Whichever you choose to do, Jackson Hole has you covered (in snow)
It’s no secret that Jackson Hole is a snow sports paradise, drawing in professionals, amateurs, and first-timers alike. All of whom are pulled in by the fresh powder each winter. As exciting as it is, there seems to be a fun debate happening all around town about which is better: skiing or snowboarding. So, we will present some fun information to you so you can decide.
Jackson Hole is an exceptional ski destination due to the snowfall, the amazing terrain, the backcountry, and the lift infrastructure. To ski Jackson Hole is an experience one will never forget. Whether you’re a hardcore skier or just getting into the sport, skiers from all over the world make pilgrimages to the Tetons.
Snowboarders from around the world travel to Jackson Hole every winter to experience the 2,500 acres and over 4,000′ of steep and gnarly riding. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a huge terrain park and half-pipe for the adventurous and higher skill levels.
Après-ski is a French term from the 1950s which literally means “after ski” or “after skiing”. In certain opinions it is the best part of skiing; that magical moment of a ski holiday, where the skis have come off your tired feet, and round two of the fun begins.
There is nothing better than rounding out a long day on the slopes, and strutting into a bar for a refreshing drink. In fact, there are tons of ways to après-ski whether you prefer a glamorous ski resort cocktail bar, and Jackson Hole has it all. When you finish your last run of the day, that’s when the party truly gets started.
The Deciding Factors
The local rule of thumb is skiing is easier to learn but harder to master, while snowboarding is harder to learn but you can master it more quickly. These days you can do everything on a set of skis or on a snowboard. If you are a first-timer and you only have a short visit to try either, skiing may be better because you can pick it up and have fun quicker.
The differences in equipment can be a deciding factor for some snowsports enthusiasts. For starters, snowboard boots are far easier to walk around in than ski boots. This, plus the fact that carrying just your snowboard, rather than two skis and two poles makes reaching the Après bar that much easier, is definitely a selling point.
On the mountain, some slopes or terrains can be more enjoyable for skiers, and others can have greater appeal to snowboarders. If the social side of snowsports is important to you, and you’re planning to hit the slopes with a group of skiers, it might be ideal to ski, so you can agree on which runs to do. Alternatively, if all your friends are snowboarding, perhaps picking up a board is a better bet.
Why Not Both?!?
Skiing vs Snowboarding is a classic debate, but the cool thing that not many people talk about is that you can in fact try both. With too many snowboarders and skiers adamant about their own niche, it is sometimes difficult to get a neutral and well-informed answer to which is better. However, there’s a very common mutual stance between the two: they are both fun. Jackson Hole has consistently been voted the best ski and snowboard destination in America, and it is the perfect place for your winter adventure.