Top Ski Resorts Near Jackson Hole

Colby Murphy


Western Wyoming offers an attractive combination of excellent skiing and down-home amenities. You’ve likely heard of Jackson Hole, an exciting area that dates back to the frontier days when the valley was used as an escape from the soaring peaks of the Grand Tetons. Those peaks are sought-after today as some of the most extreme mountain terrain for winter sports.

The ski resorts near Jackson Hole offer a mixture of slopes for various skill levels and adventurers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for the convenience of a resort within walking distance to the mountains, some of America’s most challenging slopes, or a no-frills, laid-back atmosphere, you can find it all and more in Wyoming.

The area receives an average of 450 inches of snowfall each year, allowing guests of all skill levels to enjoy the stunning beauty of Wyoming. As a bonus, you’ll find several hot springs in the area, giving you the perfect opportunity to indulge in a relaxing dip after some time on the slopes.

If you’re up for a bit of a thrill, below is a list of the best ski resorts near Jackson Hole and everything they offer. Before planning your next ski adventure, read on to learn everything you need to know.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

3395 Cody Ln, Teton Village, WY

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a skiers’ paradise, especially if you have a more advanced skill set. The daunting summit (elevation 10,450 feet!) is accessible by chair or tram, with a vertical drop of 4,139 feet and some of the best skiing in the nation.

Skiers, beware — this summit is not for beginners and should be reserved for those at least an intermediate level. Of the 131 different runs at Jackson Hole, more than 50% of them are expert-level, with only a small portion of those reserved for skiers who are beginners. The beginner trails are tons of fun, and if you stop by the Ski & Snowboard School in the Bridger Center, you’ll find lessons, ski rentals, and even a small restaurant.

Many visitors enjoy relaxing at Teton Village, or “the Village,” as the locals call it, at the resort's base. The village has grown tremendously through the years and is now host to a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and travel lodges. The distinctive feeling of seclusion and serenity still exists despite the various commercial outlets here.

Snow King Mountain Resort

402 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY

Snow King Mountain Resort is a prime location a few blocks from Town Square, within walking distance for those staying there. This resort offers all the bells and whistles you could ask for and then some. The summit is a whopping 7,808 feet, representing an impressive 1,571 vertical drop of fresh, powdery snow. Thirty-two runs and two terrain parks are spread across over 500 skiable acres. Visitors can access 15 expert and 13 intermediate trails, making it more suitable for those with a higher skill set. Beginners have six routes, separate from the rest, on which to practice and learn before advancing to the other trails.

This resort offers more than just skiing and snowboarding, though. Guests enjoy tubing and the Winter Cowboy Coaster, with almost one mile of exciting twists and turns. This coaster travels right past skiers and snowboarders as you navigate the twists and turns of this epic ride. There are several dining options on-site, like the King’s Grill in the Rafferty Center, but you’ll also find plenty more nearby in Jackson.

Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Rd, Alta, WY

The stunning Grand Targhee Resort is in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest on the western slope of the Tetons. A transit service runs between this resort and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, allowing guests to change scenery easily. Here, visitors will find light conditions and minimal lift lines at “the Ghee,” making it an excellent destination for solitude.

The impressive summit sits at 9,862 feet, with an epic 2,176-foot drop on Fred’s Mountain. Most runs at the Grand Targhee Resort are intermediate level, with some more advanced and beginner levels thrown into the mixture. If you’re at Peaked Mountain, you’ll find an elevation of 9,830 feet with nothing but intermediate to advanced runs.

For a day of family fun, don’t miss the kids’ adventure zone, with a bobsledding area, Sweetwater Terrain Park, and a ton of easier trails for novice skiers. The lodging and dining are also exceptional, with the Powder Cache Bar & Grill, The Trap Bar & Grill, Snorkels Cafe, Wild Bill’s Grill, Slopeside Taco Trailer, a general store, and many amenities like a hot tub and pool for guests.

White Pine Ski Resort

74 White, Pine St, Pinedale, WY

Southeast of Jackson, a touch off the beaten path, is the White Pine Ski Resort. Visitors to this glorious resort will find 350 skiable acres, two lifts that run to 27 different trails, and an even mixture of skill levels. The summit is a whopping 9,500 feet, with 1,100 vertical feet of excitement and slopes. You’ll also enjoy stunning views of the rolling hills and countryside, which includes the Bridger Teton National Forest and Freemont Lake from the summit.

Those interested can easily rent a cabin and walk a short distance to the lifts. The cottages offer multiple bedrooms, a loft, a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, a fireplace, and a large deck. This resort is the perfect destination for those wanting to enjoy gorgeous views and intermediate skiing without all the hustle and bustle of larger resorts.

Plan your next ski adventure with a local agent

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and its neighboring communities offer some of the best skiing in the nation. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for your next ski vacation, look no further than the amazing resorts on this list. And, contact expert agent Colby Murphy today if you’re interested in Jackson Hole real estate.

*Header photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Colby Murphy

Colby Murphy

About the Author

Born in the land of the Delta Blues, Colby Murphy grew up as a nationally ranked cyclist and avid outdoorsman. Colby's addiction for competition took his amateur cycling career through college, capturing silver at the USAC National Championship and a spot on Team USA for the 2013 UCI World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Colby volunteered coaching youth athletes in addition to interning with the D1 NFL Combine Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. It was freshman year when Colby was exposed to the magic of Jackson Hole. Instantly attracted, he began splitting his time to ski Jackson every year thereafter.

Upon publishing research in the International Journal of Exercise Science and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Colby immediately relocated to Southern California in pursuit of his professional cycling career. Once retired from competition, Colby quickly found himself as a top producing sales professional serving owners of high end luxury real estate in areas of San Diego including Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Coronado. With his affection for luxury property, history with Jackson Hole, and prior connection to Christie's International Real Estate, Colby saw a clear path and executed a move to Jackson. In his spare time, he now enjoys turning laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and giving back at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.

Colby is fortunate to have been raised around admirable examples of what drive, tenacity and resilience can yield. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, and uncle, an owner of the Christie's affiliate brokerage in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, both inspired Colby's ambitions from an early age.

Now, Colby has positioned himself among some of the most respected networks in the industry. He feels proud and blessed to have established relationships with multiple Christie’s affiliate owners and associates spanning multiple cities, states, and countries. Colby has also recently become a member of REALM™, the first globally collaborative real estate collective designed to empower the real estate professional by curating new relationships and matching qualified buyers based on lifestyle experiences and passions rather than search criteria.

In a market where there are as many agents as annual transactions, Colby represented clients from Australia, the UK, Mexico, and several U.S. states in his first year alone. He applies the principles and work ethic he learned through sport and his impressive circle of mentors to ensure he creates the highest value for his clients. Always elevating, always seeking excellence, his acquired values and attributes provide a successful combination that will ensure your selling or buying experience is a win.

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