TOP SKIING DESTINATIONS IN WYOMING
Where To Ski In Wyoming: Jackson Hole Mountain, Grand Targhee, Snow King, Big Horn Mountain
Top Ski Resorts in Wyoming
While Wyoming can't compare with Colorado as to the number of ski resorts and skiable terrain, you'll find some world-class ski resorts here.
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Besides the various types of skiing (downhill, Nordic, crosscountry) and snowboarding, you'll find lots of other snow-related activities at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Choose from snowmobiling, sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowshoeing, or heli-skiing and cat skiing. And what if you'd like a break from skiing? Enjoy a day at the spa or getting a massage, or take in some shopping and sightseeing. Plenty to see and do here on your Wyoming skiing adventure.
- Grand Targhee
Grand Targhee is about 75 minutes from Jackson, Wyoming, and averages more than 500" of snow each year. There are nearly 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. There's a ski school, rentals, snowtubing, a spa, and sleighride dinners you can enjoy, too.
- Snow King Resort
Located in Jackson, this one is home to the only night skiing in the area. Offers downhill skiing as well as snow tubing and ice skating. Since it's so close to town, you'll find plenty of other things to do if you want to take a break from skiing, such as shopping, restaurants and night life.
- Big Horn Mountain
Big Horn Mountain Ski Resort is located quite a ways east of Jackson, between Worland and Bufallo, Wyoming, and not too far from Gillette. In fact, if you want to fly there, there are local airports at all three locations. The powder snowfall here is among the best in the world. Big Horn has 14 ski runs, some are up to 1.5 miles long. Besides downhill and cross country skiing, you can also enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and ice climbing.
Lodging, Dining, Other Activities
Choose from three lodges. The Targhee Lodge is the most affordable; the Teewinot is a step up with available hot tub among the amenities; Sioux Lodge Suites are more like a home away from home, with refrigerator and microwave available, as well as a sitting area and a spa, outdoor heated pool and hot tub nearby. These lodges are close in to the ski areas. Further out, you can rent a condo or vacation home for your stay. These are especially convenient and affordable if you are bringing a large group. For your dining pleasure, there are several choices, including the Targhee Steakhouse, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snorkel's Cafe, Wild Bill's Grille, or the Trap Bar & Grille round out your choices. And if you are looking for something really different, you can reserve space for one of the sleig hride dinners during your stay. You'll be taken by horse-drawn sleigh to the Targhee Lodge's high altitude yurt, where a choice western dinner will be prepared for you. Choose from steak, chicken, or vegetarian dishes.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has plenty of lodging choices for your ski vacation. Choose from accomodations at a cabin, condo, vacation home, or inn. The Village Center Inn offers studio, one and two bedroom units, complete with kitchen facilities. Condo rentals are available in one and two bedroom units, with full kitchen and dining area facilities. Vacation homes and cabins are available, too. If a tram or gondola ride sounds fun, there are several restaurant choices at the top of mountain where these conveyances drop off their passengers: "The Couloir" (serving lunch and dinner American cuisine; "The Rendezvous," featuring soups and salads; a potato bar; Asian foods, and gourmet grill meals. Closer to sea level, there are more choices as well. One feature, the sleigh ride dinner, will be unavailable for the 2008-2009 ski season due to renovation of the cabin, but will be back for the 2009-2110 season.
Remember, we don't have room to feature everything that is available. Check out wyomingtourism.org for more information.
In a related article we have information on how to get to the Jackson Hole area, which is close to most of the ski resorts we've mentioned, either by car or by airplane. If you're flying in, most of the resorts will provide shuttle service to and from the airport, or you can rent a car from one of the major car rental agencies at the Jackson airport. If you're going to Big Horn, we mentioned the 3 airports that aren't too far from there in an earlier paragraph. Driving? Jackson area ski resorts are best reached through Salt Lake if you're coming from the south, since they are pretty close to the Idaho border. Coming from the west, depending on your departure place you can drive to Salt Lake then north, or if coming from the west but further north of Salt Lake, drive through Idaho Falls to Driggs, then head east from there.