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JACKSON HOLE

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Famous for its open boundary policy, expert natural terrain and fantastic deep dry powder Jackson Hole WYOMING , USA is the ultimate in North American extreme skiing and snowboarding.

Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The majority of the terrain at Jackson Hole is left in its natural ungroomed state with not a lot of marked trails; more just suggested route markers.
The Jackson Hole Resort is divided into 2 interlinking mountains; Rendezvous Mountain and Apres Vous Mountain.

The infamous Rendezvous Mountain is home to the most extreme terrain in North America. It has a continuous vertical rise of 4,139 feet with endless steeps, powder filled open bowls, chutes, gullies, cliffs, ridges and trees – basically an expert snow riders dream! The best powder runs at Jackson Hole are from the summit down Rendezvous Bowl to the bottom of the Hoback chutes.

Apres Vous Mountain is the tamer of the two mountains home to the majority of Jackson Hole's groomed intermediate trails and Casper Bowl and Saratoga Bowl.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

After 40 years of service resort management decided the old Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole would close in September 2006 before any safety concerns arose. The new Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole was unveiled in December 2008; the new tram is twice the size of the original and much faster covering 4,139 vertical feet from Teton Village to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain in just 9 minutes. Once at the top advanced skiers and snowboarders have limitless off piste options.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Jackson Hole

Start queuing early on a fresh powder morning to catch the first tram up Rendezvous Mountain. On the way up absorb some of the best mountainous views in the world and select your route back down. At the top turn right and tackle the wide very steep Rendezvous Bowl or left to the famous Corbet’s Couloir.

Corbet’s Couloir is the ultimate adrenaline rush for speed and powder junkies. It is one of the toughest and steepest chutes in North America. Corbet's begins with a vertical drop of about 20 feet from a narrow corridor lined with huge boulders before widening slightly onto a steep face. Expect narrow turns, deep powder, boulders, cliff drops, trees and hidden natural obstacles. It should only be attempted by expert skiers and snowboarders.

Rendezvous Bowl is also very challenging but wider than Corbet's Couloir; it begins as a steep powder field then narrows down to chutes, cliff drops and treed terrain.

On Apres Vous Mountain the black diamond Casper Bowl is a deep linking bowl between Rendezvous and Apres Vous Mountains with heavily treed terrain under the Casper Chairlift area.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Jackson Hole

While Jackson Hole is best suited for expert skiers and snowboarders seeking extreme powder adventures intermediates are not forgotten.

Linked trails cover most of the resort enabling intermediates to explore. The constant steeps and challenging terrain ensure that intermediate ski and snowboard levels can only improve; it is an excellent opportunity to get lessons in how to ski or snowboard off piste. Grooming is not done regularly so don't expect corduroy snow trails in the mornings.

The trails under the Apres Vous Chairlift are wide, not too steep and are often groomed. In windy conditions the Saratoga Bowl remains sheltered and is suitable for competent intermediates. This is the place to tackle some fun powder tree skiing and snowboarding.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Jackson Hole

The lower slopes on Apres Vous Mountain house gentle sheltered beginner trails excellent for learning. The Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole have professional instructors for all ages and ability levels. 

The 2006/2007 winter season saw the introduction of the Sweetwater Chairlift which links gentle beginner terrain to intermediate terrain at mid-mountain level creating a gradual transition from green slopes to blues. The base terminal is located at the top of Eagle’s Rest with the top terminal up slope from the Casper lift and restaurant.

Jackson Hole Snowcat Skiing and Snowboarding

Discover deep powder in the Jackson Hole back country on a cat skiing and snowboarding adventure. Snowcat skiing and snowboarding is available at Angle Mountain on over 750 acres of deep powder and endless treed terrain. Snow riders expect to cover 20,000 vertical feet in a day – fresh virgin powder is guaranteed!

Jackson Hole Halfpipe and Terrain Park

For the days when it isn’t snowing Jackson Hole has a superpipe and two terrain parks however with so much natural challenging terrain they don’t get too much use.

Other Activities at Jackson Hole

Take a day off to explore Yellowstone National Park on a guided snowmobile tour, go for a dog sleigh ride, ice skating, snow shoeing or snow kite boarding.

Half day and full day wildlife viewing expeditions are available in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Read more about the top 5 activities at Jackson Hole

Shopping at Teton Village

Teton Village is a compact village at the base of the Jackson Hole ski slopes. The Village has a small grocery store and ski and snowboard equipment stores. Jackson Hole Sports provides all rental and retail equipment you will need whilst Hole in the Wall caters specifically to snowboarders with the latest gear and equipment on offer.

