Wyoming, the home of the American bison, is known for its impressive landscapes with ‘roads that lead to places that don’t have any.’ The state boasts an annual average of 10m + of light, dry fluffy stuff and the two most well known resorts in the state are Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Jackson Hole, home of high profile rider Travis Rice has got a reputation for extreme backcountry terrain and tight chutes. It is also the home of the notorious Corbets Couloir, also known as ‘America’s scariest ski slope.’ Only 1.5 hours away from Jackson Hole, Targhee resort is known for its light and dry snowfall with wide open runs, perfect for intermediate skiers. The biggest benefit of skiing in Wyoming? Abundant snowfall, terrain to challenge even expert skiers as well as the lack of crowds. In fact, there are probably more animals than people!
‘When you get to Jackson, you feel this mystique about the place. From the Elk and the Moose, to the wooden sidewalks in the town, this is a big mountain with epic runs.’
Possibly the best lift assisted backcountry skiing in the whole of North America, Jackson is huge, with massive vertical, steep chutes, powder fields, rocks and cliffs – a mecca for advanced skiers and boarders. Yet has also great groomed areas and cat tracks perfect for the high intermediate that wants to get a feel for the entire mountain. Overall it is not really a beginners mountain, and doesn’t have much nightlife, but the quality of skiing is impressive.
JACKSON HOLE STATS
Season: Dec – April
Terrain: Beginner 10% / Intermediate 30% / Advanced 60%
Lift system: 11 (including 1 tram, 6 quad chairs, 2 triples, 2 double chairs)
Longest run: 7.2km
Average Snowfall: 11.6m
Terrain Parks: Superpipe with rope tow, two terrain parks (expert and beginner)