Overview of Jackson Hole Ski Resort
A Jackson Hole ski holiday takes you to one of the world’s classic ski areas, famous for its red ‘tram’ as the Americans call it, but cable car to us. This at one point served the biggest vertical in the US. A handful of ski areas now have bigger verticals (the difference between the top and the bottom of their lifts) but Jackson Hole still claims the most continuous vertical – no ups as you go down, just downhill all the way.
As a classic resort with an image more Chamonix or St Anton than Aspen or St Moritz, Jackson Hole draws serious skiers from around the world. However, base area developments over the past decade have made the resort a little more polished in its presentation, and keen to stress that it caters well for all markets, not just boy racers.
A quick orientation lesson. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the name of the ski area (the slopes and lifts) that sits above Teton Village – a new resort base development of nice hotels, condos and other facilities. In fact Jackson Hole Mountain Resort pretty much encompasses Teton Village as part of its own. Jackson Hole (not just the mountain resort bit) is also the name of the wider area of Grand Teton National Park and other land for miles around. That includes the land on which the year-round resort town of Jackson (not to be directly confused with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort) sits. The town is about 12 miles/15 minutes away (self-drive or there’s a low priced bus connection) and, while Teton Village keeps growing, still has the bulk of shops and restaurants; Jackson Hole accommodation is found at both places and in the area in between.
The whole area is quite close (60 miles away) to world famous Yellowstone National Park, which draws more summer visitors into the town of Jackson, keeping it busy pretty much all year round. This has allowed Jackson to grow in to a great regional centre with a cowboy-era heritage in its central buildings, but more regular town-sized large supermarkets and similar services on its outskirts.