The main bulk of shops are located in the nearby town of Jackson. Public buses costing $3.00 per person operate during the day and into the evenings between Teton Village and Jackson. The bus trip takes around 10 minutes.

Shopping at the town of Jackson

The town of Jackson has large grocery and liquor markets, ski and snowboard equipment stores, clothing shops, unique souvenir and antique shops, art galleries and museums.

Restaurants at Teton Village

Couloir Restaurant is Jackson Hole’s latest dining addition located at the top of the Gondola. Opened in December 2009 the restaurant serves top quality seasonal American dishes all sourced within a 250 mile radius of the resort.

In the Village II Villaggio Osteria serves delicious traditional Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner with over 150 Italian wines on the menu.

Restaurants at the town of Jackson

Restaurants vary from American, Mexican, French, Italian and Japanese Restaurants to traditional burger joints and diners. The Snake River Brewing Company takes great pride in brewing its own micro-brews; drop in for a taste test and a meal in their lovely restaurant - you will not be disappointed.

The Gun Barrel Steak and Game House specialise in mesquite grilled steaks and local game meats and have an extensive wine list.

Nani's Genuine Pasta House has delicious regional Italian cuisine while The Bunnery Bakery and Restaurant has been serving the locals freshly baked goodies for over 30 years; pop in for a quick treat or sit down and enjoy a hearty lunch.

Nightlife at Teton Village

Start the apres ski drinks at Nick Wilson's Cowboy Cafe with a beer and some buffalo wings before heading to the infamous Mangy Moose bar for dinner followed by live bands and dancing. The Moose hosts bands all season and is always pumping with people from all around the globe.

For those looking for a more sedate evening head to the Alpenhof Bar in the Alpenhof Lodge for some micro-brews, excellent wine list and maybe even a cheese or chocolate fondue.

The majority of bars and restaurants are located in the town of Jackson.

Nightlife at the town of Jackson

Jackson has a vibrant night life; the buzzing Silver Dollar Bar is an institution with links back to the Wild West.

The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is frequented by the local cowboys and has a much used and very worn dance floor.

One of the most popular bars is the Log Cabin Saloon spread over 2 levels with pool tables, lots of seating and frequent live bands. It is always packed.

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Jem Oliver, Australia. Jackson Hole is the coolest resort ever!!! It's like free riding everywhere. The free ride from Corbets down DogFace leading into the gully is radical, from there we were just riding powder to the bottom - truly awesome!!!! It's got some of the coolest and top riders anywhere and I'm going back next year - tram or no tram.

Rich Walkden, TX. I find it such a shame that the tram is closing but safety does come first. For many years I have gone to Jackson and tackled the tough mountain. From what I can gather the ending of the tram should not make too much difference. The company is looking at constructing a temporary double chairlift out of 'Rendezvous Bowl' stopping just below 'Corbet's Cabin'. This will mean that little to no hiking will be necessary once at the top. It is sad that new comers to Jackson in the 2007 season will not be able to experience the thrill of the Tram but they will still be able to experience the thrill of a real mountain with endless open back country.

Sarah Duncan, UK, I was a bit daunted by Jackson Hole. My partner is an extremely confident snow boarder who is willing to throw himself off anything and I'm an intermediate to advanced skier who prefers groomed long pistes. Don't ask me what made us choose Jackson Hole as our winter getaway. While my partner was having the time of his life in waist deep powder I was trying to find a groomed piste that I was able to get down. Having not really experienced deep powder before I was quite frightened and all I wanted was a groomed piste like at Val d'Isere. No such luck, the grooming had been done but it had snowed so much it was hard to stay on piste. After the initial shock I went directly to the ski school and booked some lessons to learn to ski in powder. Fortunately for my partner they were successful and I ended up gaining confidence and was even able to ski down some open black ungroomed areas. Advice to others like me is be prepared not to find a "Val d'Isere" but pretty much an untouched mountain. Our lodge was located at Teton Village and was a short walk to the base however I found that the trip into Jackson town was a bit tiresome. You need to catch a bus that takes about 20 minutes to get there that is not complimentary and has little shelter at the stops and finishes quite early in the evenings. Most of the shopping and bars and good restaurants are in Jackson so you do really need to go there in the evenings we had some lovely memorable meals and experiences in Jackson town. Jackson Hole can offer a unique experience with wonderful hospitality and services however be prepared, have lessons if you need them or you may find yourself praying for an excuse not to ski.....

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit 10,450
3,185
Base
6,311
1,923
Average Snowfall
459 inches
Lifts
11
Trails - view map
111
2,500 acres inbound
Terrain %
advanced
50
intermediate  
40
beginner
10
Halfpipe
1 super pipe
Terrain Park
2
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