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Jackson Hole

Encompassing an old cowboy town, mountain resort, 2,500 acres of inbound terrain and almost limitless backcountry, Jackson Hole should definitely be high up the bucket list for any passionate skier. It was voted “Best Overall Resort in North America” by SKI Magazine - if that’s not enough of a reason to visit, we don’t know what is.

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At a glance: • World class skiing • Wild West après • Superb ski school

Great for: • Experts • Off piste • Groups

Encompassing an old cowboy town, mountain resort, 2,500 acres of inbound terrain and almost limitless backcountry, Jackson Hole should definitely be high up the bucket list for any passionate skier. It was voted “Best Overall Resort in North America” by SKI Magazine - if that’s not enough of a reason to visit, we don’t know what is.

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Tucked away in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park and world-renowned for its white knuckle terrain, Jackson Hole is hands down one of the best places to ski on earth.

Beginning life as a cowboy town, Jackson itself is actually about a half an hour away from the ski resort. Confusingly, it’s Teton Village which is at the base of the mountain, housing numerous accommodation types as well as a selection of restaurants and bars. “Jackson Hole” refers to the 80km valley running through the mountains, which is named after a fur trapper who deemed it his trapping area of choice.

The town of Jackson is a bustling hub of activity, with a broad choice of accommodation as well as numerous eateries and world famous watering holes serving as the main base for the local ski areas. With a strong cowboy theme, it plunges visitors into a wintery wild west, giving a great alternative experience to the typical alpine ambience felt in most European resorts.

The skiing is about a half hour shuttle away if you’re staying in the main town, but the village of Teton is right at the bottom of the slopes. Here, skiers can pretty much roll out of bed to catch the first lift, only returning at the end of the day to make the short walk back to accommodation. A number of restaurants will put an end to any hunger pains if you don’t want to head downtown, giving you the opportunity for a quiet evening in before getting up early for another day on the snow.

There is also accommodation dotted in between the two hubs of activity, providing extra bed space. Both a bus ride from either the skiing or the nightlife, these secluded lodgings nestle into the surrounding nature and scenery.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Wyoming, USA

Established: 1966

Open: November - April

Downhill: 2,500 acres, 116 runs

View our detailed Jackson Hole snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Jackson Hole snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Jackson Hole Airport35km, 30 mins
Salt Lake City International Airport450km, 4hrs 45
  • Beginner
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  • 12acres 10%

  • 46acres 40%

  • 58acres 50%

Top Altitude:3185m
Bottom Altitude:1924m
Resort Altitude:1924m
Longest run:
Slope Orientation:East
Vertical Drop:1,261m
Skiable Vertical:1,261m
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

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  • Top
  • 5cm
  • Base
  • 30cm
  • Forecast
  • 114cm

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Downhill Runs:2,500 acres, 116 runs
Beginner slopes:10%
Intermediate:40%
Advanced slopes:50%
Lift Pass Price: $413 - 605 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Grand Targhee Resort, Snow King Mountain

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Jackson Hole

The ski area encompasses 2,500 acres of exceptionally varied terrain but where it really comes into its own is its offering for advanced skiers, with the longest skiable vertical in the USA and legendary descents like Corbett’s Couloir to test even the hardiest of athletes.

World renowned for its difficult terrain, this isn’t famous for being a family friendly resort but that said, it has more beginner terrain than you’d find in most European resorts and the tuition and childcare at the Kids Ranch is superb. You’ll find 250 acres and 12 runs ranked as green including the terrific Moose Valley trail and the beginners’ area next to the Eagle’s nest run.

Intermediates will find the jump from greens to blues quite dramatic, so be prepared for steeper pitches and more challenging terrain. Jackson does rank its blues in single blue squares and double blue squares for beginner-intermediates and advanced-intermediates respectively, a useful feature that’s not commonly seen in ski resorts. Stick to the Apres Vous Mountain and check out the Werner run for the best of the blues.

This definitely one of the world’s best places to ski for experts, with a myriad of intense steeps, chutes, trees and almost anything else you can think of. The 3000 acres of backcountry opens up a whole new world of possibilities – get a guide to show you the best and safest options. If you want to stay in bounds, the obvious choice is world-famous Corbett’s Couloir, even if it’s just to check out the 10 foot minimum entry drop before retreating to safer slopes.

There are a couple of parks including one of only 6 Burton Stash parks in the world. This contains features only made from natural, local materials, meaning you can stomp tricks with a small carbon footprint, which is pretty darn cool.

Jackson Hole Apres Ski

Whilst quieter and more ski-focused, Teton does house a number of restaurants and bars. The Mangy Moose is one of the most popular destinations for après; located a few buildings from the base of the cable car, it does signature drinks and a killer après menu. If you’re looking for a sit down meal, try the Alpenrose for an authentic Swiss-style eatery, including the much sought after fondue that simply makes a ski holiday.

