Following a couple of weeks of controversy, culminating in Patagonia withdrawing its products from retail outlets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY, Jay Kemmerer, joint owner, has now had his say.
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Two weeks ago, it came to light that Jackson Hole residents were reconsidering their season pass purchases after the owners of the resort had hosted a fundraiser attended by Republicans Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene, and former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reported the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The three were invited 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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In a letter (in full below) sent to all employees, Kemmerer says he is “saddened and troubled that my personal political contributions would negatively affect you and the resort,” adding that his views are his own and do not reflect those of the resort. He goes on to add that he believes “everyone should live their lives according to their personal beliefs and values, and support causes of their choice.” In response to Patagonia’s actions, he highlights the resort’s “commitment to our surrounding landscape, wildlife and authentic community character” and their changes to reduce their environmental impact.
Full letter below:
Dear JHMR Team,
Let me start by thanking you for being a part of the JHMR team, for your commitment and your support of the Resort. The ‘20-‘21 winter season was our most challenging and your hard work ensured we protected jobs at JHMR and in our Community. My focus and priority have always been and will continue to be our team, our guests and continued investment in the business to enrich lives, create lasting memories, and preserve the environment we cherish and live in.
Recently, protests and the Patagonia boycott in response to my personal actions have made the news. I am writing to let you know what I stand for and what my commitment is to you, our valued employees.
I am proud of what JHMR has accomplished over our 29 years of ownership. With an enduring commitment to our surrounding landscape, wildlife and authentic community character, we have been and will continue to be focused on reducing environmental impact. We have transitioned to 100% Green Power for all of our electricity needs, running our buildings, lifts and snowmaking on wind energy. Many of our vehicles run on veggie oil, we recycle consumables used by employees and guests, and support and contribute to Protect Our Winters. We modified our operations last season to introduce health and safety protocols to protect our guests and our employees which enabled our guests and our community access to our resort during the pandemic. We will continue to strive to be a company which is a leader in serving our customers and in providing a positive, engaging and safe workplace for our team.
I am saddened and troubled that my personal political contributions would negatively affect you and the Resort. It was never my intention to create unwanted media attention. I want to stress that JHMR does not support any political candidates or political causes. The Resort did not co-host the fundraising event in question. The contributions I make are what I believe are in the best interests of America, a Country I love with all my heart. I believe everyone should live their lives according to their personal beliefs and values, and support causes of their choice. I have always kept my personal views separate from my leadership at the Resort and will continue to do so. I would never impose my values on others.
Please know, I respect you for your beliefs and values. I do not want to cause you stress due to the conflicts that dominate today’s political landscape, particularly with the re-emergence of Covid. I ask that we be united under a common goal: to be the best stewards of our mountain, protecting the environment, serving our Community, and providing enjoyment and safety to our guests. Working together, we will continue to serve this purpose for the benefit of all.
Thank you for all you have done to make the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort one of the leading ski resorts in the world.
With heartfelt appreciation, Jay Kemmerer
Jay and Karen Kemmerer have owned Jackson Hole Mountain Resort since 1992.