Little big mountain: Sleeping Giant Ski Area offers something for everyone
Cody Wyo. — Nestled in the high mountains outside Yellowstone National Park sits one of the region's best kept secrets.
But if you're looking for gondola rides and $90 ski passes, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area probably isn't for you.
On a recent day, after a light snowfall, only a dozen cars sit in the parking lot at the base of the mountain. High above, the muffled drone of the lifts plays across the snow as the day's first skiers are carried up the slope.With 900 vertical feet, two lifts and 184 skiable acres, Sleeping Giant may not be the biggest destination. Yet it offers a variety of terrain and the chance to lay fresh tracks on the edge of the wilderness.“We have something for everyone, from beginning groomers to expert glades,” says Gen Armstrong, the mountain's service manager, who's punching tickets in the lodge.............................rest of article
Price of Season Ski Pass Drops in Jackson Hole, Elsewhere in the West
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort slashed the price of a season pass by 25 percent, bringing it to $1,255. That’s the lowest price since the 1980s for a full-privilege ski pass.....................At the same time, the resort increased the cost of skiing for children.............................Jerry Blann, the chief executive at the resort, said the reduced price was an effort to get adults who have been buying the 10- and 20-day packages to go forward with season passes.......................“I think we will see some of our 10- and 20-day people move up,” Blann told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “We’re counting on that. We might even see some people with second homes here buy season passes.”........................rest of story
Big, Early Snow Has Wyo. Ski Resorts Opening
JACKSON HOLE - A big, early snowfall — more than 100 inches already in some places — has Wyoming ski resort operators ecstatic and opening slopes in record time."There's nothing you can do for a ski resort that's better than snow, and we're getting it this year," said Jim Sullivan, general manager of the White Pine Ski Resort near Pinedale. "No amount of advertising or new equipment or whatever is going to make it better than snow." Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Teton County opened Saturday. "This is the first time in the history of the resort that we've been able to open this early and keep the resort open through the week," resort spokeswoman Shannon Brooks Hamby said. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announced Tuesday that for the first time since it opened in 1966, it will have all its lifts and runs open for its first day of skiing this Saturday."It's historic. We've never been able to do that in November," spokeswoman Anna Olson said. "And we have an enormous amount of snow."Both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reported receiving more than 100 inches of snow already. "For skiers, the conditions are just unbelievable,".........................................................rest of story
Jackson, Wyo., is close to skiing but not far removed from its cowboy heritage
JACKSON HOLE WYOMING • It's no secret that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a mecca for skiers everywhere, especially those who lust for double-black diamond steeps blanketed in deep powder. Equally deserving of a visit or stay, just 12 miles from that mountain masterpiece, is the century-old, authentic Western cowboy town of Jackson....................Jackson (pop. 10,000), with its Wild West ambience and wooden sidewalks, also offers AAA four-diamond lodgings such as the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Wort Hotel. Other town attractions are Victorian inns, upscale boutiques, exceptional restaurants, 30 art galleries and the Center for the Arts completed in 2004. Total winter lodging count is 84 properties with 4,452 rooms....................rest of story
Bozeman named No. 1 place to live (if you’re a skier)
BOZEMAN MONTANA • "Bozeman is the perfect mix of ski town and skitropolis; it's more affordable than Jackson Hole, less crowded than Salt Lake City and more of a real town that Whistler."Thus begins Powder magazine's glowing review in of Bozeman in its November cover story on the "Top 20 places to live to ski."
Bozeman, which "lays claim to three blue-ribbon trout waters" and three "distinctly different" ski resorts, ranked No. 1 on this year's list, giving credence to something ski bums across the valley have believed all along."Obviously there's no argument here," said Doug Wales, marketing director at Bridger Bowl. "We all know why ....................rest of story
Jackson Hole Offers a Mountain of Winter Adventures
TETON VILLAGE, WY • Home to the country's most pristine winter playground, Jackson Hole offers a novel one-stop destination for seasonal adventure. No where else will vacationers experience activities such as a sleigh ride through North America's largest Elk Refuge featuring up to 7,000 elk, snowmobiling through the trails of Yellowstone National Park to view the rare and magnificent geysers or a Wildlife Safari Tour offering an exclusive view of animals in their natural winter habitats. Jackson Hole also is home to one of the world's most celebrated skiing destinations, offering boundless trails where skiers of all levels will enjoy the area's unspoiled wilderness. Advance skiers will thrive with the off-piste skiing off the backside of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and may also book Helicopter skiing packages in the backcountry. New this year to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is Wyoming's first Stash Park, an organic terrain park for snowboarders created from native rock, dirt and wood and featuring 20 unique carvings made from natural elements...........Read more:
Big Sky shines in national ski magazines
BIG SKY, MONTANA • Big Sky Resort is celebrating this week after being highlighted in numerous national ski publications, including an image of Lone Peak appearing on the cover of Ski magazine. Ski magazine, a Bonnier publication with a national circulation of 450,000, released its fall special issue resort guide with a photo of "perfect corduroy" beneath Big Sky's "rugged" Lone Peak. (See photo, left.) The image was taken during the 2009/2010 ski season by Public Relations Manager Chad Jones. "Big Sky's Lone Peak really stands out from other ski resort landscapes," says Jones. "It's the towering, singular mountain that really makes Big Sky who we are. I'm always looking for a way to get that iconic image out there, and was thrilled when Ski's editors decided to feature it on the magazine's cover this fall."
