The Last of the Old West: The Destination Guide for Jackson Hole

Located on Wyoming’s wild side, Jackson Hole’s verdant valley, jagged mountain peaks and inspiring wildlife have drawn cowboys, mountaineers, dude ranchers, fur trappers and frontiersmen since the late 19th century. Any trip to Jackson Hole makes for a nostalgic adventure into the heart of the American West, as old-school saloons, false-front roofs and covered wooden walkways continue to define the town’s charm. While you may or may not run into your fair share of cowboys during your stay, today you’re much more likely to run into nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks offer an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in wilderness year round. Meanwhile, the small town is framed by the sweeping Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, which offer some of America’s best skiing. New accommodations, elegant spas and first-rate cuisine have revitalized vintage buildings and vaulted Jackson Hole into serious contention when it comes to world’s top upscale mountain resorts. This has allowed the town to prosper, grow and modernize in recent years, while still retaining its down-to-earth western spirit. A trip to Jackson Hole is where authentic Western sensibilities and adventures in nature are balanced by comfort and style. For those seeking a winter getaway that is equal parts rustic, sophisticated and just the right amount of exclusive, look no further than Jackson Hole.

The Four Seasons Resort and Residence

Where to Stay

With 156 comfortable rooms and 18 suites, The Four Seasons Resort and Residence Jackson Hole was once the largest building in the state of Wyoming. It’s the only five-star, five-diamond resort in Jackson Hole, setting a new standard for what a ski resort should be. The mountain getaway meshes the laid-back western style of the area with a modern refinement as evidenced in the spacious suites that are each decked out with their own fireplaces, marble bathrooms and deep-soaking tubs. The decor has been paid meticulous attention to detail, while also paying homage to the area’s Native American roots. The ski-in/ski-out resort offers convenient access to the slopes and the property’s very own ski concierge, who will set you up with your own locker when you check in, keep track of your equipment and help you put them on. Lift tickets, private lesson bookings and any additional requests are all available without the need to set foot outside. If you’d rather spend the day in a state of deep relaxation, the alpine resort features an 11,000-square foot spa and full-service fitness center complete with 16 treatment rooms, saunas and a tranquility lounge. After a long day on the slopes, you can relax in the outdoor pool which is surrounded by three whirlpool hot tubs, and then dry off with heated robes and towels. For a complete breakdown of popular accommodation options, take a peak at our Luxury Hotel Guide to Jackson Hole.

Jenny Lake Lodge

Where to Dine

Nestled in the woods at the base of the Teton mountain range, the Dining Room at Jenny Lake Lodge is just as much an immersive natural experience as a fine dining one. The establishment is housed inside of a log cabin from the 1930’s in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, making for spectacular 360º and wildlife views. Offering breakfast, lunch and a five-course, prix fix dinner specialty that rotates nightly, the AAA Four-Diamond restaurant puts forth a menu of mouthwatering plates and an eclectic wine list to complement. All in all, it’s an elegant yet rustic fine dining experience that will satisfy even the most refined of tastebuds, with an unforgettable immersive experience to match. Jackson Hole is home to Wyoming’s most sophisticated and diverse food scene, so be sure to check out our Restaurant Guide for Jackson Hole for a further look in detail.


What to Do

It should go without saying, but Jackson Hole is all about getting out in the fresh air. It’s one of North America’s pinnacle destinations for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts all-year round, but especially in the winter where the ski resort attracts downhill enthusiasts from all over the world. The majority of the slopes here are for advanced skiers and it’s not necessarily the best place to learn, but the recently installed Casper lift provides access to expanded intermediate terrain. Outside of skiing, there are plenty of outdoor activities to partake in such as snowmobile tours and safari expeditions, during both of which you’re likely to come across wonderful wildlife. On any given day you’re more than likely to cross paths with bison, elk, deer, moose, foxes, coyotes or bald eagles. Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the National Elk Refuge all make for open-air adventures that are available all year-round. Rising more than 7,000 feet from the valley floor, the snow-capped Teton peaks make for the perfect backdrop as they frame the town of Jackson Hole from all angles. The old-school cowboy town retains its wild west allure with plenty of entertainment choices for the modern traveler such as art galleries and live music.


What to Wear

When you’re shredding your stress away on the slopes, you’ll want to be properly equipped. In order for you to push further, gear up with these Oakley Flight Deck Snow Goggles. Designed specifically to hit the slopes and brave the harshest of elements, the goggles combine the latest in color science research with signature Oakley flair to maximize contrast and enhance visibility. Keeping your wardrobe technical with innovative clothing will not only keep you cozy when you’re heading downhill, but also as you trot around the town of Jackson Hole. Inspired by the functional style worn by equestrians, these Fusalp Belalp Stirrup Pants give off a sleek look that works to keep you comfortable at all times. They’re crafted from a technical fabric exclusive to Fusalp that’s meant to move with you and has a glorious tapered finish to them that look especially made to wear with boots for a sharp cold-weather look. Before you dust off those old cowboy boots, check out our Style Sheet for Jackson Hole for an in-depth breakdown on everything you should pack.


Braeden Alexander

Braeden Alexander is an explorer with an insatiable appetite for the world and all the exquisite experiences that await. As a writer, he's concerned with the similarities that connect us all.

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