Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Situated at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain, located approximately 12 miles to the northwest of the town of Jackson, Wyoming, lies the Swiss-style Teton Village. The “Vil,” as the locals refer to it, provides everything one could possibly need for an exciting and comfortable snow vacation at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The mountain features more than 4,000 vertical ft. of diverse terrain that attracts skiers and snowboarders of all levels from around the world. But beyond the skiing and snowboarding—which is truly outstanding—the views from the various peaks throughout the mountain are stunning, and the views of the rugged cliffs and the valley below are unsurpassed. This place is gorgeous—a definite must for our Editors’ Hot List and ideal for everyone from first-time skiers to the most advanced of ski aficionados.

“Jackson Hole is a beautiful, vibrant area,” says Sallie Rawlings, sr. director of corporate communications, Travel Impressions, “that offers a unique year-round experience for our clients. That’s why we included it in our product offering.”

Within Teton Village lies an abundance of lodges, condominiums, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, apres ski bars, grocery stores, storage lockers, and ski and snowboard shops providing everything one could possibly desire for the ultimate winter adventure vacation. Winter activities feature skiing and snowboarding for snow riders of all levels, snowmobiling and dogsled tours, heli-ski operations, cross-country ski areas, ice skating and snowshoeing activities—in other words, anything one could wish for in a ski destination. Teton Village is the perfect place to call home at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Vacationers to Jackson Hole can look forward to experiencing skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports that are unparalleled in the world, as well as breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons, and, just a short ride to the south of Teton Village, the town of Jackson, one of the more historic and entertaining towns in the west. According to Rawlings, there’s just something unique about Jackson Hole that makes it stand out from other ski resorts.

“This winter,” she notes, “there will be a Winter Carnival in January. This event will be showcasing film, art and wildlife. The Carnival includes a wildlife film festival with film screenings, an international dog sled and a torchlight parade. In addition,” she continues, “Jackson Hole offers a true Western ambiance and easy access to wildlife with The National Elk Refuge located just outside the town of Jackson. The entrance to Grand Teton National Park is only 12 miles from town and the southern entrance to Yellowstone is just 60 miles from Jackson.”

the mountain When it comes to skiing, Jackson Hole Mountain is nothing like anything any snow rider has experienced before. Its varied terrain provides the skier and snowboarder with everything from groomed slopes to heart-stopping slopes surrounded by stunning rock formations. The mountain is so much more than the home of the extreme skier. Numerous comfortable and high-speed lifts and a gondola, which can export eight riders per load up a vertical rise of 2,730 ft. in seven minutes, provide access to various terrains suitable for snowriders from beginner to expert levels.

For the more advanced to expert skiers, the tram, which underwent a $30 million replacement and was completed in December 2009, carries 100 passengers 4,139 vertical ft. in nine minutes and boasts the longest continual vertical rise of any lift in the United States. The snowriding from the top of the tram—not to mention the views—are both breathtaking and jaw-dropping. The multitude and length of the various descents from the top of Rendezvous Mountain (the final destination of the tram), clearly affirm Jackson Hole Mountain’s regular listing as one of the top ski and snowboarding destinations in the world. Furthermore, the development and modernization of Jackson Hole Mountain has resulted in the allocation of more substantial terrain for intermediate and beginner snowboarders. The Apres Vous and the Sublette quad lifts take snowriders to abundant manageable terrain of blue and lower level black runs. And beginners will have plenty of fun and comfortable rides off both the Gondola and the Casper Bowl chairs.

Vacationers to the area will be happy to know, too, that there are rarely lift lines to delay them from continuous snowriding.