Jackson town offers more in the way of après, so if you don’t fancy finishing the party early in Teton, hop on a bus and head downtown. Sit down restaurants feature in abundance; the Blue Lion is one of the premier institutions, with a diverse menu of mouth-watering seafood, meat & poultry and pasta. Nikai Sushi is another of our favourites, providing an oriental twist diverting from the stereotypical fare usually found in ski resorts.

A number of bars cater for those who want to continue the festivities; the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is always a favourite, with its real saddle bar stools and a stage for live acts providing a western, gun totin’, saloon drinkin’ feel. For a true Wyoming experience, we love Stagecoach Bar, only 15 mins away from both Teton village and Jackson town. Hosting a number of events per week, with past seasons hosting a club night on Thursdays, this is a great, authentic American joint where you can really let your hair down.

If hitting the bars isn’t quite your thing, you’ll find a number of other activities, such as very reasonably priced tubing at Snow King, just next to Jackson town. Another thing to do is a paragliding tour, where you’ll enjoy some of the best views of the resort and wider mountain range. Whilst not cheap, it’s worth every penny. Additionally, a trip up to the Yellowstone National park, a short drive north, is an exceptional option. An internationally renowned destination, the stunning scenery and diverse wildlife is a worthy alternative to a day’s skiing.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Jackson Hole

When is the best time to ski Jackson Hole?

Jackson Hole’s epic snowfall has transfixed skiers and boarders for years with an astounding average of 459 inches a year (that’s over 11.6m!).

Whilst its altitude isn’t quite as high as other resorts in the USA like Breck and Beaver Creek, it’s still ahead of the European resorts in terms of altitude and snow conditions. Its base height of 1924m isn’t to be sniffed at, especially coupled with the fact it rises to over 3100m at the mountain’s peak.

Typically, snow is less reliable early in the season and 195 acres are covered by artificial snowmaking in the unlikely event that the snow gods need a helping hand. Later in the season is where Jackson Hole comes into its own; with the average snowfall heaviest between January and March (Jan can be quite nippy so opt for a holiday between February and March if you want milder temperatures). If you’re skiing in heavy winds or snowfall, stick lower down the mountain to make the most of the tree coverage.

With this in mind, it is also important to consider that in past seasons, an average day saw only 1,750 skiers on the 2,500 acres of terrain. This astoundingly low ratio shows that you have a very high chance of feeling that you have the mountain to yourself, and means you can plan around the epic snow conditions more than around kids’ school and public holidays.

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It’s not just the festive events that make spending Christmas in Jackson Hole a magical experience – the skiing alone can put you in a merry mood, with the opulent food and lively après scene putting the royal icing on top of that Christmas cake. Browse Jackson Hole Christmas ski holidays ‣

For many, the most important aspect of New Year’s is to see it in with a bang. This resort more than gives you that chance, with mountaintop and town parties, as well as family friendly activities to make sure the kids aren’t left out. And for those who are there to make the most of the snow, aim to get out early on New Year’s Day, and start the year as you mean to go on. Whatever you choose, spending New Year in Jackson Hole is sure to be a blast. Browse Jackson Hole New Year ski holidays ‣

By far and away the best time to ski this resort, with its quiet pistes compared to other major ski areas, outstanding snow record and typically warmer temperatures than December or January. Add to this a brilliant ski school, and you will find out why, in our opinion, there are few other resorts that can beat skiing February half term in Jackson Hole. Browse Jackson Hole Half Term ski holidays ‣

If Easter is early in the year, those focusing purely on the skiing are likely to find their Shangri-La here. If it falls later, the lively western town, with its restaurants, bars and other activities, can entertain all ages. Whatever your preferences, spending Easter in Jackson Hole provides an exceptional opportunity to take in the culture, be it ski or cowboy. Browse Jackson Hole Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.7 out of 5
Skied America a lot but hadn’t been to Jackson Hole in the winter before I decided to book this last minute holiday. Getting there, I went via Dallas which then took 20-30 minutes – you get off the plane and onto the tarmac and have to walk under an arch made of elk antlers! You can stay in Jackson and use ... + more
Ian MacDonald, Surrey
5 out of 5
Jackson Hole has a broad spectrum and would be good for everyone, singles, couples, groups as long as you like powder – I’d definitely snowboard here again. You’ve got to be a good skier or snowboarder to enjoy Jackson Hole; it’s not a beginner resort. If you’re not very good you’d probably be only to s... + more
Pete C,
4 out of 5
Here World no.1 Snowboarder Travis Rice has set up camp, and according to him, it has “the best freeriding in North America”, thanks to the feature-some terrain of the Rockies, and the unlimited backcountry. Jackson is also where a whole host of famous boarders hang their helmets, including the legendary Brya... + more
Rory,
5 out of 5
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Families in Jackson Hole

Whilst the skiing in Jackson Hole could be seen as pushing towards the more difficult end of the spectrum, don’t let this put you off coming here as a family. With a variety of aspects of resort life designed to make holidaying easier with the young ones, your trip here should be a treat.

