Why Jackson Hole?
Jackson Hole is one of the most iconic ski resorts in North America. Nestled away in north-west Wyoming, its reputation as one of the top ski holiday destinations in the world is totally justified! The combination of awesome terrain, superb powder and breathtaking scenery overlooking the Teton Mountain range and valley floor, make it a boarders and skiers paradise.
Jackson Hole turned 50 this year and celebrated the anniversary with the arrival of a new high-speed quad - the Teton Lift.
Although the skiing here is best suited to competent skiers, there is a lot of genuinely challenging terrain, from the huge moguls to the infamous leap of craziness that is Corbet's Couloir. Jackson Hole has put a lot of investment towards changing the perception of being "experts only". Rendezvous Mountain is still the most aggressive area with Apres Vous offering some more mellow terrain including some lovely well-spaced glade skiing. Having said all that, 40% of the mountain has been designated as intermediate so, whilst a number of these are cat tracks, Jackson has a lot more to offer than most people initially realise. A few years ago Jackson Hole's iconic Tram was reintroduced. This can whip 100 riders up over 4,000 ft of vertical to some of the most challenging terrain in North America in just 9.5 mins!
Off the Slopes
The ski resort is split between the ski base area of Teton Village and the town of Jackson Hole 12 miles away, with the two linked by shuttle bus. The Wild West atmosphere of the town really does make it feel like something out of a Hollywood western with its wooden frontages and boards in front of most shops and restaurants. The bulk of the nightlife is in downtown Jackson and there is also a large number of day spas in town to help soothe those post-Corbet’s aches and pains. The proximity to Yellowstone National Park makes it an enjoyable option for mixed groups and there are loads of wildlife based activities on offer.
There is a range of accommodation options in both Jackson and Teton Village. Teton is definitely quieter with a good range of ski in ski out properties and these tend to be at the higher end of the price range. Jackson properties are more traditionally western and generally excellent value. This is where to stay if you are planning on spending a lot of time out in the evenings.
Jackson Hole is located near to the powder meccas of Big Sky and Grand Targhee. These can all be combined in the incredible Yellowstone Safari which will offer some of the best skiing and riding of your life. You can also add on a day or two snowmobiling in West Yellowstone.