Northwest of Jackson, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a freeriders mecca located in the Tetons. The ski area has 134 runs spread over 2,500 acres that are served by 13 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 4,100 feet. Jackson Hole offers everything that freeriders crave, including technical cliffs, steep chutes and tree-filled glades, groomed trails for carving, a half pipe and some of the best snow on the continent. The runs are definitely skewed on the more difficult side with a range from 10% easy to 40% moderate to 50% advanced.
This mountain is like nothing you have experienced before, unless you've spent time in Crested Butte. It's terrain presents everything from groomed slopes to dangerous cliffs. And its weather is just as variable. That's why it is important to use extra caution to prevent getting lost or making a mistake that could result in serious injury or death. Experts will be challenged by the 10,450-foot Rendezvous Peak, accessed by tram, that has a myriad of terrain and snow to offer. Don't miss climbing the Headwall to the untracked powder of Caspers Shrine and the Crags, or checking out super-steep Corbetts Couloir, Laramie Bowl or Dicks Ditch. You might want to check out the new high-spead Teton Quad Lift up to Sheridan Ridge that provides access to previously hike-to only terrain (aka The Crags) and the new Kemmerer Trail. Backcountry access is allowed through seven designated gates accessing 3,000 acres, but make sure to check with the Backcountry Avalanche Hazard Forecast.
In case you've accidentally brought some freestylers to this freeriders paradise, there is a terrain park with a progressive flow combining natural terrain with wooden features called Stash Park. It is accessible from Casper Chair.
For apres ski, check out the Mangey Moose, the Spur or the Village cafe bar which are all located at the base area. For nightlife (don't expect much), try the Snake River Brewing Company, the Stage Coach in Wilson and then late, the Log Cabin Saloon back in Jackson. The Jackson Hole Resort is located about 25 minutes from downtown Jackson. There is a regular, free ski bus between Jackson Hole Resort and the town of Jackson. Neither the base area or the town are particularly known for being rowdy in the winter. But town accommodations can be much cheaper in the winter. The nearest airport is Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), which is 15 minutes north of the town of Jackson and about a 40 minute drive from the ski area.
Overall, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 5 snowboarding resorts in Wyoming. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort including Grand Targhee Ski Area, Snow King Resort and White Pine Ski Resort.
Local Contacts: Jackson Hole Ski Resort (307) 733-2292; BTNF (307) 739-5500; Wyoming Tourism (307) 777-7777; Avalanche Report (307) 733-2664.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: The HostelX (307) 733-3415
Luxury Loding: Alpenhof Hotel (307) 733-3242; Teton Tree House, Wilson (307) 733-3233; Snake River Lodge (800) 445-4655; Amangani (877) 734-7333
Breakfast Restaurant: Pearl Street Bagels, Wilson; Noras Fish House
Reference Source: click here https://www.jacksonhole.com/
GPS: 43.588133, -110.827946
Date Published: 12/24/2015
Date Updated: 1/27/2019
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