Make no mistake, Jackson Hole is best for those with a wild side. If you're after extreme thrills try spending one day on this fiery mountain in the Wild West: you'll never want to leave.
Jackson Hole brings new definition to the word steep - and when you add a tonne of powder and some big bumps into 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.
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 après-ski scene here and some classic American steakhouses. More eateries can be found in Jackson town including tapas, Italian, seafood and ribs.
Resort Altitude: 1,924m
Resort Skiing: 3,185m
Total Ski Area: 116km
Green Runs: 10km
Blue Runs: 40km
Red Runs: 50km
Black Runs: 16km
Cross Country: 17km
Jackson Hole is steeped in history dating back to the turn of the century. The resort boasts the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the USA, rising an impressive 4,139ft from the valley floor to the top of the mountain. The protected land makes Jackson Hole particularly unique, with the breathtaking views and making it home to many species of big game. A trip to Jackson Hole is not to be missed.
Jackson Hole is famous for delivering next-level powder conditions. The resort is a gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, making it one of the most scenic places to ski in North America. With plenty of tree-lined pistes and panoramic views, visitors to the area will never tire of the beauty Jackson Hole boasts.
There are two terrain parks in Jackson Hole, as well as being home to the only Burton Stash parks in the Rockies. In total there are four Burton Stash parks all over the mountain, perfect for snowboarders looking to improve their freestyle.
Jackson Hole offers a variety of lessons for all age groups. Lessons can be taken in private or as a group, and the ski school offer multi-day camps too. For those looking to try something different, there are backcountry guided tours, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, racing, adaptive skiing and telemarking. Bill Briggs, the director of Snow King ski school, was the first ever skier to try the Grand Teton run back in 1971.
Wrangler Daycare is a licensed centre providing care for children aged six months to 36 months. Children under age 24 months will enjoy a comfortable day of indoor and outdoor activity, along with their meals and any naps they're used to. Children aged 24 to 36 months are encouraged to join in with the pre-ski programme, teaching basic skills such as balance and exploring the equipment. Weather permitting, children can enjoy the snow, ride the gondola or tour Teton Village on a sledge.
Jackson Hole is renowned for its first-class culinary experiences. Many of the restaurants thrive off a 'farm-to-table' scene, and in 2014, the resort was named as one of America's Top Five New Foodie Cities. There are plenty of eateries offering regional specialities such as trout, elk and bison, however, there is an abundance of progressive restaurants serving vegetarian dishes, sushi, Thai, Indian and more.
Jackson Hole has something for every après lover - whether you prefer going out dancing, enjoying live music, or having a more relaxed drink with friends, there is something to satisfy all tastes. There are also plenty of family-friendly après options including ice skating or wildlife tours. For lovers of cocktails, try out The Mandy Moose, which has been open for more than 50 years, The Handle Bar or The Spur.
The Hole Bowl is a bowling alley with a full-service restaurant, The Pinsetter. There are also arcade games, pool tables, darts and big screens, making it a great place to meet friends and family. There are also sleigh rides to meet the elk, snowmobiling and winter biking tours.