Grand Teton

Rebecca Huntington

On May 25, 2014, 15-year-old Sasha Johnstone became the youngest person to climb and ski the Grand Teton, according to mountain guides. At 13,775 feet, the Grand is the highest peak in Grand Teton National Park with slopes as steep as 55 degrees, bordered by cliffs dropping away precipitously to create “no fall zones.” Sasha skied the peak with his parents.

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A bill that would set up a land swap with the federal government for state-owned lands inside Grand Teton National Park is still a ways from being resolved.  Senators are leery that the state may not get fair value for state trust lands inside the park. 

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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.

The annual elk reduction program in Grand Teton National Park begins on October 6.

Federal law requires the park to maintain a sustainable population of the Jackson elk herd. To keep the numbers low enough, they’ve had to harvest elk each year for decades.

Park Spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says an over-sized elk herd could harm the park.

“The risk of having too large of a population is that they would over-graze the range," Skaggs said. "And that would probably be a detrimental impact to other species.”

Park proposes Moose-Wilson Road re-alignment

Jun 6, 2012

Grand Teton National Park Officials are planning on a proposed re-route of the northern section of the Moose-Wilson road. For much of its nine-mile stretch, the narrow road winds between steep hills on one side and wetland habitat on the other.  The road is frequently congested with cars that stop to look at bears, moose, and other animals that live by the road.

A bill sponsored by Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis could help the federal government buy a parcel of land in Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming currently owns the land and could sell it for development if the federal government doesn’t buy it. But the federal government needs additional revenue to be able to afford the 107-million-dollar price tag.