While it doesn't have quite the skiing reputation of its southern neighbor, Wyoming is actually known for more snow and more challenging terrain than Colorado. The eight resorts of Wyoming offer individual experiences from small and local to world class. Ski lodges around Wyoming range from small, rustic huts in the forest to elaborate, luxury properties with top-notch amenities.
Wyoming ski country is pretty top heavy, but has a number of smaller resorts spread out across the state. The state's biggest resorts are concentrated in the Tetons of the northwest. Jackson Hole is easily its most famous ski resort, and is usually on every ski aficionado's and publication's short list of most challenging resorts in the country. While not quite as large or challenging, nearby Grand Targhee boasts more snow than Jackson. In fact, in 2007, Forbes listed it as the No. 8 snowiest resort in the world. Snow King is a smaller resort located in Jackson, a few miles from Jackson Hole. The Wyoming Tourism lists eight resorts altogether. The smaller resorts spread across the state are Big Horn Mountain, Hogadon, Pine Creek, Snowy Range and White Pine.
Jackson Hole Lodges
As Wyoming's ski giant, Jackson Hole has plenty of lodging options available, both at its base in Teton Village and in nearby Jackson. Jackson Hole is a more expensive resort, but its lodging ranges from glitzy to super-budget. Slopeside properties like the Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, and the Snake River Lodge and Spa provide upscale slopeside accommodations and facilities right at the base. A Jackson Hole property that exudes the spirit of the core skiers that traverse its most challenging terrain is the property known simply as The Hostel. Located in Teton Village, within walking distance to the lifts, The Hostel offers budget-friendly accommodations that range from shared bunk rooms to private rooms.
In the big mountains of the Tetons are a number of small backcountry lodging options for those who wish to get out there for days at a time. Jackson Hole offers its own backcountry yurt located in Rock Springs Canyon, which is about a one- to two-hour trek from Jackson Hole ski resort. Overnighters include meals. Nearby Rendezvous Backcountry Tours, located in Alta, Wyoming, offers a network of four backcountry huts in the Tetons, which can be rented individually or as part of a hut-to-hut tour between their Baldy Knoll and Plummer Canyon huts. Guided hut tours include meals and avalanche equipment.
Grand Targhee Lodging
Grand Targhee offers a number of slopeside lodges. The Targhee Lodge is a 16-room lodge that features ski in/ski out accommodations. The Sioux Lodge Suites is a ski in/ski out, all-suite hotel with studio, loft and two-bedroom suites. The Teewinot Lodge bills itself as a "quintessential mountain lodge," and is a 46-room, ski in/ski out property. All three properties are located at Grand Targhee's base and within walking distance to shops and restaurants.
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