Three friends and I are in the initial stages of planning a trip to JHMR the last week of March.
I've read through Bob's guide and a dozen other threads on the mountain here, but have a few questions that I'd appreciate a current perspective on.
We're all late-30's to mid-40's and in decent condition for overworked office-dwellers. One of the other guys and I each ski 20-30 days a year at Winter Park and Copper and can handle pretty much anything those mountains have to offer (I like bumps although not good enough to get involved in the grudge matches about technique that pop up here every year). The other two are high-intermediate skiers.
None of us has been to Jackson Hole before to ski.
1. We'll be staying for a week, are willing to spend $600 a night (together) for lodging and would prefer to stay in Teton Village. I've eyed up the Teton Mountain Lodge, Inn at JH and several condo options. Any specific recommendations?
2. I've read/heard that it is best to "hook up with a local" to get the best experience out of the mountain. By March, I'm sure that the locals are tired of hooking up with gaper tourists like me. I see that there is an option to hire an instructor for a one-day group lesson for four skiers ("Mountain X") for $205 each, including lift ticket. Are we going to piss off the instructor if we ask him/her to focus on guiding us around the mountain and to go light on the instruction or is this something that people often do?
3. I recall seeing info that JH can be completely hit and miss in March. Are we setting ourselves up for the potential for some serious disappointment, or is late-March usually a pretty good time to hit the resort?