Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: 50 Years & Wilder than Ever
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been a ski community favorite for quite a while – 50 years to be exact. The distinctively rugged terrain has witnessed thousands of epic runs from the world’s most tenacious skiers. The smoother paths have been home to countless family memories and first-time triumphs. It’s a place that has always enabled visitors to uncover their own authenticity. To celebrate the destination’s half-century anniversary, the Resort has prepared a number of events, experiences and updates. Each feature of the celebration helps tell the story of the bold, independent spirit that fueled the destination’s growth and continues to set it apart in today’s ski industry.
To create a centerpiece for the celebration, resort employees partnered with Jackson Hole Public Art to commission local artists. The artists were asked to craft a one-of-a-kind piece that’s symbolic of the Jackson Hole spirit. They were tasked with embracing both the rugged beauty of the terrain as well as the courage and tenacity that has powered Jackson Hole’s success. Local artist Mike Tierney’s “The Wildest Mountain Alive” was chosen as the winning anniversary piece.
Mark the Calendar
One event isn’t enough for this mountainous celebration, so Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has prepared a whole line-up. Some of the upcoming calendar-worthy happenings include a throwback reunion weekend, February 5th-7th, when the famous Powder 8s Contest will return and past Resort employees are invited to reconnect and enjoy live music. March 17th-20th is the Annual Rendezvous Festival. It’s a weekend of free concerts featuring nationally touring acts at the base of the Resort and on the historic Town Square in downtown Jackson.
As of December 19, the new Teton lift is open for business. The unveiling of this new, detachable high-speed quad is the result of three years of terrain and lift construction. The lift accesses an area of 200 acres – half of which was previously hike-to-only territory – and boasts 1,650 vertical feet with an uphill capacity of 2,000 skiers per hour. Along with the lift come three
new groomed runs: The “Wide Open,” which is now expanded to the top of the lift with new descent options, the “Kemmerer Run,” which is a steep piste similar to the upper mountain and flanked by lush foliage, and the “Crags Run,” following the northern ridgeline and taking skiers from the summit down to an intermediate slope with spectacular views.
After skiers have piqued their appetites on the new runs, they can warm up and fuel up at the Resort’s new restaurant: Piste Mountain Bistro. The bistro offers a casual dining experience at the top of Bridger Gondola in the Rendezvous Lodge. The 150-seat eatery is open for lunch and dinner and features a contemporary design fusing old and new. The menu includes family-style dining options and shared plates made with regionally sourced natural ingredients. When diners are really ready to unwind, they’ll enjoy unique drinks crafted daily.
“Born to Be Wild”
Looking for a little inspiration before making your way the to mountain? Tune in to “Born to Be Wild,” a biopic film and webisode series highlighting the history of Jackson Hole. It showcases the people, culture and killer terrains that have made the last 50 years in the Tetons so wild and authentic.
Ready to join the celebration? Start by planning your stay.