Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Wyoming’s Best in Snow

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Wyoming’s Best in Snow

Named after historical Jackson Hole valley, Jackson Hole is known for its vertical drop—one of the continent’s highest—as well as its appeal to beginners.

Gearing up for its 50th winter with lots of special events for 2015/2016, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is famous for its steep terrain and vertical drop, which is one of the highest in North America at 4,139 feet. However, you don’t have to be a professional to ski here. Jackson Hole has made efforts to create a more family- and beginner-friendly environment at the resort, making it less intimidating for people who are just starting out or are looking for a more laid-back day on the slopes here in the heart of Wyoming’s Teton Country.

Coinciding with 50th anniversary celebrations, Jackson Hole on Dec. 19 will introduce the Teton Lift, a new quad chair that will move skiers 1,600 vertical feet up the mountain and drop them off near the entrance to Granite Canyon at the northern boundary of the resort. The area being accessed is known as the Crags, amazing terrain located between Apres Vouz and Casper lifts.

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What’s it like at Jackson Hole?

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Jackson Hole – Slope to Slope

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  • Vertical drop: one of the highest in North America at 4,139 feet
  • Resort consists of two mountains: Apres Vous and Rendezvous
  • Skiable terrain: 2,500 acres
  • 116 named trails (50% of those labeled as expert, 40% intermediate and 10% beginner)
  • Family- and beginner-friendly environment
  • Mountain Sports School offers individual or class instruction for novices to experts
  • Superpipe, two terrain parks, a Burton Stash park—the only one in the Rockies.

Where can we stay?

Photo Credit- Chris Figenshau/ Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

JHMR has a number of slopeside lodging options, putting you within steps of the base. For upscale accommodations, check out the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, located at the base of the mountain in Teton Village, complete with three restaurants, outdoor pool and spa. Or spend a night or two at Hotel Terra, a top-rated hotel with a rooftop spa, two restaurants, infinity pool, and 132 guest rooms and condo-style suites.

Other slopeside options include Inn At Jackson Hole, considered one of the best values in Teton Village, and The Hostel, which guarantees the lowest rates around and offers private guest rooms and traditional hostel-style rooms.

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If you would rather stay in the town of Jackson, there are several great spots to choose. The Wyoming Inn recently unveiled new rooms featuring Western-style fireplaces, window seats and spacious granite bathrooms. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service to JHMR. Town Square Inns consists of four different properties that accommodate any size group and budget. The properties are located in downtown, within walking distance of the city’s night life, restaurants, shopping and art galleries. The Wort Hotel offers guests a trip through time, as this historic hotel dates back to 1941 and captures the essence of the Old West.

What about activities off the slope?

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When you need a break from skiing or boarding, Jackson Hole has you covered with plenty of other activities and entertainment. Off the slopes, guests can enjoy a number of rugged recreational activities, including ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. The city is the gateway to Grand Teton National Park, 96,000 acres of wilderness perfect for hiking, snowshoeing and exploring. Or make your way to the National Elk Refuge, where thousands of elk gather to graze. Overlooking the refuge is the National Museum of Wildlife, considered the definitive site to see wildlife art in the U.S.

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Jackson Hole is known for its art scene. Be part of the fun on Thursday Night ArtWalks, a free monthly event where guests can wander from gallery to gallery, enjoying art, drinks and food.

With concerts and music events going on almost every night, the party never seems to stop in Jackson. Dance the night away at Bluegrass Tuesdays at Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar, a free event that has become a beloved tradition. On the weekends, head over to the Pink Garter for some indie music and a craft cocktail from the lounge, The Rose. On Sundays, don’t miss the Stagecoach Band, which has been playing at Stagecoach Bar for over 40 years.

How do I get to Jackson Hole, then how do I get around?

Non-stop flights to Jackson Hole are available from 12 non-stop cities, and most everywhere else connects to one of those cities. The airport is located at the base of the Teton mountain range and is only a short drive from JHMR and downtown.

Jackson Hole is also within a few hours’ drive of major cities like Salt Lake City and Denver, and the journey on the highway is guaranteed to be breathtaking.

Once you arrive in Jackson, it’s easy to get around. The city offers a public bus system—START—which is an affordable and efficient way to travel around the valley. A one-way trip from downtown to Teton Village is $3 per person. You can also rent cars or shuttles to travel around at your own leisure.

So when you’re planning your next ski or snowboard trip, head to Wyoming to visit one of the most highly rated ski resorts in the country. You’ll immediately be enchanted by the mountainous terrain, top-quality skiing and non-stop action that is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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