Jackson Hole Ski Resort
3395 West Village Drive
Teton Village, WY 83025
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Jackson Hole ski resort is my favorite US ski destination. Everything about Jackson Hole makes for a perfect ski resort for experts.
Lets start with the geography, with close proximity Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Jackson Hole's terrain is as beautiful to look at as it is to ski. The rugged terrain that is Jackson Hole features:
* 2,500 Acres of trails
* Base elevation of 6,311 feet
* Summit elevation of 10,450 feet
* Vertical feet of skiing of 4,139 feet, tops in the US.
* Annual 460" of annual snowfall!!!
And make no mistakes, Jackson Hole is a skiers mountain. The make up of the runs is 50% experts, 40% intermediate and 10% beginner. Although its worth pointing out that there is still 250 acres of beginner terrain which due Jackson Hole's shear size in considerable. Back to the skiers mountain, the 50% of runs that are expert are beyond compare in the US and include gold standard runs such as:
* Corbet's Coulior- Requires a 20' cornice dip just to get it.
* Hoback- Wide open fun a favorite for snow borders.
* Cody Bowl & Four Shadows Peak- Access through gates only.
The combination of these runs make Jackson Hole a pilgrimage for many US skiers and riders. The snow conditions at Jackson are as impressive as the terrain. While other ski areas like Squaw Valley may report similar amounts of snow (450"), the quality of snow generally does not measure up with Jackson dry fluffy powder.
After skiing at the base of Jackson Hole is a place called the Mangy Moose. The Mangy Moose has been the cure for many ski falls since 1967. The Mangy Moose features a full size moose hanging from the ceiling. The food, beer, music and atmosphere at the Mangy Moose is all so good it is one of the few places where locals and visitors coexist.
As for lodging I am generally a big fan of staying on mountain. I find the time it saves in the morning is worth a few bucks. That said when I first began going to Jackson Hole, I stayed in the town of Jackson and found shuttle service to the mountain reasonable. The town of Jackson is a ton of fun and several well known spots including the Million Dollar Cowboy where you can literally saddle up to the bar by sitting in a saddle while drinking your beer. The steaks and chops at the Cowboy are also quite good.
While I am a big fan of the town and the Mangy Moose, its the terrain that makes the Jackson Hole Ski Resort my top US destination (Alta is number 2). A friend of mine picked up a poster that reads, "College Degree, Good Job, Big House... We All Make Mistakes" with a skier in the background of the text. This verbiage sums it up for those who have experienced Jackson Hole.