Jackson Hole – North America
Resort height: 1,924m – 3,185m
The ski area at Jacksons’s Hole is made up of two mountains, Après Vous and Rendezvous, the former is usually viewed as the more accessible of the two and so more encouraged for beginners and less confident skiers. Those looking for more of a challenge should head to Rendezvous Mountain. There is only one Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole which can be found in Teton Village and offers individual classes as well as a guide service and race clinics. The Kid’s Ranch, located in the Cody House, next to the Bridger Gondola, offers activities for children aged 6 months through to 17.
Jackson Hole has come a long way in the last decade, previously not featuring at all on travellers ‘to do’ lists and now winning praise for its innovation. Investing in new facilities has put Jackson Hole back on the map, with the resort ranking in the top three in America’s Ski Magazine in categories such as overall satisfaction, character and most challenging terrain. It is testament to the region itself that The Tetons are some of the most photographed mountain ranges in the USA and add significantly to Jackson’s charm.
Where to lunch
The Tin Can Cantina located at the base of the gondola is conveniently positioned for even the most ravenous of skiers to get to. Menu items include made-to-order sopapillas, Mexican hot chocolate and breakfast burritos. At lunch you can grab tacos and burritos with a selection of sides.
Coulouir Restaurant and Bar is an altogether more sophisticated and refined affair. At 2,772m this fine dining establishment has breath-taking views, easily visible through the floor to ceiling windows across the valley floor. There is a lunch menu as well as a three or five course fixed price menu operating three nights a week. The restaurant prides itself on its eco-friendly practice of sourcing its ingredients from within a 250-miles radius, which is no mean feat in Wyoming. As this restaurant gets very busy, booking is recommended.
Where to stay
For cheap and cheerful accommodation visit The 49’er Inn and Suites in downtown Jackson, located within easy reach of restaurants, bars, shopping and galleries. The hotel has 30 fireplace suites and 140 rooms. Continental breakfast is complimentary and all rooms have microwaves, sofa beds and free wireless internet. There is also a free skier’s shuttle to the Jackson Hole slopes at Teton Village.
On the other end of the spectrum, The Four Seasons Resort and Residences is a grand ski in, ski out hotel that offers luxury and grandeur. The rooms themselves are incredibly well equipped and spacious.
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is renowned for its live music and electric atmosphere. The bar stools are saddles and the walls are adorned with stuffed grizzly bears, all adding to the warming and eclectic feel of the bar.
Alternatively, Stagecoach Bar has its own band which performs on Sunday evenings, they also often throw Disco Nights involving 70’s and 80’s playlists.