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Jackson Hole in two weeks - few questions

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I have been reading a lot of the threads and I read Bob's guide to JH.  I was still left with a few questions.  We have been to a few of the smaller resorts in SLC, and spent a good bit of time around Colorado.

We are planning on renting a car/SUV, and was not sure what is needed.  We normally only get a car when we are driving to the other mountains, and have done well with having FWD.  Just wondering if AWD/4x4 is needed when here.  I plan on skiing the whole time, but we are there with other family that frequents JH and so there is a chance we go to Yellow Stone while we are there.

Also, what are some good places to eat, that are moderately priced.

Lastly, I will be skiing during the week.  Is there anything that is a must do while we are here.  Either on or off the mountain.

Thanks
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I'll defer to explicit comments from Bob and other locals, but from the area reports Jackson does not look good.  I would anticipate that you will be commuting over Teton Pass to Targhee several days unless JH gets a lot more snow.  Not sure if that would affect your car decision.

You cannot drive your own vehicle into Yellowstone.  You must go on a guided tour via snowcat or snowmobile.  Highly recommended, and certainly on a trip when JH skiing is not that great.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 1/11/10 at 2:40pm
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You cannot drive your own vehicle into Yellowstone.  You must go on a guided tour via snowcat or snowmobile.  Highly recommended, and certainly on a trip when JH skiing is not that great.
 

I second Tony's opinion.  I did a snowmobile trip in Yellowstone.  It was really good to see old faithful go off with only a dozen people around.   Different than the experiance during the summer.
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 I'm set to go out there on February 19.  Should I be patient, or bail?
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 Be patient!  The skiing is good right now and will get better.  Some restaurants that my wife and I frequent are Abilitos (Mexican), China Town (Chinese), and The Bistro.  Abilitos and China Town are reasonable and pretty good, but not that special.  I would suggest finding your way to Polecat or Huckleberry hot springs for an Au Natural wilderness soak.  It requires a bit of an adventurous spirit to find an unmarked trail head and hike in for about two miles, but it is totally worth it.  I think it's easy, but I'm a bit hard core compared to most.
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Thanks tpj,

I was there over New Year's with the family and we had fun. The lack of advanced terrain wasn't a big issue because the wife & kids are beginners & low intermediates.  I even got to ski a little powder in the mornings a couple of times while the family slept in.  That said, my trip in Feb is solo, and I'm hoping to ski more of the challenging stuff. Places like Tower 3 and Hoops Gap looked like they needed several more feet to be skiable...... 

Auburngrad --

Foodwise, if you're in Jackson (not Teton Vilage), Bubba's BBQ, Billy's Burgers, Mountain High Pizza Pie, and The Merry Piglets all offer decent food at prices that won't require a second mortgage. Cadillac Lounge also has a good happy hour from 5-7 with a wide variety of menu items that range from cheap to pricey.

Regarding 4wd, it depends on what you plan on doing.  Jackson is flat and in a valley. You usually can get by with front-wheel drive, unless there is heavy snow in the valley.  If you plan on driving to Targhee, or to Yellowstone (West Entrance), you'll need to go over Teton Pass, so I'd recommend 4wd. Tony is right -- Yellowstone South Entrance is only accessible via snowcoach or snowmobile in the Winter.

If you have non-skiers, a sleigh ride tour of the National Elk Refuge is fun.
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I'm set to go out there on February 19.  Should I be patient, or bail?

Bail, assuming it won't be too costly and you can reroute to someplace that's doing better.   Feb. 19 is also late enough that the sun/exposure problem can be an issue.
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