Racing rancher grooms courses for Olympic skiers

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – We didn’t know this and we’ll bet many of our readers don’t either. Until now.

Buckrail ran across a great piece by AP writer Pat Graham that appeared in publications around the country late last month. It features a Sublette County rancher who gets up early every day to throw hay bales at his Red Angus on the 1,800 acres he leases near Boulder, Wyoming.

Tom Johnston is your very typical Wyoming rancher. These days you’ll rarely see him from the road but if you do, he’ll be the guy wearing Carhartt bib overalls with the bushy mustache frosted snowy white underneath his Stormy Kromer. Just like every other cowboy down there on the Green.

But look closer. You might spot the vintage US Ski Team jacket speckled with sponsorship patches from Spyder, VISA, and GoPro.


You see, to his friends and neighbors, Johnston is a mild-mannered Wyoming rancher. In international circles, though, he’s one of the foremost experts on building Olympic alpine racecourses like the downhill and super-G.

The 55-year-old is working on a Bernhard Russi masterpiece for the Pyeongchang Winter Games right now and promises it will be one of his best.

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