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.
Due to COVID-19, safety measures were put in place by the State of Wyoming which impacted the 20/21 ski season. These included mask wearing and physical distancing. In Teton County which is home to Jackson Hole, mask wearing was mandatory in certain public areas. At Jackson Hole, this included chairlift lines and all indoor resort facilities. Such restrictions are not anticipated to continue into the 21/22 winter season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.