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From Flat Creek to Teton Village: Cycling Jackson Hole

Over Easter weekend, my wife and I took a few days to stay in Jackson Hole. It’s the off-season, so Jackson was free of the usual state of siege by fellow vacationers, leaving us plenty of room to do our thing. Our thing this weekend, we had decided, was cycling from Jackson to Teton Village. 

As the weekend drew near, we monitored the weather forecast, watching the storm clouds gathered and considering that we just might need to find an alternate activity, like staying indoors and gorging ourselves on Oreos. This wasn’t necessarily an objectionable course of action, but it’s not something we had to go to Jackson to do, either. 

Luckily for our waistlines (and this blog post), the rain miraculously cleared up that fateful Saturday morning, leaving blue skies. 

Biking in front of the Flat Creek sign.

For us, the trail started right across from Flat Creek Inn. At the time we went, that particular section of the actual biking trail was closed for the season, making it necessary to ride about a mile down the road to hop on the trail, but it’s been open since the end of April. From there, it’s a simple matter of heading right through town, turning right on Broadway (at the elk arch), and staying the course until you follow the turn toward Teton Village. You can’t miss it. From there the trail remains easy to follow. 

I was actually pretty impressed by how clearly marked the trail is. These handy guideposts are installed at every fork, letting you know exactly where you want to go. 

Helpful signposts

The day was breezy but warm, the skies blue with a healthy feathering of cloud. With this being the offseason, our fellow cyclists remained few in number, but every now and then we passed someone and offered a friendly nod. 

Before leaving, I had grabbed some ice for our water bottles in the Flat Creek store. The clerk asked me where we were planning to bike. When I told him, he said I was likely to see some moose. Regrettably, the moose were a no-show on our ride (maybe, unlike us, they’d chosen the stay-in-and-gorge-yourself-on-Oreos course of action that morning), but I did take a picture next to this big fake moose, which was more considerably more obliging than the real thing.

Me with a fake moose

At Teton Village, we stopped for lunch. We found a seat next to the log fence and munched on Epic Bars and other snacks. This is not a sponsored post, but if Epic Bars wants to sponsor me, I wouldn’t say no. Man shall not live on bread alone, but I’m pretty sure he could live on Epic cranberry bison bars.

On the way back, my bike was a little low on air. Luckily, like an oasis in the desert, the trail provided this handy bike repair station a few miles from Teton Village. I was able to top off my tires and make it the rest of the way despite a few persistent leaks. 

The helpful bike station

Our journey came in at just under 30 miles and took us about two hours and forty minutes, not including the respite for lunch in the middle. It was long enough to feel like we’d gotten a good workout, but short enough that it wasn’t too taxing. If you’re in town with a bike and want a few hours of consistently enjoyable calorie burning, I highly recommend retracing our steps. Or treads, or whatever. 

My wife in front of a bridge

We’ll be back later this year to do some more biking. Jackson is crisscrossed with lovely bike trails, and we’ve hardly scratched the surface.

Maybe next time we’ll actually see some moose. 

A summertime view of Jackson’s ski paradise

The air is finally getting cooler and skiers and snowboarders are starting to get excited for ski season.  According to some, there’s no better place to ski than Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. As Forbes.com puts it, “Jackson Hole is to skiing what the Patriots are to the NFL. You take away the copious snowfall and you’re still left with the best fall lines and terrain.” The website frequently crowns Jackson Hole Mountain Resort the #1 resort in North America.

Personally, I can’t think of anything scarier than being on the top of that mountain with skis strapped to my feet, but I did want to see the view, so I took the aerial tram in summertime with my husband and baby.

My baby even got her own lift bracelet.

The aerial tram is a 12 minute ride of over 4,000 vertical feet to the top of the mountain. The summit is 10,450 feet above sea level.

On the way up, we passed over a terrifying cliff that I learned people actually ski off of. It is called Corbet’s Couloir. To see some athletically gifted and slightly crazy people doing this, see this video.

Once we got to the top, we were treated to 360 views that included the Tetons. It’s a different world than in the wintertime, but equally beautiful.


There is even a little restaraunt where they make gourmet waffles.

Hopefully this wets the appetite of the skiers and snowboarders out there who are getting ready for the ski season!

