Editors’ Picks: Where to Eat, Drink, Sleep, and Indulge in Jackson Hole

Blair Pfander
Editors’ Picks: Where to Eat, Drink, Sleep, and Indulge in Jackson Hole
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Ask any Wyoming native, and they’ll tell you the best skiing in the world isn’t in France or the Swiss Alps, but right here in the Unites States.
With its inky black mountain ranges—the result of large deposits of black diamonds—and an average snowfall 60 to 80 inches higher than nearby ski destinations in Colorado and Utah, it’s no surprise that Jackson Hole is the ski town of choice for serious athletes and bunny-slope dwellers alike.
But aside from first-class skiing, its luxe accommodations and burgeoning restaurant scene make Jackson Hole a seductive choice for any discerning traveler. Four Seasons guests can indulge in poolside s’mores, while those seeking a more “local” vibe may choose to warm up with the “Whatchu Talkin’ Bout Willet”— the Handle Bar’s signature confection of Willet bourbon, coffee, and peanut butter (served, appropriately, in a moose-shaped mug).
Here, we’ve rounded up the best places to eat, drink, sleep and indulge during your Jackson Hole ski trip.

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SLEEP: The ski-in, ski-out Four Seasons in Jackson Hole is one of just 54 hotels in the world to receive Forbes' coveted five-star rating. Chic skiers can indulge in the ultimate slopeside luxuries with fireplaces and balconies in almost every room. Our favorite perks? Poolside s'mores and hot chocolate in the dead of winter. From $429/night in peak season; fourseasons.com.

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SLEEP: If you're looking for more low-key (but no less luxurious) accommodations, the six-room Alpine House offers a cozy B&B vibe with elegantly furnished guestrooms—many of which feature soaking tubs or private balconies. For extra privacy, check out the five creek-side cottages, which are located a block from the main building. From $145/night during peak season; alpinehouse.com.

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SLEEP: Environmentally-conscious skiers should set up base camp at the LEED-certified Hotel Terra in Teton Village. Sleek aesthetics coupled with top-notch amenities like full kitchens and organic cotton linens give low-footprint travel a luxe spin. From $350/night during peak season; hotelterrajacksonhole.com.

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SLEEP: Outfitted with Native American rugs and boasting sweeping views of the Wyoming landscape, The Spring Creek Ranch exudes a cozy, log-cabin vibe. In addition to the "Adventure Spa" (which offers post-ski treatments), the hotel's staff of naturalists is ever at the ready to lead guests on "wildlife safaris" through the surrounding 1,000 acres. If you're lucky, you may spot a moose lumbering through the snow. From $225/night in peak season; springcreekranch.com.

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SHOP: With a new Jackson Hole flagship open since last October, active wear label Stio outfits some of the area's savviest skiers, offering high-performance gear with a sleek, fashion-forward appeal. Cozy up with perfectly-fitted down puffers or look for more technical pieces like the "Environ" jackets, which are made from temperature-regulating Schoeller C-Change fabric. For information visit stio.com.

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SHOP: If you need a new pair of skis, there's no better place to gear-up than the legendary Pepi Stieglers, where resident expert Gov peddles the latest and greatest in performance ski essentials. For more information visit pepistieglers.com.

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DRINK: There's no better cure for chilly weather than a little Big Horn Basin bourbon from the distillers at Wyoming Whiskey, who source corn, wheat and barley from local Wyoming farms. The distillery—which sources water from the Madison Formation located a mile below—offers tours Monday through Friday. For more information visit wyomingwhiskey.com.

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DRINK: The Handle Bar in Teton Village is the newest undertaking by American chef, Michael Mina. Warm up after a long day on the slopes with a moose-shaped mug of "What You Talking About Willet"—a warming confection of Willet bourbon, peanut butter, and coffee—or stay for dinner and sample the elk chili and butter-basted filet mignon. Located inside the Four Seasons hotel; fourseasons.com.

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DRINK: For lively nightlife with a touch of the rootin' tootin' Wild West, make way for the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where whiskey flows like water and bar stools are outfitted with real leather saddles. If you're hungry, head downstairs to the Cowboy Steak House for a T-bone with crispy onion rings. For more information visit milliondollarcowboybar.com.

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EAT: The brainchild of husband-wife duo Sam and Suchada Johnson, Teton Thai whips up killer Asian fusion from a pint-sized kitchen. Try an order of Tom Ka Gai soup and Stir Fried Green Beans for a spicy conclusion to a day on the slopes. For more information visit tetonthai.com.

EAT: Among the most elegant dining options in Teton Village, Il Villaggio Osteria offers gourmet Italian cuisine with a dash of Mediterranean flair. Try the crispy wood-fired pizzas or, if you've worked up an appetite on the slopes, tuck into an order of pappardelle with stewed elk ragout. Don't miss owner Gavin Fine's other dining options in the area, which include Q Roadhouse, Rendezvous Bistro, the Kitchen and Bin22. For more information visit jhosteria.com.

INDULGE: Soothe sore muscles at the The Teton Village Spa, which is located inside the swanky Four Seasons. The giant 11,685-square-foot facility caters to professional athletes and novice skiers alike with a smattering of seasonal treatment options. Our favorite: the "peak performance" recovery massage, which is customized to address post-ski muscle soreness and incorporates willow bark to increase flexibility. For more information visit fourseasons.com.

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INDULGE: The Chill Spa inside the Hotel Terra is a warm retreat from the the icy Jackson Hole slopes. Treatments change with the seasons, but for weary winter adventurers nothing hits the spot quite like the "refresh herbal poultice," which uses inflammation-reducing turmeric, lemongrass, and kaffir lime to restore muscles to ship-shape condition. For more information visit hotelterrajacksonhole.com.

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