One of the country’s most famous winter ski resorts is located in western Wyoming, just outside the authentically western town of Jackson Hole in Teton Village. Although officially on the map as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, it’s more often than not simply referred to as “The Big One,” simply for its massive imprint in the Teton Mountains and this mountain enjoys name recognition throughout the globe. Jackson is a winter resort on steroids; that’s the most precise way to describe this northern Rockies most legendary ski and summer resort. But then again, it seems everything is just more dramatic in this Yellowstone-Teton area. Winter ski and snowboard diehards, especially enthusiastic males between the ages of 18 and 45, flock to Jackson’s slopes at the first hint of winter. The reputation of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as an area offering a variety of challenging expert slopes has long been established by thrill seekers not particularly interested in groomed intermediate slopes.
Jackson is one of the only winter ski resorts that can truly boast one of the top vertical drops in the United States.
More bang for your buck on this mountain. There’s 4,139 feet of both untamed and more user-friendly intermediate runs and every morsel of terrain is more than worthy of all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Resort in-bounds skiing delivers over 2,500 acres of steep and deep so there’s plenty of room to spread out at this resort. Winter ski stories, some hair raising, also abound from Jackson’s vast backcountry world. They open the boundary gates at this ski resort when the snow pack is deemed stable. The status of whether to hang the “open” or “closed” sign by the entrance to the backcountry gates is weighed heavily early each morning by the Ski Patrol.
Ski and snow conditions can change as quickly as the weather itself in the mighty Teton Mountains
Big storms can roll in so quickly and visitors to the backcountry terrain are assumed to have the skills to weigh the pros and cons of going into territory not controlled by the ski resort staff. This is the real west after all, a place where individuals are trusted to make the right decisions for themselves. Common sense dictates skier and snowboarder behavior and whether it’s prudent on any given day to drop into the great abyss of an uncontrolled and wild off piste world at this most grand ski mecca. Despite the rugged reputation of Jackson Hole, there’s another entirely different side to the story.
Teton Springs is the place to be this Winter. Whether you’re skiing at Targhee, or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in nearby Victor, Idaho, caters to Jackson Hole skiers who are seeking a more relaxed skiing experience, together with all the amenities of a first-class luxury ski resort. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort can easily accommodate everything on the wish list, from the wide array of restaurants and shops at the base area to the abundant choices of beginner and intermediate level slopes. From Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, you’ll travel over the scenic and utterly dramatic Teton Pass, drop into Jackson Hole basin and on to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, located on the Teton Village Road.
Securing accommodations at Teton Springs Resort as a home base while in this area for winter escapades is something the savvy winter traveler understands, especially return guests to this area. After all, location is everything, right?! From Teton Springs, a trip to Wyoming’s other premier resort, Grand Targhee on the west slope of the Tetons, is also easy. Targhee offers wide-open, unintimidating slopes and plenty of snow to go around. Targhee has been a family favorite for 50 years and enjoys a national reputation for its terrific intermediate terrain, lots of groomed runs and a relaxed and friendly vibe. When you stay at Teton Springs Lodge, it’s prime location is why its considered one of the top family adventure winter vacations for all.
Come take an adventure of a lifetime and go Heli Skiing right from the lodge
Another distinct advantage of settling in at Teton Springs Resort is access to Heli skiing right from the base of the Lodge. Enjoy morning coffee as the chopper from High Mountain Heli swoops down just steps from the hotel accommodations. From the lodge, skiers and snowboarders are flown to untracked powder stashes in the Snake River, Palisades, Gros Ventre, Hoback and Teton Mountain ranges. It’s almost impossible to find a heli ski service this convenient and experienced. High Mountain Heli began their journey in Jackson Hole and has been offering skiers a thrill of a lifetime since the 1970’s. They operate an office in Teton Springs Resort and can assist guests with ski and snowboard equipment and together with Lodge staff, can recommend the perfect heli package. It’s an amenity definitely unique to Teton Springs guests in a quest for finding the best snow conditions and unique experience the northern Rockies has to offer.