By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 8 years ago September 30, 2015

VISIT WYOMING: Ski Areas Outside of Jackson Hole

Outside of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming has many other ski areas that seem to always slide under everyone's radar. These areas may not be as well known as Jackson Hole but that's what makes them great. Plan your winter getaway with a list of Wyoming's "off-the-beaten-path" ski areas. 

Snowy Range Ski Area


Located just outside of Laramie, Snowy Range Ski Area not only offers great views of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest but a respectable annual snowfall of 245 inches/year. This is the perfect mountain for beginners as 70% of the area falls into the easy or blue square category. With four chairlifts and 250 acres of skiable terrain, this is a must visit ski area for the entire family. 



Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming boasts an annual average snowfall of 500 inches. That's why they are able to have one of the best taglines in the ski industry, "Snow from the Heavens, Not Hoses!" Grand Targhee is only accessible by driving over Teton Pass and through Driggs, Idaho. But ask anyone who has every made the trip and they will only rave about the non-existent lift lines and untracked powder runs. If you are searching for powder this winter, look no further than Grand Targhee Resort located in northwest Wyoming. 


Snow King Mountain

Founded in 1939 and home to the steepest north facing FIS race course in the continental US, Snow King Mountain is just six blocks from downtown Jackson. Rising to the elevation of 7,800 feet, the summit provides a bird's eye view of Jackson, along with an incredible view of Grand Teton National Park. Snow King Mountain offers 26 runs on 400 acres of terrain, with runs catered to advanced skiers or first timers alike. Not interested in skiing or snowboarding? Take a slide down the family friendly tube hill. If you are staying in Jackson but don't want to drive up to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain is the spot



Hogadon Ski Area 


The town of Casper, Wyoming is home to this small but quaint ski area. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Casper, lift lines are almost unheard-of. Rising 600 feet from the base area to the summit elevation of 8,000 feet, this is the perfect mountain for families. Lessons are available for both skiers and snowboarders at their Snowsports School. Take a trip to Casper and experience Hogadon first hand.


Meadowlark Ski Lodge

Tucked into the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming, this family-owned ski area is home to 20 trails of all ability levels. Meadowlark Ski Lodge not only offers skiing and snowboarding but snowmobiling and snowshoeing as well. This is an ideal winter getaway destination situated halfway between Buffalo and Ten Sleep. All winter activities are set to kick off on Thanksgiving weekend. 


Sleeping Giant Ski Area

Dating back to its opening in 1938, Sleeping Giant Ski Area is one of the oldest ski areas in the United States. Have you ever dreamed of having an entire ski area for you and your closest friends and family? Look no further than Sleeping Giant as you can rent the entire area for a private party. Sleeping Giant is also the closest ski hill to Yellowstone National Park. Hit the slopes in the morning and take in Old Faithful in the afternoon!



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Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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