The state of old cowboy towns, wide open spaces and diverse mountain ranges, Wyoming has an alluring charm. Whether you’re looking for some of the most challenging in-bounds terrain in North America or more affordable mom-and-pop ski areas, you can likely find it in good old Wyo.
- Family friendly
- Laid-back atmosphere
- Affordable lift tickets
- Small ski area
- Slopes aren’t very steep
Centrally located just east of Cokeville, Pine Creek is a small resort with a vertical drop of 1,400 ft 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.
The mountain offers a variety of terrain across 30 runs – all of which can be accessed from Pine Creek’s only chairlift. The slopes aren’t steep and the terrain is ideal for those seeking access to shorter runs and a more personal experience.
Relaxed and local vibes
Pine Creek hosts a winter carnival every March featuring Cardboard Derby and Patio Party as well as an end-of-season party including the classic pond skim. The 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.
- Steep terrain for a small ski area
- Scenic views of Casper
- Extensive snowmaking makes it ideal for early-season skiing
- Small terrain size
- Limited après ski
Hogadon is a locally known mountain 20 minutes outside of downtown Casper and a favorite of Casper regulars for its steep terrain and accessibility.
Short but Steep runs
Hogadon’s 600 ft vertical rise makes for short, steep runs, and 50% terrain snowmaking capacity means early-season skiing is decent. Most runs are for experts; beginners may have limited options.
Check out the town of Casper
The town of Casper is where most action around Hogadon is happening. Though there is not much of an après ski scene there are plenty of low-key activities that cater to families, like the Casper Ice Arena which has excellent public skating facilities.
- Walking distance to the town of Jackson
- Impressive terrain for a small ski resort
- Jackson Hole’s only night skiing
- Small size
- The terrain isn’t as challenging as Jackson Hole
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.
Small but Solid Terrain
The 32 runs on 400 ac skiable terrain offers 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. The mountain also offers the only night skiing in Jackson Hole!
Walking distance to 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. 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.
- Plenty of quality snow
- Wyoming’s only cat skiing
- No lift lines
- Limited dining and lodging options
- Small resort
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 in annually.
From Groomers to Powder runs
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 2,600 ft vertical rise makes for long, cruising runs with plenty of room for play. Want more? Grand Targhee has the state’s only cat-skiing which is perfect for accessing the powder.
Family-friendly base area
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? A tubing park and Kids Night Out are consistent favorites.
- Epic expert terrain
- The longest continuous vertical of any ski resort in the US
- Easy to access backcountry terrain
- Not ideal for first-timers
- Freshies get tracked out quickly
- Crowds can be an issue
With 2,500 ac of terrain and over 4,000 ft of vertical, Jackson Hole has been the ultimate playground for ski and snowboard thrill-seekers for over 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.
An Expert’s Playground
The terrain is mostly high-intermediate to expert, making it ideal for those who want to access steeps, trees and chutes. Of the 133 named trails, only 10% are beginner and located in the Teewinot area near the base of the Bridger Gondola.
Bustling Base Village
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.
Have you skied Wyoming? What are your thoughts? Did we miss any of your favorites?