Jackson Hole – Skiing Lovers’ Delight!
In between the Gros Ventre Range and the Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming, lies a valley called the Jackson Hole Mountain. Men and trappers who entered the hole earlier had to go through steep slopes as they entered in through the East and North, and so they added a ‘hole’ after its name. Mountains surround these valleys and many rivers and streams flow through this area, making them a suitable habitat for fur-bearing animals like beavers.
Jackson Hole Statistics
Base Elevation: 6,311 ft
Summit Elevation: 10,450 ft
Vertical Drop: 4,139 ft
In 1893, when there was no post office in the town, Margret Simpson named the town Jackson after David Edward Davey Jackson, as she had, until then, been receiving mail at her home. Davey Jackson was also among the first men who spent entire winters in the valley of Teton Mountains. The first people to settle here for year round establishments were the Native Americans, who were followed by fur trappers, who were followed by homesteaders. The valley was used for feeding cattle, as it was unsuitable for farming. It soon became a tourist hotspot after the establishment of dude ranches.
In the valley, Teton Range is crossed by Teton Pass, granting access to the Eastern Driggs and Victor, and the western Wyoming and Alta. During the winter, elk can frequently be seen grazing in the valley and tourists are welcome to enjoy the sleigh rides. The valley has two national parks, the first being Yellowstone National Park and the second being Grand Teton. It also has the three following mountain resorts:
1. Grand Targhee Resort:
A wide variety of the slopes at Grand Targhee Resort face towards their west. The resort itself is located on the west of beautiful Teton Range, and 8 miles to the Grand Teton’s northwest. Among the various facilities that the guests are provided are retail stores, spa, conference facilities and of course, lodging. The top elevation of the Grand Targhee Resort is 3,006 meters, while the base elevation is 2,258 meters, with a skiable area of 3000 acres. Among these 3000 acres, a total of 1000 acres is reserved for cat skiing. Its longest run is that of 2.7 miles, with 2 terrain parks. The Grand Targhee Resort experiences a snowfall of 500 inches every season (despite the snow being powder snow), and indulges in 5% snowmaking.
This abundance is due to the resort’s location that is on the west of the Teton Range, which is also considered its wetter side. This is complemented by the fact that the Snake River Plain in Idaho forms a moisture channel through the Rocky Mountains. This moisture is channeled through the Pacific Ocean, located on Teton’s West slope. The lift system at Grand Targhee Resort is divided into five, with two high-speed quads, one quad, one single and one magic carpet.
For Snowcat adventures, twelve boarders at a time live through some 14000 feet of dry triton powder in a single day. Nowhere else in Wyoming is the facility of cat skiing available, let alone the comfort and safety provided by the Grand Targhee Resort. After a call for advanced booking, you can have an entire mountain to yourself! A refund is also available at the cost of a small fee, in case you are unable to visit or carry through.
An advanced and a beginner snowshoe terrain is also available at Grand Targhee Resort, with the trail going through the scenic terrain of the forest. You can rent the shoes at the resort for an entire family, a group of friends, or just for yourself and then all you will need is a map (also available at the Activity center) and go on your own or with the Guided snowshoe tour with the Resort Naturalist.
The ski area is blessed with wonderful wildlife, groomed tracks, refreshing air and a terrain unlike anywhere else, that come together to form the Nordic Trail System at the Grand Targhee. The most awe-inspiring trail system of the region is Quakie Ridge and Rick’s Basin. Here, you have the opportunity to skate ski through aspen groves, scenic meadows, and wooded glades, which collectively expand through fifteen kilometers of cross country trails. You are also offered skate skiing lessons at the Ski and Snowboard school at Grand Targhee Resort, no matter what your ability level is.
Available from Wednesday to Saturday between 3 pm to 7 pm and on weekends between 12 pm to 7 pm, tubing is one of the most sought after activities, among all age groups. The experience provides a thrill like none other, followed by a ride on the magic carpet that stands ready to fly you back up the hill.
2. Snow King Mountain Resort:
At over 440 feet, the resort happens to have the highest vertical drop in the whole of America. The resort spans over half of ApresVous and Rendezvous mountains and its terrains are among the most challenging terrains ever, with a 10% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 50% expert runs out of a total of 116 runs. The longest run is 7.2 kilometers. It has thus become home to the best freeskiers of America and has a vertical drop of over 4139 feet. The top elevation is at 10,450 feet, while the base elevation is at 6311 feet.
The inbound skiable area is 2500 acres, while the backcountry skiable area is 3,000 acres. The lift system is also pretty immaculate, with one tram, one gondola, eleven chairlifts (four high-speed quads, four fixed quads, one fixed grip triple, two fixed grip doubles, one magic carpet and one rope tow). The snowfall reaches up to 459 inches.
There are also other facilities available, like spa, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, Heli and Cat skiing, winter Bike tours, Paragliding, Ariel Adventures, and so on.
3. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort:
The vertical drop is 1571 feet, the top elevation is 7,808 feet, the base elevation is 6,237 feet and the skiable area is 400 acres. The longest run is 1.4 kilometers and has three chairlifts, two terrain parks and 150 inches of snowfall. The night skiing is open until 7pm. Other activities include Ski Hill, Ice Climbing, King Tubes and Nordic
As Christmas approaches, Jackson Hole Mountain resort gets drown in festivities and offers various discounts to people who book holidays with them, like presently, when you book on or prior to the 23rd of December, you get two days of free skiing and booking for six days of lodging along with 300 dollars’ worth of free air credit per person. However, before getting to the mountain, be sure to follow the grooming report that is issued daily. There is no chance that a rider will find a shortage of riding terrain in this resort.
The resort also provides you with professional staff to assist you with lessons in skiing and other snow sports, as they have their personal Mountain Sports School and qualified professionals running it, so you know you are in safe hands.
So, why wait? Head over to this magical snow hole that will fulfill all your snow fantasies and give you plenty of options to choose from. When you work hard all year round, the winters, aka the holiday season, should be kept aside for vacationing and spending some quality time with your loved ones!