Top 3 Lesser Known Reasons to Ski in Jackson Hole

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.

Book now for free skiing

It’s almost ski season! For the rest of the world it may almost be the holiday season, but for us here in Jackson Hole, it is ski season that gets us quivering with excitement. This year is extra thrilling because winter seems to be coming early and strong. While I don’t love having my fall cut short, I’m happy to think that early snow is a sign of a powder filled winter approaching. The thought of gliding effortlessly through light fluffy powder while low clouds fill the Teton Valley floor is giving me chills.

Now, the chance to come to Jackson Hole is wonderful. The chance to ski in Jackson Hole is really wonderful. The chance to stay at a beautiful, luxury hotel that over looks the Grand Tetons and SKI FOR FREE is a wonderful, outrageous, not to be missed experience. That is exactly what Spring Creek Ranch is offering with their special called Ski Free.

You can take advantage of this special by calling, asking about the special, and booking a room between December 1st, 2013 and April 7th, 2014. The offer is not available through online booking so be sure to call (800) 443-6139. Also, the special is based on double occupancy meaning that if you book a hotel room, two bedroom condo or Mountain Villa, you will receive two 3 out of 4 day passes to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. You must book for at least four nights to qualify for the special.

As if it could get easier, Spring Creek Ranch is also making it convenient for their patrons to get their skis this year by working with Ski Butlers. When you rent your equipment from Ski Butlers, someone will both deliver and return your equipment for you and get you fitted for the right boots, skis, helmet and poles right in your own hotel room. No lines. No wait. It really couldn’t be easier.

Oh, wait. Yes, I guess it can. Spring Creek Ranch offers a door to tram shuttle service. That means that you will be picked up at your room or Mountain Villa and taken directly to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where you will be dropped off about 50 feet from the tram dock. No hassle with parking or trudging through the parking lot in ski boots. Spring Creek Ranch has it all worked out for you.

As if you need another reason to take advantage of this deal, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was recently named the #1 Overall Resort in North America by the SKI Magazines Annual Reader’s Poll. The SKI Magazine survey is the oldest and most established of its kind in the winter sports industry and voted on by actual readers, making it a top honor.

The Ski Free deal that Spring Creek Ranch is offering through the ski season is truly not to be missed. I live in Jackson Hole, have a season pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and shouldn’t really be this excited about the deal. There is no direct benefit for me but I find myself telling my friends and family about the Ski Free special because it is just that good of an offer. Come take advantage of skiing for free at North America’s #1 mountain.

Spring Skiing And Sledding

Stay at Spring Creek Ranch for a few of Jackson Hole’s speedy spring events like the World Championship Hill Climb Town Downhill Ski Race.

Join us March 22nd – 25th for the 37th Annual Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Cheer on your favorite snow mobiler as they carve their way up the 1,500 vertical feet of Snow King Mountain on 500-lb. “Sleds”. Spring Creek’s Hill Climb package will allow you to take part in the exciting festivities of the Hill Climb and then escape the 10,000-people crowds by coming up our own hill overlooking the Tetons for your relaxing stay.

The Jackson Town Downhill on March 17th features the heart-throbbing Mini-Hahnenkamm course on Snow King Mountain (aka the “Town Hill”) with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The ski and snowboard event is the local Ski Club’s way of recognizing that skiing – and ski racing – is truly a lifetime sport. Jackson Hole is one of the last places in the county to organize and support a non-sanctioned downhill race. This community favorite draws over 100 competitors and 500 spectators.

Whether you compete or not, this event is fun to watch from the bottom, chairlift, or the top. Spring Creek is the perfect place to stay since it’s close to the action, yet located high above the crowds in town. Find the spring special that’s perfect for you! Call today to learn more about spring packages and specials (800) 443-6139.

Jackson Hole Ski Vacation – Snow Blankets Jackson Hole

Sam Rendall Hits the Slopes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Skiing in Jackson Hole
Blue skies and sunshine ruled a wonderful Valentine’s Day skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

With 9” of new snow in the last two days, the skiing just keeps getting better.

Cold overnight temperatures—combined with yesterday’s wind—left the snow soft & smooth for everyone who made skiing a part of their Valentine’s Day celebration. Today was an exceptional day to explore both the freshly groomed trails & wind-buffed powder leftover from Friday night’s storm.

Snow is in the forecast again for tonight & President’s Day Monday, so if you aren’t all ready here, pack up your ski gear and get on out to Jackson Hole. Spring Creek Ranch has a special or package for you. What are you waiting for?

Skiing with Spring Creek Ranch Guest in Jackson Hole

Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson Skis the JHMR

Went skiing this morning at Teton Village with a Spring Creek Ranch guest from Houston, Texas. Another night of unexpected snow fell leaving six inches of the lightest fluffiest powder on top the other five or six feet that has fallen in the last week.

We were able to ski runs of untracked boot top powder on a trail that had been groomed before it had snowed. For those not used to powder snow, it is an experience you will truly enjoy – especially that signature Jackson Hole champagne powder.

I was also able to find some other really deep stuff too – not completely untracked, but certainly enough to put an ear-to-ear grin on my face. With so few people, we were skiing on the lift every run, and had a full day of skiing by noon, but skied until 1pm since it was that good.

Cowboy Powder Blankets Jackson Hole Valley

Cowboy Powder Snow Makes for Happy Cowboys

Cowboy Powder
Over the past week there has been five feet of new snow falling upon Jackson Hole. With the majority coming down the past 72 hours.

Waking up each morning to 10 inches of new snow, is a welcoming sight. I had to hit the slopes to find the deep powder.

Once at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which is only about 20 minutes from Spring Creek Ranch, I realized that no matter where I went it was good.

After a long day of great powder skiing, I found myself in the company of good friends reminiscing about turns made earlier, over a pint at the world-famous Mangy Moose bar in the Teton Village.

Skiing in Jackson Hole

Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson Describes Skiing in Jackson Hole

Skiing in Jackson Hole is either sunshine or powder, or both.

Today, we saw a beautiful sunny day with great groomers, and as seen by the empty chairs, no crowds.

The view from the top of Sublette chair at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort looking south over Jackson Hole just never gets tiring.

Spring Creek Ranch can be seen atop of the East Gros Ventre Butte between the Town of Jackson and the Teton Mountain Range.

Looking to the north behind the Tram is the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park, and two more reasons to be in Jackson Hole in the winter.