It was August, 2001 when Shane Braman decided he had heard enough of the acclaim from afar and made his move. The native of Westport, Mass. quit his job at Loon Mountain Resort, loaded his Toyota Tacoma with his few possessions — among them, his dog and snowboard — and headed west to Wyoming, where the allure of Jackson Hole could no longer be ignored.
“A few days after leaving New England, my dog and I were living out of my truck at the base of the Tetons,” the now-47-year-old teacher said. “Twenty-one years later, I’m still here.”
The reasons he’s never decided to leave are elementary. Jackson Hole receives some 500 inches of dry powder each year, with more available terrain than Braman said he could ski in four lifetimes. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a world-class ski destination located in the remote Teton mountain range, where lift lines are mostly nonexistent and void of the overpopulated chaos that exists everywhere else. It’s an amazing community, he said, with incredible year-round social opportunities and a raucous nightlife. There is limitless, gourmet dining, a pair of national parks, and wildlife viewing from your chairlift.
“And did I mention,” Braman asked, “500 inches of pow?”