With fifty-two inches of snow already reported at the summit of Rendezvous Bowl and another big storm cycle predicted for the weekend, winter has arrived in Jackson Hole.
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has, once again, earned the top position on Forbes’ ranking of The Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America for the upcoming 2015 Season—the fourth year in a row.
Forbes touts their rankings as being more scientific and less shooting-from-the-hip due to their implementation of their very own rating algorithm. They note that “A resort’s [Pure Awesomeness Factor] score cuts through the marketing, the dogma, the conventional wisdom that’s anything but to produce unadulterated, unalloyed truth”—a truth that bestowed a lofty 99/100 upon Jackson Hole.
“The tram at Jackson Hole remains the finest ski lift at any of the resorts we consider…” writes author Christopher Steiner. “Jackson, in our estimation, is one of the more responsible stewards of the spirit of skiing.” Speaking of responsible stewards, Steiner notes Hotel Terra as his preferred place to stay and acknowledges their LEED certification (Diamond, for those counting). The Spur Restaurant and Bar in Teton Mountain Lodge and The Handle Bar at The Four Seasons both earned a mention as well.
Snarky locals are quick to refute these rankings, however, advising that the data is misrepresented, the lines are horrendous, and it barely ever snows. One even quipped, “don’t bother coming to Jackson, I hear Colorado is lovely.” An excessively sarcastic statement considering that “Jackson’s record year for visits still only comprises about a third of the visits that the mountains [in Colorado] see in a year.“
With opening day on Thanksgiving, just a few days away, there is a whole season ahead to form your own opinion.
JHMR is once again offering its “Ski Free – Stay Free” program in conjunction with an expanded winter flight schedule from the Jackson Hole Airport. It is easier than ever to experience the premier ski resort in North America.
Stop by one of our nine area offices (including our convenient Teton Village offices in Teton Mountain Lodge, Hotel Terra, The Four Seasons, Snake River Lodge and Spa and the Village Market) and to talk to an agent about making the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort your local resort.