Jackson Hole

Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee
  • 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
  • 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

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.


Jackson Hole Airport


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.


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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall314″ 290″

Jackson Hole Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 54 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Mar 06, 2013
Jackson is the biggest ad baddest. the backcountry access is the best in the us!
Superb!5 / 5Jan 31, 2013
Based on the research I was able to do, Jackson Hole historically had a better ski conditions for the month of January. Their verticle drop and lodging in such close proximity to the mountain was a key factor as well.
Superb!5 / 5Jan 23, 2013
Fantastic steeps, nice bowls, some good tree skiing, and a handful of excellent cruisers.
Average!3 / 5Sep 11, 2012
Steep, but fun.
Superb!5 / 5Aug 16, 2012
The terrain at Jackson Hole is the bomb! Dining was also top shelf. I can't stress enough that the snow was awesome.
Very Good!4 / 5Jun 27, 2012
affordable for a family of 6 - has GREAT package deals as well as ski in/ski ou
Superb!5 / 5Mar 22, 2012
This is also a lovely resort and close to yellowstone. There is besauty all around this area.
Superb!5 / 5Mar 18, 2012
I've never been so exhilerated and exhausted all at once. The place checks your ego, but there's nothing wrong with that. 15 minutes from the airport and alot of fun off the mountain too.
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 17, 2012
A lot of vertical, but perhaps a little shy on steepness compared to Aspen Mountain.
Superb!5 / 5Jan 09, 2012
Jackson has loads of steeps and plenty of powder. I think Jackson Hole consistently gets the best snow conditions in years when snow is plentiful because of its colder temperatures. The snow is light and powdery.

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