Wyoming is a superlative winter destination for winter sports enthusiasts. There are plenty of snowmobiling, hunting, dog sledding, ice fishing and skiing opportunities available. If you are a skier in search of a few great ski areas, there are five that I would recommend that you consider.
Here they are:
1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in Teton Village. It features two mountains, a NASTAR course, terrain park, backcountry skiing, 116 downhill trails and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet. I'd suggest that intermediate skiers stick to the center of the two mountains. Expert skiers may want to focus on the Rendezvous Mountain as it has the best vert. Lift ticket prices vary throughout the year but tend to start at $10 per person. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
2. Grand Targhee Resort
The Grand Targhee Resort is located in Alta. It features multiple mountains, terrain parks, cross country skiing, snow biking, snow tubing and snow cat trips. There are multiple downhill trails that afford skiers a breathtaking 2,270-foot vertical drop. Single-day lift ticket prices start at $29 per person and the least expensive time to visit is after lunch.
3. Sleeping Giant Ski Area
The Sleeping Giant Ski Area is located in Cody. It features multiple terrain parks and a wide array of downhill ski trails. Expert skiers might want to check out the Moose Drool, Hoot-n-Holler or Shoshone Steeps Trails. Intermediate skiers may prefer the Two Faces or the Puff-n-Stuff Trails. Lift ticket prices start at $8 per person. It typically opens on the weekends at 9:30 a.m.
4. Hogadon Ski Area
The Hogadon Ski Area is located in Casper. It features multiple downhill trails and the Boomerang Terrain Park. Most of the trails are geared towards expert and intermediate skiers. Seasoned skiers may enjoy the Boneyard or the Nasty Gash Trails. I'd suggest intermediate skiers consider the Zig Zag Trail. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lift ticket prices start at $18 per person, and the cheapest time to visit is during the week.
5. Snow King Resort
The Snow King Resort is located in Jackson Hole. It features an epic terrain park and multiple downhill trails. I'd suggest that skillful skiers consider the Belly Roll or the Bear Cat. Intermediates may want to stick to the Old Man's Flats or Kelly's Alley. It opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and lift ticket prices start at $5 per person.
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