Teton Adaptive helps to get everyBODY out recreating in the outdoors in Jackson Hole. Teton Adaptive was founded in 2005 to make skiing more accessible at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR).
Locals and employees noticed a need for inclusion in skiing at the resort, and Teton Adaptive was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide financial support and resources for the new adaptive ski programs growing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort.
Since then, Teton Adaptive has expanded to provide support for year-round programming in a large variety of activities such as climbing, camping, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, alpine and nordic skiing, paddling, paragliding, snowshoeing, ice skating and sled hockey.
Teton Adaptive provides support for scholarships, equipment and adaptive training to allow outdoor outfitters and recreation providers to be accessible for people of all abilities. This type of support creates genuine inclusion in the outdoor community, allowing families to partake in activities together, regardless of ability.
Teton Adaptive is proud of the incredible growth adaptive sports has seen in the Greater Teton Area in the past 18 years since its founding. Current accessible partners include Rendezvous River Sports, JH Paragliding, Wheel Wranglers, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort, Teton Rock Gym, Astoria Hot Springs and Triangle X Float Trips, among others. This organization will continue to bridge the gaps to support and create inclusive outdoor recreation opportunities that welcome all ability levels.
Teton Adaptive serves individuals living in and traveling to the Greater Teton Area who have physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. Locally and regionally served participants are from Jackson, Pinedale, Star Valley, and Alpine, WY; Driggs, Victor, Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Boise, Sun Valley and Tetonia, ID; Bozeman, Missoula and Whitefish MT; and Salt Lake City, UT.
Since Teton Adaptive was founded in 2005, the organization continues to push the envelope on inclusion and accessibility in the outdoor industry in order to afford individuals with disabilities the same opportunities to experience the Tetons as their able-bodied family members and friends. This has allowed visitors from across the United States, as well as those traveling internationally to participate in adaptive adventure sports and leisure opportunities in the Tetons.
Jackson Hole is actually pretty accessible for a mountain town! People visiting Jackson Hole with a disability can check tetonadaptive.org for a curated selection of accessible activities in the ‘Visiting Jackson Hole’ section of the website. Call or email for insider tips and beta from whom is affectionately termed the ‘adaptive concierge,’ who can connect you with information to make trip planning easier and less stressful.
An example of an activity that is really gaining popularity in Jackson Hole is adaptive mountain biking (aMTB), which involves modifying bikes and trails to enable people with disabilities to enjoy mountain biking. Bikes used for aMTB include three-wheeled hand cycles, recumbents with fat tires, bucket bikes, and four-wheeled bikes. These bikes are tailored for off-road riding with suspension and often come with an e-assist to help with steep climbs and obstacles. aMTB can be empowering for people with disabilities, especially for those who are newly injured, and has the power to transform into a primary mobility device.
Teton Adaptive offers off-road mountain biking lessons for adaptive individuals or groups, demo options where people can rent an adaptive bike for use on their own, group rides with local participants with mental and physical disabilities and the Wyoming Rendezvous Teton Bike Festival.
From awe-inspiring encounters with nature to wild and western activities every kind, Jackson Hole offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences, 365 days a year.
Eager to glimpse your first bear, moose, or wolf? Challenge yourself with a run down black diamonds or class III rapids? Hook an 18-inch cutthroat? Meet a real cowboy? Watch a Teton sunset? This place is full of experiences you won't find that at home, or anywhere else for that matter. In Jackson Hole, wild adventures aren't just possible—they're already here waiting for you.