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Bought the Plane Ticket.....

post #1 of 10
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So bought the plane ticket to Jackson Hole for this coming January...and I am super excited!!!  Will be there late Sunday - Friday...the plan is to free ski at least two to three days (one day will be spent supporting the boyfriend who will be racing)!  I have been to Jackson Hole for a DAY....and it was NOT during winter.  My question is....are there any MUST-DOs/SEEs while we are there?  I am not sure when I will go back so I'd like to try to do/see as much as possible (with the primary focus being on skiing/racing...of course).  I am not a big drinker/party-ier but do like a good meal/beer/wine, etc.  Not sure how much free non-ski time I will have but I am just curious if anyone has any ideas!     

post #2 of 10

Is he racing at Snow King or at the JH Mountain Resort?  The answer has a little bit of bearing on the logistics of what additional things you might want to do or see.

 

See you soon!

post #3 of 10
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He'll be racing at JH Resort.  Still not sure on where our lodging will be.

post #4 of 10

Okay, here are a few must-do's:

 

SKIING:

 

* If we have fresh powder while you're here, hire one of the alpine guides at Teton Village (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - JHMR) for a day.  They can take you to out of bounds terrain that most people only dream about.

 

* Also if we have powder (and if your boyfriend can take a day off from bashing gates), ride the Targhee Express bus over to Grand Targhee for a day.  You shouldn't ski here without trying that place for a day, especially if there's new snow.

 

* Make certain you ski the Hobacks at JHMR - even if the snow conditions suck.  Every skier should experience the Hobacks at some point in their life.

 

Edited to add a shameless plug:  If you haven't skied JH before, you might want to check out the online guide that I put together about skiing our mountain.  You can find the EpicSki WIKI guide here, or you can find it on my website.

 

ACTIVITIES:

 

* If you're into it, go cross-country skiing for morning or afternoon in Grand Teton National Park.  There is a park entrance only a mile from Teton Village and you can glide through the forest at the base of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

 

* Ride the sleigh out through the big herds of elk at the National Elk Refuge right on the edge of the town of Jackson.

 

* While you're there, spend some time in the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  It's incredible.

 

* If you have a car while you're here AND if we have a sunny day (which aren't necessarily that common that time of year), drive up to Dornan's in Moose, Wyoming at the main entrance to Grand Teton National Park.  Dornan's has alcohol, food, and a great wine shop, but the REAL attraction is the unbelievable view of the main peaks of the Teton Range.

 

* Consider doing a tandem paragliding trip down from the top of the mountain at Teton Village.  Jackson Hole Paragliding can take you up the tram and floating down from the top of the mountain in a paraglider.  A good share of their instructors are also ski patrollers at Teton Village.  Safe, exciting, and incredibly fun.

 

BARS/RESTAURANTS:

 

In no particular order, some of my favorites.  (T) means it's in the town of Jackson, (TV) means Teton Village, (TVR) means Teton Village Road, and (W) means Wilson:

 

TV:  Mangy Moose Bar (a must-visit), La Osterria in the Terra Hotel, Couloir Restaurant at the top of Bridger Gondola (wonderful nighttime ride on the gondola and great food), Westbank Grill at the Four Seasons Hotel, Village Cafe in the Wildernest ski shop building next to the tram.

 

TVR: Calico Pizza and Pasta (an ages-old local favorite), Roadhouse BBQ (happy hour specials and buckets of peanuts).

 

W: Nora's Fish Creek Inn is the favorite place in Jackson Hole for breakfast.  Across the street, the Stagecoach Bar is a very funky old-style bar and grill where half of Jackson gathers for music by Bill Briggs' band on Sunday nights.

 

T: Cowboy Bar (a legend), Snake River Grill (pricey but extremely good food), Snake River Brew Pub (some of the best beer in America and good food), Billy's Burgers in the Cadillac Grill (If you remember the SNL skit about "cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger..." you'll love this place - seriously though, great hamburgers), Jackson Hole Bistro (very popular with locals), Wort Hotel and the Silver Dollar Bar (locals' most popular lunch spot and a great evening bar), El Gordito's (authentic Mexican), Nikai Sushi, Gun Barrel (for elk and game dishes) and Sidewinder's Bar & Grill (sports bar if you need that sort of thing).

 

That should keep you occupied.

 

Just to help get you in the mood, there's lots of snowfall predicted for the next several days:  NOAA

post #5 of 10
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Thanks Bob for all the info!  I am getting even more excited now.  I'm sure I can pull the boyfriend away from bashing gates long enough to enjoy Jackson Hole!  I'll definitely take a look at the EpicSki WIKI guide that you prepared.  I just want to be able to fully experience Jackson Hole...never know when I will return!   And yes I am hoping....with fingers crossed that the snow will be abundant when we are there! 

post #6 of 10

Holy Crap! I am not even going and i am all exited lolll!

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I'll give a full trip report when I get back! 

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Holy Crap! I am not even going and i am all exited lolll!

post #8 of 10

check out my username......came up with it after coming back from an epic trip to JH Great place to ski & follow Bob's advice. Now,  you've got ticket, you know what to do & just have to pray for snow.

post #9 of 10

Was at JH this past spring in late March, unfortunately the snow was thin but I can see the resort being unbelievable after a big storm and I would definitely go back as I missed out on the back-country skiing because of snow conditions.  However I did make it through the Hoback,s even though the grass, shrubbery and rocks were plentiful!  Also the Snake River Brewery was great, good food and awesome beer selection, even on par with the Wisconsin drafts!

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Originally Posted by egomach View Post

Was at JH this past spring in late March, unfortunately the snow was thin but I can see the resort being unbelievable after a big storm and I would definitely go back as I missed out on the back-country skiing because of snow conditions.  However I did make it through the Hoback,s even though the grass, shrubbery and rocks were plentiful!  Also the Snake River Brewery was great, good food and awesome beer selection, even on par with the Wisconsin drafts!


Yeah.....my fingers are crossed for g00d snow!  Also, when I was there in the fall I ate/drank at Snake River Brewery....it is a must!!! 

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