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Last month, a heated controversy about Jackson Hole Mountain Resort owner Jay Kemmerer’s political views manifested after apparel brand Patagonia withdrew its products from the resort’s retail outlets. What happened was that Kemmerer hosted a fundraiser earlier this year attended by Republicans Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the three were invited to the fundraiser for their ties to the House Freedom Caucus, which includes the “most conservative of all Republicans.” A week later, Patagonia announced that they would no longer supply the resort with its products for the same reasons.
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Kemmerer then released a statement last week saying that he was “saddened and troubled” that his personal political contributions would negatively affect JHMR, its employees, and its season pass holders. Fast forward to today and JHMR has released a statement that adds further clarification on the ongoing controversy, saying that the resort “does not have any direct political affiliation or position and strives to create a neutral environment free from political narratives or agendas.” The full statement that JHMR shared in an Instagram post is attached below.
“This mountain embodies more than one voice, it’s a collective community of skiers, riders and employees who share a love and passion for a place we call home. We welcome ALL guests and openly acknowledge that skiing and partisan politics do not mix. JHMR does not have any direct political affiliation or position and strives to create a neutral environment free from political narratives or agendas. We will continue to focus on what we do best – provide the best big mountain experience for our guests and employees to thrive.”