Between jaunts to Chile and his home state of Alaska, Olympic downhill gold medalist Tommy Moe, now 40, has hung his hat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the past 10 years, where he’s very much at home in its vertical terrain. An accomplished mountain biker, kayaker, and fly fisherman, Moe feels the region offers everything he could ask for and more, including Alaska-like scenery. A ski guide and special ambassador for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Olympic gold and silver medalist was introduced to skiing in Big Mountain, Montana, and joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1986. Eight years later at the age of 23 he won the Olympic Downhill in Lillehammer, Norway, and on his birthday four days later he won silver in the Super G, becoming the first U.S. alpine skier to win two medals in the same Olympics. Since retiring from the U.S. Ski Team he has filmed with Warren Miller, Teton Gravity Research, Outdoor Life Network, and TWI; televised celebrity ski races; and raced professionally for six years on the Jeep King of the Mountain tour. But he cherishes his play time as much as his time as a professional–which means plenty of fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking, sometimes all in the same day.
Here are a few of the Olympic gold medalist’s favorite things about Jackson Hole:
Aspect of the region in the off-season: For me the off-season in Jackson Hole offers everything. When the snow melts we have kayaking, fishing, and standup paddleboarding all summer long. And the mountain biking is also world class, along with the area’s hiking and climbing.
Place to mountain bike: I think the best place to mountain bike ride is on Teton Pass. It has a bunch of new cross-country trails that are technical and challenging.
Place to road ride: Road riding is great in Grand Teton National Park. There are bike paths along every roadway, which are perfect and let you stare at the Tetons.
Place to ride with the family: The best place to ride with family is on the bike path in Wilson.
Place to paddle (flatwater): For flatwater paddling, head to String Lake and Leigh lakes for SUP and kayaking. Jackson and Jenny lakes are really good, too.
Place to paddle (whitewater): For whitewater, the best spot is the canyon on the Snake. It’s great Class III, with tons of good surfing. The Gros Ventre River is Class IV right here in the valley, and is a blast at high water. We’ve been standup paddleboarding the canyon lately also, which has been fun and challenging.
Place to paddle with the family: For that, head to String Lake. It’s perfect for swimming and paddling. There are also trails along most of the lakes in the park that are great family hikes. The Rockefeller Preserve is fun with the kids and a hike up to Phelps Lake is also a good one.
Place to re-fuel/grab a beer: For a brew afterwards, I like the Village Cafe in Teton Village; they have good pizza, too! Locals also hit the Mangy Moose.
Photo courtesy Jackson Hole; Tommy Moe portrait courtesy Jonathan Selkowitz