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Please show cause for an expensive lift ticket .
JH has had my heart for a long time, and probably always will. I only get to ski there 5 to 10 days a year now. Honestly, I would pay more, if it reduced crowds.
A couple of tips:
1. Per @bob peters, tickets are half price in January if you happen to have a season pass at certain other mountains (sorry, I only know that Mt. Hood Meadows is one of them).
2. If you're with a group, I suggest booking through the ski corp's lodging service, since they offer reasonable lodging rates and AFAIK, they are the only source of discount lift tickets as part of the lodging package (usually around $65 or so per day).
Like any great love, I suppose, JH also has some glaring flaws. I offer for consideration the wonderful description by @offpiste of a powder morning on the tram dock. It captures the vibe very well, but is missing the part about watching at least 2 tram cars of "special people" head up the mountain for first tracks BEFORE YOU HAVE A CHANCE. I confess that I have become an afternoon tram guy.
Pro Tip for First Tram: GS the bowl, scream all the way across the cat track to the top of Thunder Chair, and (probably) bag first tracks down Tower Three Chute on a powder morning. Money!
Wow, first tracks in Tower Three...thanks for that. It's been too long. Guess I will be taking a trip now.
My view is that lift tickets are part but well less than half the cost of a ski vacation, but that skiers seem to obsess on lift tickets vs. the equally important costs of lodging and transport.
Jackson's lift ticket prices are middle of the pack for top destination ski areas in North America. Jackson's lodging prices are much lower than most resort towns because it's primarily a summer resort. Like Rainbow Jenny, Liz and I have found excellent lodging with amenities like breakfast and a convenient pool/hot tub for less than $100/night. That hotel is 3x the price in July/August as in Jan/Feb.
Jackson is one of the better remote destinations for frequent air service, though prices probably aren't a bargain. But if you want to save $, fly to Salt Lake and drive the 5 hours, not much different than flying to DIA and driving to Aspen. And I'll bet that SUV won't cost $461/day rented in SLC vs. in a resort town.
In terms of quality of experience vs. $$$ spent Jackson is in the upper echelon of North American ski resorts IMHO.
Most people living within drive distance of Jackson Hole are likely within drive distance of Salt Lake and/or Sun Valley also. The Mountain Collective should be a no-brainer.
A season pass elsewhere will get a good discount from January 11 till the end of the month:
See you there!