BEST OF JACKSON HOLE 2015: EDITOR’S CHOICE

By on March 25, 2015

BEST OF JACKSON HOLE 2015 EDITOR’S CHOICE

PEOPLE & LIVING

Best Renaissance Woman: Julia Heemstra

I first saw Julia out of the corner of my eye: a bright streak against a sheer grey slab on Rock Springs Buttress. I couldn’t tell what she looked like but I heard her laughter echoing through the canyon. Over the next few years, I would have Julia sightings in the most obscure places in the Tetons. I wondered about her for a while.

Finally, we were introduced and the rest is history. My suspicions were confirmed; she is a closet badass. Growing up in South Africa, Julia made an easy transition from water to mountains in her mid-20s. She has done everything from free soloing the Grand multiple times to skiing 45-plus degree couloirs in the Tetons. If we were battling a war, I would want this woman by my side.

Fighting for wellness at the St. John’s Medical Center, Julia oversees a department that administers wellness programs for more than 1,300 Teton County employees. She also helps to coordinate the hospital’s outreach around the Affordable Care Act and leads its involvement in a local community health needs assessment. Julia is one of the more motivated 9-5ers I know, and she can sure put everyday skiers and runners to shame with her silent and swift ascents.

Readers beware: if you get out with this woman, ensure she is breaking trail or leading the hardest pitches. Otherwise, she will never tire out and you will be left in the dust (or snow). – Elizabeth Koutrelakos

Photo credit: Julie Heemstra

Photo credit: Julie Heemstra

Best Job in the Valley: Pass and River Ambassador Jay Pistono

Teton Pass Ambassador by winter, Snake River Ambassador by summer, Jay Pistono has one of the coolest and most important jobs in the valley. Pistono’s job began on a volunteer basis as he tried to help clean up after dogs and control the calamitous parking situation atop Teton Pass. These two issues became so problematic that “access was hanging in the balance,” according to Pistono, and WYDOT was ready to ban Teton Pass skiing access altogether.

When Friends of Pathways and the U.S. Forest Service got wind of what Pistono was doing to help minimize chaos on the pass, they decided to create a job for him, hoping he could help ensure continued access to the area.

Most people don’t realize that without Pistono, skiing on Teton Pass would likely be restricted and this winter playground would be the forbidden fruit dangling in our faces. Of course, Pistono is incredibly humble and insists it’s all about the pass, and he doesn’t want credit for the great job he’s doing. The Ambassador’s approach has always been one of compassion and teaching:

“I like to talk to people in the spirit of learning, not judgment,” he said. “They’re much more likely to listen.” – Park Dunn-Morrison

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Best Schmoozer: Albie Robertson

For Albie Robertson, a.k.a. Fine Dining Restaurant Group’s secret weapon, every establishment he enters is his own Cheers. You know the song: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.”

He’s the under-the-radar socialite who everybody knows, but without the obnoxiously imposing connotations often associated with that accolade. After talking to him for five minutes, even the most homophobic of cowboys would break down and have a drink with Robertson just because of how genuinely friendly and engaging he is (he happens to be gay, by the way).

On any given day, Robertson makes his rounds through town, trying to pay his respects to seemingly everyone. On any given night, it’s somebody’s birthday and the thought of not at least stopping by to wish him or her well would never even cross his mind. There’s always a new group he’s befriended and he feels personally responsible for while they’re in town. “My Australians are having dinner at Sudachi,” he’s been known to say. “I need to stop by to make sure they’re enjoying everything.”

Robertson is the ultimate humanitarian and one of Jackson’s best diplomats. – Park Dunn-Morrison

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Best Activist: Armond Acri

The Town of Jackson would have long ago been buried under a blizzard of construction if not for the tireless work of Armond Acri (pictured far right). The executive director of Save Historic Jackson Hole has showed up and spoke up at countless Monday night gatherings where decisions get made and deals get done that cement this city one parcel at a time.

The Virginia Tech grad from Italy used to be a chemical engineer, working on construction projects all over North America. He left that line of work to pursue his passion for protecting and improving wildlife habitat.

Acri has educated, advocated and raged against the machine for seven thankless years. His voice in opposition of major developments is often the only one council members hear. He wins some. He loses more. This community would be a dreadful contempo city without Acri’s fierce battle cry. – Jake Nichols

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Best Boycott of a Large Corporation: The Budge Drive Landslide

Open only four months, Walgreens entered Jackson under scrutiny. Many in our small mountain town didn’t want another behemoth corporation springing up and diminishing the local vibe and essence of Jackson Hole. Though there were grumblings amongst citizens of Jackson, nobody protested or put up a fight. Instead, the volatile hillside where Walgreens set up shop would have the final say.

