Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Considered by many to be the biggest, baddest ski spot in America, Jackson Hole is also one of the easiest to get to. The quintessential Old West mountain town, it’s a place where you can shred black diamonds while wearing your favorite cowboy hat.
THE SLOPES: Expect a few butterflies as you board Jackson’s iconic tram, then glide up over the craggiest, steepest lines in the Rockies. The brand-new Teton Lift accesses 200 untapped acres of expert terrain, but lately Jackson Hole has also made a big push to open up its more intermediate Casper area, allowing skiers and riders to experience that big-mountain feel without the vertigo.
THE VIBE: Jackson Hole’s odd mixture of millionaires and ranchers gives it a small-town Western feel but with a subtle urban edge. Saddle up for at least one beer at rowdy hangout Cowboy Bar, then have a steak the way it’s meant to taste at new restaurant Local.
THE STAY: Hotel Terra has full-frontal views of the mountain and free shuttles into town.
THE TRIP: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is about a half-hour drive from the Jackson Hole Airport, which has more direct flights and connections than any other remote mountain airport in the country. (Planes land right in Grand Teton National Park.) jacksonhole.com
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