Adam Fabrikant has skied some of the world’s most ambitious slopes, in far flung countries like Pakistan, Canada and Chile, but he says his favorite range remains the Tetons.
“They have a lot of vertical release and a lot of good snow and a small close-knit community,” Fabrikant said. “Just no matter what you do, there’s always something else to do. In such a small range there’s so much packed in there, they’re constantly inspiring.”
Known to some as the “Mayor of the Tetons,” Fabrikant is an Exum Mountain Guide and an Arc’teryx Grassroots Athlete living in Kelly. He has a history of skiing many first descents and some of the rarest ski lines in the range.
Next week, Exum and Arc’teryx are hosting an evening with Fabrikant, where he will share photos and stories of his adventures on the Alaskan Range. The event will take place at Cowboy Coffee and will feature a raffle and food to raise money for Teton County Search and Rescue.
“Most of Adam’s stories are only known by word of mouth and second hand. So it is a unique chance to see photos for the first time and hear about them,” said Brenton Reagan, Exum Guides’ director of marketing. “It might be his first presentation like this.”
Fabrikant is known to be humble about what he has accomplished as a mountain man.
“He is special to us because he just loves to ski and doesn’t feel the need to tell everyone what he is doing or how radical his day was,” Reagan said. “He just lets his stoke and skiing speak for itself.”
Fabrikant was not always a skier. Growing up in a New York suburb, he was not exposed to the adventure that the mountains have to offer.
Once he arrived at school at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Fabrikant started skiing and climbing as much as possible. He said the thrill of uncertainty in the mountains and the challenge of getting down drew him into skiing.
“It turned into a lifestyle, then passion, then career. Sort of all-encompassing,” Fabrikant said during a short break from the mountains during a trip. He takes breaks like that while traveling to chat on the phone with family and friends and, in some cases, the News&Guide.
Fabrikant uses his skills to guide people through the mountains he frequents. He is also known for being generous with sharing beta and information with people who ask him for advice before they go into the mountains.
“You take an activity — mountain climbing, skiing, all of it — which is pretty selfish,” Fabrikant said, and “you make it a little more selfless by getting to share it with somebody.” ￼