Anyone wanting to learn or improve can enrol into the ski school. The high calibre of instructors should improve them faster, often allowing them to be able to tackle the harder slopes sooner, opening up a new world of possibilities. Children’s lessons are based at the Kids Ranch and start from 3 years old, running right up until the age of 17, before switching seamlessly into adult lessons, meaning you can hone your skills so the kids don’t show you up too much. If yours are too young to be hurtling down the mountain, the Kids Ranch also offers day care for tots over 6 months and under 3 years, or check out other companies such as Jackson Hole Nannies for an alternative service.

If you want to ski with the kids outside of ski school, the Teewinot Chair and Eagle’s Rest Double Chair service the green runs in resort – with all beginner runs in one place, you won’t have to travel elsewhere on the mountain to find diversity. We like the Lower Werner run, a wide green groomer, perfect for testing newly learnt skills. For the more adventurous kids, the mountain classifies its intermediate runs as single and double blue squares, with double being more difficult – don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the single blue squares however, as typically the runs in this resort are more difficult than most. Head to Lupine Way at the top of Bridger Gondola for a brilliant long run down from the mountain top.

There are a range of family friendly options to keep all ages entertained after a day’s skiing. If you’re looking for a place to eat, you won’t go wrong with Il Villaggio Osteria, offering the all-time family favourite of wood oven pizza, among other Italian dishes. Another must visit is Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream; with its outrageously large menu, the adults will be as happy as the kids here. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is a fun and informative change of scenery, and the Amaze’n Jackson Hole maze is a challenge for both youngster and elders alike.

GroupsGroup Holidays Jackson Hole

If you’re travelling in a big group and looking for a destination to cater for numerous needs and wants, then Jackson Hole is likely to serve you well. The ski area offers an incredible variety of terrain; whilst not the most forgiving, all abilities are more than likely to flourish. Beginners should make use of the wealth of knowledge housed in the ski school to progress quicker and open up the availability of new terrain. Intermediates will enjoy the resort’s classification of single and double blue squares, making choosing a run suited to you easier - Werner and Moran are often considered the best intermediate runs on the mountain. Experts will find heaven in the unpisted terrain at the top of the tram, where you can find the infamous Corbett’s Couloir, and there’s always the chance to head into the back country with a guide.

We know that for many people, ski holidays aren’t just about skiing - the nightlife and après ski is often a compulsory factor. Whilst Teton village may not offer a variety of options for socialising in the evenings, it does have the Mangy Moose, one of the resorts best loved apres ski venues. Those looking for a bigger night out can head to Jackson for a true American evening scene. Whilst some argue the cowboy subject is overdone in the local bars, it gives you an authentic and fun alternative to many experiences offered in other resorts. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has genuine saddle seats for an authentic Wild West feel. Restaurants feature in abundance– if you’re looking to continue cowboy ambience, the Gun Barrel is perfect. With a wide selection of meat and game dishes, this testosterone filled, hearty but exquisite establishment is perfect for groups with a hankering for meat. The Ignight restaurant is another good’un, offering a menu of traditional dishes, often with an interesting twist.

However you choose to spend your time, the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local history and culture is right on your doorstep. For something other than skiing, treat yourself to a spa day at the Four Seasons Resort in Teton village – with 16 treatment rooms, and at over 11,000 ft², it’s sure to accommodate large numbers. Alternatively, for something a little different, make the most of your surroundings and take a snowmobile tour to Yellowstone National Park and the geyser Old Faithful. Groups can hire up to 10 snowmobiles, and with one passenger on each, it can accommodate parties of a large size.


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"Int/Adv. skiers' paradise!"

