Although 50% of the ski terrain is expert, there is more to Jackson Hole Mountain as a resort than serious steeps. The ski resort comprises three separate summits and 2,500 acres of inbound terrain on Rendezvous Mountain (service by the Tram and four quads), Teton with its new Teton Express quad servicing previously hike-to terrain in Grand Canyon, and Apres Vous Mountain which offers great intermediate terrain often in the sun. The modern eight-passenger Bridger Gondola serves the center of Jackson Hole, ascending over 2,800’ vertical (pretty impressive except that the Tram is over 4,000’) with a spectacular lodge at the top (tip: lunch here at Couloir Restaurant and enjoy the floor to ceiling view and the best ski lunch at 9,095’). Jackson’s mid-mountain Casper Quad Lift serves blue wide open cruisers, and the lower mountain has a handful of gentle groomed beginner boulevards.
Jackson Hole has a full-service Kids’ Ranch ski and snowboard program for first timers on up. Jackson gets lots of snow, over 475’ on average, but doesn’t get the big crowds given its location in wide-open Wyoming (the least populated state in the union), 12 miles outside of the cowboy town of Jackson.
You would think Jackson Hole is all grit and vertical, a cowboy ski area with crazy local skiers and hearty heart thumping terrain, but Jackson also has a very luxurious side. Jackson Hole’s base – Teton Village is now home to the finest lodging properties in ski country – with the slopeside Four Seasons Jackson Hole being the finest of all, five-star from the extraordinary suites, sensational food, a gracious staff that anticipates everything from buckling your ski boots to warming your fluffy robe and towel by the outdoor pool during your après ski soak, with cocktail service.
Jackson Hole also hosts a RockResorts Snake River Lodge, Hotel Terra and Teton Mountain Club, all ski in/ski out, but Four Season has the foremost location next to the gondola, or three ski turns down to the Tram and the most fantastic lobby bar with views of the skiing. Downtown Jackson Hole is worth a visit, one of the best western ski towns around, with a few lodging properties and several great restaurants, shops and bars.