the new executive director at Coombs Outdoors, a local nonprofit that
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Same Jackson Hole ski bum, different day

If Jackson can boast a quintessential “mountain culture” — which it can — then surely Benny Wilson is one of its cultural icons. For a particular subgroup of ski bums, Benny represents the mythical past and the authentic and burly present of Jackson Hole. Benny laughs when I ask him about the early 1970s ski
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Mountainstyle Living

Working toward affordable housing in Jackson Hole

At the core of any mountain culture is community — the people who embody the lifestyle. They go to work, raise their children, hike in the mountains, hunt in the fall, ski or snow machine in the winter, and make time to see live music. These people live and work in the community, playing a
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Teton Valley

Teton Valley: Your guide to Idaho’s tranquil winter wonderland

With everything revolving around Jackson and Teton Village, it can be easy to forget about what lies on the other side of the Tetons — which is exactly how the people who live in Teton Valley like it. The valley, which falls on the Idaho side of the mountains, enjoys similar mountain views with noticeably
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Inspire

Longtime Jackson Hole locals who never looked back

There’s something about Jackson Hole. We all know it; we feel it. The statement: “I came here to ski for one winter and, well … I never left,” is so common, it’s become a local punchline. For many people, something clicks here; their soul feels at home among the peaks and rivers — and so
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Inspire

Envisioning a bright future in Jackson Hole

Anna Olson is the first to admit that the past couple of years have been something of a rodeo. As the person at the helm of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, she’s faced her fair share of challenges since taking over the role in 2017: a pandemic, a worsening housing crisis, and a record-shattering
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