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Must Hit : Corbet’s Couloir is still on every would-be extreme skier’s list.
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With its new, larger tram to the top of 10,450-foot-high Rendezvous Mountain, you now have easier access to Jackson's tight, north-facing couloirs, cliff bands, and its most famous test piece, Corbet’s Couloir. Luxury resorts at the base area offer après amenities from sports massage to yoga. Or just head to the Mangy Moose for a beer.

Must Hit : Corbet’s Couloir is still on every would-be extreme skier’s list. From the top of the tram, head to the lip of the couloir. Slide down the vertical ramp and bang a high-speed right to avoid slamming into rock.

The Sneak: From Thunder quad, drop into Paint Brush. Go skier’s right through tight trees. Push right to ski through a rock amphitheater before heading into Toilet Bowl.

Quick Tip: Check out the Beacon Basin at the base of Rendezvous Bowl to practice your avalanche rescue skills by finding a buried transceiver.

Powder Day: The quickest way to find the deep stashes is hiking the boot-pack from the top of the gondola. At the top of the hike, traverse left to access the limitless Headwall or right to drop into cliff-studded Casper Bowl.

Three Days Later: For powder reserves, hike from the top of Bridger gondola, traversing north instead of dropping into Casper Bowl. Follow the ridge to the Crags and Shots 7, 8, and 9 (ski patrol’s blasting zones).

Park and Pipe: Cowboy up for the Rodeo Grounds Park’s 40-foot box, 40-foot flat rail, and big hit at the bottom. Access it from the Après Vous chair, next to the 450-foot-long superpipe with rope tow.

Backcountry Access: Thanks to an open-gate policy, Jackson offers endless terrain for skilled and properly geared-up backcountry skiers. Check avalanche conditions at jhavalanche.org, then hop a gate from the top of Rendezvous Mountain to access Rock Springs Bowl. Beware of cliffs and cliff jumpers.

Weather: Average temperatures hover in the 20s in January and February, making for light, dry powder. It warms up quickly by mid-March, so visit earlier for winter snow.

Après: Tuck into a mountain of nachos at Cascade Grill House and Spirits in Teton Mountain Lodge. For Austrian-style schnitzel and beer, head to Stiegler’s, two miles down the Village Road from the resort.

Fuel: Slam a double espresso ($4.25) at the Bridger Restaurant at the top of the gondola before booting it up to the Headwall. For lunch, the Bridger Headwall Deli serves fresh sandwiches, including the Bridger Bomb ($10.50).

Up All Night: For the best live music and pitchers of beer, hang out slopeside at the Mangy Moose. For disco tunes (Thursday) or cowboy swing (Sunday), head to the Stagecoach Bar in neighboring Wilson.

Digs: Teton Mountain Lodge offers ski packages that include heli-skiing (basic packages starting at $330 per night). For frugal travelers, Hostel X has bargain slopeside rooms starting at $60 a night. —Rebecca Huntington


Also check out: Women of Vail | Women of Snowbird | Women of Whistler | Women of Squaw What hasn’t Lynsey Dyer done? The 27-year-old has won big-mountain competitions, she’s appeared in Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research films, and this winter, she won Female Skier of the Year at the Powder Video Awards. She's hosting a television show with Outside TV, and she co-founded a non-profit called She Jumps, which seeks to get girls into outdoor sports and offers avalanche safety and learn-to-ski clinics. Lynsey grew up ski racing in Sun Valley, Idaho, and went on to win a downhill gold at the 1996 Junior Olympics. She majored in graphic design at Montana State University and currently works as a graphic designer and artist at her home in Jackson. "I live in jackson because it's the most beautiful place to come home to," Lynsey says. "My commute to the mountain alone gives me all kinds of ideas for art and photography projects. This place also keeps me humble, from the massive terrain and crazy weather; even getting to the airport is often an adventure."Photos by Heather Erson Photography.

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Jackson Hole is home to a lot of ripping skiers. And turns out, a lot of ripping female skiers. Here are photos and bios of 10 of the best women skiers on the planet—from Lynsey Dyer to Jess McMillan to Resi Stiegler—who all happen to live in Jackson, Wyoming. Photos by Heather Erson.

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.

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Powder-monium at Jackson Hole Still

Storm Alert: Jackson Hole Powder-Monium

There is a big storm rolling into Jackson Hole right now (January, 18th 2012) and it is expected to hit in just 2 days here is some footage to prove it. Courtesy of our friends at Jackson Hole Ski Resort. Check back for updates as this storm unfolds, with more video and photos of the pow.

Can't Even See Any Rocks.  Jackson Hole, Sept 10, 2010

Jackson Hole Early Season Snow

Last night (the evening of September 9th, for those who are keeping score) Jackson Hole got an early season dusting of snow. They called it six inches, but it looks like a little more than that to us. It dumped enough that the locals took it upon themselves to take some turns.