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Virgin Voyage to Jackson...Suggestions?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

 

Heading to Jackson for the first time ever on Monday.  I'm excited to finally experience it for myself.   We'll be 5 days at Jackson and 1 day over at Grand Targhee.   Without asking for your secret stashes, I'm looking for general suggestions on skiing/easting/drinking.  Particularly things that are "can't miss". 

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 13

Well, I was going to suggest that you go to my online guide to skiing Jackson Hole, but it appears that almost all of the photos have died because of some Photobucket snafu.  The text is still there, so you can at least read about it...

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/jackson-hole

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 13

First few runs stick to the blue groomers until you figure out the mountain. 

 

First run take Gondola up and head to skiers right down blue groomer trails like Amphitheater just to get the hang of the place or ski down directly under the gondola and  skiers left of gondola.

 

Second run take Gondola up and head skiers right down Amphitheater to Thunder Chair. 

 

Next take Thunder chair up and head skiers right again over to Sublette chair

 

Take Sublette chair to top and go skiers right again and take Rendezvous  trail wrap around.  Stop and get a good look up Rendezvous Bowl.  This should give you a good idea what the mountain is like. 

 

If you think you can handle Rendezvous Bowl then by all means take the TRAM up. 

 

I do not like to recommend people over to the Apres Vous ski lift area of Jackson Hole on your first few runs unless you truly are an intermediate only skier.  You can ski over at Apres Vous for days without experiencing the rest of what JH has to offer. 

 

I personally like to eat reasonably priced meals with a salad bar with a large selection. We spend a lot of time eating at the Teton Steak House.   

 

Other town of Jackson restaurants are Bubbas BBQ and Rendezvous Bistro.  If you like old guns, expensive meals and eating in a museum try the Gun Barrel.  Then for best cardiac burger try Billy's Burgers next to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. 

 

In Teton Village we liked "The Alpehof" and you have to eat at the Mangy Moose at least once.

 

For Supermarkets in town of Jackson there is Albertson's.  Next to Albertson's is a beer & liquor store. I highly recommend you get discount cards at both places.  It will save you a lot of money especially if you happen to drink a few cases a beer while you are there.  

 

I highly recommend a ride out around dusk on the back side of the Elk Reserve.  You get there by going though the village of Jackson toward the Snow King ski area side of the town.  You can't miss the road.  If you get lost in Jackson you always seem to end up on the elk refuge road.   Be on the look out for Wolves and Bighorn Sheep at dusk.  

 

The bus with lift pass to Grand Targhee is a good idea.  Leave the driving of the Teton Pass to someone else. 

 

The Million Dollar Bar has some great bands except Monday nights.  Do not come out of the bar drunk and drive away.  This is not the wild west anymore.  Good chance you will get a DWI ticket which will transfer to your home state by federal law. 

 

Warning traverse trails at Jackson Hole are extremely difficult to ski especially in low visibility.  Good chance of injury on the traverse trails.  If you have low visibility stick to the groomers until you know where you are and where you are going. 

 

Have fun.

post #4 of 13

I don't recommend Bubbas, Gunbarrel, Mangy Moose, or the Teton Steak House for dining.  I agree with the Bistro and Billy Burgers.  I like The Sanke River Grill and Blue Lion in town.  I like The Osteria in Teton Village.  There are other good places and there is a dining guide that has the menus in it.

 

For Supermarkets, Smiths is much more reasonable than Albertsons and the liquor store at Smiths is the cheapest in town.  You can get a card there and will get a gas discount as well.  There are also a few options for premium meat, fish, and organics at other more expensive markets.  The Elk Refuge is pretty cool and you can get a sleigh ride out into the herd.  The elk will come right up to the sleigh because they feed them from it.

 

The suggestions about the runs are pretty OK.  There's a lot of stuff to ski.  You might enjoy a Mountain X lesson if you want to work on some technique and see the mountain with a knowledgeable pro like myselfwink.gif.  I can garrentee that you will do things in my lesson that you would never find on your own.  I would also be willing to show you around on my own time if you contact me and I'm not working.  I will free ski with any Bear who contacts me if my time allows.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by locknload View Post

Hi All,

 

Heading to Jackson for the first time ever on Monday.  I'm excited to finally experience it for myself.   We'll be 5 days at Jackson and 1 day over at Grand Targhee.   Without asking for your secret stashes, I'm looking for general suggestions on skiing/easting/drinking.  Particularly things that are "can't miss". 

 

Thanks in advance.



The Snake River Grille is very good.  Also, for game, a place called Gunbarrel is good; they have great elk chops.

post #6 of 13

If you want a nice guide to food in Jackson,

try this-  http://dishingjh.com/

 

Pretty comprehensive about what's happening with food

here in town.

 

For skiing, roughly, very roughly- the mountain is easiest from looker's

right to left, or north to south.

 

Have a great time!

post #7 of 13
Lap Thunder and Sublette chairs; hit Hobacks if conditions are good; trees off Après Vous and Casper are underrated IMO. All in Bob's guide.

Il Villagio Osteria in Teton Village is good. Mangy Moose is still fun après especially if there is live music. Cascade is surprisingly good as well.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

I don't recommend Bubbas, Gunbarrel, Mangy Moose, or the Teton Steak House for dining.  I agree with the Bistro and Billy Burgers.  I like The Sanke River Grill and Blue Lion in town.  I like The Osteria in Teton Village.  There are other good places and there is a dining guide that has the menus in it.

