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Have you been to Jackson Hole?

Me and my boyfriend are tying the knot in March and we are headin to Jackson Hole to celebrate and I am curious as to what it's like. I hear that it's a pretty epic place. Is it a super steep mountain? What are the t parks like? Does there spring season get much snow? Is Grand Targhee worth checking out?
Maybe someone would like to let me in on what goes down in Jackson.
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Havn't been yet but I'm going Feb 18-21. ( =

Pretty much the top gnarly resort in the states as far as I know

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I can answer yes to the steep part.
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Me and my boyfriend are tying the knot in March and we are headin to Jackson Hole to celebrate and I am curious as to what it's like. I hear that it's a pretty epic place. Is it a super steep mountain? What are the t parks like? Does there spring season get much snow? Is Grand Targhee worth checking out?
Maybe someone would like to let me in on what goes down in Jackson.
I went one year ago. Conditions were pretty good. It has the steepest inbounds terrain in the contiguous 48. The slopes will not disappoint you, and you will not get bored on the mountain (unless you like greens... there are only 5 or 6 green trails)

They have gotten lots of spring snow in the past (including the year they finished the new Tram), but I think this year has everyone in the Rockies scratching their heads about how much snow will fall when.

I didn't go into the terrain park (was my first time snowboarding ever), but I don't think it was that big. Honestly, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to spend all that time in the park with all the sick terrain JHMR has to offer.

The town of Jackson is a typical western town... albeit with a few more amenities than normal due to tourism. Staying in town will be a lot like staying in a moderately populated suburb. The town itself is too big to walk across to get to everything. The resort is about 15-20 minutes outside of town. Be warned, food is pretty pricey in Jackson.

I'd report more, but I am falling asleep over here... hopefully someone else who has been can chime in.
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I went to JH two winters ago. We stayed at Snow King in town and shuttled back & forth to JHMR and Targhee.

JHMR, as others have said, is the steepest terrain in the lower 48. I believe it is also the longest vertical, too. It's bad ass. We were taking this chute and almost ran right into a moose and two baby mooses (sp?).

Targhee was epic. My only regret is that we didn't go to Targhee earlier in the trip, we went on the last day because it's abouta 2.5hr shuttle drive from JH city, and on the last day of the trip our legs were pretty tired. We ended up powering through and did about 7 hours of riding that day (i have no idea how we did this) in about 10" of fresh. Good times.

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Wait... you're getting married and your honeymoon is going to be a snowboarding trip to Jackson Hole?!

Before you go through with this and make the biggest mistake of your life, let me officially throw my hat in the ring! Marry me instead!
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Wait... you're getting married and your honeymoon is going to be a snowboarding trip to Jackson Hole?!

Before you go through with this and make the biggest mistake of your life, let me officially throw my hat in the ring! Marry me instead!
haha sorry!! I aint makin a mistake either bud
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It has the steepest inbounds terrain in the contiguous 48.
I've always wondered about this. I assume you're talking about Corbett's. I've never been to Jackson, so I can't say from experience but I've always assumed that depending on conditions, Chimney and Schmidiots at Squaw was the steepest. Rarely rideable but when it is, I can't imagine anything else inbounds being comparable.

With that said, Squaw is my home mountain, so I'm inclined to tout it as being the most wicked terrain this side of the moon. I am curious about the numbers though.

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I've always wondered about this. I assume you're talking about Corbett's. I've never been to Jackson, so I can't say from experience but I've always assumed that depending on conditions, Chimney and Schmidiots at Squaw was the steepest. Rarely rideable but when it is, I can't imagine anything else inbounds being comparable.
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"Rendezvous Mountain has Jackson Hole's famous advanced terrain that includes bowls, glades, and chutes, as well as 4100 vertical feet of skiing, the greatest continuous inbounds rise in the United States."

Sounds like they have the tallest run (from peak to base) of anyone else in the 48. I am sure that you'll find certain slopes or bits of terrain elsewhere that is just as steep or steeper, but not as much of it crammed onto two mountains
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