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Mystical Jackson Hole
By Janick Robidoux, Ski Travel Specialist
Legendary Jackson Hole! If you’re in the mood for a cowboy-style vacation, then this is it! This resort boasts 133 runs between 1,923 and 3,185 metres in altitude (50% ranked expert level, 40% intermediate and 10% beginner), a vertical drop of 1,262 metres and 1,012 hectares of skiable terrain, not to mention an annual average snowfall of 1,166 cm per year—pure bliss!
Every sector is as exciting as the next, with nice, steady slopes at every turn. The wide variety of terrain—natural snow trails, perfectly groomed slopes, countless wideopen glades (and some narrower ones too)—is sure to make every avid skier feel like a kid in a candy store.
If I had to pick a favourite, it would definitely be the area accessed via the Sublette Chair and the Big Red tram, which carries up to 100 people at a time to the very top of this heavenly mountain! From there, you can access the Rendezvous and Cheyenne bowls, the magnificent wide-open glades of the Bivouac run and, of course, the added challenge of the Alta chutes. For a good morning warm-up, the Rendezvous trail provides exquisite corduroy that is the envy of any mountain run!
If you’re familiar with Jackson Hole, you’ve no doubt heard about the Hobacks—and its fabulously challenging terrain. Take heed, however, if the surface is only partially snow covered. In the latter case, I would highly recommend that you wait until after 11:00 a.m. to give the surface some time to soften.
The highlight of my week (although there were so many to choose from) had to be the hike from Casper Bowl to the Crags, where we got to revel in tons of light, virgin powder. The half-hour climb is more than worth the effort! Once you get to the top, the 360-degree view will absolutely take your breath away, and you’ll quickly forget about the sweat and strain it took to get there. Pick a sunny day to ensure the best possible view!
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Jackson Hole added a brand-new lift that provides access to a whole new sector offering 200 acres of additional terrain. The Teton chair opens up to superb glades that were previously only accessible by hiking. Adrenaline junkies will definitely want to head to Corbett’s Couloir. Words can’t do this amazing trail justice, so I’ll just let you experience for yourself!
Accommodation-wise, I recommend that you find lodgings in town and take the free hotel shuttle to the mountain. Enjoy the short 20-minute ride there, coffee in hand, to relax before embarking on the day’s fabulous ski adventure! Take the time to walk the wooden streets of the marvellous cowboy town, and don’t forget to stop in at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. We guarantee you’ll have a wild time.
If you decide to leave your skis at home to save on airline transportation costs, you can easily rent a pair in town and bring them back or exchange them at the mountain, or vice-versa. The service is unbeatable, and they have a vast selection of ski equipment to choose from.
Want to ensure you experience the nature of Wyoming while you’re there? No problem! You are bound to see elk by the dozen in this part of the country, not to mention tons of moose!