How to Plan a Ski Vacation to Jackson Hole

Planning a vacation to Jackson Hole can be a little overwhelming. The geography and terrain make it unique to other ski areas in Jackson Hole. Learn the difference between Jackson Hole, the town of Jackson, Teton Village, Grand Targhee and Snow King Resort.


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    Choose dates for your travel. Keep in mind a few things while doing this: discounts will occur for 3 days skiing and more; avoid President's Week and Christmas week if possible if you are flying, the airfare gets pretty limited; plan an extra day to do a non-skiing activity-snowmobile trips to Yellowstone or the surrounding areas, dog sled excursions and snowshoe tours.
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    Look for airfare. If you'd like to travel over a weekend, typically Thursday-Monday is the most affordable for a 4 night/3 day ski package. The airport code for Jackson Hole is JAC. Nearby airports are Idaho Falls (IDA) about 2 hours away, and Salt Lake City about 5 hours away. In the winter though, the drive from either of those airports can be very negatively affected by JAC is the best way to go.
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    Consider booking through a travel agent or Central Reservations. Jackson Hole Central Reservations has private airfare that is often the most affordable that can be found, and also has exclusively discounted lift tickets.


  • Location. It is easy to get confused when looking at lodging options in Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole is the geographic region that includes Teton Village, the Town of Jackson and in turn, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Resort. Also near Jackson Hole is Grand Targhee Resort. There are pros and cons to each of these locations, so make sure you are aware of the differences between them.
  • Grand Targhee is located about an hour and a half away from the Town of Jackson, on the other side of Teton Pass in Alta, Wyoming. Boasting the most average annual snowfall in the area, and terrain that is suited for any ability, it is a great place to spend time with your family.
  • The Town of Jackson is a great place to find moderately priced lodging, and is great for those who want nightlife as well. This is where the majority of restaurants and off slope activities is. Most properties offer a complimentary skier's shuttle. Snow King Resort offers hourly ticket prices, and night skiing and snow tubing.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is the "Big One". Known for its expert terrain and huge size, it is typically what people think of when they think Jackson Hole. JHMR is located in Teton Village, which is 10 miles (16 km) north of the Town of Jackson, and about 30 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport. Any lodging in Teton Village will be pricier then staying in the Town of Jackson, but for people who's priorities lie in having ski in/ski out is where you want to stay.


  • You don't need a car for your winter vacation to Jackson Hole, but make sure the property you are staying at is close to a bus stop...some offer complimentary ski shuttles, which is even better.

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