Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole makes almost every extreme skiers top 10 lists. Their signature Tram delivers skiers and riders from the 6,311’ base to the 10,450’ summit for the most continuous vertical of any ski resort in the US at 4,139’. Jackson Hole’s Tram is very European-style skiing, as it was intended when it opened as the only lift on the mountain in 1966. Jackson Hole is famed for crazy chutes like Corbet’s Couloir and the immense Rendezvous Bowl – ungroomed, steep and snowy terrain. In fact, when Jackson opened there was no beginner or intermediate terrain. In 2006, the 40-year old Jackson Hole Tram was retired and replaced two seasons later, to the tune of $31 million with a state of the art 100-passenger Tram unlike any other, not even Snowbird’s or Big Sky’s Lone Peak.
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.
Lift ticket and season pass prices
|Category||Age restrictions||Price (USD unless otherwise stated)|
|Adult||15 - 64||$136|
|Child||5 & under||Free|
|Child||6 - 14||$84|
|Senior||65 & over||$110|
(The Grand Pass)
Jackson hole is by far the best resort in the United States. The terrain is so steep, yet gets so much powder. I always feel so challenged every time I come to Jackson, which is what drives me to come back more and more. No resort comes to Jackson Hole!!
Jackson Hole was my favorite. The mountains were adventurous. I love the trees most as they are scarce and spreaded out, making the path very interesting. The snow was excellent too.
The Terrain was absolutely amazing. Mostly Advanced terrain which I liked. Most of the cliff areas were marked very well. Some of the cliffs where marked but not prominently enough. I was unfortunate to go between two storms. I definitely want to go again
great skiing, great runs, steep! great skiing, great runs, steep! great skiing, great runs, steep! great skiing, great runs, steep! great skiing, great runs, steep! great skiing, great runs, steep!
Absolutely amazing, the tram is a great experience.
Great night life, with a small town atmosphere. Wyoming Glamour skiing.
I highly recommend getting a back country guide. They're are many locations to get cliffed out with no easy return ascent.
Jackson Hole is an incredible winter playground for advanced and expert skiers. It has the best inbounds terrain in the country and often feels as though you’re skiing backcountry. It’s a staple of mine every season and I look forward to visiting every time.
My first time at JH last year and I was blown away! Been to different mountains in CO and UT over the last 20 yrs and JH blew my mind. The best inbounds terrain I've ever seen and the side country will get you even more stoked. JH is a must for any skier or snowboarder. Going back again this year it was so good.
Jackson Hole is consistently rated the number one resort in North America for a reason. The combination of terrain and snow quality is unmatched. Whistler may come close, but the type of terrain that is easily accessible via lift at Jackson I don't think there's anything like it anywhere. They have a great ski school program, great food and drink options at the resort and in town, lodging options for all budgets, and plenty to do outside of skiing in the area. The resort and town have changed over the years to be more upscale and accessible to all, but it maintains the feel of a wild west serious skier's destination.
The mecca of big mountain skiing and snowboarding. If you like steep and deep snow, make the trip to Jackson Hole and you won't regret it. I've flown to Jackson Hole, WY each of the last three years (direct flight from San Francisco). The flights are expensive, but well worth it since the terrain and vertical is unmatched by any resort in the world. Bonus points for being close to the airport.
Awesome resort, plenty of difficult runs, but I learned to snowboard there so there are many beginner/intermediate ones as well. Look for specials that include airfare discounts and they even have a hostel nearby for super cheap lodging!