As we continue our journey exploring America’s best ski resorts, we invite you on a journey to the much lesser known but fastest growing resort in the country, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Enjoy a journey with Island Trader Vacations as we find out more about this exciting resort and the area in which it is located, Jackson Hole Wyoming, a must visit winter destination this year.
The area known as Jackson Hole is actually a valley located near the border between Wyoming and Idaho. Named by the early trappers and traders who journeyed into the area in search of pelts, the dissension down gave the appearance of a hole, which is why it got its name. Surrounded by mountains and filled with rivers, the land was rich in natural resources and somewhat protected than other areas making it an area settled for many years before the city of Jackson was born. It wasn’t long after its birth however, that the area became popular not just for life but for tourism as well. For this reason, dude ranches began to appear and Jackson’s fate as a tourist destination was sealed.
Opening Day – November 27, 2014
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort itself is now owned and operated by the Kemmerer family who has been living in the area for over 100 years. Purchased in 1992, they have continued building a tradition of excellence much like the founders of the resort had for over 3 decades before.
While Jackson Hole and the Mountain Resort may be lesser known to international travelers than Vail or Park City, what it lacks in popularity it more than makes up for in amenities and options in terms of skiing and snowboarding in America today. Offering 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain, 2 mountains, a vertical drop of over 4,100 feet and a summit elevation of over 10,450 feet, the mountain is clearly the star of this show. An additional 3,000+ additional backcountry acres, its 116 named trails, an uphill capacity of over 17,800 per hour and 13 lifts ranging from chairlifts to an aerial tram make it a resort to be reckoned with.
By far one of the areas most popular features is its 100 passenger Aerial Tram. A total of 9 minutes and a rise of 4,139 vertical feet make “Big Red” more than just a lift to the top of the mountain, but an experience for everyone. First opened in 2008, it provides thousands of visitors each year with stunning 360 degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.
Average temperatures range between 20 and 40 throughout the winter, while snowfall is around 460 inches per year. The resort also offers a half-pipe and two terrain parks for guests to enjoy as well. Guided tours, ski schools, fine dining, bars, comfortable accommodations and plenty of other activities make this one of America’s best.