Nov 06, 2008
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With its new, larger tram to the top of 10,450-foot-high Rendezvous Mountain, you now have easier access to Jackson's tight, north-facing couloirs, cliff bands, and its most famous test piece, Corbet’s Couloir. Luxury resorts at the base area offer après amenities from sports massage to yoga. Or just head to the Mangy Moose for a beer.
Must Hit : Corbet’s Couloir is still on every would-be extreme skier’s list. From the top of the tram, head to the lip of the couloir. Slide down the vertical ramp and bang a high-speed right to avoid slamming into rock.
The Sneak: From Thunder quad, drop into Paint Brush. Go skier’s right through tight trees. Push right to ski through a rock amphitheater before heading into Toilet Bowl.
Quick Tip: Check out the Beacon Basin at the base of Rendezvous Bowl to practice your avalanche rescue skills by finding a buried transceiver.
Powder Day: The quickest way to find the deep stashes is hiking the boot-pack from the top of the gondola. At the top of the hike, traverse left to access the limitless Headwall or right to drop into cliff-studded Casper Bowl.
Three Days Later: For powder reserves, hike from the top of Bridger gondola, traversing north instead of dropping into Casper Bowl. Follow the ridge to the Crags and Shots 7, 8, and 9 (ski patrol’s blasting zones).
Park and Pipe: Cowboy up for the Rodeo Grounds Park’s 40-foot box, 40-foot flat rail, and big hit at the bottom. Access it from the Après Vous chair, next to the 450-foot-long superpipe with rope tow.
Backcountry Access: Thanks to an open-gate policy, Jackson offers endless terrain for skilled and properly geared-up backcountry skiers. Check avalanche conditions at jhavalanche.org, then hop a gate from the top of Rendezvous Mountain to access Rock Springs Bowl. Beware of cliffs and cliff jumpers.
Weather: Average temperatures hover in the 20s in January and February, making for light, dry powder. It warms up quickly by mid-March, so visit earlier for winter snow.
Après: Tuck into a mountain of nachos at Cascade Grill House and Spirits in Teton Mountain Lodge. For Austrian-style schnitzel and beer, head to Stiegler’s, two miles down the Village Road from the resort.
Fuel: Slam a double espresso ($4.25) at the Bridger Restaurant at the top of the gondola before booting it up to the Headwall. For lunch, the Bridger Headwall Deli serves fresh sandwiches, including the Bridger Bomb ($10.50).
Up All Night: For the best live music and pitchers of beer, hang out slopeside at the Mangy Moose. For disco tunes (Thursday) or cowboy swing (Sunday), head to the Stagecoach Bar in neighboring Wilson.
Digs: Teton Mountain Lodge offers ski packages that include heli-skiing (basic packages starting at $330 per night). For frugal travelers, Hostel X has bargain slopeside rooms starting at $60 a night. —Rebecca Huntington