HALF MOON BAY, Calif., November 25, 2013—Long considered the mountain for serious bad-ass skiers, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a secret: It is really great for all skill levels. SKI Magazine readers recently voted it the #1 Overall Resort in North America for 2014, as well as in four individual categories: Overall Satisfaction, Character, Variety, and Challenge. The mountain opens for the 2013-2014 season on Thanksgiving.
With 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has ski trails for everyone from easy-as-you go beginners to experts eager to test their mettle against Corbet’s Couloir. New this season: more direct flights (from NYC, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Denver), new direct to lift access using RFID gate systems, and more ski destinations in the Mountain Collective pass.
Skiers and non-skiers alike make time for elevated après at Couloir Restaurant and Bar, with jaw-dropping alpine views. It is pretty hard to miss the amazing landscape. From the moment your plane lands, the views of the Teton Range from across the landing strip are awe-inspiring. Just remember to watch where you’re going on the mountain.
For animal fans, Jackson Hole provides a much closer opportunity for a wildlife safari than heading to Africa—this region and the Serengeti are the only complete ecosystems on the planet. Led by Four Seasons’ in-house wildlife biologists, customized expeditions in Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge, are offered year-round.
Guests are transported in comfort and learn about the flora and fauna, geology and history of this significant ecosystem, and have the opportunity to view elk, moose, mule deer, bison, bears, wolves, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, river otters, trumpeter swans, owls and other rare birds.
Get a little focus on some of the region’s most numerous residents with horse-drawn sleigh rides in the National Elk Refuge. With elk herds numbering in the thousands, there’s always a chance of getting deep into the herd. Sleigh rides for winter visitors are offered from mid-December through early April.
Where to stay
There are plenty of lodging options to pick from in Jackson, from condo-style to luxury hotels. Two favorites are:
A luxury ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Four Seasons Jackson Hole mixes luxury accommodations with rustic adventure. Choose a guest room with views of the resort, valley or mountain—or splurge with a suite. All rooms have gas-burning fireplaces for the romance, and a comfortable work area for travelers who need to please the office without having to balance their laptops while sitting in bed.
In addition, rooms include flat-screen TVs, DVD player, connection for an MP3 player, Wi-Fi accessibility, thick robes, down duvets and pillows, coffee/tea maker, and twice daily housekeeping service. Rates start this season from $399 per night, and vary depending on dates and length of stay.
Alternatively, you can semi-rough it at the Fireside Resort, which offers rustic yet modern one-room cabins, or tents for glamping it up. Cabins feature cozy fireplaces, private decks, full kitchens, flat-screen HDTVs and Wi-Fi availability. Tents have king-sized beds, luxury linens and outdoor fire sites. Glamping bathhouses include rain showers, heated floors and organic spa products. Rates start from $100 per night.
Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com[http://dangerjillrobinson.com] and Twitter @dangerjr[http://twitter.com/dangerjr]. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company[http://hmbkayak.com/].
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