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High Adventure in Jackson Hole

An August 2003 trip to Jackson Hole by maitre2pitza

Hiking in the Tetons Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: Skiing - as extreme as dropping into Corbett's Couloir, (first 60 feet straight down), or as calm as a very steep, bumpy, double diamond, leg burner. Actually intermediate and beginner slopes are in abundance. Summer: Try climbing Grand Teton (13,770 feet)(My second time this year at age 54).

High Adventure in Jackson Hole

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Winter: Take your warmup run on Apres vous mountain. Then slide left to the Gondola. Finally take the tram to the top of the ski area and head for the sign that says 'steepest way down'. You'll be greated by smooth, fresh powder and mogels the size of VWs. Watch for a temparture inversion that makes the top of the mountain 20 degrees warmer than the valley. On those days stay on the Thunder or Sublette lifts. On a calm day take a snowmobile from Flagg Ranch to Old Faithful riding on the closed, snow covered roads of Yellowstone as you dodge all sorts of wildlife. Summer: Hook up with Exum Mountain Guides. One day of beginners school and two days of intermediate school and you are re...Read More
Flat Creek Inn Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Located across from the National Elk Refuge and between Jackson and the airport, this is a modernized old motel. Nothing fancy, just a clean bed and warm shower. It's great if you want a cheap, convenient place to stay. It's a long drive to the ski area.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Flat Creek Inn
1935 N Us Highway 89
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-5276

Grand Teton Ranch Exum Mountain Guides

Hotel | "Grand Teton Climber's Ranch"

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This is a group of cabins owned by the American Alpine Club. The rate is less than $10/ night for a wooden bunk bed in a cabin. Showers are in a separate building and there is an eating area between the cabins for your own cooking. This is not where you take a friend who thinks camping is a hotel without room service

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Grand Teton Ranch Exum Mountain Guides
668 Jenny Lake Complex R
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83012
(307) 733-2297

Spring Creek Ranch

Hotel | "Spring Creek Resort"

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The first time we visited Jackson Hole, my late wife made reservations at Spring Creek. I thought it was sort of a last resort because everything else was booked. For the first two days in Jackson a heavy fog hung over everything and I thought this place was inconveniently placed on top of a very big hill. When we work up on the third day the sun was shining and the sky clear. Straight out our bedroom window we could see directly to the wall of the Tetons, with the Snake River below. I have never seen a better view from a bed! The resort is made up of hotel units that are small cabins, townhouses, single family homes and the ultra luxurious Amangani Resort. We usually rent one of the single fami...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Spring Creek Ranch
1800 Spirit Dance Road
Jackson, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-8833

Stiegler's Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "Steiglers"

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Owned by the brother of Austrian skiing legend, Pepi Steigler, this restaurant serves fantastic Austrian food. They serve a veal dish that is one of Mamma Steigler's recipes. It will melt in your mouth.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Stiegler's Restaurant & Bar
The Aspens On Teton
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
(307) 733-1071

Bubba's Bar-B-Que Restaurant

Restaurant | "Bubbas"

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Get there before 6:30 or prepare for a wait. This is a picnic table type family place for grilled chicken and ribs. Drinks are served in Mason jars. Your kids will love it

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Bubba's Bar-B-Que Restaurant
515 S Us Hwy 89
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-2288

Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon

Restaurant | "Mangy Moose"

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This is THE hang out at the ski area. Half the crowd is eating their meal while the other half is drinking their meal. Everyone is lying about which advanced expert area they conquered during the day and how many runs they got in. If they could bottle the atmosphere, it would sell like hotcakes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

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

Anthony's Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Anthony's"

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The smell of the sauce fills the street. No self respecting Italian could walk by and not stop to eat. This place gets crowded. Leave your name and either sit in a barber chair while you wait or take a walk to the nearby stores. The pasta is primo with sauces that are authentic Italian. Don't miss this place.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Anthony's Italian Restaurant
62 S Glenwood St
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-3717

