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Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a global hotspot for skilled skiers and snowboarders. Jackson Hole skiing is centered on the hamlet of Teton, which is about 25 minutes from the main town by free ski bus. Jackson Hole is a genuine cowboy community that has developed into a premium ski vacation destination.

Muscular, rugged mountains with stark granite cliffs; high-alpine bowls; 4,139 vertical feet (1,262 m) of some of North America’s most difficult inbounds skiing on 2,500 acres (1,012 ha); all surrounded by 120 square miles (310 square kilometers) of open-gate backcountry. Jackson Hole is to North America what Chamonix is to Europe: it is teeming with talented skiers and snowboarders, and the alpine culture reigns supreme.

Initial impressions will almost certainly validate the reputation. From the minute you see the jagged Teton Range – America’s most photographed range – you know you’re in for some serious skiing. Jackson Hole is a fantastic alternative for expert and intermediate ski groups, but skiers should be warned that the terrain is much more demanding than at many other resorts.

Despite its well-deserved reputation for extreme steeps, Jackson Hole also offers a softer side. While rookie skiers may find Jackson Hole’s basic skiing to be restricted, intermediate skiers will appreciate the resort – as long as they avoid accidentally descending a black diamond or two. Jackson Hole’s sophisticated ski lift system easily accommodates the crowds, which are often lower than those at many comparable Rocky Mountain resorts; some skiers are surely (and incorrectly) frightened away by Jackson Hole’s vicious reputation.

The Teton Village – a purpose-built village of hotels, restaurants, pubs, and stores – is located at the ski area’s base. Teton Village does an excellent job at recreating the feel of the surrounding Yellowstone National Park’s magnificent lodges (less than 1 mile from the resort). If, on the other hand, you’re seeking for a real Old West town, Jackson (not to be confused with Teton Village) lies just down the road.

Jackson Hole info card

Resort Altitude1925m
Highest Lift3185m
Longest Run7km
Total Lifts13
Gondolas/Cable cars2
Chairlifts10
Snow Parks3

Ski and Snowboard Terrain

While Jackson Hole does get a lot of snow, this location is all about the spectacular topography. You’ll understand why around halfway up the Tram. Looking over North Colter Ridge to the Hobacks is a continuously pitched fall line unlike anything else witnessed by these powderhounds. Cover the fall line with a foot or two of snow and you’ve achieved skiing heaven. All you have to do is outrun the natives. Have some fun trying!

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is comprised of two peaks. The Apres Vous Mountain is mostly suitable for intermediate skiers, while the mountain’s base has easy beginning slopes. Rendezvous Mountain thrills advanced riders with its steep chutes, bowls, couloirs, and glades.

The entire landscape is defined by a steady fall line and a steep drop of 1,261 metres. 2,500 acres (1,066 hectares) of inbound slopes are supplemented with 3,000 acres of closed backcountry terrain. Additionally, Jackson Hole is well-known for its powder skiing. With an annual snowfall of around 12 metres, there is a plenty of the light and fluffy white stuff.

Having said that, there is sufficient of terrain for all abilities, with 40% of routes suitable for intermediates. Jackson Hole is suitable for beginners, but with just 10% of trails designated for beginners, L-platers will be more at home at the adjacent Snow King Ski Resort.

Ski Terrain for Beginners

Jackson Hole does not have a lot to offer beginners, which is why the lift tickets are so inexpensive. Two seats at the bottom of the hill serve the fundamental requirements of the novice, giving them with a whopping 130 metres of vertical! This is not a hill for novices.

Skiing and snowboarding for Intermediate Skiers and Boarders

While Jackson Hole is renowned for its extremes, official trail statistics indicate that 40% of routes are intermediate, despite the fact that many of the intermediate trails are cat tracks. The majority of true intermediate terrain is accessible via the Bridger Gondola, the Casper Triple, or the Apres Vous Quad.

The greatest options off the gondola are Gros Ventre and Sundance. Intermediates should give them a try on powder days. Casper Triple has a variety of simple blue routes to the skiers’ right and more harder runs to the skiers’ left of the chair. In sketchy and icy circumstances, intermediates should avoid the Moran traverse to the Apres Vous chair — it will result in tears!

