Ski the Tetons: The Powerful, New Jackson Hole Tram

January 23, 2009 By:Mary Winston Nicklin

Amangani, Jackson, WyomingThe snow-capped peaks around Grand Teton National Park offer some of the best skiing anywhere. Indeed, Jackson Hole averages 400 inches of snow a year, and the ski season lasts through early April. At the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you'll find 1,000 hectares of terrain and a vertical drop of more than 4,100 feet. When the original tram opened in 1966, it became legendary for its 4,000-foot ascent. It closed for repairs in 2006, and now the new Jackson Hole Tram, which debuted in December, boasts the longest continual vertical rise of any ski-lift in North America. 4,139 feet in nine minutes.

Stay at the ultra-luxurious Amangani (pictured at right) and you'll enjoy the services of the private Ski Lounge, located just below Teton village's Bridger Gondola (where warming boots, concierge service, and complimentary snacks and hot drinks await). During your stay, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge on a moonlit night to take in the staggering panoramic views from the top of East Gros Ventre Butte, followed by dinner at The Granary.


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