Trade in your cowboy kicks for snowboard boots and get ready for a thrill. Professional and novice riders from all over the world visit Wyoming for some of the best powder and most extreme snowboarding in the country.
Two of the best spots for snowboarders are Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. For anyone skeptical of the state’s snowmaking capacity, get this: Jackson Hole gets and average of 459 inches of snow per year, while Grand Targhee racks up more than 500 inches.
Jackson Hole is a true snowboarder’s paradise. On Rendezvous Mountain, pros can tackle the largest lift-accessed vertical drop in the country (4,139 feet), in addition to countless cliffs, chutes, peaks and bowls. Meanwhile, beginners and intermediate riders can shred on the resort’s second mountain, Apres Vous Mountain. There’s also a superpipe with a rope tow and two terrain parks to work on your tricks. With 2,500 acres of terrain and 116 named trails, there’s something for every rider here.
If you love to make fresh tracks, Grand Targhee is the resort for you. Located 12 miles east of the tiny town of Driggs in Teton Valley, powder hounds will delight at having this quiet resort all to themselves. Most of the resort features ungroomed, off-piste, intermediate riding. Advanced riders craving a bigger challenge can head over the pass and down the backside of the mountain into the area’s backcountry terrain.