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If you've made your way to this page, you must be looking for an all-encompassing guide to fun in the Tetons. You found it! We put all of the important details for trip planning and other Jackson Hole information right here on one convenient page. First things first: Jackson Hole is a remarkably beautiful and special place unlike any destination in the world. We are excited to share it with you.

1 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
2 Teton Village
3 Town of Jackson
4 Jackson Hole Airport
5 Snow King
6 Wilson
7 Grand Targhee
8 Grand Teton National Park
9 Yellowstone National Park
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

This is the main winter ski and snowboard resort in Jackson Hole. Offering over 2500 acres of the best skiing and riding in North America. The Resort is owned and operated as a special use permitee of Bridger Teton National Forest. Summer and Winter operations include the aerial tram and other lift access activities including biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and paragliding.

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Teton Village

Home to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Aerial Tram and Grand Adventure Park, Teton Village is a playground for young and old. Teton Village offers shopping, dining and fun for the entire family. Located one mile from the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park on the Moose-Wilson road, Teton Village is a great jump-off point for any adventure in Jackson Hole.

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Town of Jackson

For over 100 years ranchers, cowboys, cowgirls, dudes, and tourists have strolled these wooden sidewalks, graced the bars and even resolved a few disagreements with their pistols. Gateway to Grand Teton National Park, gathering place for those tough early pioneers who wanted to homestead this valley and home to early skiing in the valley, the town of Jackson is named after Davey Jackson, the original fur trapper who spent summers in this area harvesting the amazing beaver so desired in Victorian England at that time.

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Jackson Hole Airport

Since the Jackson Hole Airport is located at the base of the spectacular Teton mountain range, flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an awe-inspiring start to your trip to Jackson Hole. Click the button below for airport information including live flight status.

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Snow King

A legend in its own right. Over 75 years of skiing at the “town hill” have made this famous north facing resort mountain something to be feared and honored. Locals enjoy skinning up in the early dawn light, tourists enjoy skiing at night under the lights and in between many enjoy cruising this steep, challenging terrain. Home to King Tubes, tube park, not to be missed!

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Wilson is the sleepy roadside town located at the base of Teton Pass. Legendary hangouts such as the StageCoach Bar, which hosts church on Sundays and unforgettable disco on Thursdays, and Nora's Fish Creek breakfasts make it a worthwhile stopover. Bikers in the summer and pass skiers in the winter make Wilson the base for the start and end of the day.

Grand Targhee

Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is known for its light powder snow, cat skiing operation, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. Guests at Jackson Hole often enjoy a day visit to Targhee and a bus service operates daily during the winter.

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Grand Teton National Park

Situated just south of the Yellowstone National Park, filling the north end of the Jackson Hole valley, Grand Teton National Park never disappoints. The park features 7000-feet-tall jagged peaks that truly epitomize the beauty of the Rockies. The heart of the Teton mountain range is formed by the Grand, Middle and South Tetons. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in the southern portion of the range.

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Yellowstone National Park

Situated north of Grand Teton National Park and just 56 miles from the town of Jackson, Yellowstone National Park covers a vast 9,000 km; 96% of the park lies in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. Yellowstone contains half of all the world's known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples. It also has the world's largest concentration of geysers (more than 300 geyers, or two thirds of all those on the planet). Established in 1872, Yellowstone is equally known for its wildlife, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapitis.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is the hole?

There isn't an actual hole per se. The proverbial hole in our name comes from a term that early trappers and inhabitants of the area used to describe our valley which is surrounded by mountains.

What state is Jackson Hole located in?

Jackson Hole is in the Northwest corner of Wyoming.

What is the weather like?

Like any mountain environment, the weather in Jackson Hole can vary greatly (and rapidly). Jackson Hole Mountain Resort averages 459" of snow per year. Temperatures can be cold in the winter, but it is a dry cold as we have very little humidity making the cold temperatures more pleasant than you may be used to.

Will the skiing be too hard?

Jackson Hole’s reputation for steep and deep precedes it, eh? Yes, there’s plenty of powder and pitches, but here’s a little known fact: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is as great a place for beginners to learn how to ski and for intermediates keen to cruise long groomers. Beginner and intermediate trails make up half of our terrain, meaning that our non-advanced/expert terrain acreage – 1250 acres – is larger than many ski resorts' total terrain.

How Do I Get Around

We recommend taking the START Bus. The START Bus provides service from Jackson to and from Teton Village, Teton Valley and Star Valley, as well as free shuttles around the Town of Jackson and north of town to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Plan to get to the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive and have your exact fare ready or show the driver your pass. Drivers cannot sell passes or make change. Buses cannot load or unload passengers between bus stops. More info at

Should I Rent Skis Or Bring My Own?

Feel free to bring your skis, but we recommend renting equipment from one of our 6 rental locations. Our rental shops offer convenient locations and a huge selection of skis and boards that were selected to match the conditions and terrain you will encounter in Jackson Hole.

What is the tram?

Our double-reversible tram runs a length of 12,463' with a vertical rise of 4,139'. During the winter season the tram has a cabin capacity of 100 riders and 1 operator. With an approximate speed of 1970 feet/minute it has an uphill capacity of 650 riders/hour. The tram is a must ride for both skiers and sightseers.

Where is the closest airport

Jackson, WY has our very own airport. The airport is located 10 miles north of town and has the distinction of being both the busiest airport in Wyoming and the only airport to be located in a National Park. The airport has invested $150M in renovations and remodals over the past 4 years. Airport Code is JAC

Where is the wildlife?

Looking for moose, elk, mule deer, bears or other animals? Jackson Hole has them and with any luck you will see them all. From time to time visitors spot them from our chair lifts, but you never know when and where you might spot big game so keep your eyes open. Many wildlife expeditions can lead you to secret spots where you're sure to find that moose or bald eagle.

Where should I stay

There are wonderful lodging options all over Jackson Hole. The Town of Jackson is located 12 miles from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and offers lodging, dining and shopping opportunities. Jackson Hole Mountain resort is located in Teton Village which also offers a variety of lodging and entertainment options. The Grand Teton National Park south boundary is less than a mile from Teton Village.

Buy. Ride. Reload.

Jackson Hole’s personalized J Card offers hands-free, easy lift access through our RFID gate access system.  Enjoy great savings by purchasing your lift access at least 7 days in advance of your first day on the slopes.  Our online store offers convenience and the best rates on lift access whether you are reloading an old J Card or purchasing for the first time.

* 'Window' refers to the full price at our on-mountain ticket windows.
* 'Web' refers to our special price available only online. Tickets must be purchased at least 7 days in advance of the 9AM MST start date of your lift ticket.
* Lift tickets are non-transferrable, non-refundable and not for resale.
* Tickets purchased online may be refunded prior to 48 hours of the start date. You must speak with a ticket office representative in order to refund a ticket.

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