|Originally posted by Rhys Craver:
I should have been more precise, I 'm looking at going March 28-April5th, so it's really early spring. I've heard Jackson Hole is REALLY tough. Just got back from 8 days in Telluride, unfortunately the conditions weren't the greatest. The first few days were really icy and the skiing was difficult on the steeps. Am leery of Jackson as I've heard it's the most difficult mountian in North America.
So now what?
That "most difficult mountain" moniker is definitely open to debate. Jackson does have a lot of pretty difficult terrain, but it also has a huge amount of great skiing for intermediate through lower-expert skiers. I know so many skiers in your category who've had a super experience there that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the place.
The time of year you're considering is really an interesting one for Jackson. Despite its more northern location, late March/early April is normally spring skiing for sure. Jackson's relatively low base and the more easterly orientation of the ski area combine to produce excellent spring conditions (on average). If you know the mountain, a sunny day can provide nearly perfect skiing *somewhere* on the mountain pretty much any time of the day. Since you obviously wouldn't know the mountain, you could consider hiring one of the Guides http://www.jacksonhole.com/skiing/gserve.html
for a day to get oriented.
It's actually one of my favorite times of the season to ski Jackson because it's also a time of year when almost no one skis there. As crew cut said, you can also ski Grand Targhee (very mellow terrain), and you can ride a horse-drawn sleigh through the National Elk Refuge or go snowmobiling in Teton or Yellowstone Parks. Lots to do.
Good luck in your decision.