Top Six Reasons to Ski Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort owns bragging rights when it comes to the best places to ski and ride in North America. In fact, SKI Magazine and other skiing magazines consistently rate it among the top placse to ski in the U.S. Yet, what makes it so superior to other resorts? Perhaps it’s the resort’s open boundaries policy and limitless terrain, or perhaps it’s the fact that it boasts the longest vertical drop in North America, or because there is so much snow the powder is measured in feet, not inches. Take your pick. And that’s not the only world class resort. There’s also Snow King and Grand Targhee located right in Jackson. In fact, there are so many reasons why Jackson Hole is one of the best places to visit in the country that we’ve broken down the list to our favorite six.
1. Rugged mountain landscapes
Jackson Hole Resort lies in a valley that is nestled at the base of the Teton Range to the West and the Gros Ventre Range to the East. The mountain views are just spectacular — rivaling the steep, jagged rock peaks of the Alps. On the doorstep of Wyoming’s national parks, Jackson is mere steps from both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. As soon as you arrive at the Jackson Hole Airport, you’ll see exactly what we are talking about. Just one look out the plane’s window and you will see that the valley is engulfed with rugged mountain landscapes with peaks that appear to kiss the sky.
2. The longest vertical drop in North America
Jackson Hole’s tram tops the charts in terms of most vertical feet. From the base to the top of the mountain, there is more than 4,100 vertical feet of steep, challenging terrain. Bomb down the continuous 4.5 mile run from the top of the tram to the bottom. Advanced skiers and riders flock to Jackson Hole to take in the acres upon acres of both inbound and out of bound ski-able terrain. Yet, if you are more of a beginner skier or rider — or just prefer to take it easy on the slopes — head to Apres Vous Mountain, Jackson Hole’s more intermediate terrain. Additionally, take advantage of the resort’s world-class, Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) certified ski instructors to make your skiing experience something you’ll remember for years to come.
3. Abundant Wild West charm
Unlike many modern ritzy mountain towns, Jackson Hole offers a more laidback, wild West feel. Extending the state’s loveable cowboy vibe, Jackson Hole is brimming with Old West shops, bars and restaurants. Check out the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar where you can take in the cowboy murals, animal mounts and sit on genuine saddle barstools. Plus, you will never feel underdressed wearing jeans, a cowboy hat and cowboy boots. In fact, you will fit right in with your Western garb and easy-going attitude.
4. A funky temperature inversion that makes it warmer up on the mountain than down in the valley
More often than not the temperatures 2,000 feet above the valley floor are frequently 10 to 20 degrees warmer than they are at the base of the mountain. This inversion keeps skiers and riders relatively warm as the head up to the top of the resort. Come prepared with warm clothes but be ready to shed a layer or two as you head up the mountain. This inversion makes Jackson Hole a favorite among die hards who prefer to stay a tad warmer out on the slopes.
5. The Option to choose from two other world class resorts: Grand Targhee and Snow King
In addition to skiing and riding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, there are also two other terrific resorts to choose from. Located in the heart of the downtown Jackson, Snow King Resort includes four exciting lifts, a bargain morning half-day ticket, night skiing and a super fun snow tubing park.
Additionally, located a short, one-hour drive from Jackson, Grand Targhee Resort sits on the western slope of the Tetons in the town of Alta. Recording an annual snowfall of more than 500 inches and a vertical drop of 2,270, Grand Targhee holds its own when it comes to challenging terrain and an abundance of snow. A great option for mixing up your skiing or snowboarding vacation in Jackson, plan to spend at least one day exploring the wonders of Grand Targhee.
6. Last but not least — the snow
Jackson Hole continuously measures one of the highest snowfalls in the country, receiving an average of 400 inches of light, fluffy powder. Because of the relatively cool temperatures, the snow tends to be light and airy, making it ideal for powder hounds. Skis and boards sail on top of the powder leaving you with a grin from ear to ear. For current snow conditions and to view several different live web cams, visit Jackson Hole’s website.