Adventure at Altitude: Climb the Via Ferrata
If scaling up a 500-foot mountain face sounds like an activity only reserved for characters in a Jon Krakauer book, think again. Now in its second summer of operation, the Via Ferrata (meaning “iron road” in Italian) at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort enables you to have a fun, safe mountain experience.
Unlike the world-renowned expert climbing routes in the Tetons, the Via Ferrata makes mountain climbing accessible for families, groups and individuals looking for adventure. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll secure yourself with cables and move across a mountain face by way of metal ladders, rope walkways and ledges.
But you'll start with a one-hour practice route to get you ready for the rest of the Via Ferrata. Choose between a full-day climb (five hours) with lunch included or a partial-day climb (three hours) that enables you to sample some of the routes without lunch. No matter which climb you choose, you'll be rewarded by outstanding views into Grand Teton National Forest.
More info: www.jacksonhole.com/via-ferrata.html
Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
All members of the family will love the famous, 100-passenger Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, which goes from Teton Village at 6,311 feet to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450 feet.
This unforgettable journey whisks visitors an amazing 4,139 vertical feet for unbeatable views of the Tetons and surrounding Grand Teton National Park below. Passengers soar over diverse forests and often catch a glimpse of local wildlife, including bears, moose, eagles, mule deer, and more. The summit provides various trails that allow hikers to explore Rendezvous Mountain and join the 39-mile Teton Crest Trail that leads into Grand Teton National Park.
The tram is a year round outpost with incredible skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
In the summer, try out the Marion Lake trail, a 12.5 mile round-trip hike that starts with a tram ride to Rendezvous Mountain, hiking higher into the mountains from there. Hikers and visitors can also enjoy mouthwatering waffles with Nutella, sugar and/or bacon at “Corbet’s Cabin” at the top of the aerial tram, 10,450ft in elevation.
For those looking for more of an adrenaline rush, tandem paragliding flights launch from the tram summit and give riders sweeping valley views, as well as the largest vertical drop in America.
The base for the tram in Teton Village is the gateway to the adventure park, and offers fun family activities, world-class restaurants, and hotels. Riding the Aerial Tram is a must-do for any Grand Teton National Park visitor, and is the ultimate way to experience the grandeur of the mountains.
The resort's aerial adventure course is a network of zip lines, balance beams, cargo nets and other challenges - all suspended 25 feet above the ground. The course offers a range of features with varying levels of difficulty to allow you to stretch your limits, both physically and mentally, while harnessed up and safely on belay. No experience necessary, the Aerial Adventure Course is great for kids and adults alike.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort