Jackson, Wyoming, has many monikers, most notably the “Gateway to the Grand Tetons and outdoor adventure,” because of its close proximity to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. However, it is also infamously known as a “North American ski resort on steroids” and, more affectionately, as “The Big One,” as it possesses big vertical and skiable terrain that rivals any to be found in even the Alps. Jackson’s steep and challenging slopes attract an international cadre of hard-core skiers and snowboarders, which it nicely complements with some of the best ski resorts in the world.
Upscale Ski Resorts
Ensconced in the mountains and within walking distance of downtown Jackson, the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa is a AAA Four-Diamond award-winner for 19 consecutive years. Guest rooms at the 30-room lodge include memory-foam mattresses and fireplaces, while its suites offer whirlpools and separate living rooms. The Rusty Parrot also offers a shuttle to the nearby ski slopes. Alpine House, which features 22 guest rooms and five creek-side cottages, is another upscale option and offers ski tours. Other amenities at this eco-certified, European-style hotel include massage and spa treatments, free Wi-Fi, gas fireplaces, private balconies, and deep-soaking tubs.
Affordable Yet Regal
Living up to its name, the Snow King Resort Hotel, situated along the Teton Range, is ideally located near skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowtubing, and even snowbiking areas. The budget-friendly resort not only offers double-queen guest rooms, but two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, coffee maker, microwave, and fireplace. All of its accommodations come with majestic mountain views. Another affordable option is the Teton Gables Motel, which offers easy access to world-class ski resorts. Each of its 28 rooms features cable TV, a microwave, and a refrigerator. Many of its rooms afford panoramic views of nearby Snow King Mountain.
If an unexpected storm dumps fresh powder on “The Big One’s” slopes and you require an immediate Jackson hotel, fear not as Hipmunk possesses a feature called “Tonight Only” that allows users to find those last-minute deals on their phones via iOS and Android apps. In an interview with Mashable, Hipmunk co-founder Adam Goldstein said, “The way that people search is different when they are on their computer or their phone. About half of people searching on their phone are searching for last-minute hotels and the other half are searching more in advance. We want the app to work for both.”
Whether you’ve planned your ski trip in advance or at the last minute, rest assured that accommodations in Jackson and its environs abound. If budget bears no weight, nearby Teton Village offers numerous luxury lodges and resorts that are ski-in, ski-out, enabling skiers and snowboarders front-of-the-line status. However, keep in mind that compact Teton Village does not offer the nightlife and shopping found in the town of Jackson. Additionally, Jackson offers cheaper hotel accommodations and superior connection to the ski resorts via the Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) bus system.
Dale Myers is a world traveler and travel writer from Ventura, CA. In his free time he surfs while planning his next adventure.