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post #1 of 12
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Hello All,

My wife and I are planning a trip to Jackson Hole and Telluride next year. I was wondering if anyone had any information on travel between these resorts. I guess the qucikest way is to fly into Telluride via Denver. We aren't against driving. But if we embarked on the 10hr+ trip we would probably stop overnight. Can anyone recommend any nice places to stop overnight? Or even for a dew days. Is there anyone out there who has done this drive? If so, what is the drive like? windy roads or highway's?

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

post #2 of 12

Well SLC is a little less than half way so you could ski there for a few days.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by wbell View Post

Hello All,

My wife and I are planning a trip to Jackson Hole and Telluride next year. I was wondering if anyone had any information on travel between these resorts. I guess the qucikest way is to fly into Telluride via Denver. We aren't against driving. But if we embarked on the 10hr+ trip we would probably stop overnight. Can anyone recommend any nice places to stop overnight? Or even for a dew days. Is there anyone out there who has done this drive? If so, what is the drive like? windy roads or highway's?

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

The drive from DIA to Telluride is 6 1/2 hours, plus airport time both ways plus getting the rental in DIA, I would just drive down from Jackson.

post #4 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!  Taking the shortest route between JH and Telluride is all small road.  Driving via SLC gives you all sorts of options.  Only an hour to Grand Targhee.  Driggs is a cute town to stay in for a night.  Much more of the driving via SLC is interstate highway so probably would take about the same amount of driving time any way.  If you wanted to do something different, looks like goes right past Arches.

 

Where do you usually ski?  Have you skied at JH or Telluride before?

 

If I were going both places, I'd consider flying into SLC.  My ski safari with friends last winter was SLC, Targhee, Big Sky, SLC.  Plan for next season is SLC, JH, Snowbasin/PowMow, Alta/Snowbird.  Far fewer weather delays or cancellations at the SLC airport compared to Denver.

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Originally Posted by wbell View Post

Hello All,

My wife and I are planning a trip to Jackson Hole and Telluride next year. I was wondering if anyone had any information on travel between these resorts. I guess the qucikest way is to fly into Telluride via Denver. We aren't against driving. But if we embarked on the 10hr+ trip we would probably stop overnight. Can anyone recommend any nice places to stop overnight? Or even for a dew days. Is there anyone out there who has done this drive? If so, what is the drive like? windy roads or highway's?

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

post #5 of 12

I've driven direct Aspen-Jackson and it's some beautiful country, but it's desolate two lane hwy.  Sounds like you'd be better off going I-15 through SLC.

post #6 of 12

I would highly recommend against driving from Telluride to Jackson in the winter on anything but the major roads.  It is a fairly straight forward drive to Salt Lake City, which is about half way.  You should try to time your drive so you do not hit the Provo to Ogden section during morning or evening rush hour.  The signs are confusing, but just go in the far left commuter lane and drive about 75-80 mph and you can breeze right through SLC.  You just need to have at least 2 people in the car.  Check the snow conditions and hit Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbasin or Powder Mountain for a day or two to break up the trip.  Then take the interstate north and the driving is easy until you get into the mountains near Grand Targhee, which is a great little mountain if the visibility is good, but if it is flat light, storming or foggy the lack of trees probably warrants going right on to Jackson.

 

If you come up short on time driving T-ride to SLC stay in Price so you do not have to drive over Soldiers Summit in the dark.  In the morning you can be in the parking lot at Snowbird or Alta from there in about 2 hours if the road conditions and traffic are good.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you!

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much.

post #9 of 12

Since we are talking about driving to JH, (using my Mountain Collective Pass on the way to the SLC Gathering) here is my question: I will be driving from the North on I-15, so do I turn off at highway 33 and go through Driggs or do I keep going South on I-15 and turn off at Idaho Falls and take highway 26 & 31 through Pine Creek Pass?

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Since we are talking about driving to JH, (using my Mountain Collective Pass on the way to the SLC Gathering) here is my question: I will be driving from the North on I-15, so do I turn off at highway 33 and go through Driggs or do I keep going South on I-15 and turn off at Idaho Falls and take highway 26 & 31 through Pine Creek Pass?

16 miles longer to go through Driggs.  Is there really much mountain driving on 31 along Pine Creek?

post #11 of 12

Coming from the north it's actually a few miles shorter to go through Driggs.

post #12 of 12
wbell, I live at about the halfway point from each resort, Rock Springs. I take Hwy 191 all the time from here to Jackson Hole, it's not bad. Snow hardly ever sticks from Pinedale to Rock Springs, so there's about 100 miles of smooth sailing and the road has been very much improved due to the oil and gas boom nearby. The drive from Rock Springs to Vernal, Utah is much better on Hwy 530 through Manila, Utah than going south on 191. Take's about the same amount of time, even though it's a few extra miles. Plus, 191 South of Rock Springs is the first road closed and the last one opened in a storm. Don't take hwy 430 to Colorado, it's dirt road once you hit the border and is deserted in a storm. Rock Springs has plenty of motels since it's on I-80, and makes a good halfway stop. Out of Vernal, taking Hwy 139 through Rangely is not bad except for Douglas Pass, which can be a tad squirrely. The rest of the way to Telluride is pretty straight forward through Delta and Montrose, nice road. I wouldn't screw around on I-15; that's just alot of extra mileage and you'll miss some great scenery (Hoback Canyon, Flaming Gorge). That's just my take on the original question, based on considerable experience.
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