Seven Things To Love About Jackson Hole
A snow holiday at Jackson Hole in Wyoming combines awesome snow with a serving of the Old West and a dash of Yellowstone.
1 The skiing and snowboarding
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the place of legend, with two mountains: Rendezvous, which has a summit of 3,185 metres and Après Vous, which reaches 2,585 metres. These two mountains carry a riot of runs for everyone from absolute beginners to over-the-top thrill seekers who eat doubleblack runs for breakfast. The resort has focused on adding beginner and intermediate terrain over the last five years, with the Sweetwater Gondola, new in 2016, opening up some gentle learning terrain. Once kids have mastered the slopes at the base, they can progress to the Teewinot lift then Après Vous.
You are guaranteed to see wildlife in Jackson. Even driving from the airport to Teton Village or the town of Jackson, you will see elk, hundreds of elk, in the National Elk Refuge just out of town. You are likely to see moose and even bison, with a wildlife tour around the area sure to deliver heaps of animal spotting and wonderful views.
3 4 The wildlife Teton Village
Stay at the foot of the mountains in Teton Village, which has a range of accommodation from condos, luxury homes, lodges and resorts. There is also a huge array of places to dine, and as for après-ski, try the Mangy Moose, The Handle Bar at Four Seasons Resort or The Spur at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa.
A tourist attraction in its own right, everyone should ride the 100-person tram right up to the top of Rendezvous. Only experts can ski down from there, but everyone else can take in the incredible views over the valley, tuck into a waffle and a hot chocolate at Corbet’s Cabin before heading back down on the tram.
You can’t help but want to buy cowboy boots when you walk around Jackson, with its wooden sidewalks, Western shops, wide Wyoming smiles and the antler arches dotting the corners of the Town Square. Pop in for a look at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar – it has saddles for seats – and go for a sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge, the best way to get up close to them.
6 The town of Jackson The new Solitude Station
Solitude Station will make the Jackson Hole experience even better for people to learn to ski when it opens in time for the northern winter. Located at the Sweetwater Gondola mid-station, just a short two-minute ride from the base, Solitude Station will host a massive 1,114-square-metre Mountain Sports School, rental facilities and two dining areas for people in lessons and their families. This will be the hub for kids seven years and over in lessons, with adults in a different part of the Station. Rentals for children and adult beginners will also be available here as will lift tickets for all types of skiers and riders. 06 Little shredders love Jackson Hole © Andrew Schrum 07 Teton Village has a great Western feel
Yellowstone National Park is the world’s oldest, and Jackson is close enough to go in for a tour with a company like Scenic Safaris. Choose a snowmobile tour or a snowcoach tour; however you go, you will be amazed at this otherworldly place of bubbling, steaming geysers, unbridled wilderness and four-legged traffic hazards like moose and bison.
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