Nov 06, 2008
Mt. Bachelor, a stately volcanic cone that is part of the Cascades mountain range, rises from Oregon's high desert and is visible for miles in every direction.
Southern Alps of New Zealand
A new lift boosts uphill capacity by 60 percent at this classic New England resort.
In case you hadn’t heard, Jackson Hole got hammered with snow last season. Three hundred forty-six inches of fluff blew in between Jan. 1 and April 6, when the mountain closed, making it the deepest winter in 20 years. So there’s that. Then there’s the terrain. Forty-degree steeps in the Alta chutes. Thirty-foot leaps off Corbet’s Couloir. Technical glades in Saratoga Bowl. Some of the best and easiest-to-access backcountry anywhere. “Trees, cliffs, steeps, snowfall—what a great place to explore!” says one reader. It all nabs the resort the No. 1 rank for Challenge. But Jackson isn’t only about the skiing. Massive views of Grand Teton National Park garner it a No. 3 for Scenery; archways made of elk antlers, classic watering holes like the Cowboy Bar, and a more laid-back, we’re-not-in-Aspen vibe earn it another No. 3 for its charming Western Character. —Gordy Megroz
What’s new » Direct air service from New York and Seattle.
Dinner pick » Take a gondola ride with heated blankets and hot cocoa for the kids to Couloir for Chef Wes Hamilton’s delicious, locally sourced fare.
Après spot » We’ve said it before, but the Mangy Moose is still the best après bar…anywhere.
Don’t miss » A hot waffle at Corbet’s Cabin, at the top of the tram.
GO: Where to stay
Slopeside and super close to Grand Teton National Park, Teton Mountain Lodge exemplifies the idea of Western elegance.
Western décor with Native American touches gives this slopeside property a decidedly Rocky Mountain feel.
Discover slopeside eco-luxury with Jackson Hole's newest AAA 4 Diamond Hotel