Ian MacDonald, Surrey
5/ out of 5
Skied America a lot but hadn’t been to Jackson Hole in the winter before I decided to book this last minute holiday. Getting there, I went via Dallas which then took 20-30 minutes – you get off the plane and onto the tarmac and have to walk under an arch made of elk antlers! You can stay in Jackson and use the bus station to get to the resort or stay in the village on the slopes. The town is really Wild West, like you see in the movies in Westerns. There are cowboy shops selling guns and it’s not a party town but there are a couple of cool bars that had saddles for seats. You can walk around the whole town in half an hour or so as it’s in a standard American grid format - there are some really nice things including fantastic photographic shops where you can get a feel for the type of place this is. The resort itself has shops and equipment stores, lots of coffee places. On the right hand side of the resort, you can ski past 4 or 5 million dollar properties. There are some boutique restaurants if you want a more refined meal as well as burger restaurants. There are little cafes dotted around up on the mountain, if you go up to rendezvous peak, there’s a very old cabin that does amazing hot chocolate and waffles (but you have to be a good skier to get back down). It’s very picturesque, literally a hole between two ranges of mountains. When you go up the mountain, you can see the valley floor. It’s part of a national park so closes earlier than other ski resorts in America because the elks get preference, when you walk around town you will see moose in the road (so watch out for them if you’re driving!). When I first arrived here (in March), the temperature was 52F which is like being in Dubai – unheard of at this time of year! The snow conditions in Jackson Hole are generally fantastic and after 3 days here there were 2 or 3 storms and loads of powder. In March, they also have a big Jamborree where the whole area is taken over by snowmobiles which race up the hill. Jackson Hole’s ski area is very uncrowded compared to European standards. The locals all ski here when there’s been a big dump, but even then it’s so big you don’t have to queue. Even when there’s fresh powder, the queues are so small by European standards. The ski patrol are top notch, much stricter with safety than anywhere else in the world – if you ski in an area that’s closed you will be arrested. It’s more orientated for intermediate and advanced skiers. For experts, it’s paradise when the snow is good. There are so many backcountry areas and you can hire a guide to show you around which I did a couple of times, it wasn’t too expensive from what I remember. The actual ski resort has the steepest verticals in North America. You can go all the way up the gondola and ski all the 4000 feet down. You can also go heli-skiing. If you’re a beginner, there are designated learning areas and great ski school. Make sure you spend a day over at Grande Targhee (often known as grand foggy). It’s on the other side of the Tetons but still in Wyoming, you take the Teton pass to Idaho. It’s about 30% the size of Jackson Hole and a great area for families as it has lots of blues as well as being empty on a powder day. The area also has a far more spectacular view of the Tetons than you get from Jackson Hole. On the west side of America, regular storms drop lots of powder and you can access the powder without having to hire guides. In the US, you can get straight to the powder from the lifts, you don’t have to hike like you would in Europe, so while in Europe it would be 2 hours hiking, 15 minutes skiing, here it’s the full 2h15 skiing. The locals are very helpful with showing you the best places to ski – talk to the lift operators about where the best stashes are.

"Good for all"

Pete C
4/ out of 5
Jackson Hole has a broad spectrum and would be good for everyone, singles, couples, groups as long as you like powder – I’d definitely snowboard here again. You’ve got to be a good skier or snowboarder to enjoy Jackson Hole; it’s not a beginner resort. If you’re not very good you’d probably be only to ski about a quarter of the area. The slopes are all pretty steep and they don’t piste half the mountain so if you like powder you’ll love it. You can easily access the area by all the lifts and the trails are a good standard. We chose Jackson Hole because there’s normally lots of powder but the snow wasn’t that great when we were there. Ended up going over to Grand Targhee for a couple of days where there was tons of powder. I’d definitely recommend booking the bus to Grand Targhee at least once, it’s only small and it’s a bit in the middle of nowhere but the area is quiet and you’ll probably have the runs to yourself. Eating out in Jackson Hole is cheap – there are some lovely steak places and 3 or 4 Thai restaurants in the town which are really good. They’re not so much into après and seem to go home and then go out later in the evening. If you like a bit of country and western and line dancing the nightlife is great!

"Snowboarding in Jackson Hole"

Rory
5/ out of 5
Here World no.1 Snowboarder Travis Rice has set up camp, and according to him, it has “the best freeriding in North America”, thanks to the feature-some terrain of the Rockies, and the unlimited backcountry. Jackson is also where a whole host of famous boarders hang their helmets, including the legendary Bryan Iguchi aka “The Guch”. Split into two mountains, half the pistes are marked for experts, Après Vous (the smaller of the two) home to softer slopes, and the closer to Rendezvous you shoosh, the harder it becomes. There is more insane freeriding here than you could ever conquer; after 17 seasons Travis Rice is still finding new stashes. Mt. Rendezvous has the biggest vertical in USA at 1,261m, home to a playground of jumps and drop offs. The reputation of Corbet’s Couloir precedes it, and there truly is no other drop like this chute, although you can take your pick from the masses, and test out this theory. Cody Bowl, over the back, is exceptional and leads the way out to Four Shadows, or back around the front side through Bridger Teton National Forest. You don’t need parks to freestyle here, just ride down Paint Brush or in the Toilet Bowl for hours of natural hits and pipes. But, if you do want something more structured, there are 4 Burton Stash Parks, a half pipe and 2 terrain parks: 1 by Après Vous Chair, and the mini Eagle’s Rest for beginners. The insane mix of chutes, rollers and jumps in Dick’s Ditch make this natural half pipe one of the toughest snowboard slaloms going.
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