Wyoming Stories: Bill Briggs Makes History Skiing Grand Teton

Jan 30, 2014

Bill Briggs' ski tracks can be seen near the top of Grand Teton.
Bill Briggs' ski tracks can be seen near the top of Grand Teton.
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Bill Briggs, a Dartmouth graduate from Maine, moved to Jackson Hole and became North America’s “father of extreme skiing.” In Jackson he worked as a climbing and ski guide for many years, driven by his own passion and encouraged by the supportive outdoor community to surmount the insurmountable. In 1971, Briggs was the first person ever to descend the Grand Teton on skis, a feat most considered to be impossible.  His friend Spark M asks him to describe the experience.

Bill Briggs and Spark M
Bill Briggs and Spark M
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Along with being a world-famous skier, Bill Briggs has also participated in the Stagecoach Bar band since 1969.  Briggs remembers his experience as a banjo player in Jackson Hole.