Famous for the Grand Tetons, Jackson, Wyoming (also known as Jackson Hole) is a year-round outdoor adventure destination. When snow begins to blanket the Grand Tetons in November and December, Jackson Hole comes alive as a world-class ski destination. The Grand Tetons offer up three fantastic ski resorts including Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Snow King Resort, and Grand Targhee Mountain Resort. These three iconic ski resorts all feature incredible Rocky Mountain terrain, spectacular scenery, and loads of powder.
With an annual snowfall average of 500 inches, pow days in Jackson Hole are raved about. Jackson Hole is known to have some of the most challenging, expert terrain in the world. Skiing in Jackson Hole begins with an epic ride on the Aerial Tram. Almost 2500 acres of skiable terrain and 193 runs cater to skiers of every skill level. Blue trails make up 40% of the terrain, while 50% is all about the black diamonds and double black diamond runs. Jackson Hole is known for its ‘cowboy powder’Â� – its vast, uncrowded terrain means there’s fresh pow for skiers most days. The resort boasts a staggering vertical drop of 4139 feet – the highest in the country. For beginner terrain, Snow King is a great option. Beginners and newer intermediate skiers will find laid-back runs at Snow King, and a close proximity to the city of Jackson. Grand Targhee is on the western side of the Tetons, just a 90-minute drive from Jackson Hole airport. This resort is legendary for it’s incredible powder and lack of lift lines.
These mountains aren’t limited to downhill skiing and snowboarding – Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the National Elk Refuge are all nearby, and feature rich wildlife, geysers, snowshoeing tours, and cross country skiing. Teton Village and Jackson are riddled with some fantastic apres-ski spots where you can end a ski day with locally-brewed beer and scrumptious meals.
Jackson Hole in the summer reveals towering mountains, remote and rugged valleys, and hundreds of biking and hiking trails stretching for many miles. The crown jewel of the area, Grand Teton National Park, features over 200 miles of hiking trails, fantastic paddling options in its many pristine alpine lakes and the renowned Snake River, and spectacular wildlife sighting options.
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