How to Visit Jackson Hole Like a Local
Here’s why it’s the perfect vacation spot year-round.
Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop.
Photo by Eric Seymour
Meet the Insider: Connie Kemmerer, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort co-owner and Via Ferrata Enthusiast.
It’s no secret that Jackson Hole is one of the best ski towns in the United States, but the Wyoming destination doesn’t just shut down when the snow stops falling. Adventurers visit throughout the spring and summer to hike, mountain bike, and try their luck at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Via Ferrata, a fixed-route of rock climbing with roots dating back to World War I. We asked Connie Kemmerer about her favorite spots in and around her mountain hometown.
For “a modern, boutique hotel located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, look no further than Hotel Terra.” Or stay at the Teton Mountain Lodge, for a Western feel with serious luxury. And for those looking for an action-sports-based offering, check out Continuum.
EAT & DRINK
“Few restaurants in America offer the views like the patio deck at Piste Mountain Bistro, located 2,700 vertical feet above the valley floor. And no trip to Jackson would be complete without experiencing a waffle at 10,000 feet at the historic Corbet Cabin.” After sweating it out on the mountain, unwind with a “cold beer to finish the day at RPK3.”
Though it might seem intimidating at first, “the Via Ferrata at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort welcomes all comers with more than a dozen vertical routes, including three new routes opening this spring.” For hiking, “a favorite is Wild Flower Trail.”
Teton Village is a one-stop shop for all your adventures. “Teton Village Sports carries rentals of both e-bikes and pedals, perfect for a scenic trip under the Tetons. Augment any climbing gear you might need at Teton Mountaineering.” Or, if you’d rather see the region on wheels, check out “Jackson Hole Sports or Hoback Sports, located in the town of Jackson, the go-to bike shop for locals.”