Jackson Hole’s reputation as rustic, rugged ski area and mountain town attracts a certain type of ski vacationer. It’s someone looking to experience the raw beauty of the Teton Mountains, someone who doesn’t mind going the distance to get there. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone in Jackson looking for impeccable amenities and high-end conveniences. It’s safe to say that Jackson Hole is generally a frill-free place. That also extends to its lodging, dining and off mountain options. It also doesn’t hurt that the lodging options in the town of Jackson Hole, 15 minutes from the resort, trend towards the less expensive side. There are several affordable motels and hotels to choose from. So an affordable Jackson Hole ski vacation is ripe for the taking.
Located in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming, Snow King Resort offers comfortable western lodging at the Snow King Resort Hotel and adjacent Snow King Condominiums. Only 6 blocks from downtown Jackson, the resort is surrounded by over 400 acres of the Bridger Teton National Forest. Jackson Hole is the year round gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Snow King Resort is the largest full service year round resort in Jackson Hole offering a variety of amenities. Located at the base of Snow King Mountain Ski Area. The resort offers great skiing opportunities and access to several winter activities including King Tubes-Snow King Tube Park, ice skating at Snow King Center, skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee. Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park and much more.
Featuring 30 fireplace suites with spacious living areas for your comfort, the 49er Inn and Suites offers 140 of Jackson's finest rooms with a great location and complimentary continental breakfast. Walk to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Additional amenities include Cable Television with HBO, Business Center, Handicap Facilities, Winter Car Plug-Ins, Non-Smoking rooms, Complimentary winter ski shuttles, Wireless internet access and so much more.
A word to the wise, if you didn't know it yet, on-mountain dining is expensive! Even at rugged ol’ Jackson Hole. So save your money and opt for a bite at one of Teton Village’s cafes and restaurants; the Aerial Tram makes getting to and from the base easy and convenient. For a last-minute breakfast, snack or lunch on the cheap, the famed waffles at Corbett’s Cabin off the top of the Tram are an absolute must. For lunch or for an après bite and beer, or even an early dinner you’ll definitely want to stop in at the famed Mangy Moose Saloon in the Teton Village. Grab one of their delicious appetizers, like the mushroom caps, or share an assortment with your buddies. Their soups and salads are delicious and reasonably priced. The large-portioned entrees are mostly sub $20.
There are no shortage of reasonable dining options in downtown Jackson. For breakfast, you’ll want to try Café Boheme’s crepes or a breakfast burrito. You can walk out with a coffee and a gourmet breakfast item for less than $10, and your taste buds will never know. If you’re taking a break from the slopes, or just skiing a half day, head to the Snake River Brew Pub for their $7 lunch special. And be sure to try one of their hand-crafted, locally made brews. While it may look fancy, Calico on TK road, is a must for vacationers on a budget. Their long wine list is reasonably priced and a large 16-inch pizza is only $16. For tastes of the East during your Western ski vacation head to Thai Me Up, a downtown hotspot, with reasonably priced entrees averaging $15.
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As you could imagine the Jackson Hole dining scene is chalk full of saloons and restaurants serving mountain fare, but thanks to the insurgence of full-time residents from around the world in the last 10 to 15 years, there are plenty of dining options for every preference and taste. With wide selection of Asian, BBQ, Euro-American and fine dining experiences to choose from you’ll never know you’re nestled in a remote cowboy town, that serves as the gateway to hundreds of miles of rugged wilderness in Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
The new Spur Restaurant & Bar [OT Link] in the Teton Mountain Lodge is all the rage. It’s quickly become the local hotspot, especially for après dining. Mix and mingle over spicy blood orange margaritas and delicious après appetizers like the elk stuffed peppers or the duck confit spring rolls. Il Villaggio Osteria [OT link] in Hotel Terra is another popular Jackson Hole dining establishment; while the scene isn’t hopping in the same was as some of the bar/saloons in Teton Village, it’s the incredible food that makes this a well-loved restaurant. Don’t miss the wood-oven pizza with goat cheese, braised short ribs or red wine risotto.
For a classic Jackson Hole dining spot, you’ll want to head to the Mangy Moose Saloon. Serving since 1967, you can bet this place has the goods from excellent pub and mountain fare to draft beers.
