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Jackson Hole

Ski Resort in Wyoming, United States of America


Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a mecca for advanced skiers and boarders from all over the world. Jackson Hole skiing is situated around the village of Teton, which is around 25 minutes by free ski bus from the main town. Jackson Hole is an authentic cowboy town that has become a luxury ski holiday resort.

Muscular, rugged mountains with stark granite walls; high-alpine bowls; 4,139 vertical feet (1,262 m), and 2,500 acres (1,012 ha) of some of the most challenging inbounds skiing in North America; all surrounded by 120 square miles (310 sq km) of open-gate backcountry. Jackson Hole is to North America what Chamonix is to Europe: good skiers and boarders abound and the alpine lifestyle rules.

First impressions are likely to confirm the reputation. From the moment you see the craggy Teton Range - America's most photographed mountains - you know you're going to be skiing mountains to be reckoned with. Jackson Hole is an excellent choice for expert and intermediate ski groups, but skiers should be aware that the terrain at Jackson Hole is a full step up in difficulty from many other resorts.

Despite it well-earned reputation for intense steeps, Jackson Hole has a gentler side as well. While raw novices will find Jackson Hole's beginner skiing to be limited, intermediate skiers will enjoy the resort - provided they don't stray down a black diamond or two by accident. Jackson Hole's modern ski lift system more than handles the crowds, which tend to be smaller than many similar Rocky Mountain resorts; some skiers are undoubtedly (and wrongfully) scared away by Jackson Hole's fiercesome reputation.

At the base of the ski area is the Teton Village - a purpose build community of hotels, restaurants, barsand shops. Teton Village does a good job of replicating the experience of the great lodges of nearby Yellowstone National Park (less than 1 mile from the resort). However, if looking for a true Old West town, the town of Jackson (not to be confused with Teton Village) is a short drive down the road.

Jackson Hole info card

Resort Altitude1925m
Highest Lift3185m
Longest Run7km
Total Lifts13
Gondolas/Cable cars2
Snow Parks3

Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Sure it snows a lot in Jackson Hole, but this place is ALL about the fabulous terrain. About halfway up the Tram you’ll understand why. Looking across North Colter Ridge all the way to the Hobacks is consistently pitched fall line, the likes of which these powderhounds have not seen anywhere else. Cover that fall line with a foot or two of powder and skiing nirvana is reached. All you gotta do is beat the locals to it. Have fun trying!

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is made up of two mountains. The Apres Vous Mountain is predominantly suited to intermediate skiing, and the base of this mountain tapers off into gentle beginner slopes. Rendezvous Mountain is what excites the proficient riders, and features steep chutes, bowls, couloirs and glades.

The overall terrain is characterised by a consistent fall-line and 1,261 metres of vertical. In addition to the 2,500 acres (1,066 hectares) of inbound slopes, there is another 3,000 acres of gated backcountry terrain. Jackson Hole is also renowned for the powder skiing. With around 12 metres of annual snowfall, there is an abundance of the white stuff that is light and fluffy.

Having said all that, there is plenty of terrain for all levels including 40% of the trails being appropriate for intermediates. Jackson Hole is adequate for beginners, but with only 10% of the trails being for novices, L-platers will be better placed at the nearby Snow King Ski Resort.

Beginner Ski Terrain

Jackson Hole doesn’t have a whole lot for beginners, hence the cheap lift tickets to try to attract the novices. Two chairs at the base of the hill service the basic beginner needs providing them with a massive 130 metres of vertical! This is not a beginners’ hill.

Intermediate Skiing and Boarding

Whilst Jackson Hole is known for its extremities, official trail stats include 40% for intermediates, although a lot of the intermediate trails are cat tracks. Most of the real intermediate terrain is off the Bridger Gondola, Casper Triple and Apres Vous Quad.

Off the gondola the best offerings are Gros Ventre and Sundance. Intermediates should try these on powder mornings. Casper Triple has a range of easy blues to the skiers’ right of the chair, and more challenging runs to the skiers’ left. If conditions are sketchy and icy, intermediates should avoid the Moran traverse to access the Apres Vous chair – it will end in tears!

Despite its advanced rating, confident intermediates should be able to conquer the top of the tram, Rendezvous Bowl, in most conditions. This will give thigh burning access to the entire 1,261 metre vertical.

For the Family/Kids

Jackson Hole is the kind of ski hill that you want to keep an eye on your progeny. Some of the traverses are dangerous if one slides off in the wrong direction. Thankfully the chairlifts and trails skiers’ left of the Bridger Gondola tend to more family friendly. Aside from the two beginner chairs at the base, the Casper and Apres Vous chairs provide the next most friendly terrain. There is also a kid’s snow play area in the village which is great for sledding.

For the Shredder

The whole mountain is a big natural terrain park – go find some!! Otherwise there is the usual bone shattering and tendon snapping fun available in the terrain park near the Après Vous Chair.

Advanced Ski and Snowboard Areas

Advanced skiers will love the fall line of the spurs coming down off the range between North Colter Ridge and the Hobacks. Higher up on the mountain, Cheyenne and Laramie Bowls, and the Cirque provide steeps, bumps and trees. The gondola has a couple of fast advanced runs - Ranger and Cascade. Arrive first at the gondola on a POW day and scream down Ranger just to show off under the line.

Experts Only

Jackson Hole has plenty for the expert. Cliffs and steeps abound. One of the ski world’s best known couloirs, Corbet’s Couloir, is just below the top of the tram. Check in at the ski patrol before attempting it. If conditions are right, take the short hike to the Headwall (located above the Gondola Summit). This leads to Casper Bowl and eventually the Crags. The range of steep and challenging chutes and tree runs will test all comers.