Jedediah's Original House of Sourdough

Restaurant | "Jedediah's House of Sourdough"

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Due to the cabin setting, at first you wonder if the place is going to be modern enough to have a kitchen! As the door opens, the smell of home cooking greets you and draws you inside to a table. Not only is the bread good, but the main courses are both tasty and filling. This is also a great place for lunch on a day of shopping. I had a bowl of stew that was rich and full bodied. Interestingly the vegetables were somewhat crisp rather than having that mushy "I’ve been on the steam table all day" texture. Needless to say, the bread was to die for.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Jedediah's Original House of Sourdough
135 East Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
(307) 733-5671

Dornan's in Moose

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Restaurant | "Dornan's"

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I've only been here in the summer when they have the outside kitchen under a teepee. I had just come off two days of climbing on the Grand, only eating freeze dried food, so I was in the mood for a little red meat. I asked the cook to cut me a hunk of prime rib "this big" (indicating about 5 inches). To my surprise he did just that. I suddenly had more meat than my mother cooked for a family of six! After a valiant effort I took the leftovers (and the two women I met) back to the Grand Teaton Climber's Ranch. The guys loved the food and the girls were almost as popular! It's been a few years since I first wrote this. This past summer I had hoped for a repeat with a group of Boy Scouts including...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Dornan's in Moose
100 Dornans Road
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83012
(307) 733-2415

Exum Mountain Guides

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Attraction

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If you have never climbed before or if you are an old hand, the Exum school has something to offer. For beginners, class begins with learning to handle and tie a rope. You progress to climbing commands and rappelling down a moderate incline. You end the day with a simple climb. On day two (intermediate class) you firm up belaying technique and do several multi-pitch climbs. You do one rappel of about 60 feet and one of about 100 feet with no wall contact. We rested for a day and on day five met our guide at Lupine Meadows at about 9:30 a.m. It was a very hot day for Jackson Hole (90 degrees) as we started hiking from about 6,000 feet. You slowly gain altitude using a switchback trail. Eventua...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Exum Mountain Guides
668 Jenny Lake Complex
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83012
(307) 733-2297

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JH has terrain for beginners, intermediates, experts and beyond. While most people focus on the expert terrain, this mountain has more green and blue slopes than most mountains. The ski school is fantansic with children. Our children learned to ski here. Only the crazies ski Corbett's Couloir but you have to see this slope. It can be viewed from the gondola or by skiing down the left side of Rendezvous Bowl. To look down the slope you will need to remove your skiis and lay down on the snow to look over the edge. One of our favorite trails is an ungrommed area called the Hobacks which is larger than most other ski areas in the USA. It is really a combination of three areas that are wide open. (A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

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

Yellowstone National Park

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Attraction | "Yellowstone"

Yellowstone National Park Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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In the winter the roads are all closed. Several snowmobile operators run tours into the park from Jackson. The best time to go is when it is cold and after a fresh dump of snow. After two or three days of warm weather the trail becomes a washboard that will trash your back.

In both winter and summer, wildlife is everywhere. A camera is a must. The geysers and hot springs are too numerous to mention. See photos.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Yellowstone National Park
Headwaters of the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Hiking in the Tetons

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Attraction

Hiking in the Tetons Photo, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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This hike starts out on a tree lined path and eventually breaks out into alpine meadows traversed by switchback trails. You gain altitude quickly and if you're moving quickly your heart is pounding. (See the photos). A great workout with a fantastic view. Most people turn around when they hit the part of the trail that becomes large boulders. Just past this part of the trail you encounter the first of the glaciers along the path. After about a mile of boulders you come to a wonderful alpine meadow with a cold cold stream. After a couple more miles and another 2000 feet in altitude you come to the beginning of the stream coursing from the mountain. This water tastes soo good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2000

Hiking in the Tetons
From Lupine Meadows
Jackson Hole, Wyoming