Grand Teton National Park, WY

There’s a reason why the best backcountry skiers ski in Jackson Hole. This place has blown my mind quite a few times now. The storms that roll through leave behind deep snow and amazing skiing. There are some efficient backcountry runs off the resort that require very little effort and have lots of reward. Grand Teton National Park has some of the best ski mountaineering objectives in the country. The scenery is dramatic and lots of steep uptracks will lead you to incredible glades where you’ll ski back to your car, or to deeper descents that drop off the backsides.

Jackson Hole backcountry ski
Scenic ridgelines like this spot on top of 25 Short are a Tetons specialty. Photo: Lily Krass

The Tetons offer skiing for all abilities

I have always been impressed by where the local guides will ski with clients. The terrain they ski is as extreme as the client wants. That’s not to say that there’s not beginner touring to be had, there certainly is, and it’s some of the best I have seen. Wide open glades where confidence in powder skiing can be gained.

The town of Jackson Hole is magical and has a great friendly feel to it. It has this cowboy vibe, where you feel like you could walk into the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and start square dancing with some locals. There are lots of hotels and Airbnbs and Jackson has some of the most diverse cuisine and incredible restaurants I’ve seen in a ski town — there are so many great places to eat fantastic food from all around the world.

My advice: Plan a trip to Jackson and you will not be disappointed.

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