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February 24, 2005
While I have been skiing since I was 7 years old, I live far, far away from the mountains. If I'm lucky, my ski "season" is 3 to 5 days a year. Still, I'm a strong intermediate. I like steep, fast, and groomed blues, though I'll venture into the black diamonds and get down fine... most of the time. Jackson Hole offers a ton of trails that suited my skill level and a lot more that left me feeling sheepishly humbled. The place is so spread out, I think anyone could find the perfect run at this HUGE resort, even if they're not an expert. A nice thing to note is that the greens and blues are clustered together on one section of the mountain, so lower level skiers won't get in trouble by taking a wrong turn.
As for my kid... He has been on skis several times, but he is a weaker intermediate than I am. While he did go down many blues in California and Colorado with no problems, we made a mistake when we took him up several lifts for his first run at Jackson Hole. Let's just say all blue runs aren't created equal. At JH, there is even a creature called the double blue!
After the first fall, our son developed a major confidence problem. We realized we should've started on green runs until our kid got used to his "ski legs." Or we should have scouted out the conditions at this resort before pointing him down the mountain. Since we didn't do either, the only thing we could do to save his trip was send him to... SKI SCHOOL.
I was surprised to learn that Jackson Hole does not offer 1-hour private lessons, and a half day private was $300-plus. The best option for us was to have our son join a group for $80 for a half day. Kids are grouped together at the Cody House according to their age and ability. We were lucky because my son's "group" consisted of just two boys and the instructor. My son spending the afternoon with another kid on his level and a patient teacher guiding them both through the snow was worth every penny. Sticking to the Apres Vous lift, my son quickly got over his fear of the mountain and rediscovered his sense of control.
Skiing Jackson Hole is no joke, so my best advice would be to make sure you aren't flippant about your ski level—or your child's ski level—as you seek out the trails that will be the most fun for you. I highly suggest a lesson to get you oriented to the mountain... and a helmet rental is a must for kids.
From journal Family Skiing in Jackson Hole
January 16, 2004
From journal A view from the hill
January 21, 2007
From journal Ski Trip to Jackson Hole, WY
June 28, 2005
From journal Christmas at Yellowstone
by Shannon Schiner
February 5, 2003
It also offers a wide variety of non-ski activities in a beautiful setting. Take a day off of skiing and try snowmobiling or dog sledding. Of course there is plenty to keep non-skiers busy too with all of the outdoor activities, shops, and spas in the surrounding area.
In addition Jackson has a great apres-ski scene with the Mangy Moose at the heart of all of the action.
From journal Civilized West
December 23, 2001
The mountain can be warm at the bottom and substantially cooler at the top, so dress in several easy layers.
Mornings tend to be warmer on Apres Vous (the intermediate/beginner side of the mountain), but will get very cold in the afternoons. Because of the high elevation and direct exposure it is important to wear sunscreen (and keep layering it on throughout the day).
If you want to learn your way around the mountain take a lesson, the ski school has some of the finest instructors available...upper level skiers should request Renny Burke, ladies should request his wife Tracey Burke...and intermediates and children should definitely request Beau. You will undoubtedly improve your skiing as well as learn about some of the mountains hidden treasures.
After skiing hit the Mangy Moose for some great stories and a totally unique bar experience. It is also a good place to meet locals and find out what is happening around town.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
October 19, 2000
From journal High Adventure in Jackson Hole
New York, -- Choose State --
June 5, 2000
From journal Winter Wonderland