The Budge Drive landslide, which took place over the course of one week last April, received national attention. (Was there really nothing more exciting going on in the country?) Many blamed Walgreens for the slide, citing the removal of the base of East Gros Ventre Butte as the impetus for the disaster. The carnage of the slide is ever-present with the iconic Budge family home split in half along the fracture line, their children’s trampoline hanging off the edge of the chasm.

This natural disaster also yielded one of Jackson’s best ad slogans to date, “Stone Drug wins by a landslide.”

– Park Dunn-Morrison

Best Mountain Guide: Tim Cohn

A year ago, Cohn and I got lost in Moab, Utah, looking for the elusive Blue Dot Trail. We were trying to ride the Mag-7 trail from the top of Poison Spider Mesa finishing in the Colorado River canyon with the shit-your-pants-scary Portal Trail. I know this is a bad start to dubbing Timmy the Best Guide in the area, but the irony is too good.

During our adventure, sometime after the sun set and the moon rose, Cohn told me about getting invited to guide with Exum Mountain Guides after portering for a Teton Gravity Research shoot on Mount Moran. He already knew many of the guides from his personal adventures in the Tetons, and this trip was just what they needed to solidify what they already knew about Cohn’s abilities in the mountains.

“I’m a generalist, not a specialist,” Cohn said. “My favorite part about climbing is climbing.”

When asked about what types of trips he prefers in the Tetons, Cohn said his most recent four-day trek up Moran stacks up as one of his favorites to date.

Don’t fret about the Blue Dot Trail story, though. Cohn has the Tetons dialed like Derek Zoolander turning right. – Park Dunn-Morrison

Photo credit: Tim Cohn

Photo credit: Tim Cohn

GOODS & SERVICES

Best Place for Post-Op Healing: Medicine Wheel Wellness

Not only is Medicine Wheel Wellness’ physical therapy superb, but you don’t have to hobble anywhere else to get a massage, adjust your back at the chiropractor, get advice on what to eat, practice restorative yoga or see an intuitive to learn what the future holds. With more than 25 healers on site, Medicine Wheel Wellness offers group classes and private sessions that you can book together to create a day of pampering. Lie down on a bed of amethyst at Excel Physical Therapy, go to a MELT class and finish with a foot massage or reflexology. The inspired vision of Excel PT owner Francine Bartlett, Medicine Wheel offers homeopathy, meditation, intuitive readings and even a healing arts gallery to welcome you in and turn your disease into ease the moment you walk in our door.  – Julie Kling

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

FOOD & DRINK

Best Use of Arugula: Pizzeria Caldera

All hail arugula. This Mediterranean green packs zest, calcium and vitamins A, C and K into each peppery leaf. Sadly, we have trouble finding pizza joints that regularly include arugula on their rosters. Hip to this glorious green is Pizzeria Caldera, crafting Napolitano style pies in its stone hearth oven.

In the summer months, we like to take refuge from tourist pandemonium on Caldera’s upstairs deck. As we observe the masses on Town Square from our safe pizza-eating thrones, slices of Caldera’s “Rucola,” made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and prosciutto, and topped with fresh arugula and shaved Parmesan, disappear at an alarming rate.

Slow down the disappearing act with, well, more arugula: try an arugula salad drizzled in a tangy house made lemon, olive oil and Parmesan dressing.

The stuffed mushrooms, although void of arugula, should also not be ignored. Filled with spinach, pork sausage and Parmesan and served with paprika aioli, these might also help you slow your roll.

Sure, arugula-less options abound at Caldera, but we are slightly obsessed with the combo of Napolitano style pizza – with that perfectly chewy, crusty dough – and a generous helping of this verdant pizza topping. – Robyn Vincent

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

Best Taste in the Tetons: Huckleberries

I have hunted far and wide in search of the perfect outdoor delicacy. There has been no wild growing, sweet-yet-sour tasting, tiny flavor packet of life that has fulfilled my taste buds quite like the magical Teton huckleberry. Often overlooked by the average hiker, the huckleberry is not only one of the tastiest things on the trail, but also one of the heartiest. These plants can take up to 15 years just to mature enough to grow fruit. The pinky-nail sized berries are tedious to pick, and even harder not to eat immediately. Plus, if you think you are going to have a quick picking session and save enough for a pie, good luck. Saving huckleberries takes patience and time so know what you’re getting into and hope the bears haven’t scored your planned patch before you get there.

