Jackson Hole makes most every skier’s must ski lists, and it should be on your family ski bucket llist. The terrain here is amazing, with a signature Tram delivering you from the 6,311’ base to the 10,450’ summit for the most continuous vertical of any ski resort in the US at 4,139’. Jackson Hole has been famous for steep chutes like 40-degree Corbet’s Couloir and the snowy Rendezvous Bowl since it opened in 1966. At that time there was no beginner or intermediate terrain, but much has changed…
Jackson Hole has 2,500 acres of skiing for all abilities on three separate summits fromRendezvous Mountain (served by four quads and a $31 million tram in 2008) and Après Vous which offers great intermediate groomed cruisers. The Teton Express now serves backcountry style terrain in Grand Canyon. A modern eight-passenger Bridger gondola serves the center of Jackson Hole, launching from the base up 2,800’ vertical to a spectacular lodge and a great lunch spot – Couloir at 9,095’. Jackson’s mid-mountain Casper quad serves blue wide open cruisers, and the lower mountain has a handful of gentle groomed beginner boulevards.
For skiing families, Jackson Hole has a full service Kids’ Ranch ski and snowboard program, a Burton Stash natural terrain park, and full service slopeside lodging at the Teton Village base. The best ski hotel is the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, it is five star from the extraordinary suites with scenic balconies, sensational food, and service that anticipates everything from buckling your kids’ ski boots, warming your fluffy robe and towel by the outdoor pool during your après ski soak, to providing s’mores by the outdoor firepits for family après ski and sophisticated cocktails for mummy and daddy too.
Save Jackson Hole for when your kids can master the mountain before visit Jackson Hole – so you can ski all this awesome terrain, but if you are anxious to go – then just grab your posse and your cowboy hat and giddy up. Jackson gets big snow, over 475’ on average, but doesn’t get the big crowds given its location in wide-open Wyoming (the least populated state in the union), 12 miles outside of the cute cowboy town of Jackson.
While on ski vacation in Wyoming, take time to tour Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge where you will see thousands of elk grazing, spot bighorn sheep, moose and deer, bald eagles soaring overhead, and trumpeter swan fishing in the Snake River. Another fabulous lodging property is the chic Amangani perched on hillside with elk grazing on the grounds, but this spa like setting is more ideal for a romantic get away than a family ski vacation.
Jackson Hole Stats:
2 mountain peaks, Après Vous and Rendezvous
4,139′ Vertical Drop
Summit Elevation: 10,450′
12 Lifts including an Aerial Tram and 2 Gondolas
133 Named Trails, 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain plus 3,000 acres of backcountry