Go Wild in Jackson Hole

1st December 2017 - Andy Knights
Jackson Hole - Wild

Incredible ski terrain, stunning national parks and a genuine Wild West flavour - Jackson Hole is nothing short of legendary and is a rite of passage for any true ski aficionado.

Wild Terrain

High in the mighty Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole is world famous for its scenic and breathtaking terrain and is home to some of North America’s most challenging runs. If you like it steep then you have it, with 50% of the mountain classified as advanced.

Jackson Hole © Amy Jimmerson

Jackson Hole © Amy Jimmerson

The likes of Headwall, Cirque, Rendezvous Bowl, Saratoga Bowl and the Hobacks offer some of the best steep pitches, faces, chutes and tree runs imaginable. However, no conversation about Jackson Hole is complete without discussing North America's most (in)famous run, Corbet’s Couloir.

Quite possibly the most legendary chute in the world, where anyone brave enough to try faces a mandatory drop-in ranging from 10 to 20 feet, depending on snow conditions, just to ‘get in’ the chute. If they are still standing, they then face one of the steepest and fastest descents going. If you ever get asked, “Have you skied Jackson?", we can guarantee the next question is, “Did you do Corbet’s?" The answer is usually no...

The awesome terrain is made even better by the bottomless powder. Last winter was one for the record books, with the resort recording the deepest snowpack ever at Rendezvous Bowl - 389cm. 'Deepcember' was the deepest in 40 years, 'Januburied' was exactly that, and February was the snowiest month in Jackson's 51 years of operations. The resort ended 16/17 with a huge 15 metre total, and with over three metres already this year, the evidence suggests another insanely good winter for powder.

Don't be overawed though. Recent lift improvements have made it quicker and easier to access more mellow terrain, so the intermediates among you can take a walk (or ski) on the wild side! The Kemmerer family has invested an average of $11 million per year into improving the resort, including lift construction, trail grading and more. The Sweetwater Gondola, new for 2016/17, included a mid-station which dramatically improved the beginner skiing experience and continues up to Casper lift, the intermediate centrepiece of the mountain.

Andy Knights in Jackson Hole

Andy in Jackson Hole in 2014

Wild West

Jackson Town is about as authentic as you can get, where it's commonplace to share the wooden boardwalks with genuine cowboys and cowgirls. For those who like their creature comforts, the old seamlessly meets the new here, but it remains firmly steeped in history and Western charm.

The town boasts an impressive list of bistros, restaurants and bars. I recommend a visit to the Wort Hotel, Jackson's first and where the Silver Dollar Bar has over three hundred 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars inlaid throughout, for live music, good beer and classic Western food. For a lively experience, rest up on one of the leather saddles at the Cowboy Bar. Open until late and packed full of locals, you're sure to hear a story or two.

Town Square Snow © Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Cowboy Bar, Jackson Town © Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

No visit to Jackson is complete without the mandatory photo taken in town square under one of the four iconic elk horn arches. With the National Elk Refuge just down the road and with about 5000 elk shedding their horns each year, there are quite a lot of them lying about!

Wildlife

Bison, moose, elk and wolves - just some of the residents of the Teton and Yellowstone national parks. A short drive from Jackson Hole, you'll find humbling landscapes, magnificent wildlife and a true wilderness experience.

Scenic Elk © Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Elk in Teton National Park © Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

I recommend taking one or two days out from skiing to visit Yellowstone by snow coach or snowmobile and experience the majesty of the famous Old Faithful geyser first hand. There are also many winter wildlife tours for spotting the area's diverse animal population in their natural habitat.

Book before 31 December and save up to 25% on Jackson Hole in 2018. Our USA ski specialists are here to help Monday to Saturday on 01273 224060 or you can request a quotation online and we'll be in touch.

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Snowboarding since age 16, instructor for 4 years in Canada and New Zealand, four seasons in Whistler, one season in Banff and one season in New Zealand.