For Italian fare and locally-loved pizza, you’ll want to spend an evening at Calico. Both their wine list and menu is extensive with incredibly reasonably price points. Don’t miss the BBQ chicken pizza, hearts of palm salad or bruschetta. Next door from Calico you’ll find Q Roadhouse, a favorite barbeque spot. And while it touts barbeque as its specialty Q. Roadhouse’s menu also features some delicious entrees like pan-seared mahi mahi, a buffalo burger and blackened catfish. The fried pickles and hush puppies sides will please kids and adults alike. If you want to eat like a local, it’s all about The Bird on Pub Place. Famous for their fresh-ground burgers, homemade ingredients and German beers on tap, The Bird Old School Bar & Kitchen is simply a crowd pleaser.To learn more about Jackson Hole Dining call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
As a U.S. extreme skiing mecca, and original home mountain to many of skiing’s legends, Jackson Hole delivers all the terrain nuggets−cliffs, tight chutes, steeps and moguls−that expert skiers crave. If you’re not familiar with the Jackson Hole expert skiing culture and history, be sure to watch, “Swift. Silent. Deep.,” a film about the Jackson Hole Air force, an elite band of brothers who changed skiing forever. They were the young rat pack to first pull off mind-blowing cliff drops and incredibly technical, never before seen lines. Their group included skiing icons like Doug Coombs, Jon Hart and TK. If you’re lucky you may even see resident captain Benny Wilson dropping into Corbett’s Couloir.
Jackson Hole is an expert skier’s slice of heaven, nearly every direction you look you’ll find challenging and epic terrain. The famed Aerial Tram−which zooms skiers and boarders 4,139 feet the summit of Rendevous Mountain−is a key ingredient in Jackson Hole’s incredible access. You can get a lot of skiing in via the Tram. From the Tram head skier’s right to slash turns on Rendevous Bowl and from there head skier’s right to Cheyenne and Bernie’s Bowl, if you continue heading straight down you can enjoy the leg-burning “Hobacks,” which will drop you off back at the Tram.
If you head skier’s left off the Tram you must at least peer over the edge into the infamous “Corbett’s Couloir.” It’s a classic Jackson Hole line, well, more of a blind leap of faith into a chute. From Courbett’s stay skier’s left and head for the Cirque or Headwall, you can also access Casper Bowl and the Crags hike-to terrain if you stay high on the mountain. Casper Bowl has seen several extreme skiing competitions over the last decade and is a great area to test your skills. There’s everything from tight chutes that funnel into mandatory−small−airs, to fun, wide-open powder fields or mogul fields− depending on the snow conditions− and several big cliffs as well. You can also access the Casper Bowl terrain via Marmot Double Chair or the Gondola for Casper Bowl access. Off of the Apres Vous Quad you can drop into Saratoga Bowl.
It should be noted that Jackson Hole has an open-boundary policy, which allows ticket and passholders to leave the resort boundaries via access gates. This policy is an uncommon one for North America, but is the norm in Europe. Unsurprisingly, the Jackson Hole Air Force was a vocal advocate for this policy change. Ski Patrol will post snow condition warnings at the gate, so be sure to thoroughly read the signage if you decide to leave the ski area boundary. Never go in out-of-bounds areas by yourself and without the proper equipment. Ski.com suggests skiing with a Jackson Hole backcountry guide.
Alpine skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders looking to experience the Jackson Hole’s gnarliest terrain, should sign up for the four-day Steep and Deep. Groups will be led and instructed by some of the world’s best extreme skiers, who will guide participants through Jackson’s most thrilling in-bounds terrain: Expert Chutes and the Hogbacks. An unofficial part of camp graduation is dropping into the infamous Courbet’s Couloir, on the final day. You’ll leave this camp feeling you can tackle the most difficult terrain with smoothness and confidence you may not have had before.
At first glance−especially at a trail map− it might not seem like Jackson Hole is well-suited to the task of family-friendly, but that’s simply not true. A Jackson Hole family ski vacation actually offers tons activities and options for families. You’re little ones will love the fun interactive kids trail map, as well as ski school lessons and camps customized to their needs. And downtown Jackson is right out of a little kid’s cowboy fantasy, with an abundance of retail shops brimming with Western attire and toys, plus old-fashioned candy and homemade ice cream.
