If you are planning a ski trip, definitely consider Jackson Hole. This is my second year skiing and visiting this beautiful place and I am beyond excited to share all of my favorite spots (mostly all the things I love to eat).
The reason I went to Jackson Hole this year and last year is because my ski pass (the Ikon pass) gives me 5-days to ski this stunning resort. If you are an Ikon pass holder, be sure to take advantage of all the different mountains on the pass. I like to plan 1-2 out of state ski trips a year.
Jackson Hole is truly a ski town right out of a movie. They have the cutest streets lined with twinkle lights and of course, lots of snow. Just a friendly reminder to bring snow appropriate shoes and clothing. Even with my snow boots, I struggled on some of the icy sidewalks.
Where to Stay
There are so many great options in Jackson Hole. Personally, I like to save a little money on accommodations while still staying close to town and the resort.
Wyoming Inn: This year I stayed here and it was really perfect. They had free parking, comfy beds, an indoor hot tub, and it was only a 4-minute drive into town and less than 20 minutes to the resort. The staff was beyond helpful explaining how to take the bus into town (which is completely free) and offered vouchers to take the bus to the resort for free. I will 100% be coming back here.
The Anvil Hotel: This is quite possibly the cutest boutique hotel ever. Although I didn’t stay here, they have beautiful rooms and the location cannot be beaten. I also think the prices are very reasonable especially for the location.
Airbnb Option: Last here I stayed in this Airbnb, and while the house and price were great, the location was not. It involved driving through the Teton Pass to get to the resort or into town. I booked this last minute and it was one of the only reasonable options still left. There are plenty of other options on Airbnb so spend some time looking. Just make sure to plan ahead.
Where to Eat
One of my favorite parts about coming to Jackson Hole is the food. After a day of skiing, I am usually starving which is great because the options are endless in Jackson Hole.
Hatch: This non-traditional taqueria was phenomenal. I went here after driving into Jackson Hole on Friday for a late lunch. I ordered the Al Pastor Taco and the Seared Yellowfin Taco and was blown away. You must try the Seared Yellowfin when you go. It was so unexpected and flavorful.
Persephone: I had seen this bakery a few times on Instagram and made sure I went this year. Persephone has yummy baked goods and hot cocoa with a homemade marshmallow that will make your day. I saved a pastry to have before skiing the next morning and can’t think of a better way to start the day. Persephone does sell out of a lot of things, so I recommend ordering online if there is something you really want to try.
Gather: I’ve gone here two years in a row and will be coming back every time if it’s up to me. Gather is one of the best fine dining experiences I have had. The must-order items here are the Pork Belly Bao and Bone Marrow Fried Rice, but anything you order will be delicious. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Definitely make a reservation here ahead of time.
White Buffalo Club: This is a new find and I can’t wait to revisit this spot. I recommend going for happy hour as they have some amazing items at a great price. Happy hour runs daily from 5-6 and you can see the full menu here. I had the bone marrow during happy hour and it did not disappoint, but the 10 people sitting near me all ordered the burger and could not stop raving. If you are looking for an inexpensive and satisfying meal after a day of skiing, this is your spot.
Coco Love: If you like chocolate, then this is the place for you. Run by Master Chocolatier Oscar Ortega, they offer an assortment of desserts, chocolate truffles, and spicy hot cocoa that is a crowd-pleaser. Stop by here and bring some truffles home.
Where to Drink
Jackson Hole is filled with so many fun places to explore at night From cowboy-themed bars to breweries where you can sample experimental beers, there is something for everyone.
Roadhouse Brewing: Located literally in the center of town, you can try a wide variety of different beers on tap. I had a tasting sampler that included four different beers selected by the bartender. It’s a great way to learn what this brewery has to offer. I also ordered the ribs here and they were really good.
Snake River Brewing: Another great brewery pretty close to the center of town. Snake River has a variety of rotating beers and a typical bar menu.
Bin22: If wine is your thing, you are going to want to check this place out. I loved perusing the shelves and then selecting a bottle to split with friends. They also have a charcuterie board that is tasty. I didn’t visit this place on my most recent trip but hope to go back next year.
Million Dollar Cowboy: I still haven’t been here, but it is a legendary spot. If you are looking to do some line dancing, listen to live music, and get the typical cowboy bar experience, put this on your list. There is a $10 cover fee on nights with live music.
At the Resort
If you are planning to spend some time at Jackson Hole resort then read on for my favorite places to grab lunch and the best aprés ski spots. Just note that many of these places are on the pricier side, just the nature of a ski resort. I also recommend packing snacks, water, and sandwiches one day while you are skiing.
The Handle Bar: For a delicious bloody mary and nacho,s go here. You can make a reservation ahead of time. Otherwise plan to wait 15-30 minutes for a table. They have an outdoor patio that is great on a sunny day.
RPK3: Located under the tram, this is my favorite spot for lunch. I have gone twice and ordered the same thing both times, definitely a creature of habit over here. So when you go, get the chili in a bread bowl. It’s filling, delicious, and the perfect mountain meal.
Mangy Moose: If you are in search of your typical apres-ski spot, then be sure to add this to your list. The eclectic bar fills up fast so you will have to scout out a table. They have live music, bar snacks, a great beer list, and of course … a moose.
The whole resort is beautiful and has fun activities like outdoor ice skating, snow sculptures, live music, and other things I still haven’t experienced. If you have the opportunity to spend some time wandering after a ski day, I highly recommend it.
*Parking at the resort is extremely expensive at $40 a day BUT if you park at the Ranch Lot and have 3 or more people in your car, it is free. From the Ranch lot you take a complimentary shuttle less than 5 minutes to the base lodge. Do this and save that $40.*
I hope this travel guide helps you plan your next ski trip to Jackson Hole. Let me know in the comments below if you end up visiting any of these spots!