Skiing and Snowboarding

Jackson Hole Skiing and Snowboarding

Playing on snow in Jackson Hole area can be the experience of a lifetime. An unparalleled diversity of terrain coupled with an average annual snowfall of 400″ to 500,” depending on where you stand in the valley. The lift accessed skiing here can not be beat in the lower 48. Come and experience the majesty of skiing in the Tetons for yourself.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

The Big One, is unrivaled in alpine skiing and boarding. A big mountain with aweswome terrain coupled with high quality snow make Jackson Hole Mountain Resort a must on any skier or snowboarder’s hit list. This steep skiing legend has softened its hardcore image in recent years by adding a host of family friendly activities and expanding beginner and intermediate terrain. Everyone can now be kept busy on or off the slopes. The terrain remains unrivaled, with the mountain now hosting a number of on mountain eateries and beefed up lift system. Don’t forget the 4,000′ vertical rise which provides some of the best fall line skiing around.

Grand Targhee

While located on the opposite side of the Tetons, its still in Wyoming. Grand Targhee boasts 500″ of annual snowfall which provide for nearly unlimited powder days. The terrrain is ideal for all levels, but supports a large amount of intermediate and advanced intermediate terrain. A great place to get your powder legs. Grand Targhee supports a loyal following of true powder hounds. The resort is often ranked as on of  the top  ski areas for snowfall and snow quality. The atmosphere of the quaint mountain village provides for a boutique type of ski experience that one will long remember.

The resort additionally offers the Jackson areas only Snowcat Skiing operation. This added terrain makes the Grand Targhee skiing experience much more dynamic for the destination and day skier to the area.

If you drive over, stop and get a huckleberry shake at the Victor Emporium or visit the Wildlife Brewery to sample some locally crafted beer and, my favorite, BBQ Chicken pizza.

Targhee Express

Targhee Express provides transportation and lift tickets to Grand Targhee on a daily basis. This is the way to go! Leave the driving over Teton Pass to someone else. At the end of the day you’ll be tired and can sleep all the way home if desired. In fact, you can sleep all of the way there if you want. It is a beautiful drive and its nice to not have to keep your eyes on the road so you can take in the magnificent scenery. The trip generally takes 1.5 hours each way.

Snow King Resort

The local’s hill is truly a gem. Providing great terrain for a modest price, Snow King is the Legend. Located in the town of Jackson and on the bus route. With low skier traffic most days, you’ll feel like you have the mountain to yourself. Snow King tends to be a little cooler on most days due to its Northerly aspect, throw on an extra layer. For someone looking for a shorter day on the hill this is the economic choice. Opened in 1936.

New management has recently taken over (Fall of 2014)Snow King Mountain and have heavily invested in new infrastructure including a $3.5 million dollar expansion/upgrade to the existing system. Look for more on the horizon including new lifts and trails.

White Pine

Located outside of Pinedale, Wyoming about an hour and a half South of Jackson. Providing great terrain and prices, this drive can make for an enjoyable day of exploring this corner of Wyoming. White Pine also experiences lower skier density which makes it great for avoiding crowds. We do not recommend making this trip in storm conditions, it can be a very white knuckle driving experience. The area operates Thursday thru Sunday.

***White Pine Ski Area will be open EVERY day from Thursday December 20, 2012 thru to Sunday January 2013.***

Back Country Touring

Guides are available through the resorts or by hire through private vendors. Hiring a guide is highly advisable due to the ever changing nature of snow and the potential for avalanches. Go with someone familiar with terrain and current snow conditions. Be safe, get out there and explore. “If you don’t know, don’t go!”

Check the Mountain Weather Forecast and the Avalanche Forecast before venturing into the backcountry.

Helicopter Skiing/Snowboarding

There is a vendor offering this experience in the valley.

General Information

Ski and Snowboard Rentals

The early season can be a bit of a gamble in Teton County. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Resort have low base elevations, around 6200′-‘6300. Sometimes inconsistent early snowfall, can limit terrain until mid to late December. This lower base elevation may also be the nemesis for Spring skiing. As temperatures at the valley floor rise faster with the longer and warmer days of Spring, low snow years this may mean the melting out of some lower mountain slopes.

Grand Targhee does have a base elevation around 8000’ which generally lends itself to slighlty deeper snow depths and potentially better early and late season snow conditions.

Resort websites provide ample amounts of information regarding weather, current snow depth and conditions. Resort webcams can also provide a good look at what is currently going on at the mountain.

For more information on skiing and snowboarding or other activities in Jackson Hole, please contact us.

Gaper Day

gaper day

April 1st Every Year

A mountain tradition. April Fool’s Day is a traditional Spring right of passage for those who live in mountain towns. The day can provide large amounts of entertainment as locals do their best to poke a little fun at the tourists with which they have dealt throughout the season.