Located slope side, featuring 145 lodge rooms and suites with unique rustic styling and a full complement of upscale services and amenities. You’ll return from your day’s adventures to a true Wyoming welcome, as warm and friendly as the majestic surroundings. Every detail of the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa experience, from fine furnishings and luxurious baths to custom kitchens with tasteful lighting, hardwood floors and classic millwork, has been designed to create a luxurious “Home-away-from-Home” experience.
The Snake River Lodge & Spa is located in Teton Village, Wyoming, at the base of the Jackson Hole Ski Area. The Lodge is also located just one mile from the southernmost gateway to Grand Teton National Park and close to Yellowstone National Park. The lobby, styled in rich western décor, offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with hand crafted leather furniture, large stone fireplaces and whimsical carved bears throughout. Additional Hotel Amenities include Outdoor pool, hot tub and waterfall, The Avanyu Spa, 24-hour guest room dining, a cozy Fireside Bar, Concierge & 24-hour guest service, Ski in property with heated walkway to lifts, Gift shop, sports equipment storage and valet, Fitness Center and Express Check Out. Condominium Amenities include daily housekeeping service, private dining upon request and Valet parking
Cowboy Village Resort is the ultimate in convenience. Jackson Hole Ski Resort and the Gateway to Grand Teton National Park are only 15 minutes from the door. Jackson Hole Airport, serviced by most major airlines, is only 10 minutes away and Yellowstone National Park is a spectacular hour's drive along the Teton Range. Cozy cabins and easy accessibility to the area's activities bring guests back, year after year, to Cowboy Village Resort! In addition to the amenities listed this property also includes cable television, kitchenette rooms, 82 individual cabins, business center, non-smoking rooms, covered decks with barbeque grills, full private baths, continental Bbreakfast (winter only), bus stop on property, Targhee Express stop on property and four blocks from Downtown.
To appease every palate on your Jackson Hole family ski vacation, you want a restaurant that offers a lot of options. On mountain at Jackson Hole, you’ll find that Casper Restaurant is a great family friendly dining option, thanks to its make your own burger bar and generously filled burritos. With a name like Headwall Pizza and Hot Dog, you can imagine this joint, located at the top of the Gondola, ranks high with kids, but fresh ingredients, such as Kobe beef hot dogs, make it a parent-pleaser too.
Off the mountain, if you’re looking for a more formal family friendly restaurant, then Café Genevieve, located one block east of Town Square on Broadway, is a must-try. The menu ranges from pasta and duck confit to fried chicken with mac-n-cheese, to burgers and grilled cheese and tomato soup. Both parents and kids, alike will leave satisfied. Located in Wilson, between Jackson Hole Mountain Restort and downtown Jackson, you’ll find Q Roadhouse. Its menu sways towards BBQ options, but there are also good family friendly eats like burgers, hush puppies and fried pickles.
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While a whopping 50-percent of Jackson Hole terrain is for aggressive, expert skiers; intermediate skiing comes in at a close second. Thanks to the recent addition of the Casper Quad chair, Jackson Hole has added nearly a dozen of new intermediate trails to its gamut. This expansion has increased Jackson Hole intermediate skiing to 40-percent of the total inbounds terrain. Intermediate skiers can enjoy the many meandering “traverse” trails scattered throughout the mountain, allowing them to ski near or around the iconic lines, at a safe distance and watch the local young guns pull off jaw dropping feats.
The Jackson Hole intermediate terrain is plentiful, especially of recent, but skiers should understand that blue square terrain at Jackson Hole may be very different from blue square terrain at say Park City or Beaver Creek. That being said, intermediate skiers may want to consider a complimentary on-mountain tour to better acquaint them with the terrain. The tours meet daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. outside Walk Festival Hall beside the Gondola.
Once you understand the terrain and trail map better, head up Bridger Gondola. The summit yields incredible views, so be sure to soak it in. The intermediate skiing options are endless from the Gondola. Head skier’s right and drop into Ampitheater for a fun, groomed cruiser which will drop you off at the Thunderbird Quad. From there you can either head up the lift and enjoy the runs off of Laramie Bowl, or opt for a long groomer, Lower Tram Line, back to the Gondola. If you head skier’s left off the Gondola you can test drive all the new intermediate terrain off of the Casper Quad Chair, like Easy Does It or Sleeping Indian. Intermediate skiers at Jackson Hole also have terrain options off of Apres Vous Quad Chair, like St. Johns which hugs the ridge line for incredible views or Upper Teewinot for wide-open cruising.