– Elizabeth  Koutrelakos

Best New Eatery with Ambiance: The Indian

Traveling 10,000 miles has never been easier. From the owners of Teton Thai in Driggs, The Indian’s theme and décor is inspired by early 1800s secret British clubs in the former colony of India. The downtown Jackson eatery welcomes you with sultry style and spice – black leather couches, Persian rugs, dark wood accents, and a backlit bar transport you to a different place.

At the bar, specialty cocktails reflect the British-Indian fusion. We like to sip on old delights like the Pimm’s Cup, other times the exotic Cobra Juice calls our name. Either way, an intoxicating atmosphere doubles as a time warp, where couples spend hours cozied up in plush booths and lively groups converse at marble-topped tables.

Oh, and then there’s the food! From the rich and tangy Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken) to the crowd pleasing Tikka Masala, The Indian serves its toothsome fare in classic copper bowls suitable for sharing.

– Karyn Greenwood

Best Reuben: Café Genevieve

After a night on the town, a relaxing weekend brunch date with friends at Café Genevieve is always a smart move. While a plate of chicken and waffles might smooth over your hangover, ordering the Rueben just might be the best decision you’ll make all day.

Unlike traditional Ruebens that pile up thin slices of corned beef, Genevieve aims straight for the gut and offers up two thick slices of corned beef brisket. The pink, smoky cured meat is satisfyingly juicy and easily falls apart in your mouth, but never assaults you with a backhand of saltiness. With melted Gruyère cheese on top and on bottom, savory sauerkraut and a sweet, house-made Russian dressing, your taste buds will be dancing and partying like an overeducated college graduate at the Rose. Finally, two toasted slices of Persephone Bakery rye bread are there to contain all that warm, juicy goodness within.

No other locale in Jackson offers a sandwich that holds a candle to this comforting, unpretentious plate of awesome. – Andrew Munz

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Best Ninja Salad Bar: St. John’s Medical Center

Lately we’ve noticed more salad bars sprouting in these parts. Lucky’s has most recently commanded our attention with its $6.99-a-pound offerings, from pre-made Mediterranean recipes to all the necessary ingredients.

Another viable player in the greens game, however, might surprise you.

St. John’s Medical Center doles out an impressive banquet of organic and, whenever possible, local ingredients at its modest and inexpensive salad bar. In the summer months, we love seeing vibrant accoutrements care of Cosmic Apple Gardens.

While you may not hang around for the ambiance – we recommend serving yourself an egregious amount of greens and taking them to go – you will find yourself returning in a few days to sate your salad desires.

St. John’s salad bar has experienced an overhaul in the last two years that provides lunching folk with some of the best ingredients around.

The hospital’s Karen Connelly divulged their green game plan: “We now purchase much of our produce from regional farms. In addition, the salads are homemade now — the variety is awesome. Some favorites include roasted root salads, kale, tofu salads, fresh fruit, a variety of cheeses and a homemade daily soup choice as well.”

These days St. John’s is even whipping up its own salad dressings, using yogurt in some of our favorite recipes for healthier renditions. – Robyn Vincent

Best Lunch Special: Soup & Sandwich Deal at the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill

You can barely get a bagel sandwich in a plastic wrapper for less than $7 in this town. But if you head to the Wort Hotel, the Silver Dollar Bar will serve you a bowl of piping hot beef barley (if it so happens to be the soup du jour) and half a sandwich for $6. Upgrade to a full sandwich for just $8. The service is cordial, the food comes out fast and when the weather is nice, you can sit and eat it outside, as long as the guy who works backstage at the Center for the Arts doesn’t steal your seat. The deal is good Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the off-season, you can flip a coin to see if the price drops to $1. Gambling was tolerated downstairs in the “snake pit” until the 1950s at this historic establishment but no double handshake is required for this lunch deal. – Julie Kling

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Best Apres-Deal: Jackson Whole Grocer

