Intermediate Guide

Apres Vous Mountain, Marmot, Laramie Bowl, Rendezvous Mountain, Bridger Gondola

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Overview – From Teewinot Quad – Sweetwater Gondola – Wide Open – Snack @ The General Store – Amphitheater – Gros Venture – Lunch @ Osteria – Rendezvous Trail – Laramie & Lander Bowls – Saratoga Bowl – Après @ The Handle Bar

1. 9:00 AM – Exploring Après Vous Mountain

Over the last decade, Jackson Hole has made improvements that have transformed the experience for Intermediate skiers. Before the Casper Quad (added in 2012) and Sweetwater Gondola (2016), Après Vous, was primarily off-piste and scattered with mogul fields. These lifts have greatly expanded the volume of blue square terrain. 

 

From Teton Village, take a warmup lap by riding the Teewinot Quad and exiting left to Lower Werner. This undulating trail features ample width to lay down some turns while getting oriented with the mountain. Next, take the Sweetwater Gondola all the way to the top. Then bump up the Casper Quad to access a plethora of nicely groomed blues and a handful of blacks.

 

Head right off Casper to locate Wide Open. The gradual pitch of this double blue is ideal for intermediates looking to boost their confidence. This run often remains ungroomed after fresh snow - presenting a great opportunity for powder skiing. Wide Open will merge into Teton Traverse which can be used to access Werner (blue squares). Cruise down Werner and make your way back to Teton Village. Grab a snack, a milkshake, or smoothie at The General Store if hungry or in need of a quick pit stop.

2. 10:15 – 11:30 AM – Burners from Bridger Gondola and Marmot

From Teton Village, board the Bridger Gondola and prepare to give your legs a workout on Jackson’s famous vertical drop. Head right off the gondola and Lupine Way will shuttle you into Amphitheater, a thrilling run with rolling terrain and enough space to roam. Amphitheater will terminate near the Marmot Double.

 

Head left atop Marmot to locate Gros Venture. This impossibly long and winding run offers a classic Jackson experience with incredible views of Antelope Flats—the top is rated double blue and the bottom is rated blue. If you’re up for it, bust out another lap on Bridger to tackle Sundance, another thigh burning double blue that transitions into a blue.

 

Strong intermediates may consider the Ranger, located beneath the gondola, or they can try the thrill of Dick’s Ditch below Amphitheater, a winding black diamond run where Jackson hosts an annual banked slalom competition. The runs around Marmot and Bridger all funnel back to Teton Village so when the belly begins to rumble, it’s easy to head down and locate lunch.

3. 11:45 AM – Lunch @ Osteria (see more on lunch options here)

Fuel up for your afternoon at Osteria. Delicious and savory Italian cuisine will warm the soul and stomach. On the lighter side, their seasonal salads are delectable and the oven-fired pizza is a perennial favorite. Osteria opens its doors for lunch at 11:30 and is located in the Hotel Terra just south of the tram terminal.

Iconic Aerial Tram

4. 12:30 PM – The iconic aerial tram and Rendezvous Trail

No visit to Jackson is complete without a trip up its iconic aerial tramway. The lines also tend to thin out after lunch. Intermediates will love the double blue Rendezvous Trail, with its amazing views of surrounding mountain ranges, however it will require navigating down Rendezvous Bowl. If this looks like a bit much from the top of the tram, you can always take the tram back down; the ride alone is well worth the view. If you like the look of Rendezvous Bowl, take a deep breath and drop in!

 

Rendezvous Trail will merge into South Pass Traverse. Take this to the Base of the Thunder Quad and get ready to explore Lander Bowl.

5. 1:30 PM – Laramie Bowl to Lander (**Skip on to Step 6 if you wish to avoid double blue rated runs.)

If you opted to ride down the tram, use Bridger Gondola and take Lupine Way to Amphitheater to access the Thunder Quad Chair. From the top of Thunder, use Grand to find Gannett (both double blues). Here you’ll experience the thrill of skiing or snowboarding underneath the tram. The ridge skiing along Gannett is fantastic fun. From Gannett, drop into Lander Bowl and bag the Lower Tram Line run to return to the base area (all double blues).

6. 2:30 PM – Exploring Saratoga Bowl

If you’re up for more, it’s time for a final push to explore Saratoga Bowl on the eastern flanks of Après Vous Mountain. This side of the mountain is seldom crowded and you may very well have the place to yourself in the afternoon. Board Teewinot from Teton Village to access the Après Vous Quad. The easier routes down include Upper Werner (blue) or double blues, Symmetry and St. Johns. For strong intermediates, consider the off-piste terrain in Saratoga Bowl. These gladed runs often harbor powder stashes late into the day. Try Crowheart or Big Horn. When you’ve had your fill, simply use St. John’s to merge into Lower Teewinot and return to Teton Village for some well-deserved après.

There is no shortage of après options in Teton Village. We recommend the slopeside Handle Bar at the Four Seasons Resort for delicious appetizers and an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail menu. Check out their outdoor patio with fire pits!

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