Snow and Weather Conditions

Whilst it doesn’t get as much snow as its smaller brother on the other side of the range (Grand Targhee), Jackson Hole scores very well in the snow stakes. Around 12 metres of annual snowfall is about as much as you get anywhere in the world. Sadly the Powderhounds can’t vouch for the sun or blue sky days as it failed to make an appearance during our stay. But the sun only means it’s not snowing, and the sun attracts all the soft punters that waste the snowy days indoors.

Facilities & Services

Eating On Mountain

Corbet’s Cabin at the top of the tram serves up the highest snacks around. Waffles are the main fare and are over-rated at best.

The top station of the Bridger Gondola has three separate eateries. If the sun is out the views are great, but all of them are too expensive to bother otherwise.

Other eating options on the mountain are at the bases of the Sublette quad (wraps etc) and the Casper Triple (some good nosh here).

Best quick eats are at the Village Cafe located skiers’ right of the tram terminal in the bowels of the Village Centre Building or the RMO Cafe in the Mangy Moose building.

Facilities for Children

The Wrangler Daycare facility provides daycare for young ‘uns aged from 6 months to 3 years. Full day programs for kids aged 3 years and up are available, but all will require a second mortgage on your house. There are also a few ‘Kids Night Out’ programs run through the ski season where parents get to dump the children off for 3 hours in the evening. You may get that romantic dinner together after all!

Ski School

The ski and snowboard school provides standard group and private lessons for adults and kids, as well as Nordic skiing lessons. Considering the gnarly terrain at Jackson Hole, the school also offers steep and deep clinics and other specialist clinics.

The ski and snowboard school also provides mountain guiding services. Guides will help you explore the thousands of acres of backcountry outside the boundaries of the ski resort. They’ll also provide tuition regarding technique and backcountry safety if you so desire.

Jackson Hole Accommodation

Jackson Hole’s base area is called Teton Village. It is best described as compact. There are several luxury lodges and resort style hotels, all of them ski-in ski-out. But aside from the lovely capacity to sleep in a bit longer and get to the front of the lift line in the morning, there is a price to pay for staying ‘on the hill’. Teton Village hotels are generally expensive; services are few, and the nightlife and shopping are limited.

Budget accommodation options abound in and around the nearby town of Jackson. The bonus of Jackson lodging is that it’s cheaper than Teton Village, and the nightlife, shopping and restaurants are superior. Jackson is well connected to the ski resort by the START bus system.

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Getting to Jackson Hole by air is easy. Teton Village is a quick shuttle from Jackson Hole's large commercial airport. Jackson Hole airport is served from most major U.S. airports. The nearest international airport is Salt Lake City, roughly four and a half hours south.

Jackson Hole's setting among the mountains of northwest Wyoming seems calculated to impress. Sweeping into the broad Snake River valley by plane gives a grandstand view of the Teton Range to the north. From touchdown at Jackson Hole airport, it's an easy 9 miles to the town of Jackson and a further 12 miles to Teton Village resort at the base of the ski area-just twenty minutes by car or shuttle bus. Here the peaks rise dramatically from the high valley plain, from around 6,000 feet (1,829 m) above sea level to a lift-served maximum of over 10,000 feet (3,048 m.) The highest peak in the range, Grand Teton, reaches nearly 14,000 feet (4,267 m.)

There are no direct flights from outside the U.S. but there are connections from most of the major U.S. airports. The nearest international airports with good European connections are Denver and Salt Lake City, from where you can drive (about 280 miles/450 km) to Jackson.

Yellowstone National Park's south entrance is just 55 miles (88 km) north of town and is responsible, along with Grand Teton National Park, for a busy summer season. That also accounts for the winter low season-a strange anomaly for one of the world's great ski resorts-and ensures there's always a good range of accommodations to choose from.

An hour and a half by car from Jackson on the other side of the Tetons is the cat-ski and powder mecca Grand Targhee, in reasonably good weather an easy (and essential) day trip  for visitors to Jackson Hole.

By car

Jackson is a few miles south of Grand Teton National Park on U.S. Route 191. Wyoming State Highway 22 intersects US-191 in Jackson, connecting to Victor, Idaho. The nearest city of size, Salt Lake City, Utah, served by several major airlines, is 307 miles or about a five-hour drive away.

By bus

  • Mountain States Express leaves downtown Salt Lake City daily at 12:40PM, departs the airport at 1PM, and arrives Jackson at 6PM.
  • Salt Lake Express leaves downtown Salt Lake City daily at 11:30AM, departs the airport at noon, and arrives Jackson at 6PM.


Transportation - Get Around

Teton Village at the base of the mountain is small enough that there is no need for additional transport other than the two feet most of us were born with. 

If staying in Jackson and you don’t have a car, buses run to the resort and stop outside the tram terminal. The local bus system is called START Bus (Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit). It is cheap (US$3 one way), regular and has a convenient number of stops in town. 

Accommodation & Hotels

Located across from Miller Park, the Parrot is decorated in the nouveau Western style of peeled log, with an interior appointed with elegant furnishings and river-rock fireplaces. One very attractive lure is the Body Sage Spa, where you can get yourself treated to all sorts of scrubs, wraps, massages, and facials. Rarely will you find a place like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa...Since we opened the Rusty Parrot in 1990, we have received praises including the 4 Star award from AAA and the 4 Diamond award from Mobil. Weve also been called ...the nicest place to stay in Town & Country; one of 10 Great Places to Snuggle by the Fire, by USA Today; and one of 10 Great Places to Spend Christmas by Travel & Leisure.All of which means nothing until you experience it for yourself. A few humble guidelines have helped us create an experience that captures the essence of Jackson Hole. Well treat you like friends, show you around this beautiful place called Jackson Hole, and help you create a few fond memories along the way.Venture into the Old West, where you will be charmed by our small town hospitality and the incredible scenery of the Tetons. Prepare to be surrounded by a peaceful, relaxed mountain atmosphere that will fill your every sense.Wake up to crisp, cool mornings and sip hazelnut coffee in front of the fireplace while our chef prepares your entree... Apple-wood smoked country ham served on a sweet potato and pancetta hash, topped with two poached eggs and a blackberry BBQ sauce.Enjoy a masterful meal in the Four-Diamond Wild Sage Restaurant serving exceptional regional cuisine. Enjoy contemporary, classically prepared meals in full view of the exhibition style kitchen while enjoying the River Rock fireplace and friendly Western hospitality.