A “gaper” is a slang term for “out of towner/beginner” in the Rocky Mountain region. The party is sure to be on and off of …

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Spring Break Away 2016

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March 20th-April 17th

Each Spring Grand Targhee Resort hosts a number of events towards the end of the season. The Spring Break Away is yet another growing project at the mountain. Lodging deals are available. Enjoy the relaxing resort environment of Grand Targhee and its fabulous terrain. Spring storms can bring ample snowfall. Awesome views of the Tetons and Spring corn await. Grand Targhee is a hidden gem in the Rockies. A lack of lift lines is one …

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Jackson Hole Rendevous

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March 17th thru 20th, 2016

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will be celebrating the season with a weekend of events with the Jackson Hole Rendevous Fest. Started over 10 years ago, this event has slowly gained momentum and now encompasses an entire weekend. Look for more to be added. Fireworks will follow the concerts.

This year is sure to be big with the Zac Brown Band playing on Saturday night. Crowd size estimates are in the area of 15-20,000 …

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Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom

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March 5th-7th

The Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom is an exhilerating twist on the traditional slalom. Course inspection begins on Friday. The format for the race weekend will hold qualifiers on Saturday and “winner-takes-all” on Sunday.

Dick’s Ditch Classic utilizes a natural ditch which winds its way down most of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The race event utilizes the ravine which runs through the middle portion of the mountain. “This “big mountain ditch” has huge banked …

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Local’s Film Festival

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Nov 28th at the Pink Garter Theater

After taking in last year’s inaugural event, the JH Locals Film Festival is sure to delight. The “Festival” features locally produced films that are 10 minutes in length or less.

“Join us for an evening of local film celebrating Jackson Hole at the 2nd Annual Locals’ Film Festival. Unpretentious, authentic, and gloriously low-budget, we’re interested in YOUR SHORT FILMS about livin’ local — ski, snowboard, whitewater, fly fish, climbing, documentary, whimsical, …

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Grand Targhee Resort Opening

Grand Targhee Resort skiing

Grand Targhee Resort opening on November 22, 2013. Teton County has recently been graced with over 12″ of snow above 9000′, and snow continues to fall.

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Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom

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Skier competition March 1-3 and Snowboarder competition March 8-10, 2013

***changes to the 2013 format***

The Dick’s Ditch event will span two weekends this year. The first weekend, March 1-3, will feature skiers. The following weekend, March 8-10,will feature snowboarders. The format for both race weekends will hold qualifiers on Saturday and “winner-takes-all” on Sundays.

Dick’s Ditch Classic utilizes a natural ditch which winds its way down most of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The …

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Another Storm

December 18, 2012

Another storm has blanketed the Tetons. The upper mountain continues to provide outstanding ski conditions. It is still a littler thin down low, but continued snowmaking efforts have opened up additional trails. The season was off to a slow start but Mother Nature has recently been kind to the Tetons. Lets hope December keeps the snow coming down and fills the rest of the mountain in. We will certainly need more terrain to keep the …

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Its On!

New Casper Quad

Meet the new, and highly anticipated, Casper High Speed Detachable Quad.

Jackson Hole snow conditions have continued to improve.  It looks like the snow gods are finally giving Jackson a little love. The Bridger Gondola, Marmot chair, and the new Casper chair are now open. The additional acreage has given folks some space to spread out and take advantage of the new snow. The coverage is pretty good for this time of year and the snow …

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Is Winter 2012/2013 Upon Us?

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The Tetons received nearly a foot of snow at mid to high elevations on Saturday into Sunday. The coming weekend holds some promise of additional precipitation, which we could surely use. It is still early in the season here, this is typical. It seems to me that most years a spares coverage at  varied elevations and aspects exists until sometime around December 22nd. Some years get an early snowfall, the majority seem to start much like this one. Grand …

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Ski Season 2012/2013 is Underway

av opening day

Lift serviced skiing kicked off Friday with the opening of Grand Targhee Resort. They reportedly opened 1500 acres to the riding public. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders rejoiced under beautiful skies to take in their first lift served turns of the season. People gave good reviews of the early season snow conditions. Targhee’s higher base elevation and gentler slopes certainly lends itself to providing more consistent conditions than many ski resorts.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened with the Werner run …

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Most Wanted Premiere

most wanted

November 17, 2012

Storm Show primarily features local riders from the Jackson area. The terrain is amazing and Darrell tends to put together a unique and entertaining feature film each season. The premiere tends to be one of the more entertaining pre-season events in Jackson. Come out and support a local filmmaker who is sure to capture some of the best riders doing what they love to do. Storm Show’s ability to capture the “stoke” of the …

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Black Tie, Blue Jeans Ski Ball

2012 ski ball

September 15, 2012

A fundraiser for the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club. Support our local life-long champions at the Black Tie, Blue Jeans Ski Ball. The evening will consist of cocktails, silent auction, dinner, dancing, gambling and a grand raffle. Funds raised will be used to offset program costs, purchase safety and protective gear and support our young athletes. The ball is quite popular on Jackson’s social calendar, get your tickets early.

With your help, over 400 …

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