Steep terrain, legendary snow and a vertical drop of 4,139 ft. has long drawn world class skiers and riders to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton County, Wyoming.
While the resort’s base at Teton Village is a lively scene, the town of Jackson, 12 miles away, has an apres ski life of its own, from champagne-popping oyster bars to dives reminiscent of the Jackson Hole valley a century ago.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has 2,500 skiable acres inbound, and a further 3,000 of backcountry for advanced skiers to explore. The summit elevation here is 10,450 ft., with a base elevation of 6,311 ft. There are 16 lifts at Jackson, including a 100-person aerial tram, two gondolas and 11 chairlifts, accommodating 16,733 people an hour on the resort’s lift system. There is no night skiing at Jackson Hole, though there is tubing both at Kings Tubes in Jackson and at the Ice Castle in Teton Village at the base of the resort. There is also ice skating in Jackson’s town square, with ice skate rentals available.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a Ski & Snowboard School – the Mountain Sports Schools in the Bridger Center, which offers private and group ski and snowboard lessons, as well as video evaluations, race clinics and the Wild West Camp series. Ski and snowboard rentals are also available at the sports school as well as two other base rental shop locations. Other rental operations can be found in Jackson, including Snow Kings Mountain Sports Shop, Hoback Sports and JH Skis. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is an Ikon Pass destination. The resort also has a the Kids Ranch, next to the Bridger Gondola, offering age-specific activities for kids from six months to 17 years, including an educational winter sports program. Both slopeside dining and lodging is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
The season at Jackson Hole generally runs from around Thanksgiving until the first week of April. The peak snow conditions historically have been in late January.
There are 116 runs at Jackson Hole, mostly geared towards advanced and expert skiers. There are also two terrain parks and four Burton Stash parks. 50 percent of the runs at Jackson are “Most Difficult” with 40 percent set at “More Difficult”. Beginners have about ten percent of the runs here. The longest run is 4.5 miles. Jackson gets about 459 inches of snow annually, and snowmaking covers 195 acres.
From rustic cabins and bunkhouses to luxury condos and slopeside residences with ski-in/ski-out access, Jackson Hole has a range of lodging options. In Teton Village, the award-winning Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers plush accommodation with quick access to the gondola, as well as a 22-person hot tub on the roof looking out to the snow-capped Tetons and the on-site SpaTerre and the Spur Restaurant & Bar. The only ski-in/ski-out option in Teton Village, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences has luxurious mountain and valley-view rooms, an on-site spa and three restaurants, and multi-room units for families and groups. In the town of Jackson, the historic Wort Hotel, offers exceptional accommodation and high-end service with a complimentary shuttle to the lifts, afternoon après ski hot chocolate and cookies in front of the fire and the legendary Silver Dollar Bar and Showroom with weekly live music ( www.jacksonhole.com ).
Jackson and Teton Village are havens for food-loving skiers, with farm-to-table dining experiences that include local beef, elk and bison as well as sushi and Thai. There are still burgers and nachos to satisfy post-slope cravings, but this is also the town named as one of the U.S. top five new foodie cities by Wine Enthusiast – so its worth the splurge. In downtown Jackson, the Rendezvous Bistro offers casual French-American cuisine, featuring a raw bar and lengthy wine list alongside beer tartare, ceviche, grilled octopus or goose confit. For on-mountain dining, try the Piste Mountain Bistro at the top of the Bridger Gondola, for Rocky Mountain fare with sweeping views from floor-to-ceiling windows of the Jackson Hole Valley. Named “The Best Place to Après” by SKI Magazine, Spur serves up locally sourced ingredients and signature cocktails in a fireside setting in the restaurant located within the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa ( www.jacksonhole.com ).
The Jackson Hole Airport is serviced by United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines, with daily flights arriving and departing from major U.S. cities. The airport is a 36-minute drive from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There are shuttles that make regular commutes to the resort and some accommodation offer complimentary shuttles.
Driving, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is about four and a half hours from Salt Lake City, Utah and a little under two hours from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Once at the resort, there is a regular ski shuttle that transports guests to and from the slopes. Taxi services are also available in Jackson.
A laid-back, yet lively town, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will have you coming back for more with world-class skiing and easy...