    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Great desserts & fruits
    • Good restaurants & bars in the area
    • Near city centre
    • Friendly service
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and rooms.

Hotel Jackson a luxury boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the world-renowned Jackson Town Square. Our new LEED certified hotel design blends contemporary western history with the valleys spectacular elements of nature, revealing an extraordinary luxury hotel experience. Elements of western history are displayed in the rustic, reclaimed barnwood throughout the hotel. Carefully patinated metal pays homage to the branding iron and early tools of the rugged ranchers and trappers. The contemporary western flair is partnered with a floating aspen leaf ceiling and serene balcony gardens, all connected by Native American design-inspired carpets, guiding each guest to their room. Hotel Jacksons FIGS restaurant, Smokin' Iron Restaurant and Lobby Lounge dining areas provide a comfortable and welcoming place to unwind and enjoy locally crafted beers and wine, specialty cocktails and farm-to-table culinary experiences. Room service is available for a late-night snack, or an intimate dinner in your room. After a long day of hiking, skiing or shopping, relax in our roof-top hot tub and take in the skyline views of Jackson Hole. As guests step out for the evening, they are just steps from the famed antler arches on the Town Square, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, as well as countless galleries, boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants. During the ski season, Hotel Jackson offers its guests a free a shuttle to Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Hotel Jackson resort fee is 10% and includes, welcome arrival non-alcoholic drink, coffee & tea service in lobby, spa water, fitness center access, business center, library club room access, local phone calls, in room coffee & tea, wireless internet access, rooftop spa, complimentary town car service within a two mile radius, complimentary winter ski shuttle service between Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Mountain Resort and complimentary ski storage at Hotel Jackson.

Jackson's Historic Landmark, The Wort Hotel, is an elegant hotel rich in the history that thrives in the heart of Jackson Hole. Located just 12 miles from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and 1/2 block from the Town Square. The hotel provides a complimentary, private ski shuttle to the ski resort. The Wort offers comfort and luxury to guests after exhilarating days of exploring nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • Friendly service
    • Stylish hotel
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 10% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

This Jackson Hole hotel features western-style décor, a lobby fireplace and a well-equipped gym. All spacious rooms provide free WiFi. Teton County Park & Recreation is 2.4 km away. Each room includes warm colors at The Wyoming Inn.

    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Stylish hotel
    • High priced breakfast
    • Pleasant entrance area
    • Comfortable beds
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, comfort and service.

Property Location: You'll be centrally located in Jackson with a stay at Cowboy Village Resort, minutes from Jackson Hole Playhouse and Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Jackson Hole Rodeo Grounds and Teton County Fairgrounds.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 82 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and stovetops. Rooms have private patios. Flat-screen televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include safes and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls.

Amenities: After a day on the slopes, enjoy recreational amenities including an indoor pool and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a fireplace in the lobby. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free self parking is available onsite.

    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
    • Near city centre
    • Good kitchenette
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Enjoy the comforts and convenience of downtown luxury lodging in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming. Located a short drive from the Town Square; lavish guestrooms, world-class amenities and personalized service ensure that you are well rested and well prepared for your Jackson Hole adventures. Whether you have come for world-renowned skiing, snowmobiling and sledding during the winter months, or exceptional fly fishing, hiking and rafting in the summer; the luxurious Lodge at Jackson Hole is the perfect place to recharge after an exhilarating day exploring our magnificent backyard.

    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Spacious rooms
    • Impressive bathroom
    • Nice building
    • Clean rooms
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.

Beautiful Country Inn style hotel located three blocks from the historic Jackson Hole, Wyoming town square. Featuring 49 nonsmoking guest rooms and suites all individually decorated in turn-of-the-century antique furnishings. Immaculately maintained, and owner operated for over 25 years. Hotel is perfectly situated for a vacation to Jackson Hole, the Jackson Hole Ski Area, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Walking distance to all town shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Ski shuttle bus picks up at our front door. Extended continental breakfast served each morning in the fireside breakfast room. Friendly, knowledgeable staff provides custom vacation information, activities planning, and special insight to help make sure each of our guests enjoy their stay in our wonderful area. Property also includes a full athletic facility including professionally equipped gym, two 12-foot hot spas, indoor pool, saunas and shower rooms.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Stylish hotel
    • Near city centre
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Clean rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Snow king resort is the largest year round full-service hotel and conference center in Jackson hole wyoming.located just 4 miles south of grand Teton national park and 50 miles south of Yellowstone national park with both hotel and condominium lodging snow king resort is the ideal home base for your Jackson hole adventure. Enjoy the valleys widest array of recreational activities right out your door from skiing hiking horseback riding beautiful scenery and wildlife to shopping on the town square the alpine slide miniature golf and indoor ice rink. Snow king resort is uniquely designed to accommodate groups and corporate meetings as well as family and friends. Our hotel guestrooms all with mountain views have been totally renovated in fresh western style. Each room is decorated with hand-hewn lodge pole headboards and desks rustic pine armoires with 27-inch color televisions and cozy chairs. Condominium lodging is also available. Snow king resort offers amenities such as an outdoor pool sauna whirlpools exercise room restaurant lounge gift shop game room and hair salon. Breathtaking views of Jackson the grand teton mountains all the way to Yellowstone national park reward you from the top of the snow king scenic chair lift. You won t want to leave the west. May 1 - nov 30 guest may cancel 7 days prior to arrival without penalty. Inside of 7 days guest forfeits all money received. Dec 1 - APR 30 Guest may cancel 30 days prior to arrival without penalty. Inside of 30 days guest forfeits all money received.

