Jackson Hole has been voted the No. 1 ski town in America by Skiing magazine. Come the season, when a blanket of snow covers the vast and untamed Jackson Hole landscape, everyone from skiers to snowboarders to spa-lovers can find breath-takingly scenic places to pursue their passion in Jackson Hole.
Welcome to Jackson Hole, Wyoming
In the town of Jackson, visitors find shopping, more than 30 art galleries, snow-tubing, good restaurants, Western-style nightlife, and even museums. Yet the great outdoors is what draws travelers to Jackson Hole, even in the dead of winter.
Gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks, the Jackson Hole/Yellowstone area is home to more than 60 animal species. Elk, moose, bison, deer, antelope, mountain lion, grizzly and black bears, and coyote all roam the vast terrain of Jackson Hole.
In addition to skiing, Jackson Hole winter visitors can go on sleigh rides in the National Elk Refuge, take a bighorn-sheep herd tour, snowmobile in and around national forests, take a dog-sled ride, and soak in hot springs.
Several mornings a week, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Winter Nauralist Program offers a Snowshoe Tour. National Forest employees tour guests through the Jackson Hole wilderness and discuss topics such as winter ecology, natural history, public vs. private land use, and avalanche awareness.
Skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole has one of the lowest base elevations of any ski resort area in the Rocky Mountains, at just 6,311 feet. Jackson Hole Ski Area also has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the U.S.: 4,139 feet from the valley floor to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, with a 55-passenger aerial tram that transports skiers from bottom to top in 12 minutes. Too high for your taste? Ride back down and just enjoy the Jackson Hole view.
The best part is, you'll find Jackson Hole delightfully uncrowded: On an average day at the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, there are only 1,750 skiers skiing on the 2,500 acres of terrain. And you needn't be Olympic-class skiers: Novices and intermediates can take advantage of everything from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's beginner-only lift tickets to the highly regarded Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School.
Flying to Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole maintains its own airport, which is located inside Grand Teton National Park. It is also approximately 100 miles from the Idaho Falls airport, where flights may be cheaper.
Where to Stay in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole accommodations range from dude ranches to five-star hotels, condominiums to inns. During the winter, town lodging tends to be less expensive than slopeside properties in Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Top Jackson Hole Resorts for Couples
For a memorable getaway, book a stay at one of these luxurious Jackson Hole properies:
Four Seasons Jackson Hole -- Steps from ski lifts, the Four Seasons Jackson Hole features a dedicated ski concierge, spa, rental shop, sells lift tickets, and offers ski valet services. The staff can arrange winter adventures such as wildlife safaris. In addition to dining at the resort's slopeside restaurants, guests can savor complimentary s'mores and hot chocolate while soaking in an outdoor hot springs hot tub or the outdoor heated pool.
Amagani -- Elegant and serene, the all-suite Amagani brings Asian cool to the wilds of Wyoming. A gorgeous natural setting in the snow-capped Tetons, it's designed with harmony and ecology in mind.
The Wort Hotel -- Located in the heart of downtown Jackson Hole, half a block from the elk-antlered archways that mark the Town Square, the AAA four-diamond hotel Wort Hotel is a Western-style inn and home to the famous S-shaped Silver Dollar Bar, embedded with 2,032 silver dollars.
Teton Mountain Lodge -- Opened in 2002, Teton Mountain Lodge is a full-service hotel that offers luxury rooms and condominium suites slopeside at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The property was named one of the top 25 accommodations at ski areas in North America by readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
More Jackson Hole Lodging Information
The following sites provide links to multiple Jackson Hole properies:
Wyoming Dude Rancher's Association -- In 2004, Wyoming celebrated a century of dude ranching. In addition to arranging horseback rides on snowy winter trails, many of the members of this association can assist guests who want to snowmobile, cross-country ski, and snowshoe.
Wyoming Hotels/Resorts/Inns -- Selected links from About's Hotels Guide.
Jackson Hole Tourism Information
Think a Jackson Hole vacation might suit the two of you? Find more information on Jackson Hole and Wyoming getaways at the following sites: