Did you know that Forbes Magazine named Jackson Hole, Wyoming the “Best Ski Area in North America” three years in a row? Or that Outside Magazine also selected Jackson Hole as one of The Best 16 Ski Destinations in North America? Whether you prefer a heart-pumping downhill adventure or a peaceful trek through the snow, Jackson Hole skiing has something for everyone. Guests can choose from a variety of experiences including alpine, cross-country, and backcountry skiing. With plenty of local resorts to explore, planning an unforgettable ski trip is a breeze! Below, we’ve listed everything you need to know before hitting the slopes. If you’d like even more local insight into the area, be sure to claim your free Jackson Hole Vacation Guide!
Choose Your Own Ski Adventure in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is a skier’s dream come true. Enjoy alpine skiing at one of the resorts, cross-country skiing at Teton Pines XC Ski Center, or even take a backcountry skiing tour with Exum Mountain Guide Service. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, try heli-skiing! This sport involves a helicopter ride to the top of the mountain. As a part of this adventure, you’ll ski on fresh powder down trails that have been touched by very few before you!
Ski and Snowboard Rentals
Jackson Hole has dozens of rental locations and offers a variety of ski and snowboard options to fit your needs. Visit Jackson Hole Sports, Teton Village Sports, or Hoback Sports for gear, clothing, and accessories. You can even have ski equipment delivered right to your room at Bentwood Inn! Ski Butlers offers complimentary delivery and pickup from your accommodation. Simply call or reserve online and one of their ski experts will come to you!
Your Ultimate Jackson Hole Skiing Itinerary
Morning: Fuel Your Body
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s especially true if you plan to spend a few hours shredding up the slopes! At Bentwood Inn, guests are treated to a freshly prepared, gourmet breakfast each morning that will keep you energized. Our chef-prepared breakfast begins with locally roasted organic coffee and continues with a mosaic of seasonal fruit, homemade sweet breads, and something sizzled on the griddle. We offer a different menu each day, so you’ll have a delicious surprise day after day!
Afternoon: Tear Up the Mountain
Jackson Hole offers three unique ski areas for guests to enjoy. To get your adrenaline flowing, head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where you can experience one of the steepest vertical drops of any ski area in the country (4,139 feet, to be exact). You could also check out Grand Targhee Resort. It’s located in the western part of the Tetons and is one of the top three resorts in North America for snow quality and quantity.
Looking for an exclusive Jackson Hole skiing experience? Be sure to visit Snow King Mountain. Opened in 1939, Snow King is the oldest ski resort in Wyoming and features 400 acres of beginner and expert terrain. It’s also the only resort to offer night skiing and is considerably less expensive than Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Visit their website to learn more about lift ticket prices.
All You Need to Know About Jackson Hole Ski Season
Winter in Jackson Hole is, as you may expect, the best time to visit Jackson Hole if you’re planning on skiing. This is the time for fresh, deep powder and mostly clear skies—the perfect conditions for shredding the slopes. Here, winter begins around mid-November and extends into early March. Ski season in Jackson Hole varies a little each year, however, depending on snowfall. It’s usually safe to assume that the season begins in November and ends in April (when the snow finally begins to melt). The best way to track each year’s ski season in Jackson Hole is to follow resort opening/closing dates and check conditions out on the slopes.
No matter when you visit between November and April, you’re sure to fall in love with Jackson Hole’s world-class runs and breathtaking terrain. Annual snowfall here ranges between 500 inches (at highest elevations) and 280 inches (on the valley floor), so there’s plenty of powder for you to explore all season long.
After an incredible day on the slopes, you’ll need a cozy, warm, and beautiful place to stay. Bentwood Inn, one of North America’s best eco-lodges (as decided by Outside Magazine) has everything you need to relax and recharge. Our comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities pair perfectly with the stunning surroundings, which are packed with majestic wildlife. You’ll love coming back after an adventure-filled day in the snow and curling up by your ensuite fireplace!