Ride the Tram
This is what flying feels like. In 15 minutes, the Aerial Tram glides 4,139 vertical feet from the base of Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The summit offers a staggering 360-degree view of the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Range in the distance. Even the summit of the Grand feels close from this high up.
Hiking trails lace the summit, offering access to the wilderness that lies just beyond the resort’s boundaries – a world populated by wildflowers, pine trees and high-alpine lakes. On the summit, stumble upon geology; many people find fossils from the ancient oceans that once covered Jackson Hole.
And there’s no need to race down: Corbet’s Cabin stocks an assortment of beverages, snacks and gear, including its famous Top of the World Waffles, fresh waffles topped with brown sugar butter, Nutella or strawberry preserves.
Adrenaline junkies can take a different route down: by paraglide. Tandem paragliding flights launch from the Tram summit, boasting the largest vertical drop in the U.S.
Arguably the best lift in North America, the Jackson Hole Tram has a well-justified reputation. Not because the tram ops play rad music on the way up, even though they do. Not because this new tram, built in 2008 to replace the old one, can operate in 70 mph winds, which it does. No, this lift rules simply because of the terrain it serves, and especially its backcountry access. From steep north-facing powder shots, aesthetic couloirs with mandatory airs, silent tree glades, wide open bowls, ass-puckering ridge hikes and long tours, the skiing off the tram is reason enough to forget all the other crap going on in your life, and get to Jackson as soon as you can. Matt Hansen,Powder Magazine