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Best Steeps: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Does skiing 45-degree chutes only slightly wider than your skis sound like fun? Welcome to Jackson Hole.
posted: 09/14/2009

Jackson has had a terrible snow year. Until now. If anything, the snow reports have trended to the conservative side of the spectrum. Tuesday's 6 inches skied a lot more like 8. And in blown-in areas, it was considerably deeper. It fell a bit heavier than Jackson's typical blower but that's a blessing: it's sticking well and providing a foundation for what's about to come. Sure, you can still feel the crunchy crap underneath but less and less. The forecast can be found here. And there are deals. Like lifts, lodging, and lunch for $99.

Photo by: Wade McKoy

If it snowed over two feet the night before, start your day with a quick run on the Sublette quad before hiking 20 minutes up to Casper Bowl, where pow lasts a bit longer. Though you might never make it to Casper; your day could just as easily become a series of lift laps on the Thunder quad. You could shred the 45-degree Alta One chute, which narrows into a steep choke. Or dodge tree limbs while navigating the narrow passages of Hoop’s Gap, or hop-turn down Tower Three Chute. If you do get to Casper Bowl, you’ll find a variety of terrain that’s tricky enough for a swath of skiers—even the local you just met on the chair whose shameless name-dropping sounded like TGR’s closing credits.

When You Go…

Go to Bubba’s during the week and ask for the Worker’s Breakfast (it’s not on the menu). For $5.25 you get bacon or sausage, two eggs, hash browns, toast, and coffee. [515 E. Broadway]

Bluegrass Tuesdays at the Silver Dollar are more fun than going to the touristy Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. And there’s no cover, either. [Broadway and Glenwood]

There’s free homemade breakfast, along with tea and cookies after skiing, when you stay at the Alpine House. [rooms from $115, alpinehouse.com]

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