Early Skate Skiing Adventures, A Life Well-Lived in Jackson Hole

An Interview with Gwenn and Don Wadsworth

By Jessi Friedman for JH Nordic – Edited by N Leon Jessi -JH Nordic: I would love to hear about your own personal history, how you got interested in Nordic skiing, how you ended up in Jackson, becoming instructors, your story? Gwenn: So Don and I came here and taught at the high school a couple years, in ’79. It was really primitive education at that time and we came from big high schools in southern California–Don’s… Read More

Karen Daubert & Jared Smith: Nordic and backcountry skiing enthusiasts who love crust cruising and engaging in community, nonprofit efforts

Karen serves on the board of Friends of the Bridger Teton and Jared serves on the board of Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START)

Karen Daubert and Jared Smith are not only avid skiers but also engaged Jackson residents involved in different organizations. Though Jared has more personal history in Jackson than Karen, since retiring 4 years ago, they have both been actively exploring all the winter trails of Jackson and actively involved in nonprofit work.  Jared’s history in Jackson Jared grew up enmeshed in the Nordic community of Jackson. His parents first came to Jackon in 1945 on… Read More

Garmin InReach -Gear Review

Safety net for you and reassurance for family and friends -Review by Scott Sanchez

         No one plans on accidents, but they do happen.  In the modern world, we have been so habituated to our cell phones that we think they can get us out of emergencies, anywhere and anytime.  Well, welcome to Wyoming.  The best places don’t have service.  99% of the time, I think not having cell service is a blessing, but for the 1%, electronic communications can be a life saver or at least let loved ones know you are safe.  While… Read More

Renee Seidler: Wildlife advocate, winter enthusiast, Executive Director at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

Winter wildlife observation, tracking, and protection and citizen science opportunities, winter recreation, and ways to get involved in wildlife advocacy

With a family full of scientists and a love for animals and the outdoors, Renee Seidler’s passion for wildlife and wildlife biology has been budding since a young age. Though she had a winding path, after getting her bachelor’s degree in microbiology and molecular biology and doing some river guiding in Jackson, Renee decided to go back to school in Bozeman to study wildlife biology. Then her path led her to become the Executive Director at… Read More

Erich Wilbrecht: Former Olympian Who Loves Flying On Skis and Listening to the Birds in Jackson Hole

1992 Nordic Biathlon Olympian and Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Hall of Fame Honoree

A former Olympic biathlete and an inaugural member of the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Hall of Fame, Erich Wilbrecht is a Nordic force to be reckoned with.  Erich grew up on wildlife refuges and moved to Jackson at the age of 16 when his dad took the job managing the National Elk Refuge with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Erich grew up cross country running, and when Jackson didn’t have a cross… Read More

Friends of Pathways: Utilizing Pathways to Promote Healthy & Responsible Recreation and Contribute Conservation Advocacy in Jackson Hole

Chris Owen gets into to the data & history of fat biking grooming in Jackson Hole

Chris Owen is the Trails Program Manager at Friends of Pathways and works in partnership with the JH Nordic Alliance through his work grooming for fat biking and advocating for responsible trail use. Friends of Pathways is a non-profit that focuses on advocating for the completion of a safe and sustainable pathways system for healthy recreation and transportation opportunities in Jackson Hole. Chris first came to Jackson to work at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort… Read More

Hole Hiking Experience: Touring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and All of its Wonders Year-Round

Cathy Shill tells us about exploring the stillness of winter via cross country ski and snowshoe

With a bachelor of science degree in biology in hand, Cathy Shill started Hole Hiking Experience in Jackson in 1989. She was driven by her passion for the outdoors and a desire to share information about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in hopes of ultimately increasing awareness and connection with the great outdoors. “When I started the company in 1989, people didn’t think a business like this could exist or be viable,” Cathy said. “But then… Read More

Trail: National Elk Refuge Road

Just 1 Mile from Town Square - Jackson, Wyoming

The National Elk Refuge is one of Jackson’s most prized areas. It was created in 1912 to protect local habitat and to provide a sanctuary for one of the largest elk herds on Earth. The refuge borders the heart of Jackson and spans over 24,700 acres. The road itself gives locals the chance to walk, run, bike, or nordic ski along the wide-open expanse of the refuge, with the elk herd using its protected grounds… Read More

Scott Lacy: Grassroots-funded professional Nordic racer (and former Jackson Hole Ski Club Nordic coach)

Pursuit of a Passion for Nordic Ski Racing -Spectrum of Success

Though Scott Lacy grew up in a family full of alpine skiers, he was drawn to the Nordic community. He found that Nordic skiing was a different type of work than alpine skiing–one that required more long-term goal setting and achievement. In 5th grade, Scott won his first race. “[It] was probably just driven by a sugar high from hot chocolate,” he said, laughing. “But I had a great season, and I was [only] 11… Read More

Teton Valley Trails & Pathways (TVTAP): An Essential Part of Our Winter Recreation Landscape in Teton Valley

Dan Verbeten, Executive Director, fills us in on current projects and future challenges

For the past 22 years, Teton Valley Trails & Pathways (TVTAP) has worked to promote a trails and pathways connected community. In the summer, they focus on building and maintaining trails on both public and private lands in partnership with the US Forest Service (Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton) and other stakeholders. In the winter, they groom a winter trail system for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and dog walking. Last year alone, they groomed over… Read More