    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Near city centre
    • Spacious rooms
    • Luxurious Hotel
    • Beds need improvement
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its location, amenities and Vibe.

The hotel is a newly reconstructed property that offers 167 rooms of which 75 are luxurious cabins offering large decks situated through out our 14 acre property. The hotel provides amenities like--Rustic Lounge, disabled facilities, dry cleaning, lobby, non-smoking rooms, reception, safe deposit, concierge, gym, internet access - high-speed, internet access - wireless, Rustic Restaurant, room service, smoke-free rooms, spa services, swimming pool-outdoor, hot tub-outdoor and a sauna.Includes breakfast.

    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Near city centre
    • Good shuttle service
    • Pleasant hotel grounds
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Where Western tradition meets modern luxuries, Jackson Hole, the "Crown Jewel" of the Northern Rocky Mountains is the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.The Hampton Inn® Jackson Hole hotel is located just minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport and the famous Jackson Town Square, where you will find shopping, dining, and entertainment with a taste of the Old West. Jackson Hole is known best for its stunning scenery, clear streams, world-class skiing, and abundant wildlife. Explore some of the most spectacular landscapes rich with majestic mountains and pristine lakes.Jackson Hole has adventures for all seasons. From fly-fishing at Snake River, to snow skiing in the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole offers some of the best experiences in the world.Plan your next vacation and learn why people call Jackson Hole, WY their favorite place.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Great shopping
    • Near city centre
    • Comfortable beds
    • Rooms could be larger
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

The White Buffalo Club is the newest luxury hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. The White Buffalo Club, only three blocks from the town square, provides a private restaurant, fitness club, and spa to its members and hotel guests. Nowhere in Jackson will you find superior lodging accommodations, dining or relaxation. The hotel was completed in 2008 and has the most unique floor plans of any hotel in Jackson. Combine the perfect accommodations with the perfect location and you have the recipe for a perfect Jackson vacation. Hotel's Wellness Center open 24-hours, offers full fitness facility, massage therapy, and wellness classes. Wellness is not just a matter of having a spa or fitness center. At the White Buffalo Club it is a way of life. The White Buffalo Club offers a full package of services for total body wellness. Massage and body treatments for stress relief and muscle relaxation, as well as personal training in hotel's fitness facility. Take advantage of hotel's complimentary wellness classes including Yoga, Zumba, and more. After a long day of tackling Jackson's many outdoor activities, relax in an accessible indoor pool and hot tub facility nearby.

    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Impressive bathroom
    • Comfortable beds
    • Spacious rooms
    • Furniture needs more attention
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Ski Area

Jackson Hole is famous for its truly steep and challenging terrain - most notably, the resort's iconic Corbet’s Couloir. Jackson Hole has two main mountains: the big one, Rendezvous (10,450 feet/3,185 m) and the smaller Après Vous (8,481 feet/2,585 m). Lifts to both mountains start from the base area in Teton Village and several traversing trails connect the two mountains in both directions.

The ski area covers 2,500 acres (1,012 ha) and has one of North America's biggest vertical drops (4,139 feet/1,262 m). But more important than the size of the drop is how steeply it descends: much of the inbounds terrain makes even accomplished skiers think twice, with around 50 percent of the mountain designated advanced or expert, 40 percent for intermediates, and 10 percent (at best) for beginners. There are rock-lined chutes and steep bowls in this category as well as wide-open, rolling slopes, and groomed cruisers for intermediates. The longest trail is 4.5 miles (7.2 km).

Probably the most famous single trail at Jackson Hole is Corbet's Couloir-there's a grandstand view of the leap into it from the aerial tram (cable car) passing overhead. In fact, Corbet's is just one of many opportunities to tackle truly steep and challenging terrain Jackson; virtually every part of the mountainside between the major trails can be skied, though in many cases, these areas are for extreme skiers only, particularly those willing to "get air" off the many cliffs.

Snowmaking covers 6 percent of the area, looking after conditions on the lower slopes-the base of Jackson Hole is quite low by Rockies standards-but the steeps rely on the average annual snowfall of 459 inches (1,166 cm) for cover, enough to give good conditions every other day when averaged out over the whole season. Late season conditions at the base area (Teton Village) can often be slushy.

Jackson Hole Beginner Skiing

Jackson Hole's beginner skiing is limited, but is available. However, groups of mainly novice skiers would be better elsewhere.

At Jackson Hole, beginners skiers don't have many opportunities. Just 10 percent of the terrain is designated suitable for beginners and groups of mainly novice skiers will be disappointed by the lack of variety in Jackson Hole's beginner terrain. A further drawback is that all the novice terrain is at the lowest altitudes and is likely to suffer if there's a shortage of snow. However, Jackson Hole's renowned ski school prides itself on teaching skiers of all ability levels and beginners visiting Jackson Hole as part of a larger group will be very pleased with the quality of its first timer and beginner programs.

Jackson Hole's only pod of beginner terrain is found off the Eagle's Rest and Teewinot chairlifts. The runs in this area are on Après Vous Mountain's much gentler profile. Beginners will be pleased to learn that the green runs at Jackson are not harder than average for the region, unlike Jackson Hole's well-earned reputation for expertruns which are more challenging than it peers.

The beginner lift ticket does give access to the green terrain at very good value. Moving to blue trails gives a choice of tame link trails traversing the mountain or more serious intermediate terrain, which doesn't really offer the stepping stone needed by progressing beginners. Moreover, the imposing steeps above can be scary for even seasoned novice skiers. Toss in Jackson Hole's hardcore atmosphere that is geared towards pro-level freeskiers and many beginners simply prefer to head elsewhere.

