Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Skiing Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

Two good choices at Jackson Hole    Photo: Tristan Greszko/courtesy, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Snowfall: 459 inches
Area: 2,500 acres
Vertical Drop: 4,139 feet
Web: jacksonhole.com

Sitting in the hotbed of American ski mountaineering, Jackson's sidecountry offers more adventure than you'll find at any other resort in the nation. (Sign on with the resort's guide service, or, if you've got the chops, explore the Tetons on your own.) But the inbounds skiing is plenty worthy too, especially now that a new version of the iconic Tram, which the resort tore down in 2006, is in action. And it's faster than ever, capable of hauling 650 skiers up 4,139 vertical feet each hour. With a nine-minute ride to 10,450-foot Rendezvous Mountain, this December you'll once again be able to access Jackson's famous steeps¬óand maybe even drop carcass into the 55-degree drain that is Corbet's Couloir¬ówithout riding four lifts first. Which is nice, because this is one cold-ass resort, and riding four lifts in a storm gets chilly.

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