Updated: May 21, 2015
Jackson Hole VacationJackson Hole Wyoming is a special place. Located in the northwest corner of the state, just 30 minutes from Grand Teton National Park, it is a wilderness area that is nevertheless civilized and cultured. Like Aspen and Vail, it is frequented by Hollywood stars who live and vacation there, but it is also home to plenty of plain Western folk. Its quaint downtown has a Western feel, with wooden sidewalks and plenty of spots to shop, eat, or drink. Visitors come here to enjoy the mountain views and fresh air, and the wide open spaces found in these great Western States. Summer boasts glorious blue skies with plenty of time for fishing, boating, and horseback riding, while winter brings plenty of snow and cold weather for your favorite outdoor winter sports. Getting to Jackson Hole is easy. The Jackson Hole Airport is served by 5 airlines direct from 8 different cities (United, American, Delta -- from Chicago, Dallas FW, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis). Driving is popular during the summer months to it Jackson's proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks.
A good point for investigating and planning your vacation to Jackson Hole is at JacksonHole.com. They have maps of Jackson Hole, including ski and trail maps, as well as information on the nearby parks, calendars of events, nightlife and shopping in Jackson, real estate, lodging, and more.
Jackson Hole SkiingWinter time of course is a popular season in which to visit Jackson Hole. A variety of outdoor activities are available, from snow mobiling, skiing, cross country skiing, and sleigh rides. The main ski area in Jackson is Rendezvous Mountain, which connects with Apres Vous Mountain and Casper Bowl. Rendezvous features more than 4000 feet of vertical drop, making it a favorite with more advanced skiers, while Casper Bowl is favored by the intermediate crowd. They get an average of over 400 inches of snow each year, making Jackson Hole a skiers delight! You can check out a Rendezvous trail map here. For easiest mountain access, you may want to stay at Teton Village at the base of the mountain. The Moose Creek Lift, Bridger Gondola, and Teewinot High Speed Quad provide ski lift access from various points in the Village. Another site to check out is SkiJacksonHoleWyoming.net, with information on lodging, resorts, hotels, restaurants, and activities.
Some of the most popular places to stay in Jackson Hole include the Four Seasons Resort, Cody House condos in Teton Village (next to Bridger Gondola), Granite Ridge, Snake River Lodge and Spa, Teton Club, Love Ridge, and Moose Creek. How much do rooms cost at Jackson Hole? We checked some winter rates for 6 nights in January and found nightly rates ranging from $125-$700 per night, depending on the accomodations. The cheapest lodging we found was the Jackson Hole Racquet Club Resort, which offers a free ski shuttle to take you up to the village.
Jackson Hole LodgingDuring both winter and summer, many people like to make their Jackson Hole vacation special by staying at an old-style Western Ranch. Most ranches here are pretty plush - you pay good money and you will not be sleeping on the dirt floor of the barn with the cows, or rolled up under a tarp out under the stars. Places like the FlatCreekRanch.com offer cabins for two people at about $500 per night in the spring, summer, and fall. This includes meals, fishing, riding, the whole deal. Additional children are $125 or so each per night. SpringCreekRanch.com sits above the town of Jackson with amazing views of the mountains. They offer hotels, condo, and house accomodations. They have 36 hotel rooms (inside cabins, not high rise buildings!) Rooms are most expensive in the summer, just over $300, and cheaper in the off season, falling to around $160 in sping and fall. Their condo studios run $320 in the summer and $170 in the offseason. They offer sleigh rides, wildlife safaris, spa facilities, climbing gym, dog sledding, ice skating, horseback riding, chuckwagon dinners, and more. Head up to the Snow King Resort in the summer and zoom down the alpine slide. It covers almost a half mile of track, all downhill of course. You ride a chair lift to the top with your slide hung on the back - cost is $15 per ride, or you can get an all day pass for $69 to keep the kids busy, which includes unlimited slide rides, mini golf, and the scenic chair lift as well. The slide usually is open from mid-June to mid-September. Also from Snow King is the scenic chair that takes you from 6100 feet up to 7800 feet in a gorgeous 20 minute ride. Snow King Mountain Resort is 6 blocks south of Jackson Town Square.
In summer, you can also river raft of the Snake River. Check out Jackson-Hole-River-Rafting.com for the Triangle X Float Trips. They offer a few different rafting options, morning, day, and evening, that cost $50-$60 for adults, and about $35 for kids under 18. The Triangle X is also a working dude ranch. In January, rates are as low as $90 per person if you want to live the life of a Wyoming rancher. They are located north of Jackson, east of Jenny Lake and just outside the boundaries of the Teton park.