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Big Sky to Jackson Hole?

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Thread Starter 

Has anyone driven between Big Sky and Jackson Hole?  I have one group of friends looking to go to Big Sky and a buddy of mine were talking and I think I may be able to add a second week in Jackson Hole.

post #2 of 17

Yes. It takes about 4 hours in good weather. Would be sketchy if its storming though.

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

Yes. It takes about 4 hours in good weather. Would be sketchy if its storming though.


Been both ways a couple of times.  IIRC, it is pretty straight & flat most of the way with mountain passes on either end.  Drove through a storm the first time with blowing snow.  Visibility sucked, but it was doable.  I think 4 hours sounds about right too.

 

Another thought would be to get a day in at Targhee if the weather is bad over Teton pass.  You could go to Jackson when it clears.

 

JF

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Thread Starter 

I am thinking it doesn't sound too bad.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle it if it was going to twisting, steep mountain roads.

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I was also thinking about making that drive next March and spending a few days in JH before heading to Big Sky to meet the rest of our group.  My other thought was making a side trip to Bridger Bowl.  I haven't been to JH or BB.  Any ideas?  Comments?

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I was also thinking about making that drive next March and spending a few days in JH before heading to Big Sky to meet the rest of our group.  My other thought was making a side trip to Bridger Bowl.  I haven't been to JH or BB.  Any ideas?  Comments?


Do it. 

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Which one?  JH or BB?  Unfortunately, we probably wont' have time to hit both.

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Somewhere in the deep dark archives of the Forum, I've answered this before...

 

4 hours is about right on time.

 

Make sure and rent a 4WD.

 

Watch the weather for upcoming storms.

 

Teton Pass.

 

Idaho Hwy 32 is one of the first roads to close due to blowing and drifting and has limited/no cell coverage.

 

Watch for elk and bison on the road north of West Yellowstone.

 

The canyon north of Big Sky can get slick.

 

HB

 

 

 

post #9 of 17

Jackson.  Sure, Bridger's closer and certainly cheaper, but they're just not in the same league. 
 

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Which one?  JH or BB?  Unfortunately, we probably wont' have time to hit both.

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Which one?  JH or BB?  Unfortunately, we probably wont' have time to hit both.


Doh,  Now I get it.   Depends.  Do you think you will be back to the area?  As Sib said,  Bridger is much closer and cheaper.   If you think you will get back to the area in the future, I would do Bridger this trip.   Jackson and Targhee for another.  If this is the trip of a lifetime, then Jackson is it.  
 

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I try and make every trip the trip of a life time.

 

 

I've been wondering myself...how far is the drive from Jackson to Targhee?

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Jackson (the town) to GT:  1:15

 

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to GT:  1:15

 

IF.....

 

Teton Pass is open.

 

If not, 2:30 and 2:50, respectively.

 

 

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I try and make every trip the trip of a life time.

 

 

I've been wondering myself...how far is the drive from Jackson to Targhee?

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The drive is 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the winter.  Your biggest issue will be wind, not snow.  The area between West Yellowstone and Driggs is prone to windblown snow, especially if you take the shortcut at Ashton.  I highly recommend taking that section of the drive during the day if possible due to how impossible it is to see at night with blowing snow.

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Hopefully this will be an annual trip in the future.  Sounds like it might be a good idea to venture out to Bridger this time and then maybe hit JH on the next trip.  Maybe we can hook up with some locals who wouldn't mind giving a few tips!

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Doh,  Now I get it.   Depends.  Do you think you will be back to the area?  As Sib said,  Bridger is much closer and cheaper.   If you think you will get back to the area in the future, I would do Bridger this trip.   Jackson and Targhee for another.  If this is the trip of a lifetime, then Jackson is it.  
 

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Hopefully this will be an annual trip in the future.  Sounds like it might be a good idea to venture out to Bridger this time and then maybe hit JH on the next trip.  Maybe we can hook up with some locals who wouldn't mind giving a few tips!

 

Get in touch with me via PM here when you have your plans finalized. I'll give you a tour of Bridger & pointers on where to eat in the area.  If you're in the area you definitely should plan on a day at Big Sky and a day at Moonlight.
 

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The drive is 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the winter.  Your biggest issue will be wind, not snow.  The area between West Yellowstone and Driggs is prone to windblown snow, especially if you take the shortcut at Ashton.  I highly recommend taking that section of the drive during the day if possible due to how impossible it is to see at night with blowing snow.



Rio is absolutely right... We made the trip one year from Big Sky in a Colt Vista() some of the drifts where nasty and low visibility...

post #17 of 17

My Family and I did this last year during Christmas (Actually it Was JH -> Big Sky -> JH) and it was not a problem. I actually enjoyed it from a scenery perspective. Our weather was marginal on the way to Big Sky especially between Tetonia and Highway 20 due to some wind. 20 was icy between Ashton and where 87 meets highway 20 at Henrys Lake Airport. The rest of the trip went really well. BTW we really liked Big Sky and will be returning there in January.

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