The Ski Resort
If you come to Jackson Hole to ski or snowboard, make sure to keep your eyes peeled – seeing a red deer, elk or even a bear is no rarity here! No wonder, as the ski area in north-western Wyoming is located within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. Winter sports fanatics have been carving it up on Apres Vous Mountain (2,585 m) and Rendezvous (3,185 m) for over 50 years. Jackson Hole has made a name for itself with its steep runs.
The ski area takes its name from the valley in which it is located, and Teton Village serves as the entry point to the trail network. The town of Jackson is 15 minutes away by car, though the ski area is also conveniently served by a bus service from the town. Despite its many challenging steep runs, Jackson Hole is still a great destination for beginners and intermediate skiers, as around half of the terrain is categorised as easy or intermediate.
Beginners’ trails (marked green) are generally located in the lower section towards the valley around the short Eagle’s Rest and Teewinot lifts. After getting used to the snow on these simpler runs, you can then progress to higher ground. There are numerous groomers between Apres Vous Mountain and Gondola Summit which are ideal for carving, such as the Werner and Moran runs. The Gros Ventre run also begins on Gondola Summit, and it is one of the longest in the entire ski area.
Proficient skiers should probably take the Tram lift up from Teton Village to the peak of Rendezvous Mountain. This starting point opens up numerous options, and advanced skiers will be delighted by the fact that around half of the trails are marked black. There is certainly no shortage of demanding terrain here!
Black-marked steep runs provide an adrenaline kick, while numerous powder routes allow you to make the first tracks between the rocks and trees. And no write-up of Jackson Hole would be complete without mentioning Corbet’s Couloir. From the Tram gondola, you get a perfect view over this legendary rocky passage which requires you to plunge some 4 metres down into a tight chute.
- Offering 2498 acres of slopes and terrain, Jackson Hole is the largest ski resort in Wyoming.
- Jackson Hole is among the 15 best rated Ski Resorts in the USA.
- It is among the 3 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Wyoming.
- Elevated between 6309 ft and 10449 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 3 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Wyoming. The vertical drop from summit to base is 4140 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the USA is 1204 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Average snow depth during the season is 85 " at summit elevation and 64 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during August, offering an average snow depth of 139 " at summit elevation and 92 " at the base. Therefore Jackson Hole is among the 3 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Wyoming.
- Jackson Hole features 53 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the USA is 56 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 16 sunny days.
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On Mountain Dining
In Casper Restaurant at the Sweetwater Lift, skiers can satisfy their appetite with DIY burgers as well as with burritos. At the mountain station of the Bridger Gondola, the Rendezvous Lodge’s exclusive Couloir Restaurant is also an inviting prospect. If you prefer pizza or another typical pub dish, Nick Wilson’s is located near the valley station of the Aerial Tram and delivers just that. If you’re only looking for a short break, try Jackson Hole General Store next door or Corbet’s Cabin on the peak of Rendezvous Mountain.
If you have nerves of steel and are thrilled at the prospect of dropping into a rocky chute, then don’t miss Corbet’s Couloir.
Jackson is the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and is also close to Yellowstone, so it should come as no surprise that there are some impressive natural spectacles to be seen away from the slopes. Various providers organise tours (including snowshoe hikes) through both national parks, and seeing sheep, elks and red deer is no rarity. Moreover, Jackson is home to the National Elk Refuge, which is also well worth a visit, as up to 9,000 animals spend the winter here.
If you are interested in culture, you can explore the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Its collection includes exhibits from over 550 artists stretching all the way back to 2500 BC, with a particular focus on European and American paintings and sculptures. You can also take the opportunity to jump on a snowmobile and take a tour of the backcountry around Jackson.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
For après-ski, look no further than the Handle Bar in Teton Village – an American pub with a vast selection of beer and whiskey. In Wilson, which is located between the ski area and Jackson, the Roadhouse also welcomes skiers. This pub has its own beer as well as regular live music. The Stagecoach Bar is a true institution in Wilson, and the ideal place to shoot some pool or play some darts.
There are also numerous other options for partying hard in Jackson. Visiting the Silver Dollar Bar is like walking into a western, as the bar itself was built using 2000 silver dollars from 1921, while the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has saddles fitted to barstools. If you would prefer to spend the evening in a more conventional cocktail lounge, then The Rose is probably more what you are looking for.
Dining and Restaurants
In addition to the Couloir Restaurant on the mountain, which is also open during the evening, Il Villagio Osteria in Teton Village is a great place for top-notch Italian cuisine. Notably, the menu here also features home-made pasta. The Spur, on the other hand, reimagines Alpine cuisine with dishes featuring venison and bison.
If you fancy a steak, the Westbank Grill Four Seasons is the place to go, while gourmets should head over to Wild Sage in Jackson, which is big on regional cuisine and seafood specialities. The Snake River Grill is another great place to eat fish, and is organic to boot. The White Buffalo Club is known locally for its unusual wine menu and delicious steaks.
From Salt Lake City, take Interstate 15 to Jackson Hole. Turn off at McCammon on U.S. 30 and then join ID 34 at Soda Springs. Shortly after the state line to Wyoming, this road joins US 89. Turn left and follow the road to Jackson.
Jackson also has its own airport, and you can fly directly from 13 US cities, including New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago.