Sunday, May 9, 2010

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Jackson, Wyoming

Getting There
Follow the signs for Jackson Hole / Teton Village.

Or, from Jackson, Wyoming to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (From Google Maps):
Driving directions to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort At Teton Village
(307) 733-2292
12.2 mi – about 26 mins
Jackson, WY
1.Head south on N Cache Dr toward E Broadway
128 ft
2.Take the 1st right onto W Broadway/US-191 S/US-26 W/US-89 S
1.4 mi
3.Turn right at WY-22 W
4.0 mi
4.Turn right at Moose Wilson Rd/WY-390 N
6.6 mi
5.Turn left at 226/Teton Village Rd
Destination will be on the right
0.2 mi
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort At Teton Village
3395 Village Drive
Teton Village, WY 83025

The Route / All About the Trail

Here is the review that I originally posted on Singletracks.com shortly after I rode the trail:
There are a variety of options available. There are a number of beginner/intermediate loops lower down on the mountain. The trails aren't very challenging, but they are very well constructed singletrack. There is also a beginner terrain park with some log ride obstacles, jumps, berms, and a small wooden table top. And then there's the Gondola summit trail. The first 2 miles are sweet singletrack with some sweet berms, the next mile is decent doubletrack, and then the last mile mile and a half or so is just a gravel road. Its a pretty steep climb, and especially on the road there is a lot of people, but the views are worth it! And its definitely a good ride back down... thats why you're sweating buckets on the way up, right?
 I thought it would be a good idea to include that, as it has been a long time since I've actually ridden there.  However, that description does need to be expanded on.

The trails around the base of the mountain really aren't very challenging, but they are well-constructed singeltrack. These trails are definitely worth a try, and are easy to access. Finding your way along them may be tricky, but even if you end up doubling back on yourself, these trails will ensure that you'll still be having fun!

Paragliders, and the view from the top of the climb.
The "terrain park" area is definitely entry level, but the features are well-constructed in order to provide great flow.  The small gap type doubles are perfectly built to float you in the air and land you right on the transition.  This would be a great place to get into dirt jumping and/or freeriding!

The grunt to the top is definitely the best workout on the mountain, and it affords stunning views of the surrounding area! However, the sense of satisfaction and immense personal achievement of completing the climb are almost reward enough, but the bomb back downhill really tops it off!

Unfortunately, to reach the top of the ski resort you would have to hike, as the upper trails are not bike legal.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for easy-to-access trails with great views and beginner jumps, head to JHMR!

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