Jackson Hole Area Resources
Jackson Hole Local Tips
Our Jackson Hole staff is local and ready to help! Knowing local tips will save you time and money so you can spend more of your vacation on the slopes or sharing drinks with friends. Do you have other questions that are not listed here? Feel free to give us a call. We are here to help you get the inside local information.
- Getting Here: Getting to Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a lot easier than you think. There are daily non-stop flights and the resort is always offering deals to include flight, lodging and lifts.
- Stay in Teton Village: Staying in Teton Village is the best way to enjoy your vacation. The Town of Jackson is a 20 minute drive from Teton Village which can become inconvenient after a few trips.
- Have Brunch on top of the Mountain: Eat at Top of the World Waffles for an unforgettable experience. Located at the top of the tram. There are blue runs from the top.
- Eat Lunch on the Mountain: Eat at either Couloir Restaurant, Headwall Pizza and Deli or Rendezvous; all at the top of the gondola. Guaranteed to have the best views in town.
Those seeking a skiing adventure can double their pleasure at Jackson Hole Ski Resort. Located outside of the quaint Teton Village area, the area includes over 2,500 acres of in-bound terrain, with another 3,500 acres of uncontrolled backcountry in both Grand Tetons National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Its most distinctive feature is its two neighboring mountains: the intermediate-termed Apres Vous and the more treacherous Rendezvous, but features 116 other named trails. Of Jackson Hole's runs, between 50 and 70 percent are deemed suitable for experts, while only 10% are feasible for beginners.
The resort got its start in the 1960s, when it was known as Crystal Springs Girl Scout Ranch. In 1963, it was bought by Paul McAllister, a California radio salesperson who came to the area, fell in love, and then founded the Jackson Hole Ski Association. The Jackson Hole Ski Resort first opened for business for the 1966-67 seasons.
Because of its lower base elevation (6,311 feet) the ski season at Jackson Hole is a bit shorter than at other resorts in the United States, ending its season in the first week of April. However, the resort still boasts about 400 inches of snow per year. Jackson Hole's signature narrow chute is the 50-degree Corbit's Couloir, a black double-diamond run. This 500-foot-long slope forces a skier to leave the safety of the ground behind with a 20-foot jump.
The new 2008 100-passenger Doppelmayr CTEC, the Aerial Tram, travels uphill at 4,139 feet at 650 miles per hour. That's a good thing, considering Jackson Hole Ski Resort has been known to take 12,000 people per hour up into their hills. Other lifts include an 8-passenger high-speed Bridger Gondola, six quad chairlifts, one triple chairlift, and a double chairlift.
Known as Jackson Hole's signature slope, the Rendezvous mountains features glades, bowls, and chutes along with a steep incline to invoke fear among even the most skilled skiers. This 10,450-foot mountain has well-groomed trails and it is easy to find a run that suits your level from the lift.
The smaller of the two mountains, Apres Vous sits at 8,481 feet. The translation for its name means "Lower Mountain" and this easternmost slope at Jackson Hole strives to form its own identity in the wake of its more challenging big brother, Rendezvous. It features a fenced-in area along the Eagle's Rest trail with a carpeted area for absolute beginners to hone their skills before testing them out on the slopes.
If pummeling down slopes makes you hungry, stop at The Bridger Bean Coffee Shop, or enjoy a hearty breakfast at Nick Wilson's Cowboy Café. Café 6311 is a great stop for lunch that also boasts an impressive selection of domestic and imported microbrews. If hunger strikes while you're on the mountain, there are plenty of options. At the top of the Bridger Gondola 9095' alone there are three restaurants that serve every need--from fine dining to a simple snack.
Non-skiers who happen to stumble upon Jackson Hole Resort can rest assured they will be suitably entertained for the duration of their stay. The nearby town of Jackson hosts several high-class art galleries, and further shopping can be had at many of the souvenir shops along the way. The Mangy Moose is the hottest nightclub in Teton Village, with a well-stocked bar and an array of live musical acts. Those not wanting to leave Jackson can find their signature drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Whether you seek a challenging day on the slopes or a day to relax, Jackson Hole Ski Resort serves to satisfy.
History of Jackson Hole
History of Jackson Hole
Historians and archeologists believe that the Jackson Hole area was inhabited perhaps as long 12,000 years ago and artifacts belonging to hunter-gatherers have been discovered dating from 500 to 5,000 years ago. Many tribes all made seasonal pilgrimages through the area to hunt during the warmer months, but the Sheep Eaters were the only tribe to live in the higher elevations year round surviving off of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep that grazed on the southern slopes. A thirst for exploration, hunting opportunities, and advertisements in newspapers like the St. Louis Enquirer offering wages of $200.00 per year, opened the region up to trappers and explorers.
For 30 years, between 1810 and 1840, Jackson Hole was the center of the fur trading and trapping universe. Trappers established working relations with Native Indian tribes, founded trading companies like the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, and did a steady business selling and trading with companies like the Hudson Bay Company and Astoria Fur Company. Jackson Hole became the time’s Grand Central Station for six key trapping trails. Jackson Hole was also the hub where trappers, isolated in the winter months, gathered in the summer to sell and trade their bounty. They also did their fair share of making merry before heading back to the higher elevations to resume trapping.
After braving the old Native American Trail and clearing their way through the rough mountainous terrain, John Holland and John and Millie Carnes became the first official permanent Jackson Hole citizens. They built their homesteads along Flat Creek, which eventually became the National Elk Refuge. Following in the Carnes and Holland's “wagon steps" more pioneers settled in the valley to ranch and raise cattle. A mere 20 years later, the town of Jackson boasted a population of 200 and the entire Jackson Hole valley was home to 1,500 more in villages like Kelly, Wilson, and Moran. Several historic buildings from this era still stand at Manor's Ferry near Grand Teton National Park headquarters.
Ranching and cattle raising was the heart of Jackson Hole’s economy during its early years. Unlike the vast corporate ranches of today, these first ranches were small family-run outfits. Long hard workdays, even longer harsh winters, and competition between the elk herds and their cattle for hay, made for a less than desirable lifestyle.
Already a national park and the Tetons registered as a national monument in 1929, the Jackson Hole valley become a mecca for big game hunters, fly fisherman, horseback riders, dude ranchers and outdoor lovers in general. Being no fools, Jackson Hole residents soon realized that taking care of tourists provided a much better life than caring for cattle. Many transformed their former cattle ranches into vacation destinations. Many of today’s Jackson Hole residents have ancestors that began coming to the valley back in 1907. JY Ranch, the valley’s first ‘dude ranch” opened on Phelps Lake and inspired tourists to buy their own ranches or second homes in Jackson Hole.
Even today, Jackson Hole is a varied mix of “settlers” who call the area home year round and outdoor adventurers who consider Jackson Hole their summer or winter playground. You know it’s trapping and ranching heritage endures today as cowboys wearing their Wrangler jeans walk alongside extreme sports enthusiasts preparing for a heli-board trip.