Snowboarding : Jackson Hole

I heard this is THE place to board if you like powder. Gotta get there soon.

Jackson Hole is a valley in the U.S. state of Wyoming. It is located in west-central Wyoming, and gets the name "hole" from early trappers who primarily entered the valley from the north and east and had to descend down into the valley along relatively steep slopes, giving the sensation of entering a hole. The valley is named for David (Davey) Edward Jackson, a mountain man who trapped the area for beaver in the early nineteenth century. Though used by Native Americans for hunting and ceremonial purposes, the valley was not known to harbor year round human settlement prior to the 1870's. Descriptions of the valley and its features were recorded in the journals of John Colter, who had been a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After returning to the Rocky Mountains, Colter entered the region in 1806 in the vicinity of Togwotee Pass and became the first caucasian American to see the valley. His reports of the valley, the Teton Range and of the Yellowstone region to the north were viewed by people of the day with skepticism.


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Just 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Jackson, Wyoming is the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at Teton Village, Wyoming. It is named after the Jackson Hole valley. The region is served by the Jackson Hole Airport.

The ski area partially covers two mountains. The runs are 50% expert, 40% intermediate, and 10% beginner. Apres Vous Mountain is deemed intermediate difficulty while Rendezvous Mountain has Jackson Hole's famous advanced terrain that includes bowls, glades, and chutes, as well as 4100 vertical feet of skiing, the greatest continuous inbounds rise in the United States.

Jackson Hole's previous tram was retired in the fall of 2006, rose 4,139 vertical feet to 10,450 ft (3,190 m) elevation. Other lifts include an eight passenger gondola, high speed detachable and standard quad chairlifts, triple chairlifts, and a double chair. Construction began June 2007 for a new 100-passenger tram expected to begin service December 2008.

Jackson Hole is home to many of the world's best freeskiers as the terrain is considered to be some of the most challenging in North America and the world. In addition to the massive amount of skiable terrain in bounds there is an even larger area to be explored off piste or out of bounds. These areas are only to be accessed through marked gates and should only be skied if one is of expert ability and properly equipped with avalanche safety gear. The terrain has not only attracted the best skiers in the world but also one of the leading ski film companies, Teton Gravity Research. Jackson Hole is also home to one of the most famous expert ski runs in the world, Corbet's Couloir.

In addition to skiing, there are many other outdoor activities in both the winter and summer. Nordic skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, balloon rides, paragliding, fishing, hiking, biking, and climbing are only some of the activities visitors and year round residents enjoy at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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