Summer Resorts 2001- Northern Rockies, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Summer Resorts: Jackson Hole

Jackson's proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks makes the town a magnet for summer vacationers of the Winnebago persuasion. But if serious recreation is your vacation imperative, make Teton Village at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort your base camp.

Lace up your hiking boots for invigorating wilderness-immersion therapy. Jackson's aerial tram makes that first step-the first 4,000 vertical feet, actually-much easier. From the top of Rendezvous Peak you can take naturalist-guided day hikes or strike out on your own into Grand Teton National Park. Hardcores can hike up the Teton Crest Trail (which runs to Yellowstone) from Philips Pass to the south or Granite Canyon to the north, and take the tram down for free. The deck of the Mangy Moose awaits with music and a tall frosty reward. Also in Teton Village, test your mountain goat skills on the bouldering wall.

When your body is spent, satisfy your cultural needs at the Walk Festival Hall, where the Grand Teton Music Festival runs throughout July and August. Teton Village Summer Fest promises events every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Just outside the village the Snake River beckons casters and rafters, and trails throughout the Jackson area offer mountain biking galore. If you decide you want to see Yogi and friends, the driving entrance to Grand Teton National Park is a mere two miles from Teton Village.

DON'T MISS Mad River Boat Trips' (800-458-7238) Western Barbecue Whitewater Excursion. For just $36 (for adults), you get a three-hour sunset float, then a hearty dinner.

BEST DEAL From May 25 through June 22, four people can rent a two-bedroom, two-bath Teton Village condo for three nights for $87 per person. The price gets you a tram ride, too. Call 800-443-8613, or visit