 

For Supermarkets, Smiths is much more reasonable than Albertsons and the liquor store at Smiths is the cheapest in town.  You can get a card there and will get a gas discount as well.  There are also a few options for premium meat, fish, and organics at other more expensive markets.  The Elk Refuge is pretty cool and you can get a sleigh ride out into the herd.  The elk will come right up to the sleigh because they feed them from it.

 

The suggestions about the runs are pretty OK.  There's a lot of stuff to ski.  You might enjoy a Mountain X lesson if you want to work on some technique and see the mountain with a knowledgeable pro like myselfwink.gif.  I can garrentee that you will do things in my lesson that you would never find on your own.  I would also be willing to show you around on my own time if you contact me and I'm not working.  I will free ski with any Bear who contacts me if my time allows.



^ TPJ = Highly recommended and he turned me on to the Pho @ the top of the gondola.

 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by locknload View Post I'm looking for general suggestions on skiing  Particularly things that are "can't miss".


When you get off the gondi, ski down about 100 feet, and off the left side of the trail there is a track into the woods... following this leads you to some good mellow glades on powder days.

 

Off of Casper triple, ski off the lift and go to the right toward Aprez-Vous... after a long traverse you are in Moran Woods, and even further to Moran Face for some gnarlier skiing.

 

For some good top-to-bottom cruising (or railing), ski all the groomers off of Aprez-Vous chair.  Some of these are used for local SG races.

 

If you are good enough and there is a foot of fresh, go and huck Corbet's.  If you can't, ski Tower 3 and Alta 1 to feel like a superstar.

 

Off of Rendezvous trail (what Rendezvous Bowl off the tram feeds in to), skier's left will be Bivouac Woods... absolutely wonderful steep tree skiing.  On one vacation there I never made it to the Hobacks entrance (further down Rendezvous trail) because Bivouac Woods was too tempting, and I dropped in every time.  Skiing this way will feed you into Cheyenne Gully, an alleyway that spills you out into either Lower Sublette Ridge (if you go left), or North Hoback if you go right (though way down that one).

 

If you ski Rendezvous trail though the upper mountain, you can either enter the Hobacks (3000 vert, no way out), or continue down and enter any of the Lower Faces (Lower Sublette Ridge, Rawlins Bowl, Buffalo Bowl, North Colter Ridge, and South Colter Ridge).  Ski these and you have a great view of Teton Village and can show off your turns to people in the Tram line, or anywhere else in view.

 

 

If you want to go really extreme, and have both avy gear, and a few buddies, hike up Peppi's Step to the top of the Headwall, and continue further to the gate for Casper Bowl.  Ski through the woods and access any of the lines in there (some of which are very gnarly and technical lines).

 

 

post #10 of 13

I am too going to Jackson Hole for the first time on March 22nd.  Will be skiing for 4 days through March 26th.  I did two weeks at Big Sky/Moonlight Basin just a few weeks back and will be curious to compare the resorts.  I am also heeding the advice on TetonPwdrJunkie and have signed up for the advanced MTN X lessons since I am solo and unfamiliar with this mountain.  Thanks to everyone for all the great recommendations and Bob Peters for the great guide.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by TampaSkier View Post

I am also heeding the advice on TetonPwdrJunkie and have signed up for the advanced MTN X lessons since I am solo and unfamiliar with this mountain.  Thanks to everyone for all the great recommendations and Bob Peters for the great guide.



Good call. There is no way I would have had the knowledge (or the confidence) to run around the mountain like I did had it not been for a fantastic lesson with TPJ. You definitely get your money's worth with the lessons at JH's ski school! Can't wait to go back and take a couple more. I guarantee you will leave JH with your game upped, your confidence high, and your stoke levels off the charts!

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks All...really great stuff.  We arrived yesterday and we have lots of fresh snow waiting for us today.  Bob...your guide was excellent, albeit overwhelming! (in a good way).  My head is spinning trying to lock on to a few ideas for a mountain tour today.  TPJ, I may ping you later this week...we go to Grand Targhee tomorrow, so we won't be skiing back here until Thursday. 

 

I'll report back on day 1, later today.

 

Thx!

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Great tips everyone..thx.  Followed a lot of what is here.  Skied Rendezvous later in the day and visibility was rough but the snow was VERY nice.  Lapped Thunder chair and had some really phenomenal glade runs and then some nice soft bumps.  Really fantastic!  Sublette chair was like getting a sandblast for 20 minutes with the wind howling and snow blowing.  It was gently snowing all day which kept conditions super fresh.  Supposed to be lots of snow coming in over the next 36 hours so it should keep getting better.  I am VERY impressed by the mtn...the diversity of the terrain, size and scale of the mountain combined with the snow quality makes it something very special.  I do understand why Jackson has almost a cult following..well deserved!  To me, its like a smaller Whister with better snow than Alta.  Sublime.

 

Gonna hit Targhee tomorrow for our only day over there and then back to JHMR for more tasty POW on Thursday.  Have apred at Mangy Moose both days and hit Teton Thai for dinner last night..it was surprisingly good. 

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