What’s the deal with Stio and all this Town Hill talk? The quick answer is that we’re all about town hills…We love them and revere them. We hike them, bike them, stalk them and talk them. The town hill is the unsung hero of active, outdoor life. It often has a bigger, more famous sibling whose name gets dropped in boastful stories at cocktail parties and back-from-vacation business meetings. And it rarely gets the credit it deserves as a community pillar — an institution that often doesn’t get recognized because of its permanence in our lives.
It’s what Snow King is to Jackson Hole, Mount Sanitas is to Boulder and the Skiway is to Hanover, New Hampshire. It’s what Titcomb Mountain is to Farmington, Maine and what Chapman Hill is to Durango. It’s what…well, you get the picture.
For some a town hill can have an ongoing, lifelong impact. And in many cases they’re barely (or not even) hills. They’re parks, lakes, rises and dips. They’re where we run, ride bikes, throw horseshoes and grill brat’s. They’re where our kids build kickers and crash their first gates. They’re where we meet friends for an early morning walk or a moonlit skin.
In short, they are the outdoor fabric of our communities. Without them, we wouldn’t know what to do or where to go after work, on weekends and at lunch. At Stio, we want to give the town hill a long overdue shout out. Here in Jackson, life just wouldn’t be the same without Snow King. In the posts that follow, we hope to build a picture of what The King means to this community and celebrate the way town hills across the country play into our daily lives.