Jackson Hole Ski Resort Jobs
- Population: Jackson 4,472; Teton County 11,172
- Road and Weather Conditions: (307) 733-9966
- Snow Report: www.jacksonhole.com; (307) 733-2291
- Annual Snowfall: 456″
- Ski Season: December-April
- Chamber of Commerce: www.jacksonholechamber.com/ (307) 733-3316
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $420
- Jackson Hole Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspapers: Jackson Hole News & Guide, (307) 733-2047
There is only one word to describe the skiing around Jackson . . . COLOSSAL. The appeal of the area can be found in its remote location, Western ambiance, and uncrowded ski areas with huge vertical drops. Both ski areas, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, are near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and in the middle of one of the most rugged and awesome mountain areas in the world. The town of Jackson, though growing rapidly, keeps the authenticity and romanticism of the wild West alive with old -time saloons, renovated bordellos, and Native American crafts. Check out additional information about Grand Targhee at www.grandtarghee.com.
Jackson Hole offers some of the most challenging expert runs in the world and 4,139 vertical feet of skiing. Intermediate skiers get their fair share of terrain, too; 70 percent of the runs are marked for them. Heli-skiing high in the mountains allows well-heeled customers to enjoy waist-deep powder.
Granite Hot Springs are the perfect remedy for sore muscles after a day of hardcore skiing. There are also opportunities to take scenic flights of the area, go on a dog-sled or horse-drawn sleigh ride, or rent snowmobiles and tour Yellowstone National Park (just north of Jackson). No one who enjoys being outdoors and can take the cold should miss the guided snowshoe tour of Grand Teton National Park or the tour of the National Elk Refuge, in which over 9,000 elk reside.
Summer at Jackson is excellent for camping, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, white water rafting, fishing and horseback riding. Jackson also offers float trips on the Snake River. Grand Teton National Park is crowded in the summer, primarily because there are a million things to do at the lakes, mountain trails, and meadows.
Jackson is home to juicy steak-and-potato meals washed down with stiff shots of whiskey and worked off with country swing dancing. Bars specialize in drinks with names like “Union Jack, ” “Tennessee Mud, ” and “Snow Blind.” The hot spot in town is the Cowboy Bar, where country is king and action abounds. The only place for live entertainment is the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. Downtown in the square the Western motif is replaced by 1940s Hollywood recreated at The Cadillac Grille. Alternative dining opportunities take the form of Chinese, fondue, and sushi restaurants. Also, check out the famous Mangy Moose in Teton Village for live entertainment.
Regional airlines fly into the airports at Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls. The twelve miles between Teton Village and Jackson are covered by the public bus service, which operates about ten to fifteen times daily, year-round. The town’s shuttle bus is the best way to get around town once you get there, and there are six taxi services in the area.
Some housing is available for employees. If housing is not provided by the employer, apartments can be hard to find. Be prepared for steep rents and rental deposits. Keep in mind that Jackson has many area campgrounds and lower-end condos. Subscribe to the local papers or call an area realtor for specifics. One insider points out that it’s important to get to the newspaper distribution center before the papers are delivered to get a jump on your competitors in the housing scramble. If you have trouble finding a place to live you may want to consider crossing the border into Idaho. In the words of one local ski bum, “There’s a lot more affordable housing over there and it’s a lot easier to find.” The first town across the border, Victor, is about a half-hour from Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole provides some employee housing at subsidized rates.
Jackson Hole provides winter and summer employment opportunities; an on -site interview is often required in both seasons, so plan to get there early. The job fair for Jackson Hole Mt. Resort is usually held in late October. This is the best place to get a job on the mountain.
Other major employers are: Grand Teton Lodge Company, Grand Teton National Park, Snow King Resort, Signal Mountain Lodge, and numerous dude ranches, restaurants, and small resorts. In summer, check out Yellowstone National Park for more options, and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has complete listings of dude ranches, resorts, and restaurants in the area. Each winter 1,500 employees are hired and an additional 2,000 are hired for the summer season.