Original Jackson Hole Air Force and Ski Legend Benny Wilson

A chat with Jackson Hole local and legend Benny Wilson from March 2019. He is a one of the founders of The Jackson Hole Airforce (JHAF) and was a huge influence on extreme skiing in North America and beyond.

In this chat Benny explains his definition of a ski bum, what a real Jackson local is in his opinion, a little about the starting the of the JHAF and what it was like. He also explains what getting a JHAF patch means after the opening of the gates into the backcountry. Which is the backcountry just beyond the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boundary.

He answers the question, how did you end up ski instructing? As well as touching on what it was like to film skiing back in the day.

There is a movie about the JHAF called Swift. Silent. Deep. which explains their influence on the hardcore ski culture in the US.

The ski movie we talk about is Teton Gravity Researches, Far Out.

This episode was produced and recorded by Rouchelle Gilmore.

Feature image credit: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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