Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Winter: The Big One!
With arguably the nation’s best skiing, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort goes by the nickname “The Big One,” thanks to its vertical height and the size of the terrain. Despite a well-earned reputation for the ultra-challenging expert runs, there is skiing for all abilities, one of the word’s best ski schools, and some of the deepest, driest powder on Earth. It is all right outside the door, a few steps from the Ski Concierge to the lifts and Jackson’s iconic tram, ready to whisk skiers to the summit. But the best way to see the magic of the snow-covered landscape is to book a private Wildlife Safari tour that will show you local wildlife in their natural habitat. Led by the in-house biologist, the four-hour tour provides a fascinating adventure in the wild.
Many visitors marvel at the night sky. The greater Jackson Hole area is one of largest undeveloped and remote tracts of land in the lower 48 states, with virtually no light pollution. On a clear night, bright celestial wonders come alive, including the Milky Way, which stretches overhead from one end of the valley to the other. All this makes for perfect conditions for amazing stargazing, and the Resort’s Base Camp offers everything you need, from books and maps of the night sky to special stargazing events hosted by a local astronomer.
Tee It High
Jackson is famed for its world-class skiing, fly fishing and hiking, but many visitors are pleasantly surprised by the high-quality golf. Renowned for its stunning views, Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and borders Grand Teton National Park. The course was completely renovated a few years ago. Jackson’s other public course is Teton Pines, where former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney’s home sits alongside the 18th green. The Arnold Palmer design has two signature holes, 7 and 9, playing directly at Grand Teton, and 3 and 16 facing steep Rendezvous Bowl. Just 20 minutes away in Idaho, on the other side of Teton Pass, is another excellent and scenic layout: the Byron Nelson–designed Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs.