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Ski Jackson Hole for Intermediates

A December 1999 trip to Jackson Hole by Wasatch

Quote: The biggest ski myth you will ever hear is that Jackson Hole is only for experts. Jackson Hole is one of the best intermediate mountains anywhere. Jackson has its infamous steeps, but this huge mountain of 4,000 acres also has some of the world's best intermediate skiing.

Ski Jackson Hole for Intermediates

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Overview

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I’m going to ignore Jackson's steep trails and discuss great intermediate skiing. The easiest intermediate skiing is off the Apres Vous and Casper Bowl chairs. The Bridger Gondola to Gros Ventre is steeper than the Apres Vous/Casper runs. The top can be skied from the Thunder Quad-- turn left just before the tram tower. Thunder accesses outstanding advanced-intermediate terrain west of the tram line. Take Grand below the first tram tower, a spectacular wide and steep intermediate run. It gets ratty just past the tram tower, the steepest part of the run, but hang in there. The Sublette Quad accesses the advanced-intermediate Rendezvous Trial. You can also get there by going straight a...Read More
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This is one of the most expensive ski lodges in town with a can't-be-beat location just a few steps from the Gondola and Tram Base. The size of the very comfortable rooms ran from small to spacious, and they are priced accordingly. For convenience and comfort, it may be worth the price.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Alpenhof Lodge
3255 West Village Drive P.O. Box 288
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
(307) 733-3242

Wyoming Inn

Hotel | "Motel 6"

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This was a very pleasant standard motel. It had nice comfortable beds, but there were NO TUBS-there were only showers in the rooms. This is one of Jackson's best deals. It is in a quiet location.

Caution: It may be off the local bus route. If you won't have a car, check ahead on where the bus goes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Wyoming Inn
930 W Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 734-0035

Super 8 Jackson Hole

Hotel | "Super 8 Motel-Jackson Hole"

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This was a very pleasant standard motel. It had nice comfortable beds, and it is one of Jackson's better deals. This is in a quiet location on the side of the building away from the parking lot. A decent continental breakfast is included.

Caution: It may be off the local bus route. If you won't have a car, check ahead to see where the bus goes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Super 8 Jackson Hole
750 S Highway 89
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-6833

Alpenrose at Alpenhof Lodge

Restaurant | "Alpenhof-- upstairs"

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Unless the Alpenhof's main dining room is open, this is the best food on the mountain. It's easy to get to for lunch and less crowded than the alternatives. It has very good food in a pleasant setting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Alpenrose at Alpenhof Lodge
3255 W Village Dr
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83025
(307) 733-3242

Mountain Cafeteria

Restaurant | "The mountain cafeteria"

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This has a more pleasant setting than the base cafeteria, but is a tad more expensive. This has easy access without having to return to the base. There are chairs and tables. It has a nice atmosphere if you can score a spot in front of the fireplace.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Mountain Cafeteria
Alongside the Casper Chair
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Teton Steak House

Restaurant

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This is a Sizzler by another name, with a menu just about like Sizzler's, which it once was. This place is more expensive than Sizzler, but a bargain in high-priced Jackson. Don't miss the Buffalo Burger.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Teton Steak House
40 West Pearl
Jackson, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-2639

Bubba's Bar-B-Que Restaurant

Restaurant | "Bubba's BBQ"

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Bubba’s is the busiest restaurant in Jackson Hole Territory. Everybody eats at Bubba’s except Arnold Schwartzenegger and Maria Shriver. Arnold and Maria came to Bubba’s. The hostess told them what everyone hears between 5:30pm and ???- "Sign in. The wait is about 45 minutes." Arnold-Maria said, "We don’t wait for tables". Said Bubba’s, "Then you don’t eat at Bubba’s". Here’s what they missed.Bubba’s decor redefines rustic, either up or down, depending on your point of view. Charm is not Bubba’s strength. Wall are bare wood. Floors are bare wood. Tables, both picnic and otherwise, are bare wood. Booths, more bare wood. Still, in a perverse way, it works.What brings the crowds t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

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

Alpenrose at Alpenhof Lodge

Restaurant | "Alpenhof-- downstairs"

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As ski areas go, this is the best food between Park City and The Big Mountain . . . and one of the best restaurants we've run across anywhere.

As fine as it is for dinner, pray that it is open for lunch, which most of the time it isn't.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Alpenrose at Alpenhof Lodge
3255 W Village Dr
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83025
(307) 733-3242

National Elk Refuge

Attraction | "The National Elk Refuge"

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If you drive to the north edge of Jackson, a few blocks east of the town square, you'll find the town boundary marked by high, heavy fence, almost like a prison yard fence. This marks the boundary of the National Elk Refuge. As the winter snows pile up in the mountians the Elk can’t reach the ground to feed, so they migrate downhill and south until they end up in the large open area north of Jackson, and east of the highway– the National Elk Refuge. Some micro climate effects cause this space to have a relatively light cover of snow in the winter, so they can find food. Also, the stream that meanders through the refuge emerges from some hot springs just outside Jackson (there is a view point near one,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

National Elk Refuge
675 E Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-9212

It Is Not As Cold As It Is

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Story/Tip

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We arrived at the base lift at Jackson Hole one morning and were greeted by a sign reading, "Temperature, -20. At the top of the lift, 0. At the top of the next lift (the top of the mountain) +15." Not every day is like this, but they happen several times each winter in Jackson. This is the weather phenomenon called a temperature inversion, known around the Intermountian West simply as "The Inversion". Normally, wind stirs the atmosphere, making temperatures drop as altitude increases. When the winter wind stops, weather turns upside down and colder, denser air sinks to the valley floors while the warmer air rises to the top of the mountians. I saw it happen this morning. ...Read More