Fight winter blues with the snow

Escaping the winter blues on a white-sand beach under a blazing sun isn’t the vacation everyone dreams about.

One of the best winter vacation resorts for hitting the slopes is found at Jackson Hole in Wyoming with an average of 459 feet of snowfall each winter.

Escaping the winter blues on a white-sand beach under a blazing sun isn’t the vacation everyone dreams about.

For many, it’s hitting the slopes in the winter wonderland while taking in the aprés ski bars, resting sore muscles with a drink in your hand.

When it comes to that, Jackson Hole is possibly one of the best ski areas in the world. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been rated by Ski Magazine as first in terrain challenge, second in overall terrain and third in terrain variety.

With over 2,500 acres of inbound terrain, an average of 459 feet of snowfall each winter and unparalleled backcountry access, Jackson Hole offers a truly unique winter experience. Two distinct mountains in the heart of the Tetons — Redezvous and Apres Vous — make up Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and have been home to incredible skiing and snowboarding for the past 40 years. Whether you are there to experience “The Big One’s” wild, untamed terrain, rolling, wide-open groomers or you’re just getting out on the snow for the first time, it’s bound to be an experience you’ll never forget.

Unique to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the Burton Stash parks which takes advantage of the natural terrain, local wood and all the creative elements the mountain has to offer.

While staying at Jackson Hole check out other activities including nordic skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, dogsledding, snowshoeing, heli-skiing and snowcat skiing, Snowmobile tours offer the most experienced guides to help visitors enjoy tours to Yellowstone, Granite Hot Springs and Togwotee Mountain.

If your planning to vacation later in the season, make sure you get to Jackson Hole late March for the Mountain Festival. The weekend had lots of events for everybody including skiing and snowboarding, live music and spring sunshine at the base of the Tetons.

Located just 20 minutes from the town of Jackson, the hill has accommodation, or, if you prefer to be closer to town for shopping and eating, the drive or bus ride is short. For those first-timers to the resort, meet up with the complimentary mountain host tour guide. They will help you get acquainted with the mountain on groomed terrain daily from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Create memories on a private tour to the rustic Rock Springs Yurt in Jackson Hole’s scenic and legendary backcountry terrain. Joined only by your friends and family, a knowledgeable guide and the sights and sounds of the Bridger Teton National Forest you will enjoy dinner, dessert, breakfast, hot drinks, a peaceful night sleep and, of course, a great backcountry experience.

The yurt is accessible by a one to two-hour trek/ski-in from the base of Jackson Hole. If you don’t want to carry your own gear, a porter can be hired to load personal belongings and food.

Looking for something more traditional? Jackson Holy Valley has over 10,000 units available for lodging accommodations — whether it’s a rustic cabin, a guest ranch, a luxurious hotel or an economical motel, there is a wide range in Jackson and Teton Village to provide the exact experience you are looking for.

While staying at Jackson Hole make sure to reserve a table at the contemporary Couloir. Step off the gondola and dine with altitude in a hip restaurant that features American cuisine with Rocky Mountain roots or kick back and enjoy the view with a drink at the bar.

When you are done on the hill and want to rest your body, visit the Hotel Terra Chill Spa, located on the top floor of the hotel. The spa combines sophisticated, modern design for a distinctly fresh spa experience.

Chill features organic products, body treatments, facials, steam showers and an outdoor rooftop hot tub with stunning southern mountain views.

Don’t forget to download the Jackson Hole Tapped iPhone app. This is the only resort-specific app on the market. Track your runs by GPS, find your friends and get the latest updates about the mountain on your iPhone or iPad.

For more information visit www.jacksonhole.com.

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