The story behind our latest video of Grand Teton National Park and Flat Creek Inn

capturing Jackson Hole on film

[As you may know Flat Creek Inn is a family owned and operated business and each member of our family has had something to contribute to the success of our motel. Recently 3 family members–all teenagers–created a new video, shown below, and here are the details behind it written by one of the creators, Landon Bagley. Check out their YouTube channel here.]

Most 15 year olds plan on spending their summer making their fortune off of doing yard work for their neighbors, but not us.  My cousin Quinn and I spent the whole school year discussing what we would do in the summer.  We decided that we could use our knack for photography and video-making to start a small business making promotional videos for small businesses.  In our brainstorming sessions we talked about making a video for our family’s motel in Jackson. We got an okay and started writing and planning.

We felt very professional when we packed up all of our camera gear and headed out to Jackson to film.  As independent as we felt, my aunt was still driving us around.

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Getting the cameras ready

The first day in Jackson we woke up extremely early so that we could catch the sunrise on the Tetons.  We dragged ourselves out of bed and headed out into the cold Wyoming morning.  We set up our cameras and tripods in a drowsy state.  We were the first people that arrived at this scenic overlook but it got very bright very fast, not because of the sun but because of the large amount of headlights that came streaming down the road.  What we thought was a scenic overlook soon became a haven for photographers who were racing each other to stake out their perfect spot to capture the sheer beauty of the Tetons in the rising sun.

Grand Teton National Park

Luckily, we didn’t get trampled by any of the passionate (and aggressive) photographers.  We cruised around the park the rest of the morning eying down places to get good shots of the majestic landscape.  We were so sleepy after that excursion we headed back to the motel and took a nap.

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The scenery is the gold at the end of the rainbow

When our team was writing the script we really wanted to film some wildlife, in particular a bear.  Bears are a little tougher to find and you have got to know where to look, and when to go.  Luckily, we have a secret weapon, Connor Kunz.  Connor has been working at the hotel for several years now and is an amateur photographer.  He has spent a lot of time learning how to get the best shots of the Tetons.  He took us out to the park to his favorite spots to find wildlife.   If you are ever a guest at the Flat Creek Inn, be sure to ask the front desk for some tips on finding wildlife they are sure to help you out.

It ended up being surprisingly easy to find wildlife because there are always herds of tourists and cars parked on the sides of the road with flocks of people setting up their tripods trying to get the best shot.  We arrived at the right time to scout out and find several sites to view bears.  That’s how Quinn Kunz got that great shot of the bear in the video.  When I edited the video I ended up getting only a few seconds that actually worked for the final video because there were so many cars in the way, and the bear was moving.  Luckily, Quinn got a great shot that worked really well with the script.

We came across an interesting challenge when we were filming the Flat Creek Inn rooms.  The rooms were very nice, and we wanted to capture the whole room in a single shot.  It took us about an hour to figure out where we wanted to walk, how to hold the glidecam, and what to set the camera settings to.  We eventually figured it out and got the shot we wanted, and gained the valuable skill of filming motel rooms.

Overall, filming this was a blast, and a great opportunity for us to get more experience filming for people, and to explore beautiful Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.

Elk antler arches in Jackson, Wyoming

Landon Bagley

Special thanks to Korinne Nelson for giving us this opportunity, Connor Kunz for the guidance, and huge thanks to the Kunzes and Bagleys for driving us around.


Jackson Hole Motel-Stay and Sleigh Special

Flat Creek Inn is a Jackson Hole Motel with awesome packages. One of our favorite packages this Winter is our “Stay and Sleigh Special” that includes a 1 night stay, 4 breakfast items and 2 tickets for the sleigh-ride. All for only $97.00! The sleigh ride takes you among an elk herd numbering in the thousands at the National Elk Refuge. The Elk Refuge is located right across the highway from the Flat Creek Inn which is the Jackson Hole motel with the best value. This adventure is available to winter visitors from mid-December through early April.  Call 307.733.5276 to book. ​

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The elk refuge is right across the street from the Flat Creek Inn-A Jackson Hole Motel

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Employee Christmas party 2014

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Snow King in the distance.

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This Stay and Sleigh Special will make your family smile.


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