And that’s a good thing. |

And that’s a good thing.


Jackson Hole feels like a different world. For one thing, the town isn’t really a winter destination. Many of the hotels are closed for the season, opening only in summer to cater to the hoards who descend on Yellowstone. The ones that stay open are dirt cheap.

We score rooms within walking distance of all of the bars for $50 per night.

The drive up wasn’t bad either. Within eight hours you can be standing on the dock at the Tram, ready to ride a world that’s as far from Vail and Beaver Creek as you can get.

Jackson is the real deal.

If you get tired of riding the mountain, or start to balk at the lift-ticket

prices – it’s always tough to buy lift tickets when you have a season pass at

home – you can head up Teton Pass for some of the best backcountry skiing and riding in the Rocky Mountains.

And if you are really jonesing for powder, drive a bit farther to Grand Targhee. With more than 500 inches of snow per year, your chances of hitting Targhee on a sunny day are slim.

And that’s a good thing.

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