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Jackson Hole Mountain Festival

Could this spring festival at Jackson—which starts this weekend—be better than summer camp? Griffin Post investigates.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Festival

Remember that summer camp that offered everything from go-carts and kayaking to music and raffles, the camp your parents would never send you to? Well, if you’re like me you’re probably still in some stage of summer camp denial, trying to make up for lost opportunities every chance you get. Lucky for us, this weekend we may be able to make up for years of summer camp deprivation through the Jackson Hole Mountain Festival.

The action kicks off this Saturday morning with the Pole, Pedal, Paddle. The combination downhill ski, cross-country ski, bike, and boat race is a fundraiser for the Jackson Hole Ski Club. If this is more activity than you bargained for, simply watch or head over to the 34th Annual World Championship Hill Climb at Snow King. Even if you’re not into burning two-stroke or watching professional snowmobilers trying to make it up 1,571-foot Snow King as quickly as they can, the people watching promises to be second-to-none. Close out the day with some live music from the likes of Rotating Superstructure, Jet Black Ninja Funk Grass Unit, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, on the big stage out at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at 5 pm.

Sunday is the first Annual Marmot Coombs Classic. For the event, which celebrates Doug Coombs’ life, skiers and riders will earn raffle tickets for each lap they complete on designated routes. The raffle will take place during the Sunday afternoon party outside of Nick Wilson’s, with the help of the Chan Man Roots Band. With lodging, lift and meal deals starting at $109, it’s likely cheaper than summer camp too. Check JacksonHole.com for more info.

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Also check out: Women of Vail | Women of Snowbird | Women of Whistler | Women of Squaw What hasn’t Lynsey Dyer done? The 27-year-old has won big-mountain competitions, she’s appeared in Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research films, and this winter, she won Female Skier of the Year at the Powder Video Awards. She's hosting a television show with Outside TV, and she co-founded a non-profit called She Jumps, which seeks to get girls into outdoor sports and offers avalanche safety and learn-to-ski clinics. Lynsey grew up ski racing in Sun Valley, Idaho, and went on to win a downhill gold at the 1996 Junior Olympics. She majored in graphic design at Montana State University and currently works as a graphic designer and artist at her home in Jackson. "I live in jackson because it's the most beautiful place to come home to," Lynsey says. "My commute to the mountain alone gives me all kinds of ideas for art and photography projects. This place also keeps me humble, from the massive terrain and crazy weather; even getting to the airport is often an adventure."Photos by Heather Erson Photography.

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Jackson Hole is home to a lot of ripping skiers. And turns out, a lot of ripping female skiers. Here are photos and bios of 10 of the best women skiers on the planet—from Lynsey Dyer to Jess McMillan to Resi Stiegler—who all happen to live in Jackson, Wyoming. Photos by Heather Erson.