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I am considering a March trip to Jackson Hole and have a few questions.  (I am well aware of the snow concerns at that time of year due to Jackson's elevation and exposure.  It is a risk I am willing to take.)

 

1) Crowds

 

Is JH more crowded on the weekend than during the weekday?  Currently planning to ski Sunday - Wednesday, but could push it back a day if Sunday is likely to be significantly busier.

 

2) Parking

 

Do you have to pay for parking at the mountain?

 

3) To Ghee or Not to Ghee, that is the question...

 

With four days of skiing, should I spend a day checking out Grand Targhee?  (Definitely leaning to spending three days at Jackson Hole and one at Grand Targhee.)

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1) I'll defer to locals to answer this.  I do have the impression form TR's that liftlines at Jackson are getting worse.  Jackson is one of very few areas in North America that has a rapidly rising trend in skier visits. Lift capacity is being added, but visitation is rising at a faster rate.

2) $5 from a lot with a nearly continuous shuttle.  Closer-in parking is expensive.

3) Probably.  The 2,000 foot higher base elevation can be a big difference in March.  Targhee faces west, so it's not a paragon of spring snow preservation, but it's better than Jackson's SE.

 

The sun strength advances rapidly each week in March.  Early March during the Gathering is not ideal but it's manageable.  Late March is really bucking the odds.  There was a TR from last year which had 90th percentile late March new snowfall and the Hobacks/Lower Faces still weren't any good.  If your schedule constrains you to late March, you need to reconsider your destination.

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1) Crowds

 

Is JH more crowded on the weekend than during the weekday?  

 

not being a smartass, but is there anywhere that this isnt true? Maybe there is!?

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not being a smartass, but is there anywhere that this isnt true? Maybe there is!?

 

Absolutely, in Colorado, the farther you get from Denver the smaller the relative crowds are on the weekends.  Steamboat, Telluride and the Aspen area are not especially crowded even on the weekends and the difference between Sunday and Monday can be very minute.  Since there isn't a huge population center near Jackson, I wondered if the same would be true there.

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not being a smartass, but is there anywhere that this isn't true? Maybe there is!?

Aspen?  In the discussion about crowding the percentage of visitation on weekends varied from 29% to over 50%.  29% is 2/7, meaning essentially no difference weekend vs. midweek. 

 

It's a legitimate question to ask, since some mountains handle crowds better than others.  Jackson does not have slope congestion issues IMHO, but the busiest days can stack up some liftlines.

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i guess thats true. I just figured that a Saturday anywhere is going to have more people. But, in my 2 visits to steamboat, i cant say that i noticed a difference.  at least not one i can remember.

 

Im sure Sunday is a big travel day, and makes up for what might be an increase in local traffic. 

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I am considering a March trip to Jackson Hole and have a few questions.  (I am well aware of the snow concerns at that time of year due to Jackson's elevation and exposure.  It is a risk I am willing to take.)

 

1) Crowds

 

Is JH more crowded on the weekend than during the weekday?  Currently planning to ski Sunday - Wednesday, but could push it back a day if Sunday is likely to be significantly busier.

 

2) Parking

 

Do you have to pay for parking at the mountain?

 

3) To Ghee or Not to Ghee, that is the question...

 

With four days of skiing, should I spend a day checking out Grand Targhee?  (Definitely leaning to spending three days at Jackson Hole and one at Grand Targhee.)


2)  The Ranch lot is $5 if less than 3 people in the car, free if 3+.  Can park for free at a big lot at the turn off on SR22.

 

3)  Yes, spend a day at GT if you have never been there before.  Don't pick the day in advance.  Better to pick one where there is decent visibility, ideally a day or two after a snowstorm.  Don't go when the Teton Pass is not open.  Consider eating at Nora' Fish Creek Inn in Wilson on the way there or back.

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2)  The Ranch lot is $5 if less than 3 people in the car, free if 3+. 

 

It's now $10.  Understand that in addition to free parking for carpools in Teton Village, JHMR offers free offsite parking at the end of the village road with free coffee and a free bus ride right to the tram.

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