Despite its difficult grade, confident intermediates should be able to overcome the tram’s summit, Rendezvous Bowl, in the majority of circumstances. This will provide access to the complete 1,261 metre vertical for thigh burning.

For Families/Children

Jackson Hole is the kind of ski resort where you’ll want to keep an eye on your descendants. Certain treks are hazardous if one falls in the incorrect direction. Fortunately, the chairlifts and slopes to the left of the Bridger Gondola are often more family friendly. Apart from the two novice chairs located at the base, the Casper and Apres Vous chairs provide the next most approachable terrain. Additionally, the hamlet has a children’s snow play area that is ideal for sledding.

Advanced Ski and Snowboard Areas

Advanced skiers will like the fall line created by the spurs that descend from North Colter Ridge to the Hobacks. Cheyenne and Laramie Bowls, as well as the Cirque, feature steeps, bumps, and trees higher up the mountain. Ranger and Cascade are two rapid advanced runs on the gondola. Arrive first to the gondola on a POW day and scream down Ranger with the sole purpose of demonstrating your superiority behind the line.

Only Experts

Jackson Hole has a great deal to offer the expert. There are several cliffs and steeps. Corbet’s Couloir, one of the most well-known couloirs in the ski world, is located immediately below the tram’s peak. Before trying it, check up with the ski patrol. Take the short trek to the Headwall if the circumstances are favorable (located above the Gondola Summit). This finally leads to Casper Bowl and the Crags. All entrants will be put to the test by the variety of steep and demanding chutes and tree runs.

Snow and Weather Conditions

While Jackson Hole may not get as much snow as its smaller sibling on the opposite side of the mountain (Grand Targhee), it excels in the snow department. Around 12 metres of snowfall each year is roughly average for the planet. Unfortunately, the Powderhounds cannot swear for sun or blue sky days, since they did not arrive during our visit. However, the sun indicates that it is not snowing, and the sun attracts all the gullible punters who spend their winter days inside.

Infrastructure & Services

Consumption on a Mountain

Corbet’s Cabin, located at the tram’s summit, provides the highest snacks available. Waffles are the major attraction and are, at best, overrated.

Three distinct restaurants are located at the Bridger Gondola’s top station. While the vistas are spectacular when the sun is out, they are all much too pricey to bother with otherwise.

Other dining choices on the mountain include the Sublette quad base area (wraps, etc.) and the Casper triple (some good nosh here).

The Village Cafe, situated skiers’ right of the tram stop in the bowels of the Village Centre Building, and the RMO Cafe, located in the Mangy Moose building, provide the best fast lunches.

Children’s Facilities

The Wrangler Childcare Center offers daycare for children ages six months to three years. There are full-day programs available for children aged three and up, but they all need a second mortgage on your home. Additionally, many ‘Kids Night Out’ programs are offered during the ski season, allowing parents to drop their children off for three hours in the evening. After all, you may be able to arrange a romantic supper together!

School of Skiing

The ski and snowboard school offers group and individual training for adults and children, as well as lessons in Nordic skiing. Given Jackson Hole’s hazardous terrain, the school also provides steep and deep clinics, as well as other specialty clinics.

Additionally, the ski and snowboard school offers mountain guiding services. Guides will assist you in exploring the thousands of acres of backcountry outside the ski resort’s bounds. They’ll also give technical and backcountry safety instruction if requested.

Jackson Hole Accommodation

Teton Village is the name of Jackson Hole’s base area. It is most accurately characterized as compact. Numerous luxury lodges and resort-style hotels are available, all of which are ski-in/ski-out. Apart from the wonderful ability to sleep in a little longer and get to the head of the morning lift queue, there is a cost to being ‘up the hill.’ Teton Village hotels are often pricey; amenities are limited, and there is little nightlife or shopping.

There are several affordable lodging alternatives in and around the adjacent town of Jackson. Jackson accommodation is more affordable than Teton Village, and the nightlife, shopping, and dining are excellent. The START bus system connects Jackson to the ski resort.

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