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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Ski Resort Guide

Jackson Hole, United States

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,190m10,466ft
Resort Height1,920m6,299ft
 Nearest AirportJackson Hole
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Jackson Hole

One of the world's best known resorts, thanks to its adventurous skiing, 'real West' atmosphere and the greatest continuous vertical in the USA. Close to the 350 mile Continental Divide snowmobile trail and offering trips in to Yellowstone National Park to see 'Old Faithful'.


The American ski resort of Jackson Hole is at an altitude of 1,920m6,299ft.

Jackson Hole has direct access to 76 marked pistes, served by a total of 10 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,920m6,299ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,190m10,466ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Jackson Hole?

The next notable snow forecast is 8cm3in, expected on 19 September, with around 10cm4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Jackson Hole Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
25km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Jackson Hole Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,190m10,466ft
Lowest Piste1,920m6,299ft
Resort Altitude (Jackson Hole)1,920m6,299ft
Max Vertical1,270m4,167ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Jackson Hole
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Jackson Hole Overview

There are two sorts of lists of the 'Greatest Ski Resorts in the World'. There are those places that have established a reputation over many years even though they may or may not be the best places to ski in the modern era - names like Davos or St Moritz in Switzerland, Garmisch in Germany, St Anton or Kitzbühel in Austria, Aspen, Stowe or Vail in the US. Then there is the second list - this time of places that attract skiers from all over the world who just live to ski and don't care much for resort size, status or reputation. Some of the names from list one are still on it - Chamonix and St Anton for example, but little places like Alagna in Italy, La Grave in France or Red Mountain in Canada are also there, right at the top. This second list is as hard, in its way, to get on to as the first, and for many skiers Jackson Hole is one of those that qualifies for both, but especially the latter.Skiers who love skiing from all over the world are drawn to this snow mecca every season, and former Olympic champions like Tommy Moe and Pepi Steigler now call it home. Apart from its skiing, the resort's appeal is its authentic (rather than hyped...) Old West spirit and sense of hospitality. The choice is between staying by the slopes in increasingly expansive and sophisticated lodging, or, as many do, 12 miles (19km) away in the town of Jackson where some of the sidewalks are still wooden, bars are still called saloons, and the doors on them swing open.

The scenery is stunning too - in a country of huge but rolling mountains, the Teton range in which Jackson Hole is located would look very much at home in Switzerland - with classic and spectacular triangular peaks. The recent $50 million dollar millenium refit has not changed that much - just made the infrastructure rather more cutting edge, for the best of both worlds. The money has been spent on the Bridger gondola, to serve the biggest single lift- served vertical in the US; the Après Vous Quad, expanding access to intermediate terrain; and plenty of other features liked doubled snow-making (although the resort also has a reputation for 10 metre / 33 feet plus of natural snow each season). The resort's famous original red tram (cable car) finally went in to retirement at the end of the 2006 ski season after may decades of faithful service but it was replaced by a state-of-the-art new version a few seasons later.


Regarded as one of the genuine claimants to the 'toughest terrain in the States' title, Rendezvous mountain offered the biggest vertical drop in the states until taken over by Big Sky and then Snowmass a few years ago. It still offers the longest steepest runs in North America including the legendary Corbet's Couloir, perhaps most famous because those ascending in the cable car can witness skiers throwing themselves off the top (which is vertical) and then hitting the 50 degree slope.

There are many other great runs on the mountain for those who like this kind of extreme terrain, and plenty more for those who like something slightly less lethal. The Cheyenne, Laramie and Tensleep bowls are high on the list.

The backcountry terrain in Grand Teton National Park and Bridger Teton was made accessible for the first time in 1999. The National Forest is some of the most spectacular and challenging terrain found anywhere in the United States, adding another 2,500 acres of terrain. Much like the sign at the top of the tram, this backyard is like nothing you've ever skied before. For anyone venturing out into this newly accessible area it is imperative skiers and riders educate themselves to the differences; always ski with buddies, carry receivers, be aware of backcountry weather reports, and always exercise extreme caution.

Most of the terrain is well suited to intermediates, especially advancing intermediates. Although they only have an unusually small percentage of the mountain, at 10%, beginners are far from forgotten here with an excellent beginners' area and ski school.

Those staying in the town of Jackson can also take advantage of the gentle slopes of Snow King which are floodlit at night.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


A secluded area on Apres Vous Mountain serves as the location for Jackson Hole's halfpipe and terrain park, with a terrain park for beginners located at the base on Eagles Rest. Competitions include the local Hole In The Wall Huckfest, as well as the annual Dick's Ditch Classic in March with the banked slalom and halfpipe competition.

The Burton Learn To Ride beginner program, including beginner specific equipment and groups. The Steep & Deep Snowboard Camp remains one of the most popular, and with the addition of Freestyle Clinics with Rob Kingwill and an all women's snowboard camp with Julie Zell, there is a method of learning for everyone.

Location and Map

Where is Jackson Hole?

This ski resort is in Teton, Wyoming, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Jackson Hole is Jackson Hole, 46 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 10 ski lifts are able to uplift 12,096 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 40 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Jackson Hole open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Normally opens on Thanksgiving day), and usual closing is Early April (Normally closes first Sunday in April).

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Jackson Hole, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Jackson Hole Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

There's a lively après ski scene in Jackson, although they probably wouldn't bother calling it 'Après Ski' as the relaxed atmosphere long pre-dates the local ski scene.

For great character and value try the Cadillac, Blue Lion, or Bubba's. An evening at the movies, night skiing or tubing or taking a sleigh ride are all popular alternatives.

In Teton Village the world famous Mangy Moose is located at the base of the mountain. Newer options offering further variety include Four Seasons, Snake River Lodge and Spa and Teton Mountain Lodge.

Jackson Hole