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Talk the Talk: The Slang of Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole residents use more slang than ski wax, which is to say, a lot. Some of it can be hard to figure out. Here's your cheat sheet. By Frederick Reimers

The Hole --The infamous nickname for Jackson Hole—a stretch of land, cradled by mountains, that includes the area and towns around Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village. "How long have you lived here in the Hole?"

Moose Jam -- A traffic jam from people looking at roadside moose. "I’m running late. There’s a huge moose jam in Wilson."

Moose roadside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Bluegrass Tuesdays -- One Ton Pig plays the Wort every Tuesday. Locals pronounce it ‘wert’ "It’s Bluegrass Tuesday—that’s the only thing getting me through this work meeting."

START -- Refers to the Hole’s public bus system. "I’m going to catch the START bus to the Village—trying to cut my carbon footprint."

START bus, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Public Transportation

The Cowboy -- Million Dollar Cowboy Bar famous for its saddle bar stools and dance floor. "He got bounced from The Cowboy for bringing his drink onto the dance floor."

The King  -- Snow King Resort’s ski hill, the Hole’s defacto town park and date meet. "How’d your King hike go with Bumble Boy?"

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Jackson Hole Wyoming

The Mountain -- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, featuring the Hole’s best skiing. "The Mountain was sick today—18 inches of fresh. Oh, you had to work? Bummer."

The Village -- Teton Village, WY—the base area for the Mountain "I closed down the Cowboy last night. Let’s meet at the Village in the afternoon for late laps."


This article is from our 2020 edition of the Jackson Hole Explorer. The Official Guide for Grand Teton and Yellowstone. To read more stories like this tune into our #JHexplorer tab in the blog or visit here to get an Explorer of your own. 

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