Jackson Hole

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Jack Lee
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Jack Lee
Pros
  • Legendary steeps and world-class terrain, a true expert's paradise
  • The longest continuous vertical of any ski resort in the US
  • Easily accessible back-country terrain
  • Efficient lift system
Cons
  • Not suitable for never-ever skiers
  • Freshies get tracked out quickly
  • Not many other ski resorts around to spread out the crowds
  • Colder than resorts in Colorado and Nevada
Overall
4.8

Welcome to the Wild West of the ski world! Mountain resorts don’t get much more badass than Jackson Hole, home to the infamous Corbet’s Couloir, along with more chutes, cliffs, moguls, and steeps than you could shake a stick at. The terrifying terrain here goes hand-in-hand with the resort’s burly atmosphere, it’s a corner of Wyoming where the soul of the old west is alive and well! Totaling up an impressive 4,139 ft of vertical drop, Jackson has the longest continuous vertical of any ski resort in the US, with many slopes consistently following the fall line.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and February

If you’re the kind of skier that digs deep snow and stormy days then the best time to go is just before Christmas, or hold on for February and early March, though be prepared to layer up. Keep an eye on the weather charts, because if you see a storm tracking southeast from Canada or the Pacific Northwest it’s a sure bet that Jackson Hole will get walloped with fresh white stuff. For those of you who aren’t huge fans of the bitter cold, it might be worth holding off on your Jackson Hole ski vacation until March properly kicks in. By the middle of this springtime month it’s reliably warmer and bluebird days are much more common. The snow season usually wraps up after the first week of April, and you can expect the resort to open by the end of November.

FLY TO

Jackson Hole Airport

DRIVE/TAXI/SHUTTLE TO

Jackson Hole (approx. 1 hour)

Teton Village (Walk)

  • Most convenient location
  • Made up of two main base areas
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation available

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Jackson (10-15 mi)

  • Majority of accommodation, shopping and nightlife
  • Wide variety of lodging: hotels, condos, Airbnb, motels
  • 40 minute bus ride to resort

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For beginners

You won't find a ton of beginner terrain at Jackson Hole, however, there's a handful of wide green slopes that's perfect for practicing! On the Apres Vous side of the mountain check out the area above the Bridger Center or take on some quiet beginner slopes like Lower Teewinot and around Solitude Mid-Station.

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For intermediates

There are a range of intermediate trails, though be warned they're generally steeper than other resorts! Werner, Moran, and Upper Teewinot are all quieter slopes and have a decent gradient to speed through! Best part is, this area is great for trying out tree skiing and jumping back onto the groomers if you need to!

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For experts

Hardcore skiers are in for a real treat at Jackson Hole. Hike along the Headwall to the Caspar Bowl gates and try one of the Shots, for a true backcountry experience (but still inbounds)! The powder-filled Hobacks are another spot not to be missed!

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Find freshies

For some of the world's best inbounds powder skiing, the Hobacks is where it's at. The powder here is deep, but be sure to get here early before the sun turns it into sludge!

Ditch the crowds

Avoid the Amphitheater blue run, it's a designated slow zone and a real bottleneck that sees skiers of all levels.

Non skiers

Non-skiers can still have fun in Jackson Hole with the activities available like dog sledding, winter wildlife safaris, art galleries and more to keep them occupied.

Families

While the slopes at Jackson Hole might deter beginners, the resort actually has a great kids ski school program. Off-slopes there are tons of activities and attractions to enjoy including a wildlife safari through the Grand Teton National Park. The town of Jackson also has budget-friendly accommodation than Teton Village.

Jackson Hole vs
Jackson HoleGrand Targhee Resort
beginner9 %33 %
intermediate33 %37 %
advanced41 %25 %
expert17 %5 %
total runs133 95
ski area2,500ac 2,000ac
summit elevation10,450ft 9,920ft
total lifts12 5
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$149 $85
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall314″ 290″

Jackson Hole Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 54 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

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Overall value for money of the resort

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Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

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Quantity and quality of the snow

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How uncrowded is the resort

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Superb!5 / 5Oct 08, 2017
ACAndres C.
Huge. Everything about this place is large scale. Friendly locals, great snow. My only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time there. Be sure to check out the town.
Average!3 / 5Oct 07, 2017
JJason
Jackson hole is a great expert skier's mountain. The weather and snow conditions can be hit or miss, but the mountain has more potential than most in North America. It has lots of steep terrain lots of long tree runs, and may be the best lift served terrain in the lower 48.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2017
MDMark D.
This is probably the most interesting and challenging mountain I've ever skied. I would. It hesitate to go back. I've been there three times and enjoyed it each time. Very varied slopes for skiers of all abilities.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 04, 2017
JPJohn P.
This a no nonsense mountain. Would not recommend for someone looking to ski 2 trails and hit the bar. Challenging fun runs with great scenery throughout. Had awesome snow totals last year, our group lived it.
Superb!5 / 5Dec 13, 2013
LLea
It's steep - it pushes me to be a better skier. But if I'm not in a mood to be pushed, there's plenty of stuff I can do.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 25, 2013
JJim
Awesome Terrain and views. Where else can you meet a moose on the run.
Superb!5 / 5Aug 06, 2013
LLeslie
Vacationed here with Sister and Father several years ago - Snow was FANTASTIC, Slopes were AWESOME and people were great.
Very Good!4 / 5Jun 21, 2013
SSteven
Not only is it a great mountain, with challenging terrain, it's also a very interesting town.
Superb!5 / 5May 11, 2013
KKathryn
Awesome mountain! Love the challenge and I really enjoy the town of Jackson. Great restaurants etc.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 14, 2013
JJake
I have skied all over Noth America and a few places in europe, and there is no where I would rather ski that Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It has everything an expert skier dreams about; more steeps than you can ski in a week, great snow, and incredibly easy access to a sick backcountry.

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