Beginners may also enjoy a day trip to nearby Grand Targhee, which offers more gentle terrain. The "Targhee Express" shuttle bus operated by Jackson Hole AllTrans leaves directly from Teton Village. Grand Targhee's less intimidating terrain makes for a great one day hiatus from the more challenging steeps of Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole Intermediate Skiing

Jackson Hole's intermediate skiing is overshadowed by the resort's legendary steeps, but intermediate skiers have plenty to explore at Jackson Hole.

Although intermediates would perhaps be ill-advised to try skiing from the top of the Tram, they can still access enough of Jackson Hole-around 40 percent-from other lifts to give a taste of big mountain skiing and, therefore, a true taste of Jackson, although a willingness to explore (sensibly) the mountain rather than simply following the trail map will be helpful.

Apres Vous Mountain provides much of the intermediate terrain; smooth groomers allow the skier to cruise through wide slopes. There are also opportunities for low-risk tree skiing and amazing views of the valley below.

From the Bridger gondola more blues are accessible. The longest runs at this level-Gros Ventre (Fat Stomach) and Sundance Gully-give 2,700 vertical feet (823 m) of descent. A total of 22 miles (35 km) of Jackson Hole is groomed; a grooming map explains the state of the trails each day, which is particularly relevant for skiers who are unable to cope with tough or deep conditions.

For stronger intermediates, there's also the northern side of Laramie Bowl, probably the toughest skiing that could fall into this category. Bear in mind when venturing onto back country terrain, that some guidance is useful-probably best attempted in the company of a ski instructor-to help avoid getting caught out on steep, moguled terrain.

Jackson Hole Expert Skiing

Jackson Hole's expert skiing is chock full of crazy chutes, moguls, steeps, deeps, and trees, making it one of the world's best areas for expert skiers. Jackson Hole's Expert terrain is one of a kind in North America.

Jackson Hole has a well-deserved reputation for having much of North America's most advanced ski terrain. The shape of the mountains (steep), their size, and the fact that so much of the hillside is designated skiable, means that a lot of skiing is packed into the area. Around half the resort's trails are black or double black. There are crazy chutes, moguls, steeps, deeps, trees, and thousands of acres of backcountry.

If you're a strong skier or snowboarder, Rendezvous Mountain, via the Tram, has to be the place to start, with the ultimate views (otherwise you're best starting on Après Vous). If you are feeling fit, Rendezvous has 4,139 vertical feet (1,261 m) to ski down to base, almost entirely on black trails. Prevailing conditions will affect your day-to-day plans at Jackson Hole, with narrow gullies staying in shape long after powder bowls have been skied out. But when the powder's fresh, the Hobacks are the place to go-a collection of bowls to the extreme (skier's) right of the resort. Part of the charm is their distance from lifts and their remote feel-you return to base via a low-level traverse.

Jackson Hole's Rendezvous Bowl is also unbeatable, if frequently windy and cold. It's steep, but wide and clear of obstacles, allowing skiers to let rip without fear of collisions. From the Sublette quad, Laramie Bowl and the steep Alta Chutes are easy to find and can be skied without returning back to base each time. Likewise, for bump trails, Thunder (served by the Thunder quad) allows high-level skiing-ideal if it hasn't snowed for a while and the lower mountain becomes tough, bumpy, and has more natural hazards exposed.

In case of snowy weather, the Moran Woods between Headwall and Après Vous are the place for tree skiing. Also from the gondola are gates to Casper Bowl for more powder.

Expert Skiing at Jackson Hole

Jackson truly deserves this category, as distinct from "advanced." Along with much of the backcountry, there are plenty of real challenges, from Corbet's Couloir, near the top of Rendezvous, downward. Corbet's infamy stems from the view from the Tram as much as anything: seeing skiers from above making the ten- or twenty-foot leap (it depends on your point of entry) from the cornice into a 50-degree couloir is the closest many people get to this kind of skiing. The nearby expert chutes from Thunder quad are part cliff, part steep chute and forgive very few mistakes.

In 2004 the Crags terrain was opened to the public. Previously a permanently closed inbounds area, it provides approximately 200 acres and 1000 vertical feet of expert terrain located above the Casper Lift area. Bowls, chutes and tree skiing are all accessible via the Headwall "Stairway to Heaven" or from the top of Après Vous. For an averagely fit skier the hike will range in length between 25-35 minutes. The Crags is snow controlled and has an opening schedule based on weather conditions.

Backcountry skiing

Jackson Hole's backcountry skiing, accessed by several gates around the resort, is big. Rock Springs, Cody, and Casper Bowls are the main areas. All this terrain requires that groups are properly equipped and, ideally, accompanied by a guide.

Hiring a guide for backcountry trips is not just a safe option, but the way to find the best snow and terrain suited to the group's abilities. The terrain is not exclusively in the expert category, though it is peppered with natural hazards, requiring skiers to be able to operate in full control, whatever the conditions.

A backcountry yurt was built for the 2002/03 season. Just outside Jackson Hole's resort boundary in lower Rock Springs Bowl, it gives skiers the opportunity to experience a backcountry hut-and-ski touring trip without venturing too far off the beaten path.

There is also heli-skiing available in the nearby Snake River Mountains with High Mountain Heli-skiing (307-733-3274).

Jackson Hole Off Piste Skiing

In Jackson Hole there are experts. And then there’s the Jackson Hole Air Force – the seriously expert locals. They all ski at the same resort in Wyoming, but not necessarily on the same mountain, because apart from its signature peak, Rendezvous Mountain, Jackson Hole has a “secret” mountain: Cody Peak, which has “runs” that make some of Jackson’s tougher in-bounds trails look like routine blues.

From the moment Jackson Hole opened in 1965, it was marketed as an unusually challenging mountain. To this day there is a sign at the top of Rendezvous Mountain which says: "Our mountain is like nothing you have skied before. It is huge, with variable terrain, from groomed slopes to dangerous cliff areas and dangerously variable weather and snow conditions. You must always exercise extreme caution. You could make a mistake and suffer personal injury or death. Give this special mountain the respect it demands."

