Jackson Hole Ski Resort Review
Jackson Hole is a North American ski resort on steroids. Nicknamed “The Big One”, it has big vertical and big skiable terrain, and has a gnarly reputation for steep challenging terrain that attracts many, many local and international hard-core skiers and snowboarders.
Ski and Snowboard Terrain
As the tram heads up the hill jammed full of early morning powder seekers, you notice one thing – the consistent fall line, the steeps and the vertical. Jackson Hole has some the most challenging (read FUN) inbounds terrain in North America. There is also some genuinely frightening stuff for the uninitiated. In Jackson Hole even the cat tracks are all marked intermediate, not because they’re steep, but because of where you’ll potentially end up if you come off one. When a sign at Jackson Hole says ‘cliff’ it really means it!
Having said all that, there is plenty of terrain for all levels including 40% of the trails being appropriate for intermediates. Jackson Hole is adequate for beginners, but with only 10% of the trails being for novices, L-platers will be better placed at the nearby Snow King Ski Resort.
Where is Jackson Hole?
Jackson Hole is located in the cowboy state of Wyoming in the shadow of the Grand Teton. The resort base area (called Teton Village) is 19 kilometres northwest of the town of Jackson. There is an airport at Jackson, with domestic flights from various major US cities. See the travel to Jackson Hole
page for more information.
Jackson Hole Accommodation
Jackson Hole’s base area is called Teton Village. It is best described as compact. There are several luxury lodges and resort style hotels, all of them ski-in ski-out. But aside from the lovely capacity to sleep in a bit longer and get to the front of the lift line in the morning, there is a price to pay for staying ‘on the hill’. Teton Village hotels
are generally expensive; services are few, and the nightlife and shopping are limited.
Budget accommodation options abound in and around the nearby town of Jackson. The bonus of Jackson lodging is that it’s cheaper than Teton Village, and the nightlife, shopping and restaurants are superior. Jackson is well connected to the ski resort by the START bus system.
Jackson Hole Accommodations Listings
Why Ski or Snowboard at Jackson Hole?
Two words - snow and terrain, with an emphasis on terrain. There is no other rationale required. Ski or board at Jackson Hole before you die. Stop reading – GO, NOW!
If you’re still reading then you might as well know that we’ve given Jackson Hole full marks (5 powderhound paws) for various terrain factors including advanced on-piste terrain, off-piste, backcountry, steeps and steep chutes. As a powderhounds resort, Jackson Hole scores 4 out of 5 paws. The terrain is awesome, the powder is very good, but unfortunately the ski resort loses a little ground in the uncrowded slopes and lift line stakes. See our powderhounds ski resort ratings
to see how Jackson Hole compares.
Tours That Include Jackson Hole
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