Oftentimes when I’m bonked, starved and still have errands to run in town, I’m faced with the question: what do I eat? For those on a budget who enjoy fulfilling snacks, the Jackson Whole Grocer has a seemingly unbeatable daily deal from 3 to 6 p.m.: two slices of pizza or two tacos and your choice of a tall boy (Rainier, PBR or Rolling Rock). This snack is filling, delicious and will fuel you to grocery shop while controlling your desire for impulse buys. This grub lessens the grumbling in my belly and enhances general feelings of happiness. My only complaint — I wish there were better choices for beer or even a wine option. However, for a mere $5, I will silence the bellyaching . – Elizabeth Koutrelakos

Best Exotic Fast Food: Bimbimbap from Kim’s Corner

During a recent eat-cation in Korea, I developed an addiction for the country’s most popular and toothsome recipe.

Bimbimbap is a chromatic Korean rice bowl decorated with egg, fresh vegetables and savory meat. Depressed to part ways with this delicious mixture of spice and sustenance, I soon discovered I could continue my love affair with bimbimbap in a very unlikely place: right here in Jackson.

Kim’s Corner, located inside the Snow King Sports and Events Center, serves up both American and Korean specialties, including what is soon to be your next addiction too.

Owner Kim Hyunnam offers an impressive variety of protein and veggie options to dress up her bimbimbap: spicy tuna or pork, soy ginger beef, shrimp or tofu, along with romaine lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, avocado and sprouts.

We also can’t get enough of Kim’s sticky purple rice. Try it with her spicy pork and cucumber salad.  – Robyn Vincent

Photo credit: Robyn Vincent

Photo credit: Robyn Vincent

Best Guilty Pleasure: The Cookie Skillet at The Kitchen

Rumor has it the one time The Kitchen removed its infamous Cookie Skillet from the menu, diners protested so vehemently that the popular Glenwood Avenue eatery had no choice but to bring it back within a matter of weeks.

The Cookie Skillet, served piping hot from the oven in a mini cast-iron pan (careful don’t touch the skillet!), is heaven on a spoon; rich and gooey, warm and comforting and cooked to a golden brown, this cookie of perfection is topped with two scoops of house-made vanilla bean ice cream adding a refreshing zing to every bite.

Although the Cookie Skillet can be shared, I strongly recommend that each diner order her own. Call me selfish, but this dessert seems to disappear in a matter of seconds when divvied up among a group.

After devouring the cookie, I was tipped off by The Kitchen’s manager Jeremy Weiss to a little secret that will bring me back for another “taste test” tomorrow, err next week: Next time you order the cookie skillet, ask for the house-made salted caramel ice cream instead of vanilla bean. Done.

To the Fine Dining powers that be, I implore you to never rob us of this cookie comfort again. Also, might we see a revival of The Kitchen’s banana-fried cheesecake?

– Caroline Zieleniewski

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

Photo credit: Robyn Vincent

Best Place for Day Drinking: The Deck at Haydens Post

This past summer, after a seemingly endless work week (sound familiar?), I was coerced into a little session of day drinking. At first I was ridden with guilt. How could I squander away an insouciant day in Jackson Hole when I could be trail running, biking or hiking? But once I took a seat on the expansive outdoor deck at Haydens Post, these silly thoughts quickly dissolved right into my margarita. From cozy fireplace seating (presumably for autumn day drinking) to high top tables gazing out onto Snow King’s patchy, but soon-to-be lush hill, the deck at Haydens provides a tranquil, comforting setting to ingurgitate huckleberry jalapeno margaritas and maple bacon bloodies.

And when your “little session” of day drinking lasts until sunset, order a few bites off the bar menu to set things straight. Try the decadent truffle fries and the grass-fed organic burger served with smoked cheddar on a brioche bun. – Robyn Vincent

Photo credit: Josh Myers

Photo credit: Josh Myers

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Best Place for Adventure-Driven Art: Asymbol

Jackson Hole is a community of wildly adventurous and ballsy people. Travelers come here to live full-on for a couple days and locals stay to keep drinking from the fountain of youth. In a sea of bronze and splashy tourist tees, Asymbol Art + Essentials carves out a place for the people that come here to tap into something electrifying and refreshing.

Spearheaded by pro-snowboarder Travis Rice and artist/rider Mikey Parillo as a bridge between the creative folks in actions sports and the culture they capture, Asymbol is a one of a kind endeavor.

Managing director Alex Hillinger explains: “The art we’re showcasing at Asymbol represents, in our opinion, some of the freshest contemporary art anywhere in the world. Our artists and photographers primarily come from action sports like snowboarding and surfing, but you don’t have to participate in those sports to appreciate it.”