Corbet's Couloir is the signature chute at Jackson. But you don't need to ski Corbet's to find plenty of adventures on Rendezvous. There are chutes, gullies and cirques all over the mountain. Alta, Expert and Tower Three Chutes - steep, double-fall line descents through the trees - provide quite sufficient challenges for most experts. Throw in Paint Brush, Toilet Bowl and the Headwall and you'll have had a good day's work out. Reserve another day for skiing the Hobacks, a wonderfully long, barnstorming off-piste valley that will reduce even strong skiers' legs to putty.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was one of the first resorts to reverse the trend of discouraging skiers and snowboarders from venturing outside the ski area boundaries, and possibly the first to introduce a European-style guiding service. Today 5,000 acres of legendary back-country skiing terrain is available to good holiday skiers in the Bridger-Teton National Forest throughout the winter.

For experts this change of policy was like declaring that every day between Thanksgiving and Easter was Christmas Day. In spite of America's notoriously litigious culture it ended a "cat and mouse game" that has "pitted skiers and snowboarders against ski patrollers" for a decade or more.

As a result of Jackson's policy, the resort now has a burgeoning guiding program. But although skiers and boarders can now access terrain outside Bridger-Teton National Park, the guides are not allowed to escort you into neighbouring Teton National Park, where runs like Endless Couloir, Air Force Couloirs, Mile Long Couloir, and Cardiac Ridge await hard-core skiers. The only "safe" way to ski such terrain is to do it with someone with a sound local knowledge. A friendly ski patroller on his day off would be ideal. It is not that all the skiing in the back-country is either difficult or dangerous. But without a guide - official or unofficial - you will have far less chance of anticipating the degree of hazard. Skiers should be aware that skiing "out of bounds" is entirely at your own risk.

This development does not mean that Jackson Hole has removed any ropes from its so-called "in-bounds" terrain. Such is the nature of Jackson's traditional ski area that anyone slipping under a rope is liable to be confronted not only with the confiscation of his or her lift ticket, but a huge cliff and the possibility of disaster.

Now that the gates around Jackson's already tough ski area are open, there are plenty of opportunities for challenging back-country tours. Rocksprings and Green River Bowls, below Cody, provide plenty of variety, with some steep pitches like Space Walk and Zero G. You won't run short of some of the most challenging, exhilarating terrain in the Rockies.

On the way to Rock Springs Canyon, you will pass Drew's Slide, which runs all the way from the top of Four Pines down through two cliff bands into Upper Green River Bowl. Drew's slide commemorates a remarkable rescue in 1992 involving an avalanche dog called Coup and Jerry Balint, his ski patrol handler.

Drew Dunlap was the first skier to be found alive by a dog in the US without wearing an avalanche transceiver. In a huge slide, visible from top of the Jackson Hole tram hundreds of yards away, he was swept down the two cliff bands and buried by several feet of snow. Coup dug him out, barely alive.

Cody Peak was once the haunt of the ski patrol and hard-core skiers - the "Air Force" - who were allowed access to it during a brief window of opportunity in the Spring. Although Corbet's has yet to claim a fatality, it is important when hiking up Cody (there are no lifts) to realise what you might be letting yourself in for. Since like many of its Alpine counterparts, Jackson operates a guiding service, and if you plan to ski Cody, it would be foolish to do so without one.

Nobody in their right mind but a fully-fledged extreme skier should even contemplate Central Couloir, but runs like No Shadows, Four Shadows, Once Is Enough and Twice is Nice can be skied by experienced experts. Just make sure you ask your guide whether you are up to it. There are some "don't fall here" situations

A spokesman for the Bridger-Teton National Forest said: "Safety is our number-one priority. Carrying transceivers, shovels, probes, basic survival and rescue gear, skiing with a partner, carrying cell phones needs to be normal practice. We encourage back-country travellers to attend local avalanche awareness courses.

And a Sheriffs' Office spokesman warned:" Rescues could incur charges for the individuals involved, and there is always the chance that rescue may not be possible due to location, weather or avalanche conditions."

Jackson Hole Snowboarding

Jackson Hole snowboarders are drawn to the resort for its aggressive natural terrain and world class snow conditions.

Jackson is as much a mecca for expert snowboarders as it is for skiers. There is a terrain park and halfpipe at the base of Après Vous mountain, but the real draw is the natural terrain and the snow conditions.

Snowboarders should be aware that much like Alta, some of the traverses are tough on snowboarders because they are flat. Maintaining speed through upgrades is difficult and riders should be comfortable on narrow catwalks.

Ski Pass

Plus Passes

Back by popular demand, the Plus Pass offers 25 days of FREE skiing and riding from November 25 to December 19, 2017, in addition to the unrestricted 7 or 10 days.

 7-Day Plus Pass 10-Day Plus Pass
 Adult $805 $1125
 Senior $545 $765


  • 7 or 10 Days of Skiing, Unrestricted 12/20/17-4/8/18
  • Unlimited Skiing Days (that don't count towards the 7 days) from 11/25/17-12/19/17 (25 FREE DAYS!)
  • Includes Winter 2017/18 START bus pass (August Purchase Only)


  • Adult Age: 15-64
  • Senior Age: 65 and over (on opening day)

* Winter Season: Nov 25, 2017 – April 8, 2018

Half Day

Sleep in and save! Half-Day lift access begins at 12:30 pm.



