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Plan your Spring Break Ski Trip to Jackson, WY

Spend Spring Break 2012 at Jackson, Wyoming's Snow King Resort

Jackson Hole Spring Break Most colleges and universities take spring break in March, with the big weeks being March 5-23, 2012. Why go south and laze around on a beach when you can spend your spring break skiing or snowboarding some of the nation's best ski areas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Snow King Resort's Ski All 3 package makes it affordable to get luxury lodging and the opportunity to ski at the area's famous ski resorts. Skiing and snowboarding are healthy, alternative ways to spend your spring break. Downhill skiing and snowboarding burn about 400 calories per hour, give your legs a great workout and even have cardiovascular benefits. Read more about the benefits. And, well, it's just super fun!

Why Jackson?

Cowboy powder. Sick skiing. Friendly folks. Grand views. Clean mountain air. Fabulous night life. Excellent DJ scene. Real-live cowboys. There are too many good reasons that Jackson Hole (JH) is the perfect place for college students to spend spring break.
"I did the ski bum thing in Jackson Hole, slinging drinks by night at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to finance billion-dollar-view skiing by day, and I lived through the nightlife and the c-c-cold days in cultured cowboy-ville to tell you Jackson is the best of the best ski towns around. And they welcome college students--believe it." -- Kathleen Crislip

Take advantage of the Snow King "Ski All 3 Package"

Snow King resort's Ski All 3 package is unique in Jackson Hole. It's like having an interchangeable lift ticket! This package allows you to choose, on a daily basis, which of Jackson Hole's three ski areas you would like to visit. Choose between Snow King Ski Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. Package includes Lodging at Snow King Resort, lift tickets at your chosen ski resort, daily breakfast buffet at the Atrium restaurant, skier shuttle to JHMR and Grand Targhee, and transfers between Jackson Hole Airport and Snow King Resort. Prices start at $257 per person per stay based on double occupancy in a standard hotel room staying for three nights and skiing two days.

Ski the "King": Snow King Ski Hill

Snow King Ski Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Lodging The town hill has a variety of ski and snowboard terrain, including one run, Upper Exhibition, rumored to be the steepest in-bounds run on the continent. Snow King is the only area resort open for night skiing (Tuesday through Saturday until 8 p.m.) and it's 2 for 1 on Tuesdays. If you're not a skier or snowboarder, check out the Snow Tubing on the Snow King hill. Read a review of Snow King. If you're lucky enough to be on spring break March 11-13, you can check out the Town Hill Ski Race that takes place annually at Snow King. Watch racers from kids to former Olympians duke it out on the steep slope.
Snow King offers a little bit of everything without being crowded." --Bill Briggs, founder of Snow King s Great American Ski School and the first person to ski the Grand Teton (in 1971).

Nightlife around the Town Square:

Ride "Big Red" to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR)

VC ShotSki If you're an expert skier or snowboarder, you can consider riding the newish, 100-person tram, aka "Big Red," to the summit at 10,450 ft. of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This will give you a 4000+ vertical ft. drop down some of the nation's gnarliest terrain. If you're a novice skier, stick with the right side of the mountain or mid-mountain runs. Take the gondola up to find challenging blue runs and/or a nice spot to have lunch overlooking the Jackson Hole Valley. If your spring break happens on April 1st you can take part in all the fun that is "Gaper Fool's Day." It's no joke, people dress up in costume to go skiing. Watch out for giant bunnys skiing double black diamonds, a plethora of 80's ski clothing and moves, colored wigs, and way too many old school one-piece suits. Too much fun.

Obligatory Apres:

  1. Start at the Village Cafe, or what locals call "the VC", for a slice of pizza and maybe a pass at the shot ski. Take it easy, though, because the high altitude increases alcohol's effects.
  2. Walk due south to the world-famous Mangy Moose Saloon for some truffle fries and maybe some live entertainment. Remember, dancing in ski boots is something everyone should do at least once a lifetime!
  3. Rinse and repeat.

Have a Taste of the "Best Powder on Earth" at Grand Targhee Resort

Fresh Powder at Grand Targhee Take the Snow King shuttle over the hill to Grand Targhee Resort, which is a more "Colorado-esque" resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley. It receives a ton of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and its lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise. Get going early and plan on spending the whole day over there.

Post-Powder Play:

  1. Ski up to the Trap Bar and Grille for après and music.
  2. Head down the hill to Wildlife Brewing in Victor, ID for awesome beer and pizza.
  3. Once you get back over the Teton Pass, stop in Wilson at the Stagecoach. Get some free popcorn and shoot some pool at this "locals" bar. If it's Thursday, that means Disco Night: Dress up and boogie down. If it's Sunday night, that means "Church" or when the Stagecoach Band plays cowboy music and people enthusiastically western swing dance.
Check out more Jackson Hole activities and reviews from Unofficial Networks here.

What to Pack

Jackson Hole is the land of extremes. One minute it could be 30 degrees and the next 30 below. Plan and pack accordingly. Here are some suggestions of what to bring along. Don't worry if you forget something, Jackson has plenty of shopping to be had from super-swanky boutiques to equipped outdoor stores to the always-fun thrift shop, Browse n' Buy. If you don't have ski stuff, there are plenty of rental options.

Pack Properly:

  • Warm hat, ski gloves and ski socks
  • Water-resistant ski or snowboard jacket
  • Insulating layer, such as a down sweater or Polartec jacket
  • Mid-weight, synthetic or wool base layer
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Skis or snowboard
  • Ski poles
  • Ski helmet
  • Goggles
  • Snow boots
  • Casual clothing for going out
  • Sunscreen