The home of a head-exploding collection of originals and other creatively curated goods, the gallery is a meeting place for art lovers, athletes, enthusiasts and curious passersby. The walls are lined with Mike Parillo, Jamie Lynn, Jimmy Chin and countless other artists that shape the board sports community, past, present, and future. – Josi Stephens

Photo credit: Cam Foster/Asymbol

Photo credit: Cam Foster/Asymbol

Best Video Production Outfit: Wrk Shrt

Whether capturing snowboard comps in Japan, shooting commercials for JHMR or chasing students and scientists through the woods for 1 percent for the Tetons, Wrk Shrt’s David Cleeland (left), and Wade Dunstan (right), are amassing a stunning backlog of visual work.

The two Jackson Hole natives – who often enlist the help of other local creatives such as Anthony Harmon (TMBR), Chris Kirkpatrick and Kyle Haynam – can be found at valley events studying the scene from behind the camera lens and sending drones through the sky to capture a wholly different perspective.

Their distinct brand of stylish slowed down documentation swiftly draws the viewer in and doesn’t release her until a story has been told.

Beneath the umbrella of Wrk Shrt is Wyoming Pythons, a.k.a. WYPY, which Dunstan launched a few years ago to chronicle the spirit of snowboarding with short, potent edits that feature Jackson Hole rippers. The impetus behind the project effectively translates in every piece. Dunstan explains: “I don’t consider WYPY an exclusive or specific crew of people, but more an embodiment of the culture and lifestyle. The videos provide a platform for our tribe to have a presence in the global community and one that is entertaining to watch. We are so lucky … to have the opportunity to enjoy snowboarding, so at the very least if we’re able to inspire others to participate then that’s what it’s all about. If you feel that these things apply to you, then welcome – you are part of the gang.”

We’re anticipating WYPY’s latest project, which will cram some of the world’s best snowboarders into a 1957 Chevy school bus as they explore the Cowboy State’s lesser-known ski resorts. – Robyn Vincent

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

Photo credit: Sargent Schutt

Best Local Film Far from Home: Uganda to the Tetons

At the ripe age of 20, and 21, the Hessler brothers hit a home run with their first documentary, Far From Home: Uganda to the Tetons. When they brought the film home to Jackson, after winning at film festivals in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Boulder, Colo., it was to a sold-out theater at the Center for the Arts and a teary-eyed audience. The story is of the eldest Hessler, Brolin Mawejje, a survivor of a violent upbringing in Uganda who is hitting the books to become a medical student as hard as he’s hitting the slopes to become the first African snowboarder in the Olympics. It’s much more than a story about finding your freedom snowboarding in the Tetons — it is a tale of believing in your dreams and a family that stretches across continents to help them come true. It took a group of ambitious college kids, including director Galen Knowles, two years and a lot of local support to bring this dream to fruition.  – Julie Kling

Best Slopeside Vibes: J.C.

The ever-elusive J.C. wins the award for best vibes in town. Although no one fully knows his last name, everyone knows of the smiling ball of positivity that works at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. You may have stumbled across this precision parker at the Ranch Lot. He often is amped, smiling and guiding you into your spot better than the airplane marshallers at Jackson Hole Airport. Whether it’s grey bird or sunny, he is always excited to give people tidbits of advice to ensure they have the best day possible. When the parking lot is coated with ice, J.C. warns guests to be careful of where they step. When driving the red bus, he will also greet you with a wide smile, even if you do almost poke his eyes out with your erratic ski poles. Not only does this guy simply perform his job, he excels. This man emanates Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Mission: “We enrich lives. We create memories.” J.C. enriches lives of those around him and radiates positive vibes to all in his path daily. – Elizabeth Koutrelakos

Best Affordable Quick Getaway: Thermomopolis

Dare I say let’s take a drive to Thermopolis? Only four hours from the town of Jackson, this middle-of-Wyoming hot spot is a great place for a quick getaway and a winter escape to the world’s largest mineral hot spring. Did I mention that there are also dinosaurs and fishing? Yes, motley activities abound here. Enjoy some cheap camping by Boysen State Park, about 10 miles out of town, or catch an affordable hotel in the off-season. Soak your sorrows away in the hot springs until you feel like getting a good night’s rest. Wake up, chill out and fish the Bighorn River for the day. Hope as much as you can that you’ll catch some trophy trout. When you get done with fishing, head to the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and say hi to the bones of creatures that lived before you. If you are feeling more adventurous, hit the waterslides at Star Plunge. Only $12.50 a day gives you access to two slides, pools and a natural vapor cave. – Elizabeth Koutrelakos

Best Community Art with Wheels: The Great White Bus-a-lo

As the brainchild of two Jackson Hole creatives, Ian Coughlan and Sara Johnson, The Great White Bus-a-lo will embark on an 800-mile journey to the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man this year.

