Episode 189 – Helping Women Find Adventure with Tana Hoffman

By Michael Moeri | 05/12/2022 |

Tana Hoffman is an adventure sport and outdoor industry consultant, marketing expert, motorhead, speaker, thought leader and the Founder and CEO of Mountainst and ILLA.

In this episode, Tana shares what it was like to grow up with adventurous parents on the east coast. She talks about her love for powersports and how it inspired her to create Mountainist. Stephan and Tana then discuss her latest venture, ILLA, a service and community network that will help like minded women find their adventure partners.

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Episode 188 – Making Yoga More Accessible with Erwin Velasquez

By Michael Moeri | 05/05/2022 |

Erwin Velasquez is a bilingual yoga teacher and a personal trainer. Originally from Bogata, Columbia, Erwin made his way out to Jackson in 2006. A few years ago he decided to change the path his life was headed by quitting his job to focus on his health. This change led him to Yoga. He is now serving the Spanish speaking community in Jackson by helping make their fitness goals more attainable.

In this episode, Erwin shares what it was like growing up in Columbia and why he left to come out to Wyoming. He talks about the obstacles he had to overcome when it came to his health and well being. Ewin goes into discussing the Spanish speaking community of Jackson and how classes like his are helping improve the overall health of our community. Stephan and Erwin then talk about Teton Trail Runner and some of their favorite hiking and running spots.

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Episode 187 – Enhancing The Grand Teton National Park with Leslie Mattson

By Michael Moeri | 04/27/2022 |

Leslie Mattson is the President of The Grand Teton National Park Foundation. She has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising. Since 2004, Leslie has helped raise over $80 million from private sector donors for park projects, including the renewal of the trails and educational elements at Jenny Lake, partnering with the National Park Service on the construction of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, and supporting wildlife conservation, youth engagement, and cultural resource improvement projects in Grand Teton National Park.

In this episode, Leslie shares why she left the northeast and made her way out to Jackson over 32 years ago. She talks about how the Jackson Hole non-profit community has changed and developed over the decades. Stephan and Leslie then discuss the impact that The Grand Teton National Park Foundation has had in shaping the inspiring park we love today.

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Episode 186 – The Worm Cowboy featuring Stefano Daza Arango

By Michael Moeri | 04/20/2022 |

Stefano Daza Arango was born in Venezuela and migrated to Canada as a refugee when he was six. During his time in college at the University of Rochester, he studied and worked for various organizations that took him to some amazing places like the Amazon Rainforest, Southern Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. Stefano currently lives in Alpine Wyoming and works for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance as the Development and Communications Coordinator. He recently started a new venture that is taking local composting to a whole new level. Stefano Daza Arango is the Worm Cowboy. 

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Episode 185 – Keeping Ski Bum Music Alive in Jackson Hole with Peter “Chanman” Chandler

By Michael Moeri | 04/14/2022 |

Peter Chandler is a singer, songwriter, teacher, minister and bandleader. In 1978, Peter left Maine to move out to Jackson to pursue the ski bum lifestyle. He is a man of many talents and monikers. While you may not recognize the name Peter Chandler, you’ve probably heard of Chanman, Papa Chan or Polka Peter.  

In this episode, Peter talks about why he started making music. He goes into what it was like living like a ski bum in Jackson Hole in the 70s. Peter shares his beliefs and why he chose to live by the Rastafarian philosophy. Stephan and Peter then talk about his different monikers and how he can change his persona based on the genre and location of where he is performing. 

What do you think is the coldest recorded temperature the Tram Jam has played in? Find out toward the end of Stephan and Peter’s chat to find out. 

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Episode 184 – Creating the World’s Finest Snowshapes with Mikey Franco

By Michael Moeri | 04/07/2022 |

Mikey Franco is a rider, instructor, coach, trainer, guide, shaper and the founder of Franco Snowshapes. Franco Snowshapes crafts custom snowboards and skis with the mission to build the finest shapes in the world. 
In this episode, Mikey talks about how he has seen snowboarding change and grow over the decades. He shares the story of how a season ending injury led him down the path of shaping custom boards. Mikey gives Stephan some insight into his Rider Genome questionnaire, which helps him create the perfect custom board from head to toe. Stephan and Mikey also talk about the importance of mentorship and growing at a pace where quality isn’t sacrificed for quantity. 

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Episode 183 – Helping Our Four Legged Friends featuring Amy Moore of PAWS

By Michael Moeri | 03/30/2022 |

Amy Moore is the Executive Director at PAWS of Jackson Hole. She moved to Jackson in 2004 from Boston, MA where she spent 13 years in corporate marketing. After working in the service industry after moving out to Jackson, she took the chance at joining the nonprofit community at PAWS and she hasn’t looked back. 

In this episode, Amy talks about the work that the PAWS organization does for the community. She shares how much has changed in the past 40 years with regard to saving rescued animals and controlling the pet population. Stephan and Amy also talk about the importance of cleaning up after your pet and how social media has made an impact on finding our furry friends their forever home. 

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Episode 182 – Beyond Skid Cooking featuring Lily Krass and Max Ritter

By Michael Moeri | 03/24/2022 |

Max Ritter is the Digital Content Manager for Teton Gravity Research and Lily Krass is a freelance adventure writer. Together they are the authors of Beyond Skid: A cookbook for ski bums. 

In this episode, Max shares what it was like to grow up in a German immigrant family in New York City. He talks about his first experience in the food industry and how it had a big impact on his outlook. Lily discusses how her parents helped instill a passion for the outdoors, even if she didn’t appreciate it at the time. They dive into the creation of the Beyond Skid cookbook and their shared excitement for creating healthy, affordable home cooked meals. Stephan, Max and Lily also talk about their favorite comfort foods and what they like to make for dinner parties. 

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Episode 181 – Becoming a Horse Warrior featuring Priscilla Marden

By Michael Moeri | 03/17/2022 |

Priscilla Marden is the co-founder of Horse Warriors and co-owner of Diamondfly Ranch. She first came out to Jackson Hole in the 70s to work at a dude ranch just outside of The Grand Teton National Park. Priscilla has helped numerous non-profits in the community including the Teton Science School and the Art Association. She now operates Horse Warriors, a equine facilitated leadership and empowerment program.

In this episode, Priscila reminisces about what it was like to live and work in Jackson Hole in the 70s. She talks about the impactful work that Horse Warriors does to help make the world a better place, one relationship at a time by connecting people with horses, nature and art.

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Episode 180 – The Reality Behind The Fairytale featuring Ryan Stolp

By Michael Moeri | 03/10/2022 |

Ryan Stolp is the creator of the Lift Lines comic and co-founder of Orijin Media, a full service marketing agency. 

Ryan’s career path has been anything but ordinary. His CV titles could include dog sled guide, Wilderness ranger, alpine hammock creator, illustrator, author and entrepreneur. Ryan recently collaborated with Sam Morse on a new graphic novel called The Ski Town Fairytale. He’s also been exploring the fringes of doodling and drawing tech by live animating groovy musical performances at Eleanor’s. 

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