Say the words “We’re skiing out West,” and visions of slope utopia spring to mind: massive mountains smothered in fresh, feet-deep flakes; tall evergreens separating endless runs; harrowing chutes dropping thousands of feet; and chairlifts reaching up toward the sky. In other words, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This two-mountain property, which is located in the impressive Teton Range, delivers the quintessential American West ski experience—plus a whole lot more. While it’s most famous for challenging double-black-diamond runs, the real beauty of Jackson Hole is that there’s always a quiet, out-of-the-way trail where you can make fresh side-by-side tracks.
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Off the slopes: Feeling like you need a break from the rigors of skiing? Take a day off, and heat up at Granite Hot Springs. Let a team of huskies—and a musher-guide from Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours—lead you by sleigh for 20 miles, past moose and elk, to the steamy natural pool, which bubbles at around 103°F all year long.
Where to stay: Book a mountain-view room at the one-year-old, 124-room Four Seasons Jackson Hole resort, and bundle up under blankets as you sit on your terrace, watching the skiers zooming by on the slopes below. Then, grab your swimsuits and head for the heated outdoor pool, which winds around majestic aspens and large boulders and looks as natural as a hot spring—except for the waiters, circling with complementary cups of hot chocolate and fabulously gooey s’mores.
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