Jeff moved to Jackson Hole as a wide-eyed teenager with an insatiable appetite for deep powder skiing and moments of extended hang time. Immersed in ski culture through the tutelage of founding members of the Jackson Hole Air Force, all hopes of him returning to “reality” were quickly abandoned. Over the years, Jeff has become a fixture in the ski scene from his constant photo and video documentation of Jackson Hole’s finest floatational moments—as well as competing in freeskiing and Powder 8 contests and the inaugural Kings and Queens of Corbet’s event. Today, he spends winter days in continued pursuit of alpine-derived experiences of alternative mental dimensions. Summertime finds him attempting to translate those moments to others through multiple artistic mediums.
I believe that the magic of the mountains is for everyone, not just the upper crust of society. American culture is, by and large, focused on bottom lines, and I would like to see more focus put on skiing lines. Regardless of where we are from, who we are or how much is in our bank account, we all deserve and thrive through increased connection to the natural realm.
I find balance by actively pushing outside of my comfort zone and then following those moments of peak experience in quiet reflection.
Being a stowaway on the next lunar mission and skiing the deep, dusty mountains of the moon.
I listen to a wide variety of music, but on the slopes I often keep my toes tapping (or tips turning) with the mid-80s hip-hop mixes of Kool DJ Red Alert & Chuck Chillout. Current band favorites include the Texas trio Khruangbin and Japanese guitar legend Masayoshi Takanaka.
Try to always say yes to any opportunities that arise. Then I would point to one of my favorite quotations from Alan Watts: “To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. Because by going out of your mind, you come to your senses.”