When skiing Jackson Hole there are a few different places you can stay to choose from. The closest you can get to the slopes is in Teton Village, which surrounds the ski resort base centre. There are actually two main base areas, the Bridger Centre and the Tram base, but these are just a few minutes’ walk from each other. To ski hard, après, pass out, and repeat, this is the place to be.
Opt for digs in downtown Jackson if shopping and nightlife are priorities. It is second most popular spot to stay and in fact this is where the most beds are in the area, along with all the shopping, art galleries, and a whole bunch of other attractions. It’s roughly 12 mi from the Jackson Hole base area, which generally makes accommodation cheaper than at Teton Village.
The third place you might want to stay is Wilson, which is where the locals live. It’s just under 9 mi from the slopes, but lacks the amenities of Jackson and Teton Village, plus lodging options are a little sparse. Still, if isolation is what you crave after a day on the mountain this could be the place for you.
Teton Village is where the most luxurious ski-in/ski-out accommodation is, but there are also a few reasonably priced options worth considering. Nevertheless, accommodation prices here are generally higher than Jackson and Wilson.
The Alpenhof Lodge is located right next to the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram and has stacks of Bavarian charm about it, so if you’re a fan of European style chalets you’ll probably love this place. It’s also pet-friendly so bring your dog along too if you like!
The award-winning Snake River Lodge & Spa is another ski-in/ski-out accommodation that screams luxury. Located near the Tram, the rustic yet modern lodge has a range of room and suites as well as multi-bedroom residences to fit the whole gang! When booking, ask for a room overlooking the mountain. Also be sure to revitalise at their 17,000 sqft spa which features cushy lounge areas, pools, hot tubs, saunas and an indoor waterfall. Their heated river stone massage or peppermint foot reflexology is also the perfect post skiing wind-down.
For resort views and the best outdoor pool in Teton Village, stay at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. Rooms are appropriately decorated in rustic elegance, and visitors can also enjoy two on-site restaurants, spa, and ski-in/ski-out access.
Another hotel you should check out is the Inn at Jackson Hole, less glitzy than the majority of upscale establishments in Teton Village but full of soul. It has a real hipster vibe to it and won’t cost you half as much as a room at the nearby Four Seasons.
Eco-friendly and contemporary, Hotel Terra boasts the best rooftop hot tub in Teton Village, not to mention a dedication to environmentally-friendly practises. Get a room with a view of the Tram for the best people-watching.
The town of Jackson is home to a whole bunch of hotels, condos, AirBnBs, and motels. Prices can get pretty cheap here, as low as $50 USD (£38 GBP) a night for a tiny room at Motel 6! Winter is actually classed as Jackson’s low season so finding accommodation somewhere is usually fairly easy. If you’re familiar with hotel prices in resorts like Breckenridge and Steamboat, you can expect similar rates here, averaging around $150 USD (£115 GBP) a night.
Snow King Hotel is a fine choice for mid-range lodgings in town, it has everything you need on the premises. A decent restaurant serving delicious meals, a lively bar for having some fun after dinner, and huge rooms to get comfy in. They even allow pets, plus they operate a free shuttle that gets you up to the lifts at Jackson Hole every day.
Another option to consider is the centrally-located 49'er Inn & Suites, which boasts 140 rooms, indoor and outdoor hot tub, fitness centre, continental breakfast, and a shuttle-stop to the resort. The value price and prime location 2 blocks from the town square is ideal for those who don't mind the 30-minute drive to the slopes.
Skiers on vacation in Jackson Hole often overlook staying in Wilson, but it’s certainly an option if you’re looking for something a little different. The Bentwood Inn is a bed and breakfast built out of enormous pine logs from Yellowstone National Park, occupying a secluded spot on its 3 ac of land. It’s no budget option but there are few places in the area quite like it.
With only five rooms available here, it’s worth booking in advance. Also it gets its fair share of attention thanks to National Geographic naming it as one of their Unique Lodges of the World. Expect to pay roughly $250 USD (£192 GBP) to $300 USD (£230 GBP) per night for a room here, but that includes a hearty breakfast, extensive library to pick a book from, and even snowshoes to borrow if you fancy a stroll through the forest just outside!
Getting Around the Resort
The area around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is small and intimate, with just a handful of shops and restaurants. You can walk pretty much everywhere within 10 minutes, so getting around on foot is simple enough. If you’re not staying within Teton Village then it’s a drive to reach the lifts, whether you’re in Wilson or Jackson.
Without a car you’ll be reliant on buses or taxis, so it’s best you get familiar with the START Bus operating between Jackson and Teton Village. This service actually runs all around the town of Jackson, and it’s free to use within the town limits. The 40-minute journey from Jackson to Teton Village costs $3 USD (£2 GBP), but children aged 8 and under travel for free with a paying adult. It’s worth checking whether your hotel operates a free shuttle to the slopes, because many do, and also free vouchers for the START Bus could be available too. Even with all your ski gear these buses are large and comfy!
If you’ve got yourself a hire car then you might want to take advantage of the short-term drop-off point right in front of the Tram base at the Village Lot parking area. Drop your fellow skiers off and then go find a spot to park! Village Lot will cost you $20 USD (£15 GBP) for a parking space before 1:00pm and $10 USD (£8 GBP) thereafter; it’s also the same price at the Crystal Springs and Cody parking lots. If you’re with family, friends, or just carpooling, when there are 3 or more passengers in the vehicle it’s free to park in the Ranch Lot parking area.