Because his close friend and former teammate Rob Kingwill lives in Jackson Hole, Seth Wescott visits at least every other year. Personal connections – and a whopping 4,139 feet of vertical drop – aside, Wescott is a fan of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for leading the industry in providing backcountry access right from the resort.
"The open backcountry gate system is incredible," he says. "You buckle up, hop on the tram, exit the gate, and bam! You're out there. The first few times I went, it just blew my mind."
Jackson is also the home of Teton Gravity Research (TGR). Founded in 1996, TGR produces feature-length films and numerous television series showcasing the world's top snowboard and ski athletes. "Jackson has reached mythic proportions because of TGR," says Wescott. "It's crazy to think that you can go out and ride the same terrain where you've watched generation after generation of superstars tearing it up."