Teton Sidecountry

Rock Springs Yurt; Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Dec 5, 2011
Outside Magazine
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park    Photo: jeffgunn/flickr

The only thing more challenging than skiing Jackson Hole’s gnarly terrain can be finding a good deal on lodging. One solution is the Rock Springs Yurt, located just south of the resort and accessed by South Hoback’s lower faces—a series of wide-open black runs—or a tram-accessed backcountry route down Rock Springs. Eight skiers can rent the woodstove-heated yurt and fill up with a hot meal prepared by the “Yurtmeister”—a seasonal employee, likely of the Carhartts-and-crocheted-beanie-sporting variety. Bring a toothbrush, a change of clothes, and a bottle of whiskey. The rest is provided: eight bunks, a secluded location, and a deck for hors d’oeuvres. Come morning, depending on your group’s skill level, you can either stay and play in the sidecountry or scoot safely back to the resort: catching first chair is as easy as stepping into your bindings and sliding downhill. $425 for up to eight, including dinner and breakfast.