Top 3 Lesser Known Reasons to Ski in Jackson Hole

By on December 4, 2013 Categories: Jackson Hole Winter


Let me be real with you. I seriously doubt you need much convincing to come to Jackson Hole to ski. I’m not here to give you the hard sell on why you should be booking your trip to for this winter immediately. Umm… Have you seen the pictures? Did you know Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was recently voted the #1 Ski Resort in North America by Powder Magazine? There are so many obvious reasons to come ski in Jackson Hole that I’m actually going to assume you already know them.

Here are, in my opinion, the top 3 lesser known reasons why you should be massively excited about your ski trip to Jackson Hole. From a local who is in love with skiing in Jackson, here’s what you could miss out on your trip if you aren’t paying close attention.

1. You have access to a lot of experts.

Living in Jackson isn’t easy. The winters are long and the cost of housing is high. This isn’t the type of place that you just sort of accidentally end up living. Everyone who lives here full-time does so because they absolutely adore Jackson Hole.< What does this have to do with your vacation? There are ski experts everywhere.

My best advice is to talk to a Ski Host. There are Ski Hosts around most of the lifts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I’m lucky enough to know a lot of Ski Hosts and they are an invaluable resource. Most of them have been skiing the mountain for years, are great athletes and are more than happy to help you figure out the best route for your adventure down the mountain. They will be standing around in the cold looking for people to help. Get your face out of your map and talk to a Ski Host. I promise they know the killer trails that are right for your skill level.

2. Jackson is a rare breed of town and one that is in danger of extinction.

I’ve been visiting Jackson for almost twenty-five years. I’ve seen a lot of growth in that time but the true character of the town remains the same. There is a reason it’s called “the last of the old west.”Jackson is still a little rough around the edges, with the influence of cowboys, rowdy bars and wild animals still permeating the culture.

What makes it truly not to be missed though is the cozy, small-town rustic feel is blended with high-quality luxury. This is a place where you can truly unwind and enjoy the relaxed culture in comfort. This is a small tourist town with a strong local culture. Opposed to Vail and Aspen where tourism dominates, Jackson Hole remains a town with distinct character.

3. The food is really delicious.

Yeah, eating out on vacation can be chancy. Let’s be honest, resort towns are not known for the food. Resort towns are typically thought of as places where you are held captive and the food doesn’t have to be delectable. Jackson has an amazing restaurant scene with chefs who are as passionate about the food they make as the powder they ski. The concierge can point you in the right direction, but asking a local about their favorite restaurants and dishes is another surefire way to find the best food for your vacation.

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