Ryan Hoff is a whitewater extraordinaire. Ryan joined our team in 2010 and quickly made his way up the ladder, from raft guide to head raft guide to operations manager. His 5 impressive seasons with us included the legendary summer of 2011, where we had one of the longest sustained seasons of high water in the canyon’s history! Ryan loved to make sure his guests turned into “Snake River Swim Team” members and some of his most notable rafters included the Wounded Warriors and his 84-year-old grandma…who is in her 90s now! Working on the river also allowed Ryan to guide a 21-day raft trip down the Grand Canyon and fly to Nepal for an 8-day raft trip down the Karnali River.
After DH, Ryan made his way up to Connecticut where he is now ESPN’s Associate Producer in Event Production, meaning he produces content for some of ESPN’s largest broadcasts! Think of him next time your watching Monday Night Football or NFL and NBA draft, because those graphics are all him, live from the production truck. Though Ryan has been through many adventures in life (and there have been plenty!), Ryan maintains fatherhood tops them all. He and his wife, Liz, have a 10-month old son named Connor, who you can bet is already a wetsuit washer in training! Though they will certainly let Connor choose his own path, we know rafting is in his blood.
The best advice Ryan has for those coming to Jackson Hole is to attack everything you do with passion. Passion and happiness are contagious, and passion is the first key to success. He advises everyone to take advantage of the beauty and experiences Jackson Hole offers. Whether you’re on the river or hiking in the mountains or exploring new trails through the hills, you will make friendships that will last forever. JH is an amazing place, just be ready to embrace adventure!