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First Timer's Guide

If you've made your way to this page, you must be looking for an all-encompassing guide to fun in the Tetons. You found it! We put all of the important details for trip planning and other Jackson Hole information right here on one convenient page. First things first: Jackson Hole is a remarkably beautiful and special place unlike any destination in the world. We are excited to share it with you.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
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Teton Village
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Town of Jackson
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Jackson Hole Airport
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Snow King
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Wilson
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Grand Targhee
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Grand Teton National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

This is the main winter ski and snowboard resort in Jackson Hole. Offering over 2500 acres of the best skiing and riding in North America. The Resort is owned and operated as a special use permitee of Bridger Teton National Forest. Summer and Winter operations include the aerial tram and other lift access activities including biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and paragliding.

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Teton Village

Home to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Aerial Tram and Grand Adventure Park, Teton Village is a playground for young and old. Teton Village offers shopping, dining and fun for the entire family. Located one mile from the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park on the Moose-Wilson road, Teton Village is a great jump-off point for any adventure in Jackson Hole.

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Town of Jackson

For over 100 years ranchers, cowboys, cowgirls, dudes, and tourists have strolled these wooden sidewalks, graced the bars and even resolved a few disagreements with their pistols. Gateway to Grand Teton National Park, gathering place for those tough early pioneers who wanted to homestead this valley and home to early skiing in the valley, the town of Jackson is named after Davey Jackson, the original fur trapper who spent summers in this area harvesting the amazing beaver so desired in Victorian England at that time.

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Jackson Hole Airport

Since the Jackson Hole Airport is located at the base of the spectacular Teton mountain range, flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an awe-inspiring start to your trip to Jackson Hole. Click the button below for airport information including live flight status.

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Snow King

A legend in its own right. Over 75 years of skiing at the “town hill” have made this famous north facing resort mountain something to be feared and honored. Locals enjoy skinning up in the early dawn light, tourists enjoy skiing at night under the lights and in between many enjoy cruising this steep, challenging terrain. Home to King Tubes, tube park, not to be missed!

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Wilson

Wilson is the sleepy roadside town located at the base of Teton Pass. Legendary hangouts such as the StageCoach Bar, which hosts church on Sundays and unforgettable disco on Thursdays, and Nora's Fish Creek breakfasts make it a worthwhile stopover. Bikers in the summer and pass skiers in the winter make Wilson the base for the start and end of the day.

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Grand Targhee

Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is known for its light powder snow, cat skiing operation, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. Guests at Jackson Hole often enjoy a day visit to Targhee and a bus service operates daily during the winter.

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Grand Teton National Park

Situated just south of the Yellowstone National Park, filling the north end of the Jackson Hole valley, Grand Teton National Park never disappoints. The park features 7000-feet-tall jagged peaks that truly epitomize the beauty of the Rockies. The heart of the Teton mountain range is formed by the Grand, Middle and South Tetons. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in the southern portion of the range.

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Yellowstone National Park

Situated north of Grand Teton National Park and just 56 miles from the town of Jackson, Yellowstone National Park covers a vast 9,000 km; 96% of the park lies in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. Yellowstone contains half of all the world's known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples. It also has the world's largest concentration of geysers (more than 300 geyers, or two thirds of all those on the planet). Established in 1872, Yellowstone is equally known for its wildlife, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapitis.

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Flying Here

Getting around in Jackson Hole is easy. The airport is only 15 minutes from town, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is only 15 minutes from there. When you arrive at the airport, you are here. Click for more information on getting around in Jackson Hole.

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Family Ski Vacations Jackson Hole

Family Summer Guide

Wildlife viewing, national parks, historic, western town and the best skiing around make Jackson Hole the ideal location for your family ski vacation. Jackson Hole has terrain to suit the entire family with a focus on fun learning techniques as well as raising the next generation of passionate skiers and riders. Below you will find information on lodging, ski lessons, family activities, dining and general information regarding things to do in Jackson Hole.

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Where is the hole?

There isn't an actual hole per se. The proverbial hole in our name comes from a term that early trappers and inhabitants of the area used to describe our valley which is surrounded by mountains.

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What state is Jackson Hole located in?

Jackson Hole is in the Northwest corner of Wyoming.

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Jackson Hole, Jackson - What's the Difference?

Getting to know the lingo when coming to Jackson Hole for the first time can be confusing. What's the difference between Jackson and Jackson Hole. Well, Jackson Hole is considered the entire 40x20 mile long valley. The town of Jackson lives at the southern end of Jackson Hole - where the infamous elk antler arches Town Square and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar are. Jackson Hole Airport is in the south central part of the valley, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the ski resort just above Teton Village.
Back in the 1800s, fur trappers and mountain men exploring the area referred to any valley completely surrounded by mountains a "hole." That hole was then named after the person who discovered it - Davey Jackson in this case.

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Where should I stay?

There are wonderful lodging options all over Jackson Hole. The Town of Jackson is located 12 miles from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and offers lodging, dining and shopping opportunities. Jackson Hole Mountain resort is located in Teton Village which also offers a variety of lodging and entertainment options. The Grand Teton National Park south boundary is less than a mile from Teton Village.

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Where is the closest airport?

Jackson, WY has our very own airport. The airport is located 10 miles north of town and has the distinction of being both the busiest airport in Wyoming and the only airport to be located in a National Park. The airport has invested $150M in renovations and remodals over the past 4 years. Airport Code is JAC

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Where is the wildlife?

Looking for moose, elk, mule deer, bears or other animals? Jackson Hole has them and with any luck you will see them all. From time to time visitors spot them from our chair lifts, but you never know when and where you might spot big game so keep your eyes open. Many wildlife expeditions can lead you to secret spots where you're sure to find that moose or bald eagle.

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What is the Grand Adventure Park?

The Grand Adventure Park is a collection of activities at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. It includes the world famous aerial tram, ropes course, lift-serviced mountain bike park, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall and more.

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When should I visit?

July and August are the peak months for summer visitors to Jackson Hole. The long, warm summer days lend themselves to the types of activities that draw folks to Jackson. September and October are ideal months to visit if you wish to avoid the busy season.

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What is a tram?

Our double-reversible tram runs a length of 12,463' with a vertical rise of 4,139'. During the winter season the tram has a cabin capacity of 100 riders and 1 operator. With an approximate speed of 1970 feet/minute, it has an uphill capacity of 650 riders/hour. The tram is a must ride for both skiers and sightseers.

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What are my outside adventure options?

The list is really quite endless. Paraglidinghikingbikingfishingrafting, kayaking, and climbing are just a few of the options. Wildlife and landscape photography, scenic drives, star gazing are other great outings. 

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