Ski magazine is known for.......................rest of story
The Rendezvous Bowl at Jackson Hole: One of America’s finest ski trails/runs
JACKSON HOLE WY • Jackson Hole has earned a reputation for being the absolute best mountain in the United States for the skier or snowboarder that is looking for a variety of challenging terrain. Nestled in western Wyoming near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Jackson Hole's out-of-the-way location makes for a pilgrimage for those adventurous snow riders. Of the various peaks, bowls, and trails one can choose to descend at Jackson Hole, none is more fun than the Rendezvous Bowl.......................................The Rendezvous Bowl is accessed by riding Jackson Hole's famous aerial tram, which will have long lines and a packed cabin after the mountain has been graced by a snow storm. The tram's cabin will be standing room only, electricity in the air as you and the approximately hundred other passengers make your way up the mountain. In the ten minutes it takes to ascend to the unloading port, you've risen over 4,000 vertical feet*. Standing at the summit of the mountain with a full view of the Tetons is spectacular, and it only gets better as an exhilarating ride awaits you below................................rest of story
Yellowstone Region Ski Resorts
Hole Mountain Resort
There can be few more spectacular settings
for a mountain resort than Wyoming's Jackson Hole, with the Teton mountains
towering above. Jackson Hole has ski runs suitable for skiers
of all abilities. Beginners and intermediates will find plenty of terrain
to suit their needs. Experts will be challenged by the 10,450-foot Rendezvous
Peak that has a myriad of terrain and snow to offer
Jackson Hole is located in western Wyoming near the Idaho border and about
40 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. The resort is twelve miles
from the town of Jackson (the development at the base area is called Teton
Village) and 250 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Grand Targhee is located in
the Targhee National Forest at 8,000 feet in the high country of the
Tetons and it takes an
effort to get to. Famous for its elbow room and consistently superb ski
snow conditions that produces more than 500 inches of snow a year, Targhee
has two mountains to choose from.
500 inches of champagne powder a year!
Grand Targhee is your Powder Paradise,in the Heart of the Tetons! Ski
Magazine has called us, "A place that dumps!",
and in their 2002 and 2003 Reader Survey, we were ranked #2 in North America
for Snow. Skiing Magazine ranked us #2 for snow in their 25 Best Rankings for
snow. We consistently rank #1 and #2, along with Alta, UT. The 2003 Ski Magazine
Reader Survey ranked us #8 for value. Ski Magazine in their January 2003 issue
rated us the #3 Family
Grand Targhee is located 40 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming, and 87 miles
east of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Targhee Express provides regular bus service
between Targhee, the town of Jackson and Teton Village (home of the Jackson
friendly alternative to glitzy Jackson Hole GRAND TARGHEE, Wyoming (AP) -- Bill Royall chose the University of Denver
so he could take the winter quarters off from school and hit the slopes.Grand
Targhee has an annual snowfall of nearly 500 inches, with up to 650 inches
in the whitest of winters.................................His powder-searching
ways continued after college, landing him in Vail for a few years before it
eventually became too crowded, too trendy. A move to Aspen ended with the same
And so it went, Royall's quest for a quiet skiing sanctuary going on for years,
taking him to places like Steamboat Springs, Taos, Sun Valley. And it always
ended the same: moving out when the crowds moved in......................................The
nomadic journey seemed to come to an end about 20 years ago when he arrived in
Jackson, Wyoming, a place still oozing with that dusty-floor saloon charm of
the Old West.....................................But, like all the other ski
towns that had lured Royall with its charms, Jackson changed, attracting fuzzy-jacket-wearing
out-of-towners to the slopes and trendy shops with pricey paintings and sparkly
T-shirts lining the streets.
Then Royall found Grand Targhee.------------------------------ > More
Snow King Ski Area, nestled in the foothills of the Gros
Ventre Mountains and at the very edge of the town of Jackson, offers one
triple and two double chairlifts as well as a surface tow. The area is
open for day and night skiing and has an extensive snow making system covering
over 110 acres for reliable snow conditions. Founded in 1939, it was the
first ski area in Wyoming and one of the first in the United States
Snow King ski area is located right on the edge of the town of Jackson,
which is 12 miles from the Jackson Hole resort.
