A December 1995 trip
to Jackson Hole by Wasatch
Quote: Jackson Hole Ski Resort has a famous reputation as one the world’s toughest ski mountains, but...
Jackson Hole is famous as one the world’s toughest ski mountains, but it is more than that. It is also one of the continent’s great intermediate mountains. (See journal "Ski Jackson Hole for Intermediates".) Beginners, on the other hand, may feel slighted. There is a Beginner area– two little lifts serving the first 150 vertical feet of Jackson’s awesome 4,000 vertical. Having been a Beginner once, I think that the best places for Beginners are those mountains where they can ski from the top, just like real skiers. Jackson falls way short of that. On the other hand, the Beginner area is gentle and very wide. If anything, it is too gentle, for the next step up– Intermediate Apres Voss– is a big one in steepness.The best thing for Beginners is to skip Jackson Hole and go across the valley to Snow King where it will cost a lot less, be less crowded, and the scenery is better.For Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert skiers, Jackson Hole is almost perfect. Its strengths are its immense size, uncrowded runs despite the lift lines, variety of terrain, good snow, lots of sunshine, and scenery. The negative, and it is a big one, is that the runs face south. Crusty or crud surfaces are the norm from early February on. The best conditions are in December and January, but often there is not enough snow until Christmas. When it is cold enough to combat the sun, Jackson’s snow quality is a close second to Utah’s famed ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’- they share weather systems, but Utah, 250 miles south, has better geography for making great snow. Solid Advanced Intermediates and up should check out Jackson’s most famous run– Corbet’s (not pronounced Corbut, but Cor bet) Couloir. To see Corbet’s from the top, go to the top of the mountain and follow the ridge line on skier’s left down to the sign. To see it from the bottom, go up the Sublette chair, go right and follow the flat track around the mountain toward The Cirque.
If you are contemplating skiing Corbet’s consider this. Jackson runs week long Extreme Ski Camps, culminating with a run down Corbet’s. Only 1/3 of the participants, who pay big bucks for this, make the attempt, and of those who try it, only 1/3 make it down standing up. The death toll is not reported.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 4, 2007
Teton Steak House
40 West Pearl
Jackson, Wyoming 83001
Restaurant | "Alpenhof Bistro"
The Alpenhof Bistro, formerly Pierre’s Bistro, is our favorite place for lunch at Jackson Hole, now that the Alpenhof’s main dining room no longer serves lunch. Ski down to the Clock Tower. The ticket office/tram building is on skier’s right, the Alpenhof on skier’s left. Go up the outside stairs at the Alpenhof to the Bistro and Bar.The Alpenrose, the best restaurant in Wyoming, is directly below the Bistro. Alpenrose only serves diner, so the Bistro is where its talented chef’s fix lunch. I can’t recommend any particular items on the menu, because we have munched our way through most of the menu, and quality here is remarkably consistent, and consistently good. So order what strikes your fancy. You won’t be disappointed.The Alpenhof is or was owned and operated by a couple from Austria. She runs the hotel, he is head chef, and knows what’s what in the kitchen. Over the years, the menu has changed from a Continental emphasis toward California Yuppie cuisine, a big mistake in my opinion, but there are still some hints of the Old World on the menu. Go for them first, especially anything looking Austrian. We have a favorite table at the Bistro, but I’m not sharing. I don’t want to have to battle a bunch of tourists for it next time. Suffice it to say, the Bistro has some very comfortable arraignments, where you can watch Warren Miller Ski Films on the numerous TV screens around the dining room. Some of these movies include what my be the only verifiable descent of Corbet’s Couloir ever made, but the crashes are more fun to watch. Servings are large, so think twice before adding a salad and/or dessert if you plan to back out and ski.If you are staying at the Alpenhof, go to room first and take off your ski boots. We pack moccasins just for this. Then go eat, and, then back to the room for a shuteye, the prefect ski trip lunch interlude. The Bistro’s inside entrance is on floor two, at the top of the lobby stairs.
If you are staying in town and riding the local bus, a little apres ski at the bar here or at the Mangy Moose will clear out the crowd waiting to get back to town.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2007
Alpenrose at Alpenhof Lodge
3255 W Village Dr
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83025
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 4, 2007
1110 W Broadway
Jackson Hole 83001
Bubba’s is the busiest restaurant in Jackson Hole Territory. Everybody eats at Bubba’s except Arnold Schwartzenegger and Maria Shriver. Arnold & Maria came to Bubba’s one day. 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." Bubba's said, "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 to Bubba’s is superb wood smoked meat and the lowest prices in this pricey resort. Since your meal was put in the smoke ovens to cook 12 hours ago, food service is just a little slower than a fast food joint, so the long list of names ahead of yours clears out remarkably fast.For diner, you have smoked beef, smoked pork, smoked chicken, smoked sausage, and smoked ham. We’ve had them all, and would, and have, ordered all of them again. I figure we’ve spent 10-12 weeks in Jackson over the years, and taken more than half of our evening meals at Bubba’s.Servings are large and include two sides and excellent Texas toast. We’re partial to Curly Fries, Cowboy Beans and slaw among the sides. Menu explorers can order the combo plate, choice of two or three meats and two sides. Folks with smaller appetites should consider a sandwich of sliced pork or beef and to make a real meal of it, add salad bar. This is just as filling and just as good as a full diner, but it costs less.Curly Fries are the high point of the side dishes, but not always available. If not listed on the menu, we had occasional success in asking for them. The salad bar is limited to the basic American salad bar stuff along with a surprising selection of cheeses.One of Bubba’s brilliant touches, and something all BBQ joints should copy, is to not put any BBQ sauce on the meat. Instead, three different bottles of Bubba’s excellent home made BBQ sauce are on the table– mild, medium, and HOT. This way, you can match both the hotness and quantity of sauce used to your personal tastes. But before you drown everything in sauce, try a bite of meat without, for the smoke flavor is best revealed in naked meat. Then experiment to find the best combo of sauce and meat. This is the way BBQ should always be served.Service is down home friendly, fast, and efficient. The pot bellied stove just inside the dining room provides welcome warmth during ski season.
On arrival, don’t stand there in the mob in the lobby. Make your way to the hostess station and get your name on the waiting list.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2007
Bubba's Bar-B-Que Restaurant
515 S Us Hwy 89
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
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