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Jackson Hole USA
Let the cowboy in you come out to play.
Make no mistake, Jackson Hole is best for those with a wild side. If you're after extreme thrills, and regularly chant the mantra 'the blacker the better', try spending one day on this fiery mountain in the Wild West: you'll never want to leave.
On the mountain
Jackson Hole brings new definition to the word steep - and when you add a ton of powder and some big bumps in to the mix, that's a day in the life of a Jackson Hole fan. Steep chutes, severe bowls, untracked backcountry. Rendezvous mountain is mainly made up of black runs, and famous Corbet's Couloir starts with a heart-stopping four metre drop-in. There’s also a big back-country ski touring programme here with European-style mountain guiding. Those less brave or experienced will enjoy Jackson's Apres-Vous mountain with its supply of winding, groomed blues in and out of the woods, with more gentle blacks to graduate on to. But even here there are some steep runs to enjoy.
Off the mountain
Moose and elk graze near Jackson's air strip. When you touch down, consider this a sign of things to come. The town of Jackson breathes Wild West, with its clapboard buildings, wooden sidewalks and saloon bars complete with swinging doors, horse saddle stools and live music.
The ski resort itself is a twenty minute drive away in Teton Village, nestled at the base of the slopes. Recently expanded, there's a happy apres-ski scene here and some classic American steakhouses. More eateries can be found in Jackson town including tapas, Italian, seafood and ribs.