Best Steeps: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Does skiing 45-degree chutes only slightly wider than your skis sound like fun? Welcome to Jackson Hole.
It's snowing, and more is on the way

If it snowed over two feet the night before, start your day with a quick run on the Sublette quad before hiking 20 minutes up to Casper Bowl, where pow lasts a bit longer. Though you might never make it to Casper; your day could just as easily become a series of lift laps on the Thunder quad. You could shred the 45-degree Alta One chute, which narrows into a steep choke. Or dodge tree limbs while navigating the narrow passages of Hoop’s Gap, or hop-turn down Tower Three Chute. If you do get to Casper Bowl, you’ll find a variety of terrain that’s tricky enough for a swath of skiers—even the local you just met on the chair whose shameless name-dropping sounded like TGR’s closing credits.

When You Go…

Go to Bubba’s during the week and ask for the Worker’s Breakfast (it’s not on the menu). For $5.25 you get bacon or sausage, two eggs, hash browns, toast, and coffee. [515 E. Broadway]

Bluegrass Tuesdays at the Silver Dollar are more fun than going to the touristy Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. And there’s no cover, either. [Broadway and Glenwood]

There’s free homemade breakfast, along with tea and cookies after skiing, when you stay at the Alpine House. [rooms from $115,]

Best of the Rest

2. Alta/Snowbird, UT

3. Whistler Blackcomb, BC

4. Squaw Valley, CA

5. Crested Butte, CO

6. Aspen/Aspen Highlands, CO

7. Arapahoe Basin, CO

8. Big Sky, MT

9. Taos, NM

10. Silverton, CO


Anatomy Casper

Anatomy: Jackson Hole's Casper Bowl

Casper Bowl, a 180-degree cirque of 1,200- vertical-foot cliff-littered chutes, opened in the winter of 1997. Since then, it’s become one of Jackson Hole’s many proving grounds and the venue for numerous freeskiing comps.


A Tour of Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has some of the most extreme terrain in the country. With that comes plenty of views, smiles, beer, and fun. Check out this photo essay here.

On a powder day, hit up the gondola early, and ski down under the lift for pillow drops, trees, and powdery fields while everyone else waits in tram line.

Five Secrets to Skiing Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, with its storied red tram, and huge vertical and cliffs has a reputation as an icon of skiing the world over. But at its heart, Jackson is just like every ski town, with local ins and outs that make life easier (and better). Here’s a few tips to optimize the experience.