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Overview

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, located in western Wyoming’s Teton Village, is situated just 15 miles from the Jackson Hole Airport and Grand Teton National Park.

Featuring two mountains, Apres Vous and Rendezvous, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is known for steep skiing and gorgeous scenery and is home to 2,500 acres of skiable terrain and 4,139 feet of vertical drop. The ski resort receives an average of 459 inches of snowfall each year and boasts a summit elevation of 10,450 feet. The Wyoming ski area may be notorious for extreme terrain like Corbet’s Couloir, but Jackson Hole also caters to intermediate and beginner skiers with groomed terrain accessed off The Teton Lift.

There’s no shortage of Jackson Hole hotels, with slopeside lodging options that include the Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and the Snake River Lodge & Spa. A variety of vacation rentals, condos and cabins are also available throughout Teton Village. 

 

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Elevation

  • 10450ft
    Summit
  • 4139ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 6311ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 4
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 15
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    4%

  • Intermediate Runs

    38%

  • Advanced Runs

    42%

  • Expert Runs

    16%

  • Runs

    130

  • Terrain Parks

    6

  • Longest Run

    4.5 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    2500 ac

  • Snow Making

    195 ac

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The Mountain

“Our mountain is like nothing you have skied before!” read signs at the base and top of the 100-passenger Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) tram, which stretches 4,139-feet from the base area to the 10,450-foot summit of Rendezvous Mountain. The sign continues: “It is huge. With variable terrain from groomed slopes to dangerous cliff areas and dangerously variable weather and snow conditions. You must always exercise extreme caution. You could become lost. You could make a mistake and suffer personal injury or death. Protect yourself—understand the trail map and ask questions before you proceed. Obey all trail signs and markers. Please think and be careful. Give this special mountain the respect it demands!”

These signs aren’t being overly dramatic. Even the most skilled skiers can find themselves in trouble around JHMR’s 2,500 acres. The named runs are well marked though, so most often you have to go looking for trouble. You also have to look hard to find lift lines. Not counting the tram on a powder morning, a long line at JHMR is 5 minutes.

Starting just below the existing Thunder Lift, Marmot lift rises 1,200 feet across Rendezvous Mountain to the top of the Bridger Gondola. Formerly, the only way to get from Thunder to the Gondola was to ski all the way down to the base area and then take the gondola up. The Marmot lift not only shines when you’re starving at the base of Thunder, but also during early and late season. It’ll let you stay most all day at mid- and upper-elevations.

Powder Day

People joke that a “powder day” at JHMR is more a “powder hour.” Locals here are hard-charging and can track out the area fast. In 1999, when JHMR opened the gates to lift-accessed backcountry, it was one of only a very few resorts to allow skiers and snowboarders to exit in-bounds terrain. The Headwall and Casper Bowl are inbounds but still require a 20-minute hike from the top of the Bridger Gondola.

If hiking isn't your thing, Saratoga Bowl and Moran Woods, off Apres Vous and Casper, respectively, aren’t as steep or as long as the Hobacks (off the Sublette Quad), but, because of that, do usually offer fresh tracks for longer. The trees to either side of Pepi’s Ridge (Sublette Quad) can hold powder for a while, too.

If you have the necessary backcountry gear—transceiver, shovel, probe—and skills, go ahead and aim for some true backcountry. Rock Springs and Cody Bowl, both just south of the resort boundaries and accessed through marked gates, are good starters, albeit fairly easy to get to, so fresh powder doesn’t last long there.

Backcountry runs in Granite Canyon, to the north of the resort in Grand Teton National Park and accessed from the top of the tram or the Apres Vous lift, are more committing. They require route finding skills, or better yet, someone who knows the area and is willing to let you follow them. Know that even though you don’t need climbing skins to get out of Granite Canyon, they’re never a bad thing to have in your backcountry pack in case you do get lost. The way back to the resort from Granite Canyon is a traverse, but not completely downhill. Expect to expend some serious energy before popping out near the bottom of the Apres Vous lift.

