Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsJackson Hole Mountain Resort is known for its awesome variety of terrain, including steep runs and big drops that can even get the heart of experts thumping wildly. Lately though, the family-owned resort, which is set against a backdrop of stunning mountains, has also worked hard to attract less experienced skiers by tailoring slopes to the beginner and intermediate levels. This award-winning resort is located in Teton Village, Wyoming, about 12 miles from the town of Jackson and 40 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport, which is serviced by direct flights from six major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
The MountainJackson Hole Mountain Resort consists of two mountains -- Apre Vous Mountain, which offers some of the relatively easier runs, and towering Rendezvous Mountain. The resort's highest point is 10,450 feet, and it features the longest continuous vertical drop of any ski resort in the United States at 4,139 feet. The mountains receive an average of 475 inches of snow a year, but just in case it's needed, the resort also has its own snowmaking capability. Depending on the weather conditions, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's season typically runs from late November or early December through early April.
Trails And LiftsJackson Hole Mountain Resort is home to 116 named trails, but the resort is also known for having acre after acre of challenging backcountry terrain. Of the named trails, 50 percent are rated expert, 40 percent intermediate and 10 percent beginner. Corbet's Couloir, which starts with a vertical drop of 20 feet, is one of the resort's most infamous and difficult trails. As befitting a resort of its award-winning stature, Jackson Hole's numerous lifts are state-of-the-art. They include one 100-passenger aerial tram, a high-speed eight-passenger gondola, two detachable quads, four fixed grip quads, two triples, two doubles and one magic carpet. In addition, Jackson Hole has two terrain parks, one for beginners and one for experts. Heli-skiing can be arranged through the resort, but there is no night skiing.
In The NewsExperts and thrill-seekers have long embraced Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for its pristine backcountry skiing and incredibly difficult and challenging marked and unmarked trails. Numerous world-class snowboarders and skiers, including Tommy Moe and Travis Rice, are considered resort ambassadors and call Jackson Hole Mountain Resort their home base. Moe won an Olympic gold medal for downhill skiing in 1994, as well as a silver medal in the super-G. Rice is a snowboarder extraordinaire whose feats have been featured in two movies, That's It That's All and the The Art of Flight. The resort has also won several awards, including being named the top ski resort in the United States by Forbes magazine in 2011. SKI magazine also named Jackson Hole No. 1 on its list of Ten Most Challenging Ski Resorts.
CostAdult lift tickets for a half day range from $59 to $79, depending on the time of year. The price of a two- or three-day adult pass ranges from $148 to $198. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's adult season pass begins at $1,595, with discounts for seniors and juniors. A performance ski or snowboard rental starts at $37.50 per day for adults and $25.50 for juniors, ages 14 and younger. Helmet rentals are $8. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort also offers lessons. A beginner all-day ski or snowboard class package starts at $140 for adults and includes rentals and a lift ticket. Children's class packages are also available, with prices varying depending on the child's age and other factors.
Apres-SkiGuests will find plenty of eating, drinking and relaxing options at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and in Teton Village. Skiers and snowboarders looking to refuel can stop at one of the two cafes at the resort's base or at one of the five dining facilities located up on the mountains. After a day on the slopes, tired athletes can also hit one of the many spas in Teton Village, including the Four Seasons Hotel's spa or Snake River Lodge's Avanyu Spa. For those who prefer their rejuvenation in a shot glass, Teton Village has the Mangy Moose Saloon, which was named one of the top 10 hottest apres-ski bars in the world by Forbes Traveler in 2007.
WATCH: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
A skier takes on Corbet's Couloir, one of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's most infamous and difficult trails.