It’s one of the ultimate destinations for snow-lovers who also embrace majestic natural beauty. There simply is no place quite like Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Flying direct to Jackson Hole’s airport may be the easiest way to arrive.
- The Jackson Hole Airport offers nonstop flights from 13 major U.S. cities.
- Jackson Hole Airport is located within Grand Teton National Park:
- just 10 miles from the town of Jackson
- 20 miles from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- 56 miles from Yellowstone National Park
- For more info, visit www.jacksonholeairport.com
Or, make the drive.
- Check road conditions prior to your travels to ensure roads are open. Snowslides and falling rocks are a real thing in this part of the country.
- Drive cautiously on the windy, narrow roads… but most of all? Enjoy the absolutely spectacular scenery. If it’s your first time visiting the area, prepared to be wowed.
- Stop at the various scenic overlooks along the way for views unlike any other. If only cameras could truly capture the beauty…
- You’ll see cautionary signs regarding wildlife. It’s a genuine concern, so be aware of your surroundings for your own safety on the roads—and to protect the magnificent animals (moose, elk and more) in this area. It’s their home.
- Should you see a cluster of vehicles stopped along the roadside? You may wish to stop, too. It’s likely someone has spotted moose or buffalo stopping for a drink in a creek or lazily meandering about a field. Grab your camera, stay a safe distance, and capture the moment.
WHAT TO DO
Jackson Hole Resort
- One of the most famous ski resorts in the country is Jackson Hole Resort, which truly is a year-round destination. But in the winter? You’ll see why it has its reputation as winter’s wild-child. It’s one-of-a-kind.
- Jackson Hole Resort:
- Is known for its outstanding downhill winter terrain.
- Boasts two mountains, 2,500 acres of in-bounds, vertical drop of 4,139 feet, and one 100-passenger aerial tram.
- The iconic Aerial Tram (which holds 100 passengers) ascends 4,139 feet in less than 10 minutes. Travelers step off the tram at 10,450 feet, with incredible views of the peaks of the southern Tetons.
- From the top of the mountain, hikers can scatter to a vast trail that connects Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park.
- The Aerial Tram runs nearly year-round, so even when ski season ends (their season opened Nov. 23, 2018 and closes April 7, 2019), the tram continues to transport visitors to views at the top.
- Corbet’s Cabin – add this to your must-do list if visiting Jackson Hole Resort. The tram’s drop-off destination will deliver passengers not only to the mountaintop, but also to Corbet’s Cabin—a cozy little waffle restaurant offering an unusual (and tasty!) variety of freshly-made waffles, various drinks (including beer and whiskey), coffee, energy drinks and more. Too, there’s a great little gift shop inside Corbet’s. We found it’s a tad more expensive at this location than some shops at the base, but we chose to purchase at Corbet’s regardless, simply as a memorable keepsake.
- Multiple options are available for family passes and activity packages.
- For more information, visit www.jacksonhole.com.
Snow King Mountain
- This is Wyoming’s oldest ski resort and is reputed as Jackson’s hometown hill.
- Snow King Mountain:
- Is located just blocks from the iconic, rustic downtown square of Jackson.
- It’s a year-round playground for skiing and snowboarding, as well as hiking and biking.
- Its terrain includes a 1,571-vertical-foot rise, three lifts, 32 runs, and 400 skiable acres offering something for every skill level of skier.
- For more info, check out www.snowkingmountain.com
- Downtown Jackson is a tourist and shopper’s delight! With quaint shops in the downtown square offering fabulous art, jewelry, authentic Western-wear and leathers to t-shirts, you’ll find plenty to choose from while walking the wooden walkways around the downtown square.
- Be prepared for an atmosphere of ‘refinement meets the wild, wild West.’
- Enthusiastic actors perform staged Western shootouts during the year.
FOOD + DRINK
- Likely the most famous locale for food ‘n drinks? It’s The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, located directly on the square and impossible to miss. Patrons who wish to sit belly-up? Don’t wear a skirt, as all seats at the bar are actual horse saddles. The Cowboy Bar has a huge dancefloor, plenty of unique Western décor, good bar food and plenty of music to set the mood. Must be 21 to enter.
- Plenty of additional dining options are available, from fine dining to casual meals, to chain restaurants, ice cream shops, historic sandwich shops and more. Dining is available at many lodges and inns as well.
- Or, enjoy uh-may-zing waffles at 10,000 feet, on top of the mountain at Jackson Hole Resort. Take the tram to the top, year-round, and enjoy one of Corbet Cabin’s uniquely prepared, hot ‘n fresh waffles. Drinks of all varieties are available too. It’s an iconic must-do.
- There are too many options to list them all, but here are a few to consider: