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Driving b/t Jackson Hole and Big Sky

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Looking to fly into Jackson and ski a few days up at Big Sky, is it possible to drive that in winter?

Want to centrally locate in Jackson for a week or so and chase the snow to Utah, Idaho, MT or CO, but have never hit Big Sky so...

Thoughts?

Thanks 
post #2 of 10
It can be done but it can be some serious mountain driving if the weather is bad. You have a couple of major passes to go over.  It takes around 4 hours if the weather is good.  Don't forget about Grand Targhee.  It is kind of on the way to Big Sky.
post #3 of 10

Unless your vehihcle is equiped for winter driving snow tires, chains, shovels, etc... I woudl avoid the direct route to Big sky.  

The safe way to go would be to drive south from Jackson and then west to Idaho Falls. Then take the intersate.

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

Unless your vehihcle is equiped for winter driving snow tires, chains, shovels, etc... I woudl avoid the direct route to Big sky.  

The safe way to go would be to drive south from Jackson and then west to Idaho Falls. Then take the intersate.


Safer, maybe.  You have to go over Monida and Homestake passes and if the weather is bad you will still need everything listed above.  Also you add over 2 & 1/2 hours and over 175 miles to the drive by doing it that way.
post #5 of 10
 I've done the drive to Bozeman several times under a variety of conditions.  It can be very bad during a storm or whiteout.  The rest of the time it's a pretty nice drive.  I wouldn't bother doing the IF route suggested above.  If I had one week, I would just stay in JH and maybe hit Targhee for a day.
post #6 of 10
 I agree with TPJ, there is enough skiing in Jackson and Targhee for just a week of skiing. I have done the drive too, in good weather and bad...Stay put in Jackson, enjoy. 
post #7 of 10
Wow.  Lots of naysayers.  I've driven this quite a few times in the winter and have never had a problem.  The only real pass is Teton Pass, which isn't all that bad, even in a light snow storm, and you'll be over it pretty quick right at the start of your drive.  From there, you just shoot up to Driggs, Ashton, and drive through Island Park where you'll head to West Yellowstone and up to Big Sky.  All told, it's about 3 hours (I've done it in about 2:45 in the middle of winter.)  I'd say go for it. 
post #8 of 10
 It's not The Pass thats the problem.  It's some of the stuff between Tetonia and Island Park that is the worst and only in a storm or white out.  The rest of the time it's really nice.  Teton Pass is not that bad in a light snowstorm.  It is really bad in a heavy snowstorm, white out, or wind event.  It was nasty yesterday with a fast moving snow squall that came through and dropped about 2" of new on the road.  Right now there is no wall of snow on the side to keep you on the road like there will be later.  Just a really big drop off over the road edge.  My "new" truck turns out to have really crappy tires even though they have studs.  It also turns out to have a non-functioning 4WD that will be getting fixed this week.  I couldn't get back from Victor and had to go around.  It took about three hours and sucked big time.  I have lived here for 20 years and was completely surprised to be unable to get over The Pass in a big 4WD truck with (old) studded tires in a minor winter event.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the feedback, sounds like the trip is doable but obviously the conditions will vary dramatically due to weather.

Last year flew into Sun Valley, drove down to Alta cause it was getting crushed (as usual) 8 1/2 hours in driving snowstorm the whole way, white out just passed the gate on 84 for 20miles, they closed the road right after we went through, only to ski 37 inches of fresh the next morning. Then another 18 the next day. Then drove to Jackson in pretty good weather but heading up over the mountains the roads were a sheet of ice, took forever another 7 plus hour drive. It started snowing as we pulled in at JH and skied another fresh 14". 

Hoping for similar results this year.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
 TPJ That wall of snow is very helpful in winter, hides the giant fall!
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