Kelly Canyon offers a snowboard park that is well lit and does not
allow skiers in the area. Night skiing is allowed five nights a week.
Ski discounts to military personnel and college students.
Kelly Canyon is located northwest of Idaho Falls, off Highway 26.
From Idaho Falls, take Hwy 26 to the Wyoming border and then head towards
Jackson Hole, WY, follow directional signs to Kelly Canyon Ski Hill.
The 1998/1999 season marked Pebble Creek Ski Area's 50th Anniversary.
Pebble Creek is a vertical playground that attracts extreme skiers/boarders,
but also offers plenty of variety for all skill levels. Located just
south of Pocatello, Pebble Creek plays host to 1,100 permitted acres,
45 runs, an abundance of annual snowfall and virtually non-existent lift
lines, which provide enough playful terrain for beginners or those demanding
an honest challenge. snowboards and Saturday night lessons.
Pebble Creek is located 15 miles from Pocatello via I-15 south to the Inkom
exit, then 5 miles to the resort.
Red Lodge Mountain Resort
Red Lodge Mountain Resort Pure and Simple. No lift line, no attitude, no big prices. Just great snow, great people and an authentic experience in the big mountains. Red Lodge Mountain Resort has a long history dating back to 1960 when the ski area first opened. We are above all, a down to earth ski area that prizes skiing over glitz and glamour. Originally started by a local enthusiastic ski club, we have spent the last 50 years growing into a resort that attracts visitors and families from all over the country. For those who seek an un-crowded, authentic ski experience where one can truly relax and have fun, Red Lodge Mountain Resort is the mecca. The Mountain offers something for everyone - from beginners on Miami Beach, to intermediates skiing Lazy M (our 2 ½ mile signature run), to the experts looking for a challenge in the double black diamond chutes of Cole Creek. Our full service lessons, complete rental/repair services, gift shop, two bars, two cafeterias, and one restaurant round out our amenities that will fulfill everyone’s needs. One look at our events calendar and you’ll see we have a whole lot of fun all winter long. So once again, welcome to this really special place and from all of us at Red Lodge Mountain Resort, we wish you a very enjoyable stay. Give us a call anytime and we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.
Sleeping Giant: Where Yellowstone Spends the Winter
Originally opened as the Red Star Camp in the winter of 1936-37, Sleeping Giant Ski Area officially opened in 1938 and is one of America's oldest ski areas. Today we have a unique terrain park, twice the vertical from the old days, challenging tree skiing & boarding, a carpet for those just starting out and all of this just 3 miles from Yellowstone National Park. There is a real sense of family here. Lots of stories from yesteryear. If its not the uncrowded slopes that will convince you, it will be all the spectacular wildlife you see when you drive up from Cody, this place has a certain vibe that you won't find anywhere else. Check us out this winter!
Bridger Bowl, Montana, is the gem of the Northern Rockies. Located only 16 miles north of Bozeman, Montana, this outstanding ski area is well known for offering some of the most exciting ski, snowboard and telemark experiences that you will find, anywhere. This is not your typical Montana ski resort. Bridger Bowl is a nonprofit community ski area offering a great ski experience at an affordable price. Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a young active community located only 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park.
Bridger Bowl is located 16 miles north of Bozeman, Montana on Highway 86. It is an easy 20 minute drive on a well maintained road that provides one of the easiest and most scenic accesses to a major ski area that you will ever experience.
Big Sky Ski Resort
Big Sky Resort lies nestled in the heart of the Rocky
Mountains underneath majestic Lone Peak. In 1995/96, they added the Lone
Peak Tram to better
facilitate visitors for years to come. Surrounded by the Yellowstone
Ecosystem, there is nothing small about the area. The wonders of the
area are best
enjoyed from the rustic luxury the resort provides. Big Sky Resort has
some of the best snow on earth to ski on. Big Sky was rated #8 in North
America in Skiing Magazine's 2002 top spots.
Big Sky is located in southwestern Montana, 43 miles south of Bozeman via
Highway 191 and about an hour north of Island Park Idaho Via Highway 20 then
191from West Yellowstone Montana. Big Sky Resort is nearest to the Gallatin Field
Airport in Bozeman, Montana. This airport is approximately 45 miles N of Big
Sky. Should you choose to drive
to Big Sky, the resort is approximately 40 miles S of I-90. The turnoff is just
W of Bozeman, through the beautiful Gallatin Canyon. From the south, Big Sky
is 47 miles N of West Yellowstone on US Hwy 191.