Right next to Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers a ton of fun. Here are six epic experiences you’ll never forget.
1. Assisted Climbing on 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 third summer of operation, the Via Ferrata (meaning “iron road” in Italian) at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort enables you to have a fun, secured 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, steel rungs, cable bridges and ledges.
Choose between a full-day climb (five hours) with lunch included or a partial-day climb (one-and-a-half to 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 the national forest next to Grand Teton.
More info: www.jacksonhole.com/via-ferrata
2. Trams, Gondolas and Corbet’s Cabin
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. The tram services winter enthusiasts, helping them reach incredible skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and whisks summer adventurers looking for great high-elevation hikes in the summer.
This unforgettable journey carries 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.
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. Find more information at www.jacksonhole.com/summer-tram.
Ride Bridger Gondola
Ready for views without having to hike to see them? Take the Bridger Gondola up the mountain. At the top, visit Off Piste Market for an espresso and mouth-watering waffles. A favorite is the Traditional with brown sugar, butter and a side of bacon. Find more information at www.jacksonhole.com/gondola.
3. Ropes Course and Bungee Trampoline
This is paradise on Earth for kids and for every adult who has continued to cultivate their inner child. The 25-foot-high Aerial Adventure Course (www.jacksonhole.com/the-ropes) is a network of cargo nets, balance beams, wobbly bridges and other challenges. You can also try the Bungee Trampoline (www.jacksonhole.com/bungee) that safely suspends you up to 24 feet in the air. Kids ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a paying adult on the ropes course.
4. Downhill Mountain Bike Park
Feel the rush of biking downhill on fun mountain trails without having to sweat uphill. The five-minute Teewinot lift will bring you and your bike to the top. A new set of trails serviced by Sweetwater Gondola opened in summer 2021, expanding the number of trails you can choose from. Rent your bike at JH Sports or Teton Village Sports in Teton Village. And if it’s your family’s first time mountain biking, set yourself up for success by signing up your family for a a JH Sports youth bike camp or by hiring a private guide for the day.
The resort also partners with Teton Adaptive, so if you or a family member or friend is physically challenged, there’s a full range of adaptive off-road recumbents and handcycles included in your lesson. Find more information at www.jacksonhole.com/bike-park.
5. Hike the Wildflower Trail to Bridger Gondola
Get amazing views, pass fields of wildflowers and take breaks on benches tucked in the shade on this must-do hike to the top of Bridger Gondola.
Tip: It’s always free to ride down the gondola or tram, so hike away, knowing you don’t have to hike down.
You’ll see incredible scenery as you paraglide over the Jackson Hole area, flying with a tandem professional pilot from Jackson Hole Paragliding.
Tip: No previous experience is necessary, but you must weigh between 40 and 220 pounds and be physically fit enough to run. It is recommended you book in advance.
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