Bill Ashley

Emeritus Board Member
Bill Ashley is an emeritus board member, having served on the Land Trust Board as Board President from 1980-1982. Together with numerous other visionaries, Bill helped found the Land Trust and was a driving force in its creation. As Teton County Commissioner from 1970-1978, he helped develop the first comprehensive plan in Jackson. He was also involved in the Alliance for Responsible Planning, a citizens group that later became the JH Alliance.

Bill was born in New Hampshire and is a graduate of Dartmouth, where he was the captain of the ski team. During his time at Dartmouth, he served in WWII as an officer in the Marines in the South Pacific. Bill moved west to attend the University of Wyoming, where he received a Master’s degree in Geology. He helped organize the alpine ski team at UW, and where he met Tiny Hagen from Jackson Hole. After graduating from UW, Bill was worked for a major oil company on Togwotee Pass, and would come in to Jackson to ski with Tiny Hagen. He met his wife, Mary, at the top of Snow King, where she was working in the restaurant. Bill started the first ski school in Jackson at Snow King Mountain and followed that by opening the first ski shop at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village Sports. Bill and Mike Wardell became partners in Teton Village Sports and remained business partners until the early 1980s. Bill and Mary have 3 sons, Steve, Peter and Allen, who were all ski racers at Jackson Hole High School.