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Jackson Hole Resort Reviews

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  • November 09, 2013
    from United States

    Jackson Hole began in 1964. Not the cradle of U.S. skiing, that Abel goes to Sun Valley and Aspen.

  • Jackson Hole Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 7 votes and 9 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.6

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Jackson Hole.

    Public Transport: 4.6

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Jackson Hole, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.9

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.3

    (1) No places to stay in/near Jackson Hole, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 4.7

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Jackson Hole.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.1

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 3.3

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Jackson Hole, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Jackson Hole is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 2.8

    (1) Jackson Hole relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.8

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Jackson Hole, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Jackson Hole are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.6

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Jackson Hole is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.3

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Jackson Hole, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.2

    (1) Jackson Hole usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.3

    (1) The staff at Jackson Hole are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Jackson Hole are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.8

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.1

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.6

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Jackson Hole has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Jackson Hole, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 5.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.2

    (1) Not even a kicker at Jackson Hole, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.7

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.8

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Jackson Hole, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Jackson Hole has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.4

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.8

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 3.5

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.2

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 2.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.5

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Jackson Hole is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Jackson Hole is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • March 04, 2012
    from United States

    Jackson Hole is righteous, great town, amazing skiing. My expectations were exceeded on every facet of this mountain. JH has everything you could ask for and then some. The lift system is well laid out for easy access to all terrain. You might of heard JH gets tracked out fast, this is true if you don't explore/poke around, and if you get to the tram at 8:45 am on a powder day you will be about 2 hours behind the first person in line, the early bird my friend. Oh yes and a shout out to all those friendly lift attendants, they really do make a difference.

  • January 29, 2011
    from United Kingdom

    Jackson Hole and the surrounding are is, for me, probably the best all round skiing are in the world minus the crowds. Jackson Hole Resort is fantastic and can cater to your wildest ambitions, in bounds and out of bounds. In the immediate area you also have fabulous and unique opportunities for ski touring in the National Parks from taking an easy hike but great snow to a tough hike and again great snow. The people of Wyoming and neighbouring Idaho are real friendly and always appreciate visitors from back in Europe. My favourite other area that compares is Argentiere where the riding is legendary. From Europe it’s a long way to get to Jackson but I promise you won’t be disappointed by the resort, the backcountry, the food, the wildlife and the people. While you are there get your skis over to Snow King in downtown Jackson and let them run, that’s a real fun and challenging downhill. During your time in Jackson you will bump into ski legends and you wouldn’t know it because they are such modest people. Jackson Hole, what a place. Possibly the cradle of US skiing! Buy yourself a copy of local DVD 'Legends of the Fall Line' and educate and respect.

  • January 29, 2009
    from United States

    Jackson Hole is a fantastic mountain with plenty of snow. Terrain tends towards expert, although intermediates will do ok. Uncrowded. Jackson Hole is a fun town. Only gripe is Southeast orientation of mountain, which exposes the slopes to a lot of sun. This tends to make the snow on the lower slopes heavy and grabby, particularly on ungroomed terrain like the Hobacks late in the season. Early season is ok on this score because temps are generally cold enough to maintain snow quality. When the powder flies, there is no better place in the world to ski than Jackson Hole.

  • March 01, 2008
    from United States

    I recently skied 7 days at the "Hole". It was my fourth time and the coverage and conditions were epic. This mountain is the real deal. The Hobacks represent 2700 feet of vertical, varied terrain, unlimited area, world class in bounds skiing and that is just a small part of this awesome place. And one can go right out the gates and ski some of the most fantastic back-country skiing in North America with an easy return to the base lifts (in some cases). Training and gear, a must, of course. Minimum crowds of people that ALL know how to ski! This is not a good transition mountain for lesser skilled skiers to advance unless they are skiing with advanced people who can guide and help the others.

    It is worth the trip!

  • November 10, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    Been to Jackson twice, last year was the sickest snow fall I have seen, waist to chest deep snow on piste, try their steep and deep camps, worth every penny/cent, if you can ski or board here you can ski or board anywhere.

  • January 19, 2006
    from United States

    Jackson Hole is an amazing mountain in every aspect. The mountain gets tons of snow, however in the event it hasn't snowed in awhile and the coverage is light, it can be very dangerous. The runs are narrow and steep and bowls have many rocks and cliffs. Likely the mountain will have plenty of fresh snow and will be like no other you have been. At the top of this mountain you can see the base area, unlike most mountains the base seems closer to your feet than the horizon. Largest Vertical in U.S. This mountain is not very beginner friendly, although there is some easy terrain it is a small percentage and not very interesting, an mostly runouts which are busy. This mountain is never crowded relative to Colorado and other major resorts, likely because it is in WY which is cold and it is mostly adavanced terrain. Lift tickets are on the expensive side, but when you compare it to hiking the 6000ft everytime they suddenly seem considerably underpriced. Most similar to one of the Whistler/Blackcomb hills but with much much better and reliable snow.

  • December 19, 2005
    from United States

    When we went to Jackson and it was awesome. Huge snowfall. The runs are long and hard - definitely not the place to go if you can't ski well. However, Jackson is also famous for being incredibly cold and the winters can be brutal (50 below).

  • May 01, 2005
    from Australia

    Jackson Hole is the most amazing place. Incredible mountain range. As challenging as you like it. Totally friendly locals (...you're unlucky if more than 3 cars drive by if you ever need to hitch a ride). No massive crowds.

    A must visit.