Top 5 Ski Resorts In Wyoming
Written by Alexa Owen • Oct 02, 2015
The state of old cowboy towns, wide open spaces and diverse mountain ranges, Wyoming has an alluring charm that sets it apart from neighboring states. Whether you’re looking for some of the most challenging in-bounds terrain in North America, a legendary après ski scene or more affordable mom-and-pop ski areas that can cater to any budget and family, you can likely find it in good old Wyo.
Teton Village, Wyoming
With 2500 acres of terrain and over 4,000 feet of vertical, Jackson Hole has been the ultimate playground for ski and snowboard thrill-seekers for fifty years. The world-class resort has developed into a destination for families, college students and legendary athletes without losing its Wild West soul – a truly remarkable feat.
On the Slopes: The terrain is mostly high-intermediate to expert, making it ideal for those who want to access steeps, trees and chutes. Of the 116 named trails, only 10% are beginner and located in the Teewinot area near the base of the Bridger Gondola.
Around Town: Teton Village hosts a handful of bars with live music at après most weekend nights. Kids of all ages can play in the snow castles and sledding tracks near the base of the tram. Head into the town of Jackson, a 25 minute drive, for more restaurants, shopping and music events.
Known For: challenging terrain, nightlife, events
Bordering Idaho on the back side of the Teton Range, Grand Targhee provides open faces and a more intimate experience than larger North American resorts. Referred to by locals as “The ‘Ghee,” it is known for western hospitality, short (if any) lift lines, and consistently good snowfall – over 500 inches annually.
On the Slopes: Both of Grand Targhee’s peaks, Peaked Mountain and Fred’s Mountain, have access to expert and intermediate terrain leading all the way down to the base beginner areas. Spacious tree runs and steep groomers are easy to find. The 2600 foot vertical rise makes for long, cruising runs with plenty of room for play.
Around Town: The family-friendly village area at the base has a few shops and restaurants, including the Trap Bar and Grill, a local favorite. You can make your way into Teton Valley for more options. Looking for more fun? Evening snow cat tours, a tubing park, and Kids Night Out are consistent favorites.
Known For: family, snow quality, scenery
Snow King has undergone many changes in the past few years, including upgrades and renovations that attract those seeking a resort-like atmosphere on a smaller scale. Located in the town of Jackson, it boasts short (but challenging) steep runs, a tubing park, and walking access to downtown.
On the Slopes: 26 runs on 400 acres skiable terrain offer enough steep groomers and trees to keep skiers and riders lapping all day. Beginner and intermediate runs are distinctly separated from expert terrain, which means low traffic in these areas – an advantage for learners.
Around Town: Snow King overlooks the town of Jackson and all its charm. Town square - bustling with restaurants, bars, and local artisan shops - is within a 10-minute walk. Night tubing at the base is popular for kids of all ages, and sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge a great option for a day off the slopes.
Known For: family, steep terrain, hospitality
Hogadon Ski Area
Hogadon is a locally known mountain 20 minutes outside of downtown Caspar and a favorite of Caspar regulars for its steep terrain and accessibility. The Mountain Snow Sports School offers a great package deal for beginners through its Learn to Ski or Snowboard program.
On the Slopes: Hogadon’s 600 foot vertical rise makes for short, steep runs, and 50% terrain snowmaking capacity means early-season skiing is decent. Most runs are for experts; intermediates may have limited options.
Around Town: The town of Caspar is where most action around Hogadon is happening. Though there is not much of an apres ski scene there are plenty of but low-key activities that cater to families, like the Caspar Ice Arena which has excellent public skating facilities.
Known For: family, terrain, accessibility
Pine Creek Ski Resort
Centrally located just east of Cokeville, Pine Creek is a small resort with 1,400 vertical feet of skiing and varied terrain. Small, simple, and homey, Pine Creek and surrounding area offer a no-frills but comfortable getaway for those seeking a quieter experience in classic western Wyoming scenery.
On the Slopes: Nearly half of the 30 runs are on intermediate terrain, the rest equally split between beginner and expert runs – all of which can be accessed from Pine Creek’s only chairlift. The slopes aren’t steep and terrain is ideal for those seeking access to shorter runs and a more personal experience.
Around Town: Pine Creek hosts a winter carnival every March, an end-of-season pond skim and rail jam. The newly renovated Pine Creek Lodge is a cozy place to relax at the end of a day. Cokeville has a spread of motels and lodges run by nice locals ready to share stories about life in rural Wyoming.
Known For: family, hospitality, variety
Although few and often far-between, Wyoming’s ski areas offer quality terrain and culturally authentic skiing and riding experiences on varying size scales. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate resort experience or a quieter, affordable place to learn to ski, we’ll help you find the best deals here!