The Teton Range — Photo courtesy of Larry Johnson
Jackson Hole Resort is a special place in an uncommon state. Occupying a slice of the iconic Teton Range, south of Grand Teton National Park, north of the Gros Ventre Wilderness and adjacent to the National Elk Refuge, Jackson, WY is a gorgeous town in an utterly beautiful setting. And Jackson Hole Resort, famous around the world, is the lifeblood of this community.
Unlike many resorts, which seem to cater either to the wealthy or to the die-hard skiers, Jackson Hole attracts an equally passionate following of socialites and ski bums alike. Rubbing shoulders comfortably with the nation’s most hoity-toity ski areas, Jackson Hole Resort and the surrounding towns of Teton Village, Wilson, and Jackson are packed with ultra-fine restaurants, hotels and golf courses.
Hiking the Headwall — Photo courtesy of dpstyles
Yet, despite the ritzy accoutrements, Jackson Hole–with its two distinct mountains, 4139 vertical feet of drop, 2500 acres of in-bounds territory and 3000+ acres of gate-accessed backcountry terrain–attracts throngs of accomplished extreme skiers. As a matter of fact, 50% of Jackson Hole’s acres are classified as expert terrain, and that’s no joke. However, don't worry; 50% of the mountain is completely appropriate for intermediate and beginner skiers.
Those visiting Jackson Hole might find themselves flying directly into the Jackson Hole Airport, or perhaps flying into the busier (and more affordable) Salt Lake International Airport, about 5 hours to the south. Once in town, a wide range of lodging styles and price categories exist. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a real budget room.
Dining in the area is a breeze, particularly if you have some spare cash to spend. And though the resort itself stands only 5 miles due south of the tooth-like Grand Teton, visitors with extra time would sorely regret not paying a visit to the Grand Teton National Park.