Coming to a Jackson street near you is The Great White Bus-a-lo: a mobile piece of artwork born from a repurposed 49-foot-long school bus that is being turned into a giant, drivable buffalo. That’s right. Giant. Drivable. Buffalo.

This zany work of portable art will sport a buffalo head over its hood, horns made of barbed wire with flame effects, a space on the roof large enough to hold 30 people, and a wicked sound system. The most exciting part is it’s a work of community art, and its creators hope its usefulness doesn’t stop at Burning Man. Coughlan explained, “It’s our real hope that this is something that can be embraced and used by the community for parades, events and more. We just want to put together something we’re proud of that really represents the Jackson Hole community.”

Bus-a-lo construction began last fall and the project is still in progress. The Great White Bus-a-lo is waiting for you. Participate in its construction and completion by visiting thegreatwhitebusalo.com.

 – Natosha Hoduski

Best Creative: Meg Daly/Daly Projects

Jackson native Meg Daly narrated her first story at the age of 4 when her grandfather wrote down a ditty she made up about a food fight in a supermarket. At 25, she published her first book, Surface Tension, a collection of short stories by women about bi, lesbian and straight women, giving her the confidence to create more. Her passion for writing and collaboration has been a gift to the Jackson community, where she returned to after living in metropolises such as New York City, Portland and San Francisco. Her latest endeavor is an art gallery by the name of Daly Projects.

“Living in Jackson inspires me in two vital ways,” she said. “The natural beauty is a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of the ebb and flow of nature — the dark and light, the magic and harshness. Also, the many creative and artistic people living here following their pursuits with passion — they inspire me!” – Julie Kling

Best Surprising Spot to Spot Hipsters: The Lawn at St. John’s Episcopal Church

So you’re looking to see some hipsters? Don’t be ashamed. Who doesn’t want to see a few of those rare birds in our ski bum town? Now, I’ll be the first to admit, this is last year’s best place to see a white person with dreads, a dude with painted-on pants, or someone listening to a band called Of-Course-You’ve-Never-Heard-Of-It, so it might not be quite hip or fresh enough for our current hipster squad, but I’d still give the lawn in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church a go. I mean, who doesn’t like ironically hand-rolling their cigs in front of baby Jesus and the rest of the Nativity Scene crew? Well, probably not very many people now that I think about it, but the important thing is, hipsters do.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot one accompanied by a shiba inu dog sporting a painted-on mustache. Vegan bacon and discussions of how bourgeois the fiber and glass industry has become may also be involved. And even if you’re not that lucky, at least one of them will have in their possession a well-worn copy of The Catcher in the Rye they chanced to pick up pre-worn from the Browser next door.

Of course, I’m not convinced this will be the hipster-place-to-be after The Planet exposes it this week, but my buddy Hank wants you to know, he hand-rolled his cigarettes there first. – Natosha Hoduski

Best New Sport to Take Over the Valley: Snow Biking

This trend is sweeping the nation (well, towns that get snow, at least). Bicycles with their behemoth tires are rolling around seemingly everywhere. As with everything in Jackson, we’re a year or so behind the rest of the country when it comes to trends (did you know that Taylor Swift is retired and recorded all her hits back in the 1980s?) and fat bikes are no different.

These wide-profile tires — that look a lot like the lunar roving treads — run a low PSI allowing maximum contact with the ground. This enables the bikes to grip snowy and icy surfaces shockingly well.

These bikes are the perfect yin to skiing’s yang. When there’s powder in the mountains, snow biking is difficult because the tires spin out in the loose snow. In an ideal world, the trails are either groomed, or packed out by foot traffic or previous riders. This means that during a dry spell, while skiing might suck, snow biking is at its best.   

The single-track trails in Cache Creek are well trodden in winter, making it an ideal place to take these bad boys.

– Park Dunn-Morrison

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