Grab your hat and gloves and get ready for snow, sloshies and landscapes like no other: the mountains are calling you.
American West there’s no shortage of breathtaking vistas, perhaps none as iconic as the Tetons, which can be found in part in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. The fact that the region also has some of the best ski areas in the world is just the icing on the snow capped mountain cake. From the rabbit trail to heliskiing, you will find endless terrain for all levels in the three resorts of the valley:Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort– not to mention the luxury ski equipment you would expect in places like Aspen, without all the excuses. Despite all its polish, Jackson still retains the funky charm of a border town.
Beyond the trails, opportunities abound for winter pastimes such as snowmobiling, sledding, and snowshoeing, including on Amanganihalf-day wildlife tour, where you will discover wonders like the largest herd of wild elk in North America. Alternatively, you can bathe in the thermal springs in the area, i.e. nature’s hot tubs, including in the recently reopened Astoria Hot Springs Park. Plan ahead, however: occupancy is limited and the springs are only accessible by snowmobile, dog sled, skis, or fat bike.
Whatever your outdoor activity, the rugged beauty of the landscape will make you feel like you are inside a souvenir snow globe and also, no doubt, hungry. Fortunately, Jackson Hole also excels in the culinary realm, from hearty play to Mangy moose Japanese cuisine at Suda Izakaya. But Jackson Hole’s most typical specialty is the aptly named “sloshie”, a cross between a shot and a slushy. Served everywhere from supermarkets to gas stations they’re ubiquitous, but for premium alcoholic drinks you’ll want to head to the Craft Distillery. Jackson Hole still works.
Of course, given that the valley’s lowest elevation is 6,311 feet, you’ll probably already feel high on the elevation. A sure-fire cure is a stroll through downtown Jackson, with its myriad of shops and galleries. Art lovers, on the other hand, should check out the National Museum of Animal Art: Overlooking the National Elk Refuge, it is popular as much for the views as for its collections. Contemplating the scenery, you’re less likely to feel homesick than finding yourself wishing your own place was somewhere out there on the beach.
Delta flies nonstop from Boston to Salt Lake City, where you can catch a connecting flight to Jackson Hole, the only commercial airport in the United States located within the boundaries of a national park.
Perched on top of a hill with breathtaking views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton, Amangani is a redwood and sandstone fantasy that pays homage to the surrounding landscape without skimping on luxury. The resort ski chalet is 20 minutes away in Teton village, with concierge service, refreshments, and ski-to-door access.