Jackson Hole Charm - February Snow

10 Jun 2013 | James
I had the great fortune to spend 10 nights in the Jackson area last February and the ski trip still lives large in my memory. Everything about Jackson Hole is oversized, from the amazing mountain scenery to terrain that greets you at the base of Teton Village where we stayed for the duration of our trip.

Jackson Hole is not the easiest of destinations to get to, however the reward is very much worth the effort. Transfering through a larger airport hub is required, with Denver International Airport being the closest option. From Jackson Regional airport you will transfer to either the town of Jackson (20 minutes) or Teton Village (40 minutes). 

View of grand tetonsWe definitely enjoyed the ski in / ski out proximity of our ski chalet located by the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Whilst the base area is not the largest by any means, we found a good mix of bars and restaurants including the legendary Mangy Moose (delicious buffalo burger). It was very easy to get into the town of Jackson by the local bus and enjoy the western frontier atmosphere that Jackson exudes.

But let's be honest, the real reason we travelled to Jackson Hole was the mountain. I could go on about the snowmobiling options in Yellowstone National Park or the view of hundreds of elk at the Elk Refuge, however whilst great side distractions, they are not the main event.

Take one look at the trail map whilst enjoying your first cup of morning coffee and you will soon realise that there is more black ink used than blue or green combined. The resort did open the Casper quad lift last season to help improve the amount of groomed blue terrain, as well as cross mountain access. This still left large swaths of unadulterated fun for those in the mind for freeskiing terrain.

TaJackson Hole Tramking the Tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain (Elevation 10,450ft - 3185m) is an absolute must, particularly on a beautiful sunny Wyoming day. Standing on the summit of the mountain and taking in the 360 degree view of jagged peaks and expansive Snake River valley gives you an amazing feeling of aticipation as you know that over 4000 vertical feet of bowls, tree skiing and gullies awaits you. I can assure you that when you get to the bottom the short wait for the next tram is very welcome.

We stayed in mid February and our trip spanned the popular Presidents day holiday weekend. The lift lines were never very long, ironically the wait for the tram was longer on our second weekend when we had some fabulous powder, (set up by early season snow), than the holiday weekend! 

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