Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is Wyoming’s largest ski destination and is world-renowned for its natural beauty and excellent skiing. The ski resort is in a remarkably spectacular setting on the flanks of Wyoming’s dramatic saw-toothed Teton Mountains which shoot straight up from the valley floor. Jackson Hole has a strong reputation as a mecca for the advanced but rest assured, there is plenty here for intermediates and beginners.
Historic Jackson town maintains its Wild West charm. Busy tourist areas are filled with wooden sidewalks and old-style wooden-fronted buildings, just like in the cowboy movies. (John Wayne filmed his first speaking part in Jackson Hole in 1932.) At night, trees shimmer with fairy lights, there’s ice skating on the outdoor rink, and plenty of sophisticated restaurants, stylish bars, and lively drinking holes to explore.
Visitors stay either in town or at the base of the ski area in Teton Village a 20-minute drive away. Teton Village is a collection of mostly ski-in ski-out lodging, ranging from superior condominiums, to log cabin rentals and five-star hotels along with many bars and good restaurants.
Jackson Hole’s 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) ski area lays claim to the 3rd longest vertical drop in the US – 4139 feet (1,2162 m). Almost 39 feet (12 m) of snow falls each season and the powder here can be some of the lightest you will experience. The mountain is famous for Corbet’s Couloir, a double black diamond chute almost vertical at the top, and usually requires a bold leap over the rock to enter.
Jackson is well placed for side trips to world-famous Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife abounds throughout the area and it is common to spot bison, elk, coyotes and foxes, and more, simply on the drive from the airport to your hotel.