Groomers & Family

Consider this fair warning: The ski area's only beginner terrain is off the Eagle’s Rest double chair and the high-speed quad Teewinot lift next to the gondola in the base area. Together, the two lifts make for a nice learner’s area. Once you’re beyond beginner, you’ll most likely find it boring, although the resort does a great job of cutting tracks into the woods between the wide-open runs.

Once you’re an intermediate skier, you have quite a few choices at JHMR. If you don’t want to worry about having to pay particular attention to a trail map (and perhaps ending up above a cliff), Apres Vous Mountain is your best bet. The smaller and less cliffy of the resort’s two mountains is serviced by a high-speed quad from the top of the Teewinot lift and, heading skier’s right from the top of the lift, has an array of groomed intermediate runs stretching its entire face.

The easiest intermediate runs on the mountain, which are still a big jump in difficulty for those coming from skiing the resort’s green runs, are off the Casper Bowl Triple Chair. Easy Does It, Lift Line and Camp Ground are the most mellow runs off this lift.

Horn’s Hole Traverse to Amphitheater from the top of the high-speed quad Thunder Chair is another of the resort’s more mellow intermediate runs. The Bridger Gondola accesses a lot of intermediate groomers, but they are substantially steeper than the runs mentioned off Casper and Thunder. Gondola intermediates are generally moderately steeper than the intermediate runs off the Apres Vous lift.

Corbet’s Couloir might be the resort’s most famous run, but the fresh waffles topped with everything from Nutella to strawberries served up at Corbet’s Cabin are worthy of some serious contemplation, too. Have one before heading over to Corbett’s. The mandatory air to get into the famous couloir is less intimidating on a full stomach.

With lessons for all ages and abilities, JHMR’s Mountain Sports School is awesome. Adults signing up for group lessons at intermediate levels and higher often end up with a semi-private lesson. 

Under the Mangy Moose, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Café serves 1/4-pound grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef burgers starting at $4.50. A buffalo burger is $6.50. 

The Snake River Lodge & Spa allows spa day guests to use its pool and outdoor hot tub, which might just be Teton Village's best. The Four Seasons pool is one to plunge into as well, but the only way you can use it is if you’re an overnight guest at the property.

If you can tear yourself away from the mountain for a day off, Grand Teton National Park is literally right next to JHMR. Yellowstone National Park is about an hour away, and numerous outfitters in Jackson offer day-long snowmobile trips to Old Faithful, which is a much less touristy in winter.

Few resorts in the country can compete with JHMR. Twelve miles away, Snow King Resort is smart enough not to try. Jackson’s “town hill,” Snow King is still a local’s favorite. It offers two-hour lift tickets, night skiing, 1,500-feet of vertical, a tubing park and, from both mid-mountain and the summit, fantastic views of the Tetons. It is north facing so usually pretty chilly. 

Back at JHMR, the best views of Corbet’s Couloir—other than those heart-pounding looks you get standing at its lip—are from the southern deck at Couloir atop the Bridger Gondola.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/24/201804/07/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    130
  • Projected Days Open
    133
  • Years Open
    53
  • Average Snowfall
    459"

Best Jackson Hole Hotels

5
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
7680 Granite Loop Road Teton Village, 83025
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* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
4
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole
3335 West Village Drive Teton Village, 83025
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
4
7710 Granite Loop Road Teton Village, 83025
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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erik
9th December 20185
I’m not going to say this is the best ski resort in North America but if someone tells you it is, you...Full review
Alec Curtis
15th November 20185
I absolutely love this place. Tons of variety, tons of off the beaten path trails, so much to explore even after 8...Full review
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Contact Info

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  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

    PO Box 290

    83025 Jackson

    Wyoming

    United States

    Phone: 307-733-3316

    info@jacksonhole.com

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