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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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About the Cover: Winter Magazine 21-22

For most of the familiar hike up the Glory bootpack, Caite Zeliff and I enjoyed watching the December sun setting in the west. Just when we reached the summit, the full moon rose into the sky, pink with alpenglow. The objective of the day was to move our legs and catch up on each other’s
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Director of public works balances infrastructure with Jackson’s delicate ecosystem

Places like Jackson Hole don’t just happen. Critical elements of the community’s everyday infrastructure and services must be thoughtfully designed and mindfully managed. Over the past couple decades, Heather Overholser has been a visionary in developing community systems that are safe, convenient, and reflect the valley’s values. As the county’s director of public works, Heather’s
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Brain Health Kitchen dedicated to helping prevent Alzheimer’s with food, tips

On a trip to the Italian island of Sardinia, Dr. Annie Fenn found herself fascinated by the island’s reputation for longevity and its high number of centenarians — people who have reached the age of 100. Annie, a physician and foodie, was particularly interested in the traditional Sardinian diet of powerhouse brain foods. “They typically
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Adventuring in Jackson Hole inspires local furniture maker’s work

On one side of the door is a rack of skis — old 3-pin metal-edged touring skis, lightweight touring skis, racing skate skis, and everything in between. On the other side is a wall of stacked wood to fuel the stove that’s puffing a trail of smoke into the cold winter air. Inside is a
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Jackson Hole artist paints Western wildlife

Technically, Carrie Wild paints Western wildlife. But the verve and whimsy that she infuses into each of her paintings is compelling and unexpected — you won’t mistake one of her thoughtful animal profiles for a photograph. She hopes, though, that what your eye doesn’t immediately identify as familiar, your heart and memory will. Through an
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Maho Catering is a Jackson Hole favorite

Chef Maho Hakoshima calls his cooking “eclectic,” which makes sense when you hear his story. His mother is German and his father is Japanese. He was raised in New York City. “My parents grew up dodging bombs on the way to school during World War II,” Maho says. “In the 1950s, they both immigrated to
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The Rodeo Life in Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Rodeo is a feast for the senses: the intricate pattern from hooves kicking up dust, the smell of sagebrush and crisp mountain air, the taste of freshly popped popcorn and corndogs, and the unmistakable sound of cheers, hoots and hollers, and laughter. Chances are the unbridled laughter ringing from the stands is
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Little Victories

Hannah Bushnaq lives her life by a single quote: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” The words were spoken by Horace Mann, a 19th century education reformer known for his commitment to public education — and they set a high bar. But Hannah isn’t deterred. She has a knack
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No, Andrew Munz Doesn’t Ski.

He does, however, have an inimitable knack for using the lens of Jackson Hole’s favorite winter pastime to make some sharp (and humorous) observations about the community’s culture. A lifelong local, Andrew Munz is is most widely recognized around the valley as the writer and director of the “I Can Ski Forever” series of plays.
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The Soul of Stio

Stephen “Sulli” Sullivan, founder and CEO of Stio, is hands on with his company. While opening a new location in Park City, Stephen was there with his tool belt on and a paint roller in hand, putting the finishing touches on a store he designed himself. The grand opening meant attention from the press and
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Musical Legacy

Duane Betts’ first visit to Jackson Hole made a lasting impression on the musician. After a friend insisted that he join in on a trip, the two landed in the Tetons and made a stop for groceries after leaving the airport. There, a serendipitous encounter would change his life. “That’s when I met my wife
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Stepping Out

Thirty-some years ago, the Jackson band Loose Ties were on the cusp of breaking into the national scene. They won the band contest at the 1986 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the following year, placed second behind Alison Krauss & Union Station in a national ranking of best new bluegrass bands. Fresh out of college, the
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A New Tune

Since the dawn of her career, Nicole Garrett (aka Nicole Madison) has played many roles. And whether she’s crooning toe-tapping jazz tunes alongside a pianist or performing a self-written cabaret, her performance is utterly captivating. Her energy is at once graceful and commanding, magnetic, yet bold — and everything she does shines with authenticity. No
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Avalanche Educator

Kate Koons made her share of backcountry mistakes when she first moved to Jackson in 2002. She recalls an early trip to ski Glory Bowl on Teton Pass—the same day she bought her avalanche transceiver. “I didn’t know about the whole ‘ski one at a time’ thing,” she says. “So I followed right behind my
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Wildlife Protector

Jackson Game Warden Kyle Lash spends his time responding to all sorts of different calls. One frigid winter morning, he freed a fawn deer trapped in a white picket fence, bringing the deer inside to help it warm up and recover. Other days, he’s enforcing the law. All that he does is to protect wildlife,
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Abstract Memories

Pamela Gibson measures time in the changing of the sky. In winter, she watches pinks shine through gray clouds. In spring and summer, the sky turns cerulean blue and seems to go on forever. And in fall, the blue of the sky is juxtaposed against the oranges and yellows of trees’ turning leaves. These colors
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