Wyoming Family Ski Vacations
Wyoming's location in the Rocky Mountains affords lots of great slopes for winter fun with the family, mainly Jackson Hole, which provides a ton of skiing in and around Grand Teton National Park and Forest. Here are the resorts where you can ski and snowboard in Wyoming:
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Known for having the highest vertical slope -- not to mention the longest -- in the country, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and its Teton Village are located just outside of Jackson and features two mountains, 116 trails and 2,500 acres of terrain. This is a serious ski mountain, with only 10 percent of trails available to beginners and 50 percent available for experts. Its vertical drop is 4,139 feet! Eleven lifts are available to cover the mountain, including the 100-passenger Aerial Tram, which climbs the 4,139 feet in nine minutes. The mountain is snowboard friendly, allowing for board on 100 percent of its trails.
Kids 6 months to 17 years can enjoy the Kids Ranch at the Cody House, with age-specific activities and lessons through the Fort Wyoming and Wild West Woods ski and snowboard program. The Bridger Center is home to a rentals and apparel shop for skis and snowboards. Scattered at the base and on the mountain are a number of dining options, including Nick Wilson's Cowboy Cafe and Cafe 6311 at the base, as well as other restaurants associated with the base hotels. On the mountain, you can grab a bite at Rendezvous, Casper, Couloir, Corbet's Cabin or Headwall Pizza & Dog House.
The resort's Teton Village provides slopeside lodging at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, which offers an outdoor pool and three restaurants; Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, which features a rooftop spa, pool, two restaurants and condo-style accommodations; Snake River Lodge & Spa, located at the base of the mountain; Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, with indoor and outdoor pools.
Grand Targhee Resort
Nearby, Grand Targhee Ski Resort provides two peaks with more than 2,500 acres of trails and terrain, in one of Ski magazine's top 10 mountains "you've never skied." The resort provides skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snow tubing and even snow biking on its slopes. Complimentary to all guests of the resort's lodge are snowshoe rentals, snowshoe tours with a naturalist, weekly nightly activities, board games and books from the lending library, Internet access, and kids ski and stay free. The resort also provides a heated outdoor pool. Guests can stay slopeside at Targhee Lodge, Teewinot Lodge, Sioux Lodge or the Tower, the newest lodging option with two bedrooms and a full kitchen, living room, and fireplace in a tower overlooking the main plaza. Lessons and rentals are provided for all ages.
Sleeping Giant Ski Area
Three miles from Yellowstone, the Sleeping Giant ski area in Cody, Wy., is an intimate ski area with 49 runs, two terrain parks, and three lifts on 184 acres. Lessons are provided for kids 5 to 14 at the Little Giants Flying Squirrels School, and daily and private lessons are available for all ages. Warm up after skiing at Grizzly Grill, which offers quick bites and snacks, and T-Bar, Wyoming's smallest full-service bar.
OTHER WYOMING MOUNTAINS
Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area
A few other, smaller ski areas are located in Wyoming, including Snowy Range in the Snowy Range Mountains outside of Laramie, which offers 29 trails and five lifts. Lift tickets are offered for full or half day, as well as discounted multi-day passes. The kids camp program provides multi-week lessons for children 5 through 12, and the Snow School provides lessons for all ages, including children under 6 and adults. Snowshoe tours are also offered through the ski area, with one- to two-hour walks through the snowy terrain. Families can warm up all day at Moose Lick Cafe or enjoy Apres Ski at The Bar.
White Pine Ski Resort
In Pinedale, the White Pine ski area offers 25 trails and two lifts on its 9,500-foot mountain, which is open Thursdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ski & Sports Shop provides rentals and gear for sale, including snowshoes and skates, and lift tickets are provides for full- and half-day, as well as single tickets. A ski school provides group, private and semi-private lessons, with special programs for children.
Pine Creek Ski Resort
Pine Creek Ski Resort in Cokeville provides 30 trails and a quad lift on its 1,450-foot mountain. The lift is open Tuesdays, Fridays and weekends, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the resort provides a retail and rental shop, as well as breakfast, lunch and apres ski.