Jackson Hole Journals

Winter Wonderland

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A March 2000 trip to Jackson Hole by Scotch

Quote: Three of us recently spent four days testing the vertical drop at Jackson Hole, where we feasted on decent late spring snow and mind-blowing terrain, including steep, sweeping snow bowls and narrow tree-lined chutes.

Jackson Hole Lodge

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Hotel

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All things considered, including the price and location, this was a very good choice of moderate-scale accommodations. We stayed in a large one-bedroom (3 beds, though) condo, which included 1.5 baths, washer/dryer, full kitchen, two cable TV’s, spacious living room area and a phone. Also, it included full maid service each day. The Lodge maintains a decent indoor pool, including hot tubs and sauna. It is located on Jackson’s main drag, and is close to many shops and restaurants. We paid approximately $160 total per night.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Jackson Hole Lodge
420 W Broadway Avenue
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-2992

Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse

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Restaurant

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You guessed it - this place serves up STEAK! JH does not offer, relative to other resorts (i.e. Vail), several upscale or marquee dining options. That said, the Million Dollar Steakhouse features very respectable (and all of us are discerning steak lovers) steak, game and seafood in a relaxed, pleasant setting. Afterward, saddle up to the bar in one of the Million Dollar Cowboy Saloon’s (upstairs) original leather bar-side horse saddles for a beer, and shoot some pool. There’s a $3 cover, but they let you in for nothing if you dine at the steakhouse downstairs. There’s live music every night, too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse
25 N Cache St
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-4790

Merry Piglets Mexican Grill

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Restaurant | "The Merry Piglets Mexican Grill"

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Who'd have thought that you could find decent Mexican food in the most Western reaches of Wyoming? But that’s what you get at the Merry Piglets. It offers a very low key dining environment, where you can expect to enjoy many traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex specialties. The locals seem to like this place, if mainly for the killer pitchers of margaritas and ice cold Mexican beer selection. A lot of bang for your buck. Also good for families.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Merry Piglets Mexican Grill
160 N Cache Dr
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-2966

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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Attraction

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The terrain of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is generally regarded by skiing fanatics as the most varied, challenging and breathtaking of any ski resort in the United States. This reputation is well deserved. As a lifelong skier and someone who has taught skiing professionally, I was at many times humbled and in awe of what this simply exceptional mountain threw in front of me. From the variable wide open terrain and tight tree skiing of the mountain’s dozen or so bowls to the sheer vertical steeps of the Expert Chutes, JH will not disappoint even the most experienced skier. Snowboarders are welcome at JH, as well. My advice is to arrive early, in particular to take advantage of the fact that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
1405 N Beckley Park Way
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83014
(307) 733-7510

Mangy Moose Saloon

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“The Moose” (as it’s referred to by Teton Village faithful) is THE place for apres ski. It’s spacious, two-floor rustic interior provides a perfect antidote to the aches and pains that come with a hard day on Jackson Hole Resort Mountain. There is also outdoor, mountainside seating. And, since the Moose is at the base of the ski mountain, it takes little effort to cozy up to the bar. Don’t leave without trying their specially- brewed Moose Brew, as well as the actually decent bar food. On the weekends, there’s live music, and the level of talent varies considerably; none of it will blow you away, though. This place is most crowded from 4 PM - 6PM.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Mangy Moose Saloon
3285 W Mccollister Dr
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83025
(307) 733-4913

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

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Attraction

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The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, like a few other neighborhood drinking holes, sports a long, glossy bar which has embedded in it row after row of 1921 silver U.S. dollars. As we were told, the treasury minted a surplus of these coins, and they were quickly snatched up by collecting locals. In any event, the Cowboy Bar is a fine place to enjoy the effects of a fully-stocked bar and live country/Western entertainment seven nights a week. There are also several pool tables, and a scant selection of fried bar food.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
25 North Cache St
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-2207

Silverdollar Bar

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Attraction

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If you’re starting to notice a theme - that of silver dollars - than you’re on to something. Like its neighbor, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, the Silverdollar Bar sports a long bar, embedded with 1921 U.S. silver dollars. Located in the attractive Wort Hotel, the Silverdollar gives you another taste of the West with nightly live country/Western performances, a rustic upscale pub menu and a full bar.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Silverdollar Bar
Broadway & Glenwood
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 732-3935

Shopping around town

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Shopping in Jackson Hole seems to be confined to four distinct categories: your basic Gap-type clothing shopping (yes, they have a Gap, and I think that’s about it for mass retailers); vast varieties of Native American-inspired art and jewelry; impressive galleries of Western inspired painting, sculpture, carvings and photographs - all ranging from the prohibitively expensive to downright affordable; and, of course, Jackson Hole tourist shopping, where, at the Jackson Hole Resort Store (on the Jackson Town Square), among other places, you can buy all the Jackson Hole-related t-shirts, hats, posters, and key chains you can fit in your suitcase. Most of the shopping experience in Jackson is centered...Read More

Dining in Jackson Hole

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Pack lunches/trail snacks for the skiing day (the food on the mountain isn't very good and the lines can be long). At night, the choices in Jackson Hole range from fast food (McDonald's, Taco Bell) to casual but somewhat upscale steak, game and seafood restaurants. If you're used to upscale glitz and glamour while you dine, you will be disappointed. However, you will likely appreciate the fact that you can wear jeans and a sweater (along with cowboy boots and hat, if you're so inclined) pretty much anywhere - remember, this is a real skiers vacation! Reservations are taken at most of the nicer places, and are probably necessary during the peak weeks and weekends of the ski season.

Where to Hang Your Hat in Jackson Hole

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The range of quality in accommodations in and around Jackson Hole and Teton Village is varied. But don't expect a large selection of the luxury accommodations you would find in communities such as Vail/Beaver Creek; while there are 'nice' and better-than-just-comfortable accommodations, you shouldn't expect much more than, say, the charming rustic surroundings of the Wort Hotel, where the finer accents of the Old West are in abundance. The bottom line: you can stay in Jackson Hole at a reasonably comfortable place, at a reasonable price. You can also pay up a little, and receive with that the additional few niceties. The most important question is actually whether you prefer to stay in the town ...Read More

One regret...

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The single largest regret that I have about our short trip to Jackson Hole was that we didn’t get the opportunity to experience the gorgeous snow conditions and wonderful terrain of Grand Targhee, which is a fairly short 1 hr 45 min. drive from Jackson Hole, on the other side of the Grand Teton range. Targhee boasts smaller crowds, over 500 inches of natural snowfall per year, and a guarantee that if you are not satisfied with the snow conditions on any particular day, you may return your ski pass and receive a voucher to ski on another day that same year. There’s no snow making here - and they don’t need it. The motto: “snow from heaven, not from hoses.” Everyone to whom we spoke gave this pla...Read More