As a ski town, Jackson Hole Wyoming has a reputation for great powder and challenging mountain resort courses. It has the longest vertical drop in the USA and the soaring mountains are a challenge for powder hounds. But if you’re a beginning skier or snowboarder don’t be discouraged. There are lots of good reasons why you should put Jackson Hole on your bucket list.
1- You’ll be awestruck by the majestic scenery of this mountain resort
Your jaw will drop when you see Jackson Hole’s powder-covered mountains that seem to touch the heavens.
Take the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram from Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The 360-degree view of the valley and Grand Teton National Park is amazing.
2- Your skiing and snowboarding friends will be envious
Jackson Hole Wyoming, has one of the highest snowfalls in the USA. The light and airy snow is heaven for powder hounds, who will relish bombing down the long run from the top of the tram to the bottom.
It’s a white paradise for advanced skiers and riders but if you’re a beginner, join a group lesson to find your ski legs. Apres Vous Mountain offers intermediate terrain.
You can check current weather and snow conditions on live webcams online.
3- Jackson Hole is the spot to channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl
Pull on your jeans and get into Jackson’s relaxed Wild West cowboy vibe. The town is packed with Western shops, bars and restaurants.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is decked out with cowboy murals, animal mounts and saddle barstools. You can spend a delightful time scouring the shops for a real Wyoming-made cowboy hat and a pair of cowboy boots
4- There’s more than one ski resort to choose from
You can stay on the mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort but there’s also the Snow King Hotel, which is located in Jackson and has four lifts, night skiing and a tubing park.
It’s cheaper to ski at Snow King and beginners can pick up a bargain morning half-day ticket. A one-hour drive from Jackson lies Grand Targhee Resort, which sits on the western slopes of the Tetons in the town of Alta.
5- The wilderness is stunning
The area around Jackson Hole is a sanctuary for elk, bald eagles, wolves and bison. Avid photographers and nature lovers will love looking for wildlife and a guided tour to explore Grand Teton National Park is a chance to spot moose, coyotes, antelopes and bears. Try a half-day safari with Brushbuck Wildlife Tours.
Not being able to ski is no excuse to have a wonderful winter in Jackson. If you’re still not convinced, watch this video to see how much fun it is in Jackson Hole.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Wyoming Office of Tourism, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Hotel
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