Jackson Hole WY

Jackson Hole itself is the entire 42-mile long, seven-mile wide valley in northwestern Wyoming, while Jackson is the valley’s cowboy cosmopolitan main town, complete with wooden sidewalks and a town square with an elk antler arch at each corner. In February, the popular ski destination offers plenty of deep powder to play in.

There are three ski resorts around Jackson Hole: Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR), and Grand Targhee. Grand Targhee is a no-frills resort with ample intermediate terrain, deep powder, and lift tickets for less than $100. Meanwhile, Snow King Mountain rises right above downtown Jackson and has three chairlifts, night skiing, and inexpensive private lessons. This is Wyoming’s first ski resort, with 400 acres, three lifts, and 32 runs. The resort area also has snow tubing, which is a lot of fun for kids (although adults enjoy it, too).

When people come to Jackson Hole for a ski vacation, though, they usually come for the aforementioned JHMR, which is about 12 miles from downtown Jackson in the small community of Teton Village. Reserve a table for lunch at the restaurant Piste, eat some confit duck wings and watch skiers and snowboarders drop into Corbet’s Couloir, a narrow chute that requires a 15-foot jump at its start. —AFAR Editors (AFAR Magazine, AFAR.com)