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Deciding on which Jackson Hole lodging option depends on what type of ski vacation you’re looking for. And although the skiing trends towards advanced intermediates to expert, the Jackson Hole lodging options accommodate every all tastes and needs. Those looking for high-end amenities and services have a handful of world-class options in the Teton Village, including the Snake River Lodge and Four Seasons. For more affordable digs, downtown Jackson has everything a plethora of hotels and motels for the budget conscious. The historic cowboy town also has plenty in the way of unique lodging experiences as well.
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While a Jackson Hole ski trip is considered to be a tad more rugged than say a Deer Valley ski vacation, there are still enough dining and lodging options to satisfy those with a proclivity towards the finer things in life. Several developments including the Four Seasons, and the on-mountain fine dining restaurant Couloir have made a luxury Jackson Hole ski vacation into real
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole was awarded the coveted AAA Five Diamond award. Enjoy Four Seasons luxury with ski in, ski out access in Wyoming’s spectacular Teton Mountains. During warmer months, play golf, fish or hike in unspoiled natural wilderness. Breathe in the fresh clean air. Marvel at a sky full of stars, and enjoy exquisite dining wrapped in panoramic mountain views.
Escape to North America’s finest luxury mountain resort experience. Pamper yourself on your next vacation to Jackson Hole by staying at the Four Seasons Resort. Amenities include 24-hour concierge services and 24-hour in-room dining
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole offers a modern design with a Western sensibility, where luxury and environmental responsibility come together to create an exceptional guest experience. Located slopeside to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and at the gateway to Grand Teton National Park, Hotel Terra is a supremely comfortable and sophisticated boutique hotel from which to both experience and preserve this spectacular part of the world.
The Amangani Resort offers elegant suites that are an expression of the surrounding countryside, with modern comforts, woven cowhide chairs and faux wolf throws. The suites also offer a minibar, a CD player, a TV, DVD player and a two-line phone with data plug-in and high-speed Internet access. The resort has a prodigious aspect, in twenty-first Century comfort, across the raw valley of Jackson Hole where many a wild animal leaves a trail into the spectacular surrounding snow-capped Tetons.
Like it’s luxury lodging options, the fine dining in Jackson Hole is not necessarily in excess, but what it does offer is bar none. First on the don’t-miss Jackson Hole fine dining list is Wild Sage at the Rustic Parrot Lodge. This AAA, four-star restaurant, has been rated as “Top Mountain Restaurant” by Mountain Living Magazine. So, it goes without saying the wine list is memorable, the food impeccable, and the service outstanding. The intimate atmosphere, ie the exhibition kitchen, only adds to the incredible experience. The fare pairs well with the rustic Jackson vibe, as the menu features American game, meats and fish. What would the Wild West be without a little steak? The White Buffalo Club boasts a stupendous 1,100-bottle cellar, but diners really come to feast one of the juicy menu highlights: USDA New York strip, ribeye or filet.
If you’re looking for incredible menu and wine list with incredible Teton views, then you must visit Couloir, located at the top of the Bridger Gondola for lunch or dinner. A day ticket, pass or gondola right purchase earns you access to this stunning restaurant, which has been acknowledged in Food and Wine Magazine as “the place to eat” in Jackson Hole. The wine list has also received accolades of recent in Wine Spectator. The menu’s focus is Euro-American with Rocky Mountain flare, which you can find in dishes like the open-faced meatloaf with grilled ciabatta and mushroom bordelaise and the spiced saddle venison with quinoa “fruit cake” and apple butter. There are also some choice seafood options like seared Hawaiian walu and roasted oyster mushroom ravioli to please every taste.
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Those who ski hard, often party hard. So, as one of the baddest mountains in the U.S., you can imagine the Jackson Hole night life and après scene are almost as impressive as the gravity defying feats you’ll see on the mountain. You can be a part of the off-mountain local action if you know where to go. Jackson has plenty of rowdy bars that often serve as dance clubs. Or you can saddle up at one of Jackson many historic saloons and experience a slice of the bygone days of the Wild West.
