Grand Teton Views and Abundant Skiing at Mountainside Resort
In nine minutes, aerial trams move up 4,139 feet from the base of Jackson Hole to Rendezvous Mountain's snow-capped summit. From the top of the mountain, skiers can take expert trails, from Pepi's Run to Rawlins Bowl, all the way to the Teton Village base camp. After a day of black and double-black diamond runs, the Snake River Lodge & Spa's heated indoor/outdoor pool—where steaming waters cascading within a manmade cave—looks like a tropical oasis. A AAA Four Diamond winner, the Snake River Lodge draws from its mountain surroundings by offering relaxing amenities for those coming in after long outdoor excursions.
Lit by antler chandeliers, the inn's timbered awning leads to a luxurious log cabin and an inviting lobby with a natural-stone fireplace and overstuffed cowhide chairs. Within the recently renovated premium king rooms, rustic accents evoke a woodsy setting, and WiFi access means one can communicate without having to send a Gregorian-chant telegram.
At the onsite Gamefish Restaurant, a seasonal breakfast menu brims with organic scrambled eggs and applewood-smoked bacon. Within the Avanyu Spa, holistic massage treatments prep muscles for a trek into the icy outdoors. Adventurous opportunities are easy to find at the scenic resort, from snowshoe tours and sleigh rides in the winter, to Snake River fly-fishing and paragliding in the summer.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Old West Charm Near Two National Parks
A valley stretching nearly 50 miles within the Grand Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole's stunning, natural mountain scenery is reason enough to visit, but more than 400 inches of snowfall each winter comes a close second. Downhill and cross-country skiing takes place at the nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where 116 trails wind through the Tetons, with 90% of those runs having expert or intermediate ratings. About 12 miles southeast of the resort in Jackson, antlers adorn archways that stand as a rustic gateway into an Old West–style town square. The square's wooden sidewalks weave past art galleries, historical buildings, and eclectic boutiques.
Connected by the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Parkway, nearby Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are separated by only 8 miles. Both contain magnificent sights and fascinating wildlife—herds of bison roam the Grand Teton valleys, and Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser reliably sprays delicious ginger ale several times a day.