For many years, Jackson had a reputation as a barebones, cult skiing destination- you went for its gnarly mountain, shed loads of snow and big vertical - simple as that. Recent investment in the lift system and town has improved mountain access and accommodation options, though not changed anyone's reasons for visiting.
Jackson now has a modern cable car, two gondolas, three fast chairs serving easy and intermediate terrain, and an increasing number of beginners, intermediates and families around as a result. It's true appeal has not changed however - a back country paradise set in remove Wyoming, with incredible snow and mind-blowing terrain. Inbound terrain includes 2500 acres of terrain, 116 trails and a maximum elevation of 3185m. Few of those who have a love affair with Jackson stick to the in bounds terrain however, with some of the most challenging terrain in North America based in the Grand Teton national park. All of this is aided by a staggering 11.5m of seasonal snowfall. With plenty of famous, if unmarked runs, hikes and hidden gems, our Ski Club leaders service is a great way to get to know this world famous mountain.
Not that visitors will mind the better access to decent lunches and stylish lodgings that have arrived either. Jackson town now offers a bunch of upscale hotels at the base, two table-service restaurants on the mountain. The town of Jackson, with its wooden sidewalks, cowboy saloons and pool halls, sits on the edge of Jackson Hole - a high, flat valley surrounded by mountain ranges in Wyoming. Equally, many guests will be thankful it doesn't (yet) have the feel of the high budget, corporately owned resorts of Colorado and Utah with the vast crowds they tend to draw. There are plenty of independent cafes, shops, microbreweries, and skate shops filled with seasonal workers.
The slopes are a short drive away, with Teton Village sitting at the base - it's developed a lot over the past few years, with an increased choice of bars, restaurants and hotels - some notably upscale.
The slope and resort is not accessible directly from the UK, instead requiring a short connecting flight from Denver. A popular excursion by car or daily bus is over the Teton Pass to the smaller resort of Grand Targhee, which gets even more snow.