Jay Pistono

Jay Pistono


My journey to Jackson Hole began in 1978 when I hitch-hiked across the Midwest from Illinois to Teton Valley. At that time, Paul Petzoldt was still running climbing and skiing courses and I was fortunate enough to work with him and learn from one of the best. To make a living in outdoor pursuits, you had to adapt and be willing to guide anything and everything so over the years I ended up traveling the world and guiding people in some pretty wild places.

My family, including my wife Patricia and children David and Marze, joined on a lot of those adventures and I feel blessed that we still get out in nature together on a regular basis. Having my kids or wife break trail for us on Teton Pass or lead a pitch on the Grand is more than I could ask for. Our "kids" are now 22 and 19 and because they grew up with the Tetons in their backyard, my wife and I have a hard time keeping up!

My current work as the Teton Pass Ambassador, Snake River Ambassador, and guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, has happily allowed me to live spend more time outside than inside over the last 30 years and I intend to keep it that way for many years to come.