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Jackson Hole vs. Telluride

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I’m planning on writing an article for my weblog  www.desertsnowjunkies.com about  a head to head comparison between Jackson Hole and Telluride. Here are some of my initial thoughts and would love to have you weigh in.

 

  • Vertical: JH (especially continuous)
  • Skiable acreage: JH (almost everything inbounds)
  • Bumps: T
  • Groomers: T
  • Trees: JH
  • Inbounds extreme: JH (Corbet’s, et al)
  • Hike to: JH (lines of hikers almost reminded me of Silverton)
  • Bowls: T (bigger and more lift accessible)
  • Lifts & lines: ??  
  • Base area & ski town: T (Jackson is great, but half hour bus ride away)
  • Scenery: T (Tetons are awesome, but not in your face like T-ride)
  • Snow: JH
  • Weather: T
  • Accessibility: ?? (both not the easiest)
  • Cost: ?? (both very pricey)

 

Any thoughts or suggestions are very welcome, thanks.

post #2 of 10
IMHO - JH wins on the accessibility front - multiple daily flights (in both pencil jets and mainline equipment) to the airport, short trip to town, a little longer to the village. Sure you can fly to T-ride proper (I have done it) but those get cancelled w/ great frequency and the apporoach in bad weather is hairball (FYI - I fly a lot on planes). You can fly to Montrose - but then it's a 2 hour ride to T-ride.

Both are great, but in my experience JH is easier to get to and requires less "backup/disaster planning" should things go sideways. Also, you can always fly to Idaho Falls and drive if airport closes (see T-ride SOP)

My $ 0.02
post #3 of 10

I would rate JH better on cost as there is a wide variety of relatively inexpensive lodgeing in town.

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post

IMHO - JH wins on the accessibility front

 

Great points and think I would have to basically agree. 

 

Are you a pilot by any chance?

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I would rate JH better on cost as there is a wide variety of relatively inexpensive lodgeing in town.

 

True, definitely an option T-ride does not have. Although the bus or driving is definitely a pain in the A

post #6 of 10

I think they are completely different resorts IMHO. 

 

Telluride is a real town and its integrated with the ski resort with long expert runs going right down to the town. The gondola also connects the town with the upper village and its free till midnight! The town and ski resort are one.

 

JH ski resort is separate from Jackson, Wy by about 12 miles. 

 

JH gets much more snow. Not even close.

 

JH has more vertical and lots of great terrain and since it gets more snow there are more chances that the terrain will be open. 

 

JH is easier to access. Like mentioned the "Airport" at Telluride is VERY hairy to land in questionable weather and prone to closures. Its almost inside a box canyon! over the great Dallas Divide and Sneffles Mountains in the San Juans. Its on a hillside. Not really on a flat wide valley like Jackson's. Telluride is a LONG drive from anywhere. (Ive driven from Aspen and from Denver)

 

But, Telluride is always uncrowded.

 

Beauty wise its a draw. Both areas are offer some of the most amazing scenery in North America and are regularly visited by the world's best landscape photographers.

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Great points and think I would have to basically agree. 

Are you a pilot by any chance?

No, I sit on planes................a lot.

I wouldn't call Jackson crowded either esp. during the week. You will only wait for the tram and gondola - and other than the tram on a pow AM - "wait" is less than a couple of minutes - had days where it was "ski on" all day
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Originally Posted by MuchosPixels View Post

I think they are completely different resorts IMHO. 

 

JH is easier to access. Like mentioned the "Airport" at Telluride is VERY hairy to land in questionable weather and prone to closures. Its almost inside a box canyon! over the great Dallas Divide and Sneffles Mountains in the San Juans. Its on a hillside. Not really on a flat wide valley like Jackson's. Telluride is a LONG drive from anywhere. (Ive driven from Aspen and from Denver)

 

Beauty wise its a draw. Both areas are offer some of the most amazing scenery in North America and are regularly visited by the world's best landscape photographers.

They are indeed very different in many respects, but the world class terrain and no-nonsense mountain attitudes very much remind me of each other.

 

It looks like we can probably all agree that JH is easier to get into, but neither one is any SLC.

 

Although I agree that both areas offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the lower 48 (possibly #1 & 2 with Snowmass in there too), I have to disagree that its a draw. The views at JH are distant, while the vistas from the top of the Plunge, Gold Hill, or Revalation chairs almost make you crane your neck.

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I would rate JH better on cost as there is a wide variety of relatively inexpensive lodgeing in town.

QFT, cheaper all the way around.  JH should be compared to Snowbird or Baker among others, but really stands on its own. It is sort of like going to the north shore surfing-wise.  T-ride is sort of like going to Malibu surfing-wise.  And I like Malibu.  Good bakeries and good wetlands to go with the movie stars and the mellow breaks.  Imagine working in Malibu and living somewhere where you are constantly in danger of a drive-by, and that gives you an idea of what it is like to be a local who skis outside the resort in T-ride.  But Telluride definitely has better bakeries, and also way better elk hunting nearby.  Flyfishing is a wash.  And skiing-wise they are apples and oranges.

post #10 of 10

Elk hunting?  Telluride?   Really?

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