Every skier and snowboarder is looking for the ultimate experience on the side of a mountain. That experience must involve fresh powder and some serious vertical drops. Throw in some moguls, the possibility of catching some air in the Stash parks, and probably a few wipeouts here and there, and you’ve got another ski trip to remember.
Jackson Hole has all that and more, inviting skiers of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels to come and find their ski adventure. In case you’re wondering where to spend your next snowcation, just take a look at all that Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has to offer.
“Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is notorious for steep terrain and gorgeous scenery, the perfect stomping grounds to many of the world’s best freeskiers”. http://www.onthesnow.com/wyoming/jackson-hole/ski-resort.html
3 World Class Ski Resorts
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort are all within driving distance of the western town of Jackson. Combined, these resorts have 5,502 acres of skiable terrain, complete with quad chair lifts, gondolas, and trams servicing the trails. And that doesn’t count the 3,000+ acres of backcountry terrain for the freeskiers in your family.
Besides skiing and snowboarding, there’s also tubing, night skiing, Nordic skiing, Alpine ski racing, and snowshoeing. Forbes selected Jackson as one of the best choices for expert and extreme terrain for skiers in the U.S. For the extremely daring, be sure to consider Corbet’s Couloir, the famous drop-off at the top of Jackson Hole Mountain.
“While Jackson Hole is known as being a natural playground of terrain, the natural features are complemented by two terrain parks, four Burton Stash parks and a halfpipe.” http://www.jacksonhole.com/terrain-parks.html
Snowboarders especially appreciate the Burton Stash parks. The Deer Flat Stash, Campground Stash, and Stashley Ridge, all made of local wood, are all favorite spots of skiers and snowboarders alike, testing their skills and video recording those awesome jumps, grabs, and stunts.
If you’re particularly adventurous, and you prefer to explore the less tame, less trodden areas, then look no further than heli-skiing. High Mountain Heli-skiing operates A-Star helicopters, taking brave skiers and snowboarders to the “ranges south of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, including all of the Snake River and Palisades Mountain Ranges, and portions of the Hoback, Teton and the Gros Ventre Mountain Ranges. Vast open bowls, steep chutes, enchanted forests and glades can all be yours to explore.” They fly in groups of five (one guide and four guests), giving these snow explorers a full day on the open slopes. Six runs, 12,000 – 15,000 vertical feet, and transportation to the heli-pad are all included.
Jackson Hole Can’t Miss Winter Events
While you might spend most of your time making fresh snow tracks on your favorite ski runs, there are some incredibly fun events in Jackson that you’ll want to check out. Ever heard of skijoring? How about cutter racing? Here’s just a bit of what’s going on this winter in Jackson Hole.
Snow King Mountain Resort Opening Day
Double H Bar, Inc. will take sleigh riders on an unforgettable ride through the thousands of elk that make their home on the refuge. Dress warmly for this adventure for the whole family!
The 21st annual sled dog race takes place in stages, crossing the state of Wyoming from January 27 to February 4. The race practically starts in Jackson, so head out to cheer on the dogs and mushers on January 27 as they begin the 8-day trek across the beautiful terrain of the Cowboy State.
January 29 – February 15
Come join in the festival that “highlights the best of winter in Jackson Hole with two weeks of snowy fun. It features events on skis, on horseback, on the dance floor, in the theatre, under the iconic elk antler arches, and under the bright lights of Snow King Mountain.”
You’ve never had an adrenaline rush quite like skijoring. Skijoring involves a skier, holding onto a rope, pulled by a horse. Part water skiing, part rodeo horsemanship, this event features some small jumps, gates, and obstacles. There are always some wipeouts, too. Check out this video.
The cutter races are chariot races on snow. Just picture Ben-Hur in a Patagonia 3-in-1 jacket, commanding a chariot pulled by two horses in a quarter mile drag race. Sponsored by the Shriners, the races benefit kids with various medical conditions in the local area.
Held at Trail Creek Nordic Center, this Nordic ski race on the snow beckons all interested racers (no matter how experienced) to join the competition. The trails are groomed at night to give the best race conditions the next morning. Racers can choose the distance they want to compete in: 30 km, 15 km, 5 km, 3 km, and ½ km.
Where to Stay
Teton Club combines unparalleled luxury with rustic Western aesthetics to create an unforgettable vacation experience. Teton Club offers a wide range of amenities you can enjoy during your time in Jackson Hole, including ski-in/ski-out access, an underground parking garage with valet service, a private lounge, library, and a Great Room ideal for relaxing after a long day on the slopes.