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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

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.

Elevation

Base
6310 feet
Base
Summit
10450 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
4140 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
3
Gondola & Trams
High Speed Quads
4
High Speed Quads
Quad Chairs
4
Quad Chairs
Double Chair
1
Double Chair

Terrain

Beginner Runs
9 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
33 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
41 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
17 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
133
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
7
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
5 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
2500 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
160 acres
Snowmaking Area

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
Season Pass
(The Grand Pass)
$1,985

Overall Rating

4.5 / 5 based on 48 reviews
Jean-Pierre Guimond

Jackson Hole is an amazing place to visit if you really want to ride the extreme.

The back country offers amazing terrain of steep and deep as well as good tree skiing.

The Apres ia also very active great place to visit.

Posted on Nov 21, 2017
Jeff Davis

I love Jackson, it offers so many challenges and great snow! Plus the town is amazing! Local restaurants are great and offers a range of price points. It's also great for familes.

Posted on Nov 18, 2017
Anthony Stasiewicz

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!!

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Fan Gao

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.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Stephen

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

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Gavin Kilcoyne

Jackson Hole Is the place you want to be if you want to ride BIG MOuNTAin. The fingery terrain offers a thrilling downhill thrills. This may not be a destination for a beginner.

Posted on Nov 21, 2017
Chris Delaney

The entire experience was awesome. Lodging is a bit pricey but worth it. I would definitely go back. The snow was incredible and lift lines short except for the tram.

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Stephen Gamble

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.

Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Brent Franklin

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.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Jonathon Brown

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.

Posted on Nov 07, 2017