‘Tis The Season For Sustainability

Eco-Friendly Luxury at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

by Mary Jane Clark

Only one United States commercial airport lands planes within the boundaries of a National Park–and it’s none other than Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, WY. The luckiest of these landers step off the plane and head straight to the Four Seasons Resort and Residences where they’re treated to the ultimate Jackson Hole luxury experience.

With over 100 Four Seasons Resorts to choose from, the Jackson Hotel location certainly has earned bragging rights. For one, Four Seasons guests enjoy direct park access to Rendezvous Mountain right outside resort doors. After a day of ski-exhilaration, après festivities are in full swing at the Ascent Lounge, where the exclusive Four Seasons small-batch, private barrel Wyoming Whiskey warms and delights.

While luxury is key, it is far from the only goal of the resort. It is sustainability, rather, that lies at the heart of the hotel. Sustainable practices begin in the spa, where product lines “Rawceuticals” and “Alpyn Beauty” are featured. Rawceuticals utilizes a “buy one, plant one” green initiative tree program, and Alpyn Beauty sustainably sources all ingredients directly from the Jackson Hole mountains themselves. As for waste, the resort’s composting partnership with local Haderlie Farms has diverted more than 99 tons of food waste from landfills since it began in 2018. Green bins stationed throughout the cafeteria and kitchen are collected and sent to the farm where waste is either fed to local pigs or composted back into Jackson Hole soil. Additionally, the resort has converted all of their in-room water bottles to sustainable boxes, all straws, to-go cutlery and cups to biodegradable options.

And the effort doesn’t stop there. Executive Chef Michael Goralski focuses heavily on locally sourced produce and meats for his cuisine creations. Joining forces with Wyoming farm groups Carter Country Meats and Vertical Harvest has allowed the resort to further reduce waste. Vertical Harvest sells locally grown veggies directly to the community, replacing what would be a shocking 100,000 pounds of outsourced produce. The resort’s Handle Bar Restaurant gets its decadent burger straight from Carter Country Meats, who proudly pledge antibiotic, hormone free and grass-fed farming. As if this wasn’t enough to feel really good about your stay in this gorgeous alpine lodge, Four Seasons Resort has been a major benefactor of the Jenny Lake Renewal Project – an effort to reconstruct areas of Teton and Jenny Lake that are run down from years of tourism. The project also provides extensive educational information for visitors on the natural landscape and history of the area.

The Four Seasons continues to evolve. The resort recently underwent large-scale room renovations, which finished in early summer 2022. The new and improved lodging experience focuses on “modern mountain chic” decor.

The bottom line: for an unforgettable experience of luxe meets stewardship–run, don’t walk to the Four Seasons at Jackson Hole.

-Mary Jane Clark