Expert Guide

Casper Bowl, Rendezvous Bowl, Cheyenne Bowl, Alta Chutes, Cirque, Rendezvous Mountain, Apres Vous Mountain & Saratoga Bowl

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Overview – From Bridger Gondola – Thunder Quad – Aerial Tram – Snack @ Corbet’s Cabin – Rendezvous Bowl – Cheyenne Bowl – Alta Chutes – Cirque – Lunch @ Rendezvous Lodge – Bernie’s Bowl – The Hobacks – Après Vous Mountain & Saratoga Bowl – Après @ Mangy Moose

1. 9:00 AM – Bridger Gondola to Thunder Quad

Skiing the Tower Three Chutes

The skiing and snowboarding at Jackson is very technical, so we prefer to assess the terrain before taking the iconic aerial tramway. Tram lines can also be fairly long in the early morning. With this in mind, we like to take a warmup lap on Bridger Gondola down the a wide, blue-rated trail called Amphitheater to reach the Thunder Quad Chair. Scope the terrain from the chair and determine if you’d prefer Jerry’s Way or the steep and technical thrill of Tower Three Chute. If you like what you see, work your way down the ridge line bagging laps on Hoop’s Gap and Thunder.

2. 10:30 AM – Dick's Ditch to the Aerial Tram with a Waffle Break

From the base of the Thunder Quad Chair take South Pass Traverse to the famous Dick’s Ditch. The resort hosts an annual banked slalom in Dick’s Ditch for locals and pros. Competitors rip through the narrow gully in an attempt to catch air and score the fastest time. Imagine the thrill as you descend this run and use the U.P. Connection to return to the tram terminal.

 

Hang back and attempt to board the tram last to score a south-facing window spot to scope lines and the infamous Corbett’s Couloir. Once the tram docks, head straight for Corbett’s Cabin and order a fresh and fluffy waffle to warm up and fuel future descents. Try the peanut butter bacon!

3. 11:00 AM Rendezvous Bowl, Cheyenne Bowl & Alta Chutes

Step out from Corbett’s Cabin for a Jackson Hole classic, Rendezvous Bowl. It’s wide and often full of powder or wind buffed snow. Pick your line and wrap into Cheyenne Bowl via Wally World or Central Chute. If moguls are your jam, bypass Wally World and opt for Bivouac. Any of these runs will merge into Rendezvous which terminates at the Sublette Quad (this is a favorite zone for locals when the tram line is long).

 

From the top of Sublette, nab Dog Face to the short but mind-numbingly steep Alta Chutes. Lap a few here if you like before using the Tensleep Traverse to head out to the Cirque. At the bottom of the Cirque, hop on Amphitheater to the Marmot Double Chair and then the Rendezvous Lodge for lunch.

4. 12:45 PM – Lunch @ Rendezvous Lodge (see more on lunch options here)

In the lower level of Rendezvous Lodge lies a European-inspired bistro with delicious and speedy fare. If you’re up for something fancy or sit-down style dining, try Piste Mountain Bistro (reservations only), or the cafeteria upstairs. If it’s a nice day out, patio seating is available.

Bottom of Corbet's Couloir

Lexi in The Hobacks

5. 1:30 PM – Tackling some of Jack's longest steepest in Bernie's Bowl & The Hobacks

Once fueled, see if your thighs are up for the challenge of tackling some of Jackson’s longest steeps. From Rendezvous Lodge use the Lupine Way cat track to locate Gros Venture, a thigh burning blue all the way back to the base area and tram terminal. See if you can ski or shred it all without stopping.

 

Ride the tram back up and skirt Rendezvous Bowl to Dog Face. Here, try Bird In The Hand or Table Rock. Continuing on down the bowl, you’ll find additional black diamond runs, powder stashes, and tree skiing. All of these runs funnel into the double blue-rated Rendezvous Trail which will return you to the base of Sublette.

 

Use Sublette to gain elevation and return to the Rendezvous Trail to access The Hobacks. All shots in The Hobacks feature over 2,000 feet of vertical drop, wide open terrain, and hidden powder stashes. (*If it’s been a warm day, it may be best to skip this zone.) All lines will terminate with the Union Pass Traverse which merges with Way Home to the base of the Union Pass Quad Chair; a quick lift ride returns you to the base of Teton Village.

6. 2:30 PM – Moran Face to Après Vous Mountain

If your legs are up for it take another lap or two on the tram as the lines often die down in the afternoon. For something a little gentler on woozy legs, enjoy a respite on the Sweetwater Gondola, bypassing the mid-station. Use the South Pass Traverse to reach the base of the Teton Quad Chair.

 

Exiting right off Teton there are wonderfully gladed trails that seem worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the tram line. Try Grizzly Glade or Washakie Glade, both double black runs. If you’re up for more laps, lay down some GS turns on Werner and wrap around to the base of the Après Vous Quad. This zone is seldom busy and there are additional gladed, black diamond runs like Crowheart, Pathfinder, and Big Horn.

When your legs can take no more, use the double blue St. Johns to Lower Teewinot to return to the Base Area for après.

When it’s all said and done, make moves for the Mangy Moose, Jackson’s quintessential après experience. Don’t miss the nachos or wings! For more après options see here

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