While a whopping 50-percent of Jackson Hole terrain is for aggressive, expert skiers; intermediate skiing comes in at a close second. Thanks to the recent addition of the Casper Quad chair, Jackson Hole has added nearly a dozen of new intermediate trails to its gamut. This expansion has increased Jackson Hole intermediate skiing to 40-percent of the total inbounds terrain. Intermediate skiers can enjoy the many meandering “traverse” trails scattered throughout the mountain, allowing them to ski near or around the iconic lines, at a safe distance and watch the local young guns pull off jaw dropping feats.
The Jackson Hole intermediate terrain is plentiful, especially of recent, but skiers should understand that blue square terrain at Jackson Hole may be very different from blue square terrain at say Park City or Beaver Creek. That being said, intermediate skiers may want to consider a complimentary on-mountain tour to better acquaint them with the terrain. The tours meet daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. outside Walk Festival Hall beside the Gondola.
Once you understand the terrain and trail map better, head up Bridger Gondola. The summit yields incredible views, so be sure to soak it in. The intermediate skiing options are endless from the Gondola. Head skier’s right and drop into Ampitheater for a fun, groomed cruiser which will drop you off at the Thunderbird Quad. From there you can either head up the lift and enjoy the runs off of Laramie Bowl, or opt for a long groomer, Lower Tram Line, back to the Gondola. If you head skier’s left off the Gondola you can test drive all the new intermediate terrain off of the Casper Quad Chair, like Easy Does It or Sleeping Indian. Intermediate skiers at Jackson Hole also have terrain options off of Apres Vous Quad Chair, like St. Johns which hugs the ridge line for incredible views or Upper Teewinot for wide-open cruising.