The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Wyoming

The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Wyoming - UPDATED 2020/21
Jack Lee
Written by Jack Lee / Photos by Greg Burke
Last updated May 15, 2020
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The state of old cowboy towns, wide open spaces and diverse mountain ranges, Wyoming has an alluring charm. Whether you’re looking for some of the most challenging in-bounds terrain in North America or more affordable mom-and-pop ski areas, you can likely find it in good old Wyo.

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Known for

Being an expert's playground nestled in the Wild West

Highlights

  • Epic expert terrain
  • Base village filled with restaurants and nightlife
  • Lots of lodging options in base village and cowboy town of Jackson
  • Crowds can be an issue

Closest airports

Jackson Hole Airport - 25 mi (1 hour drive)
gnarly steep terrain at jackson hole
Nothing beats Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has been the ultimate playground for ski and snowboard thrill-seekers for over fifty years. The world-class resort has developed into a destination for families, college students and legendary athletes without losing its Wild West soul – a truly remarkable feat. The terrain is mostly high-intermediate to expert, making it ideal for those who want to access steeps, trees and chutes. Teton Village at the base of the mountain hosts a handful of bars with live music at après most weekend nights and slopeside accommodation. Head into the town of Jackson, a 25 minute drive, for more restaurants, shopping and music events.

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Known for

Spectacular Teton views and pristine snow

Highlights

  • Wyoming’s only cat skiing
  • Plenty of quality snow
  • Free of lift lines
  • Limited dining and lodging options

Closest airports

Jackson Hole Airport - 42 mi (1 hour drive)
views of tetons from Grand Targhee
Enjoy incredible views of the Tetons from Grand Targhee

Bordering Idaho on the back side of the Teton Range, Grand Targhee provides open faces and a more intimate experience than larger North American resorts. Referred to by locals as “The Ghee,” it is known for western hospitality, short (if any) lift lines, and consistently good snowfall – over 500 in annually. The resort also has the state’s only cat-skiing which is perfect for accessing the powder. The family-friendly village area at the base has a few lodging options, shops and restaurants, including the Trap Bar and Grill, a local favorite. You can make your way into Teton Valley for more options. Looking for more fun? A tubing park and Kids Night Out are consistent favorites.

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Known for

Easily accessible from the airport and also town of Jackson

Highlights

  • Jackson Hole’s only night skiing
  • Family-friendly and great terrain for small resort
  • Walking distance to the town of Jackson
  • The terrain isn’t as challenging as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Closest airports

Jackson Hole Airport - 10 mi (20 minute drive)
Snow King looking down on downtown Jackson
Snow King is conveniently within walking distance to downtown Jackson

Overlooking the town of Jackson and all its charm, Snow King attracts those seeking a resort-like atmosphere on a smaller scale. It boasts short (but challenging) steep runs, a tubing park, and walking access to downtown. The 32 runs on 400 ac skiable terrain offers enough steep groomers and trees to keep skiers and riders lapping all day. Beginner and intermediate runs are distinctly separated from expert terrain, which means low traffic in these areas – an advantage for learners. The mountain also offers the only night skiing in Jackson Hole! The Jackson town square - bustling with restaurants, bars, and local artisan shops - is within a 10-minute walk.

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Known for

Local's mountain serving steep terrain

Highlights

  • Steep terrain for its size
  • Scenic views of Casper
  • Extensive snowmaking makes it ideal for early-season skiing
  • Small terrain size

Closest airports

Casper-Natrona County Intl. - 20 mi (35 minute drive)
hogadon basin wyoming
It might be small but Hogadon is a local gem

Hogadon is a locally known mountain 20 minutes outside of downtown Casper and a favorite of Casper regulars for its steep terrain and accessibility. Hogadon’s 600 ft vertical rise makes for short, steep runs, and 50% terrain snowmaking capacity means early-season skiing is decent. Most runs are for experts; beginners may have limited options. The town of Casper is where most action around Hogadon is happening. Though there is not much of an après ski scene there are plenty of low-key activities that cater to families, like the Casper Ice Arena which has excellent public skating facilities.

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Known for

Friendly no-frills ski area

Highlights

  • Affordable lift tickets
  • No lift lines
  • Laid back vibe
  • Small ski area operates from Friday-Sunday

Closest airports

Salt Lake City Intl. Airport - 164 mi (3 hour drive)
Ogden-Hinckley Airport - 150 mi (2.5 hour drive)
Pine Creek ski area Wyoming
Pine Creek offers the perfect no-frills ski experience

Small, simple, and homey, Pine Creek and surrounding area, centrally located just east of Cokeville, offer a no-frills but comfortable getaway for those seeking a quieter experience in classic western Wyoming scenery. The mountain offers a variety of terrain across 30 runs – all of which can be accessed from Pine Creek’s only chairlift. The slopes aren’t steep and the terrain is ideal for those seeking access to shorter runs and a more personal experience. The renovated Pine Creek Lodge is a cozy place to relax at the end of a day. Cokeville has a spread of motels and lodges run by nice locals ready to share stories about life in rural Wyoming.

The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Wyoming
Jackson Hole
Grand Targhee Resort
Snow King Resort
Hogadon Basin
Pine Creek
Jackson Hole