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What’s the driving time from SLC to Jackson Hole?

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What are the usual road conditions, say in January?


Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Euclide
What are the usual road conditions, say in January?


Thanks!
4.5 to 5 hours. Multiple routes all end up taking about the same time.

Usual road conditions are clear roads except for snowpacked in Pine Creek Pass, Teton Pass, and the Snake River Canyon. *Unusual* - but quite common - road conditions would be a blinding blizzard all the way from SLC to JH.

I've seen it both ways and everything in between. Most of the time, the drive is kind of fun. Sometimes, it's agony.

Bob
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Bob, thanks so much. I sent you a PM...
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A few year ago flew into SLC at 9PM got rental car went to Hotel just north of SLC. Got up next morning skied at Powder Mtn until 2:30pm and then drove to JH via the locals route. I do not suggest the locals route even on a good day. Talk about driving in the middle of nowhere wholly $hit. Return drive back to SLC to airport was over Teton pass and interstate through Idaho.

Last year flew into SLC and skied Alta and Snowbird. Then we took Limo service from SLC airport into JH, which goes on interstate through Idaho and then up over Teton Pass. It was during a light snow storm and the driver did an excellent job driving. I gave a good tip. The return flight was out of JH airport back home.

It turns out that if you have frequent flyer miles at least with American Airlines you can do what is called a stop over at no extra charge. So you can fly into SLC ski a few days there and then fly to another resort (JH for example) and then return flight from your second ski destination. The reason I did not take the flight from SLC to JH is American flies from SLC to Chicago and then to JH, which takes longer than the limo ride and bad weather the limo would probably get through and the plane may not. Not sure which is safer though.
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I'll be skiing in Utah for about ten days in Jan. so I thought of taking a ride to JH for a 2 day trip or so. I don't know if it's worth it though but I wanted to know if the route is something like going from NYC to Vermont type of trip but then again, we're talking real alpine background here. I don't know... I might do it esp. if I get to hook up with some of you fine folks around there. Need a little bit of pep talk here
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If you are driving to Jackson Hole be sure to allow yourself enough time to get over the passes before 11:00 PM. After 11:00 PM they will close the passes if it is storming and you will be stuck on the wrong side.
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If The weather looks like it will be clear for a the drive i would say go. If there is a strom coming in why would you want to miss a powder day and be on the road? Keep your plans loss and keep an eye on the weather map. Jackson hole is well worth the few hours drive.
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Nice tips... Thanks everyone!
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My two favorite routes...

Resurrected from earlier posts:

"The answer is very dependent on the weather.

My two favorite routes are the following:

I-15 north from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls, ID. Hwy 26 east from Idaho Falls to the little town of Swan Valley. From there, north on Hwy 31 (and over a little pass called Pine Creek Pass) to Victor, ID. From there, east on Hwy 22 over Teton Pass to Jackson. This is the most straightforward route, but it does involve the possibility that Teton Pass might be closed. There's a big flashing highway sign just as you leave Swan Valley on Hwy 31 that will let you know if the pass is closed, so watch for that. If the sign says the pass is closed, you can continue east on Hwy 26 to Alpine, WY and then head north on Hwy 89 through the Snake River Canyon and on up to Jackson.

The route I like better is to head east on I-80 from Salt Lake City to Evanston, WY. From there, you go north on Hwy 89 to the intersection with Utah Hwy 30. East on that for about 8 miles and then you intersect US Hwy 30. Go north on that through Cokeville and then watch for an intersection where Hwy 89 goes north and US 30 goes west. Follow 89 north over a little pass called Salt Creek Pass, through Afton and on up to Alpine. From there, you follow 89 through the Snake River Canyon and into Jackson.

The disadvantage with this route is that it's all 2-lane highways once you leave Evanston. If the weather is bad, as in snow or blowing snow, you're a long way from anywhere if you get stuck or whatever.

If the weather's good, I'd take the I-80 to Evanston to Cokeville to Afton to Jackson route. If the weather's bad, I'd go up I-15 to Idaho Falls to Swan Valley to Victor to Jackson route..

As far as speed traps, I pretty much drive 7mph over the stated speed limit and have never ever been stopped. If you fly along much higher than that, you run the risk of getting a ticket almost anywhere along either route."

Have fun.

Bob
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The route I like better is to head east on I-80 from Salt Lake City to Evanston, WY. From there, you go north on Hwy 89 to the intersection with Utah Hwy 30. East on that for about 8 miles and then you intersect US Hwy 30. Go north on that through Cokeville and then watch for an intersection where Hwy 89 goes north and US 30 goes west. Follow 89 north over a little pass called Salt Creek Pass, through Afton and on up to Alpine. From there, you follow 89 through the Snake River Canyon and into Jackson.
This is by far the best route. It takes me just over 4 hours to get to JH from Park City. If you take the interstate (I-15 through Idaho Falls) it will take AT LEAST 2 more hours.

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