Jackson Hole: Now With Added Solitude
You’re an expert skier or rider but your group is mixed-ability? Now you can have your Jackson cake and eat it!
Jackson Hole is such an iconic destination that you have to go at least once in your skiing and snowboarding lifetime. Its legendary status is well deserved, with the incredible terrain, the 10-plus metres of annual snowfall and the magnificent backdrop of the Grand Tetons.
Genuinely extreme terrain is here in abundance, including Jackson's ultimate challenge, the leap into Corbet's Couloir (more on that later). This is hallowed ground for many a seasoned skier. But the people you travel with have to be up for it too, right?
The resort has recently made huge investment in changing the perception of being "experts only". The infrastructure has been upgraded to connect and open up its terrain and service to intermediates and beginners too, so it is now most definitely a destination that should be on your radar, even if you have mixed abilities in your group, including those who are clipping on their skis for the first time.
New for 2018/19, Solitude Station is a full-service lodge which combines a new base for Jackson Hole’s Mountain Sports School with equipment rentals, lift pass sales and two inviting restaurants. At the mid-station of the Sweetwater Gondola, just a two-minute ride up from the base, this area has been expanded for beginners and is perfect if you need to accommodate mixed abilities, or for families with children aged seven and up.
Its two cafeteria-style restaurants provide an easy and relaxed dining experience for everyone using the facility. One is a dedicated kids' cafeteria which is perfect for children to grab lunch with their instructor between morning and afternoon lessons.
The other is an adults-only dining room complete with buffet, bar, fireplace and comfortable seating, great for those looking for somewhere to relax before, during or after lessons. The outside terrace with its firepit is the ideal place to unwind with a drink at the end of the day or to support your friends or children while they learn.
Over the past few years, more blue terrain has been added in the Teton and Casper lift areas, and what used to be off-piste and mogul terrain has been converted into extensive groomer skiing. This is accessed by the new Sweetwater Gondola and Apres Vous Quad Chair, making it easier than ever to reach intermediate terrain, including some lovely, well-spaced glade skiing.
The mountain host service is great for intermediates too, especially on the first day. The friendly locals will help orientate intermediates on the mountain, both for skiing and on the best places to stop, and give a little history of the area at the same time. They meet twice a day at 9.30am and 1pm at the base of the mountain.
For all of the die-hards, Rendezvous Mountain is still the most exciting area - Jackson's iconic tram, re-introduced in 2008, whips 100 riders up over 4,000 ft of vertical to some of the most challenging terrain in North America in just nine minutes! The home of legendary Corbet's Couloir, watch February’s 'Kings and Queens of Corbet's' for a little taste of its craziness!:
Experience it for yourself
Our ski specialists can offer first-hand advice on staying and skiing at Jackson Hole. Call us for more information and to book on 01273 224060 or request a quotation online.
A 7 night B&B stay at the 3* Parkway Inn in 2019/20 starts from £1065pp based on two adults travelling, including flights and transfers.
A 7 night B&B stay at the 3* Parkway Inn for February half term 2020 starts from £1100pp for two adults and two children (under 12) travelling, including flights and transfers.
Prices based on season 2019/20 departures, subject to availability.
Snowboarder/Skier: Five ski seasons: La Plagne, Les Deux Alpes, Kitzbuhel, Serre Chevalier, Courchevel, and all the UK organisation in between before joining Ski Safari in 2008.