If you ask a local where they go to let loose, they’ll probably respond with, “the ‘Coach.” They’re speaking of none other than The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, a Jackson Hole night life staple for the last 70 years. The drinks are cheap, and the dance floor−and the bar− is usually packed, especially on Sundays and Thursdays. If you venture out for Sunday Church at the ‘Coach’ you’re in for one memorable Jackson night out. From six to 10 p.m. the resident Stagecoach Band takes, well, the stage and performs crowd pleasing country and honky tonk. A younger crowd appears on Thursday night for Disco Night; a DJ spins classic 70s and 80s music. The Mangy Moose Saloon in Teton Village is also famous for its impressive live music lineup−past acts have included Julian Marley, Blues Traveler and Ben Harper− and its “Spicy” margarita.
If you don’t have least one beer and a shot of whiskey at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar you’re really missing out some essential Jackson Hole night life. Pull up at the bar and sit your keister in a real saddle bar seat. The museum-like bar is covered from floor to ceiling in genuine cowboy memorabilia, from wildlife mounts, to cowboy murals and original wrangling equipment. And if the atmosphere doesn’t make you feel like you stepped back into the early 1900s, then the country line-dancing certainly will. There are few places in the world that can compete with the experience to be had at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
A big day, on a big mountain deserves a big après ski session. The Jackson Hole après scene provides several options for a celebratory beer or bite to eat. Dietrich’s Bistro in the Alpenhof Lodge, located just steps from the Tram, attracts visitors and locals alike with a great beer and wine selection, a roaring fire and chocolate or cheese fondue. Hailed as the “Best Apres-Ski Bar in North America” by Skiing Magazine, Mangy Moose is always a no-brainer with its hearty fare and numerous beverage options, but if you want to avoid the crowds, heat to Cascade in Teton Mountain Lodge is the place to be. Cascade features wine, beer and great pub food to slate the hungriest skier or boarder.
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Well, it’s true, “beginner skiing” and “Jackson Hole” aren’t often used in the same sentence. The vast majority of Jackson’s terrain features steeps, chutes and cliffs; making it “expert” skiing, indeed. If all this sounds intimidating for a beginner skier, don’t fret. Jackson Hole beginner skiing is located at the base of the mountain, completely devoid of anything that would make a beginner uncomfortable. In fact, you’ll probably forget that you’re at one of the most extreme resorts in the U.S., while you’re meandering down one of Jackson Hole’s green circle runs. And there’s an upside to less beginner terrain, it means less beginner skiers. You can comfortably learn or progress without worrying about avoiding throngs of other beginner skiers on the slopes.
While Jackson Hole beginner skiing terrain is limited, compromising 10-percent of the mountain, it’s certainly not nonexistent. First time skiers should stick to the beginner terrain off of Teewinot Quad and Eagle’s Chair. Between the two chairlifts, beginner skiers have six perfect trails to cruise along on. Peruse through the trees on Antelope Flats or for more wide-open cruising head down Pooh Bear or Eagle’s Rest.
If you’re a first timer or need to brush up on your skills, be sure to take a lesson with a Jackson Hole ski school instructor. As someone who skis the infamous steeps on a daily basis, you can bet that Jackson Hole ski instructors have a lot of knowledge and experience to impart, so where better to learn? Plus, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers a learn to ski guarantee; if you aren’t able to control your speed and make wedge turns after your first lesson at Jackson Hole Ski School, you get another lesson free until you master the skill.
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Whether it's enjoying a relaxing massage after a day of skiing, indulging in therapeutic body treatments, or simply escaping daily life, complete your Jackson Hole vacation with a luxurious spa experience. Although it’s a hidden mountain town, Jackson Hole provides visitors and residents alike with a wide variety of shopping opportunities.
Take in the amazing views and abundant winter wildlife on a cross-country ski tour of Jackson Hole's wilderness. Make adventure a part of your Jackson Hole vacation with an authentic, guided dog sled tour through some of the area's most stunning countryside. So many of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Jackson's most beautiful places are easily accessed by snowmobile in the winter. For an adventure you can't find anywhere else, spend a day on a snowmobile tour cutting powder, enjoying nature and seeing some of Wyoming's famous wildlife. Enjoy the peace and serenity that comes with a day in the mountains by exploring winter in Jackson Hole and the surrounding wilderness on snowshoe with an expert guide. Looking for a unique way to complete a perfect a winter day in Jackson Hole? Try a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Teton's beautiful snow-filled landscapes.
Enjoy everything that Jackson Hole and the surrounding area have to offer with a guided winter tour. See the wild animals in their winter range on a wildlife safari or explore Yellowstone and more from a comfortable snowcoach.
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