North America

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

written by | Posted on November 1st, 2010

Visitors are encouraged to set their own agenda, schedule a private lesson for up to four family members or friends and enjoy instruction from one of its many world-class instructors who will design a private lesson to fit the abilities and goals of any snowrider. Early tram private rides are also available designed to transport skiers and snowboarders on the aerial tram to the top of the mountain for first tracks. This trip is recommended for advance skiers and snowboarders only.

Similar opportunities are provided for intermediates and beginners on early gondola private trips. A full array of exciting and unique back-country guides are also available because Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is among the very few areas to permit skiers and snowboarders to exit the ski area boundary via gates along the perimeter, which allows access to thousands of acres of back-country skiing. Visitors are encouraged to hire a back-country guide to show them the way and ensure safe travel through Jackson Hole’s phenomenal back-country. A full range of cross-country skiing and other Nordic activities are provided. The resort also offers a kids’ ranch, providing age-specific activities for children 6 months through 18 years. For information about kids’ ranch lessons and activities, call (307) 739-2788 or e-mail kidsranch@jacksonhole.com.

But Rawlings is quick to point out that beyond skiing vacations, Jackson Hole should be on your radar during other times of the year, too. “While the ski-able area of Jackson Hole includes two mountains and 460 inches of annual snowfall, the town is also surrounded on three sides by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, three million acres of mountain terrain perfect for summer hiking, balloon rides, mountain biking and camping.”

where to stay The onsite amenities in Teton Village are varied and plentiful. Lodging consists of everything from slope-side luxury to mid-priced hotels, motels, cabins, and condominium rentals.

For those looking for luxury and resort/spa accommodations, the village is home to several luxury resort properties. Tops among the luxury resorts is the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, which opened in December 2003 and was honored with a 2010 Forbes Five Star Award. It offers 106 guestrooms, 18 suites and 32 private residences. The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is clearly the ultimate in luxury slope-side accommodations, delivering an experience certain to surpass any guest’s expectations. Located within the Four Seasons Resort are three of the village’s finest restaurants, including Westbank Grill—offering a modern twist on the classic steakhouse—and The Peak, with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and decor accented with stone, leather and brushed steel.

The spa at the Four Seasons provides a tranquil transition from an exciting day on the slopes to nighttime activities. This 11,685-sq.-ft. facility, with 16 treatment rooms, including two private spa suites—each with a Swiss shower, fireplace and deep-soaking tub—offers a combination of treatments guaranteed to provide everything from soothing sore muscles and enhancing your skin, to increasing athletic capabilities for the mountain challenges.

For art lovers, the Four Seasons also boasts a museum-quality art collection that, in and of itself, is worth a visit, whether you are a guest at the resort or not. Included are works by Joan Miro, Alberto Giacometti and Romare Bearden, containing over 2,000 pieces of art by over 50 artists. The collection entertains both resort guests and draws visitors from all over the area. Rack rates start at $275 dbl for a standard room in early-December, and then vary from late-December to early-April, from $395 to $925 (during New Year’s Eve festivities).

For a more rustic, old-style Western feel, the recently renovated Snake River Lodge and Spa, a RockResort—with 123 guestrooms and 30 luxury condominiums—provides visitors with comfortably appointed rooms, slope-side at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and houses one of the finest restaurants in town, The Gamefish Restaurant, offering a unique menu including native fish, smoked game, Wyoming Angus steaks and a daily breakfast buffet.

Also located within the Snake River Lodge is the 17,000-sq.-ft. Avanyu Spa, with 10 treatment rooms and private men’s and women’s floors each with their own hot tub, steam, sauna and two lifestyle showers, although there’s also a co-ed heated indoor/outdoor pool surrounded by free-form hot tubs and waterfalls. The facility offers a full menu of nourishing body treatments and massages, including the River Stone Massage and the High-Altitude Repair.