A February 2005 trip
to Jackson Hole by jim
Quote: I went expecting some fantastic snowboarding and came away completely delighted, if a little bruised.
I also loved the scenery in Jackson Hole. The Tetons are breathtaking, and over 90% of the land is protected, so you will see so much unspoiled nature. You have to pass through a massive elk refuge. You see the elk right next to the roads, and there are hundreds of them.
My only other tip is to get a car (see below for more detail).
The Moose Creek townhomes were magnificent. First, they were located on the slopes, so we could literally strap on our boards and coast down to the first lift and then, at the end of the day, board right to the front door of our unit.
Second, the accommodations were the perfect mix of rustic-mountain and luxury. There was an incredible amount of space in the three-bedroom, three-bath condo. Everyone loved their bedroom, and the open-top floor was a great place to congregate, hang-out, eat, and play games. The living room, dining room, and kitchen all run together on the top floor, but you had plenty of solitude on the lower levels if you wanted to chill out, read a book, or hang out in the hot tub. We loved the furnishings, the foosball table in the living room, the large moose head in the dining room, and everything else about the place. Third, the views of the mountain and the valley below were awesome. You got a really good sense of what you were up against on the slopes just by looking out the window. Jackson Hole truly is a beautiful place, and it was nice to be able to appreciate it from our condo.
Finally, all of the little things were well-taken-care-of. There were videos and games in the cabinet in the living room. Easy-to-follow instructions for everything in the unit and in the Teton Village were provided. It was also easy to check in and check out, and the resort lodging office was available when we had any questions.
We paid about $750 per night, and it was worth every penny. I strongly recommend Moose Creek if you are going with a large group or family.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2005
Moose Creek Townhomes
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Attraction | "Snowboarding in Jackson Hole"
Once I got a feel for the mountain, I found some awesome trails and slopes. The resort is huge, and you will never get tired of the different options. You can also find something for everyone. The extreme skier/snowboarder is definitely catered to at the resort. But we also found plenty of slopes that my Southern-raised (synonomous for hasn't skied much) ten-year-old nephew could enjoy. We did make a mistake of taking him down a blue run on our first trip down the mountain (it was hard and too much if you haven't skied in awhile). The Apres Vous quad lift is a good place to start as a warm-up for everyone in the group. I went up almost every lift and explored the bowls extensively. I was oftentimes in over my head, but I was wise enough to avoid any drastic mistakes. You will see on the lift going up what you absolutely can't handle. There were typically "bail-out" options if you change your mind about a particular run. But be aware of some of the lifts. If you take the tram (which is different than the gondola) up to the top, you had better be ready to buckle up your helmet and let loose.
A couple of things I really liked:- The snow and powder were amazing.- There were no crowds. We never had to wait at a lift for more than 5 minutes.- The scenery was breathtaking.- The facilities were all world class and very well taken care of.
What more could you ask of a mountain resort? I will definitely be heading back to Jackson Hole next winter.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Charlotte, North Carolina