Vacation in Wyoming during the winter and you will be able to experience something different at each ski resort. You can take a ski vacation at any of the resorts that are scattered across seven different mountain ranges, one of which is Jackson Hole, a resort with the reputation of being the steepest and deepest, featuring the awe inspiring Corbet’s Collier, suitable only for experts. Jackson Hole also boasts acres of back-country, and novice-friendly runs.
Wyoming is the perfect vacation spot to revel in nature’s splendors with opulent scenery, the granite spires of the Tetons, the wide sweep of Snake River and the awe-inspiring parklands of Yellowstone. It offers variable terrain from groomed slopes to dangerous cliff areas, and unpredictable weather and snow conditions.
Jackson Hole offers 2,500 acres of skiing on two neighboring mountains, with one having access to an additional 3,000 acres of back-country terrain in the Bridger Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park that were opened recently. Rendezvous Mountain, which looms at over ten thousand feet, has a traverse of mixed terrain of over seven miles descending from its summit. There are 22 miles of groomed trails at Jackson that include bowls, couloirs, wide-open groomers, trees, and mellow faces.
Skiers have the choice of skiing off the rear of Rendezvous into Grand Teton National Park, or staying within the area. The infamous challenge here is Corbet’s Couloir, a double black diamond run, while the Sublette Quad Chair offers access to other bowls and chutes. Skiers also have access to the Crag’s terrain which includes an additional 200 acres and 1,000 vertical feet of expert terrain above the Casper Lift area. People taking their first ski vacation need not worry as there are designated beginner terrains with exclusive lifts. Jackson Hole is equipped with nine lifts, aerial tram, and an eight-person gondola service. The aerial tram is one of the few in the country and is soon to be replaced with a newer one. A 100-passenger, state-of-the-art aerial tram is expected to be in service by December 2008, from the base in Teton Village to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. The continual vertical rise of 4,139 feet will still be the longest ski lift in North America.