Early Season

Nov.25-Dec. 08, 2017

Regular Season

Dec. 9-Dec. 19, 2017 & Jan. 6-April. 9, 2017

Holiday Season

Dec. 20, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018 & Feb. 16, 2018- Feb. 25, 2018

Adult Afternoon
Junior Afternoon
Senior Afternoon

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort utilizes hands-free, gate access systems for lifts (sometimes called RFID). Benefits to our guests will be faster, smoother access, more time on the slopes, resort charge, convenient reload options and no more hassle with lift tickets. To access lifts this winter, all guests will require a J Card. The J Card utilizes smart card technology in a credit card size. J Cards will be available to purchase for a onetime fee ($5) at time of ticket purchase. J Cards are totally reusable time after time, year after year, and allow guests to conveniently reload tickets online for best pricing while avoiding the ticket lines. The pricing on this sheet does not include the J Card fee.


  • Beginner tickets valid for Sweetwater Gondola and Teewinot lifts only
  • Lift tickets are non-transferrable, non-refundable and not for resale.
  • Prices & dates are subject to change without notice due to weather and business conditions.
  • Beginner lift tickets may be purchased at any ticket window.  They are not available online.

2017/18 Pricing
Beginner Lift TicketsAdult $        47.00
Adult w/Junior $         21.00
Junior $         21.00
Senior $        38.00

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort utilizes hands-free, gate access systems for lifts (sometimes called RFID). Benefits to our guests will be faster, smoother access, more time on the slopes, resort charge, convenient reload options and no more hassle with lift tickets. To access lifts this winter, all guests will require a J Card. The J Card utilizes smart card technology in a credit card size. J Cards will be available to purchase for a onetime fee ($5) at time of ticket purchase. J Cards are totally reusable time after time, year after year, and allow guests to conveniently reload tickets online for best pricing while avoiding the ticket lines. The pricing on this sheet does not include the J Card fee.


Come as you are and ride the Tram or Bridger Gondola for an unrivaled scenic experience. "Big Red", the famous Jackson Hole Tram whisks you away to 10,450 feet (3185 meters) with a unique view of the Grand Tetons and the Jackson Hole valley floor 4,139 feet below. Sightseeing on the Aerial Tram is 9am-3pm serving Top of the World Waffles until 2:30pm. Last car down is 3:30pm.

The 8-person Bridger Gondola takes your party totakes you to three dining experiences at Piste Mountain Bistro, Off-Piste Market, and Rendezvous Loge at 9095 feet (2772 meters) elevation. Sightseeing on the Gondola is 9am-3:30pm. Enjoy stunning views, warm hospitality, and contemporary western cuisine high above the cares of everyday life.

**There is NO SIGHTSEEING on the Sweetwater Gondola**

2017/18 Pricing
Sightseeing TramAdult $         33.00
Junior $         17.00
Senior $         26.00
Sightseeing Gondola TicketsAdult $        14.00
Junior $         14.00
Senior $         14.00

Ski lifts

The brand new, much heralded “Aerial Tram” - twice as big as its predecessor, is the main lift and can get quite busy at times.

Jackson Hole's lifts have a total capacity of 12,096 skiers per hour and run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The center-piece of the system is the new "Aerial Tram". There's also a gondola, nine chairlifts (two of which are high-speed quads) and one magic carpet.

The new Tram, which opened in December 2008 in a blaze of publicity, carries about 100 people and is the quickest way from base to the highest point on Rendezvous. There's one every nine minutes. It invariably attracts a lot of skiers right through the day, even when the rest of the resort seems empty. This is mainly because it's the only lift reaching the magnificent wide sweep of the Rendezvous Bowl-steep, but frequently in great condition and not as intimidating as its pitch might suggest-and the backcountry of Cody Bowl and the various other gated entrances to what would normally be described as "out-of-bounds" areas for which Jackson is celebrated. With its height and exposure, the top is windy, but the new Tram withstands much stronger wind speeds than its predecessor.

The Bridger gondola, which opened in 1997 helped relieve some of the pressure on the old Tram. It bisects the ski area giving good access to much of the terrain including the Casper Bowl backcountry area. The Sublette chair gives access to all of Rendezvous Mountain apart from the bowl. A triple chair, Sweetwater, links the beginner area to the intermediate area.

The top of Apres Vous Mountain is reached via Teewinot and Après Vous chairs.

Activities & Things to do

  • Skiing is a popular activity during the winter in Jackson, with a handful of top-notch resorts nearby.
  • Snow King Resort, 400 East Snow King Ave., +1-800-522-5464. The base of this smaller mountain is incredibly convenient to the town, located a mere 6 blocks from the town square.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, 3395 Cody Lane, Teton Village, +1 307 733-2292. Featuring a vertical rise of over 4,000 feet, this resort offers world-class skiing, and is in Teton Village, about a 15 minute drive from Jackson. Accessible by bus.
  • Grand Targhee Resort, 3300 East Ski Hill Rd., Alta, +1 307 353-2300. Located over Teton Pass, about an hour and a half from Jackson, this mountain that receives of 500 inches of snow every winter might be worth the trip for a taste of fresh powder.
  • Hiking — An extensive network of trails runs through the mountains just outside of town, most easily accessible from the Cache Creek trailhead. Superb hiking opportunities abound in the nearby National Parks.
  • Alpine Slide. - located in Jackson Hole
  • Horse Creek Ranch9600 South US Highway 89,  +1 307 733-6556Offers morning and afternoon rides up to the top of a mesa for a spectacular view of a section of Lewis and Clark's trail, followed by a pretty good cowboy meal. Guides are helpful and friendly. Great family activity. Around $45 per rider for a 2-hour ride plus meal.
  • Barker-Ewing River Trips945 West Broadway, toll-free: +1-800-448-4202A family owned and operated Snake River whitewater rafting and float company with guides and gourmet meals. $50 - $300.
  • Mad River Boat Trips1255 South US Highway 89, toll-free: +1-800-458-7238One of several float companies in Jackson, offering scenic leisurely trips or whitewater rafting trips with up to Class 3 rapids on the Snake River. Great fun with safe and knowledgeable guides. Great for older kids.
  • Day Spas Jackson Hole supports a community of people in the healing arts. You can do your part by supporting some great local day spas whose quality and service rival the big resorts.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Town SquareOn U.S. 26/89/191 (which become Cache Drive), with Deloney Avenue to its north and Broadway Avenue to its south. Jackson's town square has unique arches at each of its four corners. These arches were constructed from hundreds of elk antlers. In the center of the square is a memorial to area soldiers. Surrounding the square are many shops and art galleries. During the summer months, actors stage a shoot-out skit at one corner of the square, complete with bank robbers, showgirls, a stage coach, and a lovable drunk doc.
  • Jackson Hole Museum225 N Cache St,  +1 307-733-2414W-Sa: 10AM-5PMOver 50 years old, this museum houses almost 12,000 antiquities that range from Native American artifacts, to objects and tools from the area's first settlers and traders. Also features exhibits on the history of Jackson, Jackson Hole, and the surrounding National Parks. Walking tours available. $5 adults, $4 seniors & students.
  • National Elk Refuge,  +1 307 733-9212, e-mail: Every day, 8AM-7PM summer, 9AM-5PM winter. The National Elk Refuge preserves land for the more than 5000 elk that migrate to the area each winter. Though wildlife is easily viewable from the main Refuge Road, a highlight of a visit to the refuge is a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, offered daily every year from December to April, depending on snow conditions. Hiking is limited in the refuge. 
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art2820 Rungius Rd, toll-free: +1-800-313-9553Open M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PMFeatures over 5000 pieces of art, focused on wildlife and nature. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 18 and under free. 

