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Jackson in late March 2012

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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.

 

Questions:

 

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?

 

Thanks!

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I wouldn't say that it is the "best" time to go, JH has significant south facing terrain which can be subject to the spring freeze and thaw cycle, so you can wind up with variable conditions...or it could be powder.  Being that this is a strange snow year, I wouldn't be surprised if Jackson gets "backloaded", meaning they make up their yearly averages late in the season.

 

Best time to go, most years, generally is mid January through Ferbruary...that said, I'll be out there March 17th through the 24th and hoping for the best, but skiing what I get.

 

I've stayed at the JH Inn, Teewinott, and Nez Perce condos in Teton Village.  I prefer the condos if the group is right, but JH Inn is fine too.

 

I'm sure if you hire a Mountain guide, they'd be happy to just show you around the mountain...I think that's what it is, but thought it was geared towards guiding clients in the "slack country".  There might even be a complimentary mountain Intro, like they have at some mountains where you ski for a morning with a mountain ambassador.

 

If you study the map and plan some routes, you'll figure the mountain out, but it may take several trips...which is not a bad thing ;)

 

 

 

 


Edited by sjcoll - 1/8/12 at 7:59pm
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I've stayed at the JH Inn, Teewinott, and Nez Perce condos in Teton Village.  I prefer the condos if the group is right, but JH Inn is fine too.

 



Thanks for your response.  Unfortunately, we don't have any flexibility with the dates (sandwiched between multiple business trips).

 

I've seen some of the Nez Perce condos in my searches, but noticed that they are on the extreme east side of Teton Village.  In your experience, does this pose a problem for walking to lifts (Moose Creek Quad) or to/from the tram base for apres ski?  We'll have at least one car, but would prefer not to use it much.  Thanks again.

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From the Nez Perce condos it is a short walk to the Moose Creek chair, or you can ride the shuttle from the condos (which run every 1/2 hr or more in the morning), it is a very short ride.  It's also walkable to the mountain center if you are not lugging your ski gear.  So, when staying in the condos it is not a problem at all getting to and from the mountain.

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From the Nez Perce condos it is a short walk to the Moose Creek chair, or you can ride the shuttle from the condos (which run every 1/2 hr or more in the morning), it is a very short ride.  It's also walkable to the mountain center if you are not lugging your ski gear.  So, when staying in the condos it is not a problem at all getting to and from the mountain.



Great.  Exactly the kind of intel I was looking for.  Thanks for taking the time to respond and have a good season.

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