First Timers Guide
If you've made your way to this page, we’re assuming you've never been to Jackson Hole. Most of this information is scattered somewhere else on this site – links are provided when useful – but all of the basics are below, in one convenient spot. First things first: Jackson Hole is a singularly beautiful, special place – unlike any ski destination in the world – and we're excited to share it with you.
This is the main winter ski and snowboard resort in Jackson Hole. Offering over 2500 acres of the best skiing and riding in North America. The Resort is owned and operated as a special use permitee of Bridger Teton National Forest. Summer and Winter operations include the aerial tram and other lift access activities including biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and paragliding.See The Map
Located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, on the west side of the valley. A resort village with lodging, resorts, shopping, restaurants and spas. Locals call this “The Village” and it is popular with guests that want the convenience of ski in ski out while having a good selection of après and evening spots during the winter.See the Map
For over 100 years ranchers, cowboys, cowgirls, dudes, and tourists have strolled these wooden sidewalks, graced the bars and even resolved a few disagreements with their pistols. Gateway to Grand Teton National Park, gathering place for those tough early pioneers who wanted to homestead this valley and home to early skiing in the valley, the town of Jackson is named after Davey Jackson, the original fur trapper who spent summers in this area harvesting the amazing beaver so desired in Victorian England at that time.Learn More
The Jackson Hole Airport is located at the base of the spectacular Teton mountain range. Located entirely within Grand Teton National Park, flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an awe inspiring start to your trip to Jackson Hole. Click the button below for airport information including live flight status.Learn More
A legend in its own right. Over 75 years of skiing at the “town hill” have made this famous north facing resort mountain something to be feared and honored. Locals enjoy skinning up in the early dawn light, tourists enjoy skiing at night under the lights and in between many enjoy cruising this steep, challenging terrain. Home to King Tubes, tube park, not to be missed!Learn More
A sleepy roadside town located at the base of Teton Pass. Home to legendary hang outs such as the StageCoach Bar, (church on Sundays, Disco on Thursdays, not to be missed), and Nora’s Fish Creek breakfasts, this is worth finding a way to get there during your stay. Bikers in the summer and pass skiers in the winter make this start and end of the day base.
Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is known for its light powder snow, cat skiing operation, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. Guests at Jackson Hole often enjoy a day visit to Targhee and a bus service operates daily during the winter.Learn More
Situated just south of the Yellowstone National Park, filling the north end of the Jackson Hole valley, Grand Teton National Park never disappoints. The park features 7000 feet tall jagged peaks and truly epitomizes the beauty of the Rockies. The heart of the Teton mountain range is formed by the Grand, Middle, and South Tetons, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in the southern portion of the range.Learn More
North of Grand Teton National Park and just 56 miles from the town of Jackson to the entrance at the south gate, Yellowstone National Park is vast covering 9,000 km; 96% of the park lies in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. Yellowstone contains half of all the world's known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples. It also has the world's largest concentration of geysers (more than 300 geyers, or two thirds of all those on the planet). Established in 1872, Yellowstone is equally known for its wildlife, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapitis.Learn More
Air Service into Jackson Hole has expanded for the 14/15 winter season with 13 non-stop cities. Jackson Hole is now the #1 Ski Resort for Access in the Rockies. Following a successful winter season, JHMR is pleased to announce the expansion of winter air service, including the addition of new non-stop flights from Washington D.C. for 2014/15.Learn More
Perched more than 1.2 miles above sea level, the Town of Jackson is at once cowboy and cosmopolitan. On Town Square, log cabins from the 19th century share the boardwalk with prime examples of contemporary Western architecture. Locally-owned boutiques with runway fashions rub elbows with Western shops stocking t-shirts and lariats.Explore
Getting around in Jackson Hole is easy. The airport is only 15 minutes from town, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is only 15 minutes from there. When you arrive at the airport, you are here. Click for more information on getting around in Jackson Hole.Learn More
From quaint inns and bed and breakfasts to luxurious slopeside lodging, there is a place to stay that is perfect for you. Stay slopeside for the quickest access to skiing, or stay in the town of Jackson for unique western culture.Learn More
There isn't an actual hole per say. The proverbial hole in our name comes from a term that early trappers and inhabitants of the area used to describe our valley which is surrounded by mountains.
Jackson Hole is in the Northwest corner of Wyoming.
Like any mountain environment, the weather in Jackson Hole can vary greatly (and rapidly). Jackson Hole Mountain Resort averages 459" of snow per year. Temperatures can be cold in the winter, but it is a dry cold as we have very little humidity making the cold temperatures more pleasant than you may be used to.
Jackson Hole’s reputation for steep and deep precedes it, eh? Yes, there’s plenty of powder and pitches, but here’s a little known fact: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is as great a place for beginners to learn how to ski and for intermediates keen to cruise long groomers. Beginner and intermediate trails make up half of our terrain, meaning that our non-advanced/expert terrain acreage – 1250 acres – is larger than many ski resorts' total terrain.
We recommend taking the START Bus. The START Bus provides service from Jackson to and from Teton Village, Teton Valley and Star Valley, as well as free shuttles around the Town of Jackson and north of town to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Plan to get to the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive and have your exact fare ready or show the driver your pass. Drivers cannot sell passes or make change. Buses cannot load or unload passengers between bus stops. More info at www.startbus.com
Feel free to bring your skis, but we recommend renting equipment from one of our 6 rental locations. Our rental shops offer convenient locations and a huge selection of skis and boards that were selected to match the conditions and terrain you will encounter in Jackson Hole.
Our double-reversible tram runs a length of 12,463' with a vertical rise of 4,139'. During the winter season the tram has a cabin capacity of 100 riders and 1 operator. With an approximate speed of 1970 feet/second it has an uphill capacity of 650 riders/hour. The tram is a must ride for both skiers and sightseers.
Jackson, WY has our very own airport. The airport is located 10 miles north of town and has the distinction of being both the busiest airport in Wyoming and the only airport to be located in a National Park. The airport has invested $150M in renovations and remodals over the past 4 years. Airport Code is JAC
Looking for moose, elk, mule deer, bears or other animals? Jackson Hole has them and with any luck you will see them all. From time to time visitors spot them from our chair lifts, but you never know when and where you might spot big game so keep your eyes open.
There are wonderful lodging options all over Jackson Hole. The Town of Jackson is located 12 miles from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and offers lodging, dining and shopping opportunities. Jackson Hole Mountain resort is located in Teton Village which also offers a variety of lodging and entertainment options. There is a convenient public transportation system running between twon and the village so the choice is yours. Stay close to the slopes or in town.
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