Restaurants & Nightlife

Jackson Hole Apres-Ski

Apres-ski at Jackson Hole's Mangy Moose is legendary, but there are also quieter options, both in Teton Village and in Jackson.

In Teton Village most people head for the Mangy Moose at the end of the day. The party atmosphere is often boosted by live music, presided over by the stuffed moose hanging from the ceiling. There are micro brews to choose from as well as an extensive bar menu. One of the top bar-restaurant and entertainment complexes in North America, après-ski at the Moose is not to be missed.

The quieter Village Café offers many beers on tap and the best pizza in Teton Village; it's a good spot to meet locals and hear about some extreme ski exploits. The Cascade Bar in the Teton Mountain Lodge has a fireside setting, an extensive beer and wine list, and avoids the noise and frenzy of more typical après-ski locations.

In Jackson the most famous watering holes are the western saloon bars such as the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, and the Silver Dollar. In the Million Dollar, you can sit at the bar on a saddle, watching the pool players or just taking in the atmosphere. There's also dancing on some nights. The Silver Dollar is slightly quieter; it gets its name from the silver dollars that are inlaid into the bar.

The minimum age for consuming alcohol is 21, although children can accompany parents in some (but not all) bars.

There's no shortage of good eating in Jackson. The Vertical Restaurant, located in the Inn at Jackson Hole, offers comtemporary American cuisine in a modern setting and an extensive wine list. In town, the Kosho wine bar has an eclectic wine list and a menu to match.

  • The Blue Lion160 North Millward St,  +1 307 733-3912Somewhat pricey but well worth it. The stuffed mushrooms and mud pie are incredible.
  • Dornan's Chuckwagon7 miles north of town on Route 89 in Moose. Offers hearty chuckwagon fare for lunch and dinner (beef stew, ribs, beans, corn bread). But the real attraction is the view: picnic table dining at the foot of the Grand Tetons. Great for kids.
  • Pica's1160 Alpine Ln+1 307 734-4457Every day 11AM-10PMInexpensive burritos made with fresh, healthy ingredients. Excellent guacamole.
  • Snake River Grill84 East Broadway+1 307 733-0557Every day, from 5:30PM in summer, 6PM in winter. Offers excellent dinners, with local touches found in not only the atmosphere, but the menu and ingredients, too. Nationally recognized chef. Most sought after reservations in town. Rather expensive, about $40-$50 a person.
  • Sweetwater+1 307 733-3553Corner of Pearl and King St. Great homemade soups and sandwiches for lunch, slightly expensive but awesome dinner (the macaroni and cheese side dish is a must).
  • Teton Thai135 North Cache Dr,  +1 307 733-0022Open M-F 12PM-2PM, M-Sa 5PM-9PMWhere the locals go for Thai food. Except for about 6 seats at the counter, seating is outside and BYOB. Excellent Thai food at a reasonable price. As of fall, 2010, Teton Thai located in Teton Village
  • Pearl Street Bagels145 West Pearl Ave,  +1 307-739-1218Breakfast & lunchGreat service, good vibes, free wi-fi, totally yummy menu (including bagels, sandwiches, coffee), long but reasonably fast moving line. Also has an outlet in the town of Wilson.
  • Jedediah's at the Airport6AM-7PM.
  • The Kitchen155 N. Glenwood,  +1 307 734-1633From 5:30PM.
  • Rendezvous Bistro380 S. Broadway+1 307 739-1100Dinner onlyAuthentic French bistro food. Excellent. One of the most popular restaurants in town. [same ownership as Osteria and Q Roadhouse]
  • Trio45 S Glenwood+1 307 0734-8038Dinner year round; lunch in summerClassic American cuisine. Very popular with locals.
  • Silver Dollar Bar & Grill,  +1 307 773-2190Corner of Glenwood and Broadway. Located inside the Wort Hotel. Offers great drinks and food in an Old West saloon-style setting.
  • Snake River Brew Pub265 South Millward St,  +1 307 739-2337Every day 11:30AM-1AMA good place to go for an excellent microbrew at the end of a long hike or ski. Award winning beer and a boisterous atmosphere.
  • Million Dollar Cowboy Bar25 N. Cache, on the Square,  +1 307 733-2207The landmark Jackson Hole bar--not to be missed; dancing nightly, saddle bar stools, good restaurant in basement.

Teaton Village (Base of Jackson Hole Ski Area)

  • Mangy MooseJackson Holepizza and bar. Great après ski.