Mountain Fun in Summer at Jackson, WY

The scenic chairlift ride
We needed a day away from the car and the national parks, so decided to see what Jackson had to offer.  We did the typical tourist walk through the square, taking photos, and found a Starbucks and gift shop.  There were so many outdoor adventure options- rafting trips, bike rentals, a rodeo, hiking...but we chose to visit Snow King Mountain. It was the stuff dreams are made of for an 11 year old boy, but also had enough family fun for me and my husband.
There are four antler arches at the square

Lots of people stopped to take photos with these huge animals
We learned that they have a hotel right at the base of the mountain, and that the ski resort is within walking distance of the city center. Once our son knew this, he asked that we move hotels immediately.  We didn't, to his disappointment. The resort features an abundance of activities, and one can get a pass that covers nearly everything, but because the weather was destined to be rain at some point, we just rode to the top of the mountain on the chairlift and paid for a few tickets to the Cowboy coaster.  We could also have done: Treetop Adventure, Mini-Golf, Alpine Slide, Bungee Trampoline, Paragliding, and a maze.

The chairlift ride up took about 15 minutes and offered great views of the town and mountains.  Once at the top, there was a view point with a machine that takes quarters and a short nature hike into a small woods and wildflower meadows.  It was beautiful. During ski season, there must be a cafe but there were no services except a portapotty.

Indian paintbrush in the meadow
The Cowboy Coaster was definitely our son's favorite though.  He rode once with each of us, and though I'm not usually crazy about roller coasters, this one was tame enough to be fun.  We bought photos of us screaming down one of the hills, and I was glad that the tickets were discounted for veterans.
Cowboy Coaster
The rain came shortly after the coaster ride, so we drove over to Teton Village to check out the Four Seasons hotel to see what $800 per night will get a person.  It was also at the base of a ski hill where boys were taking bikes to the top and riding down the hill.  Super fun, but not in our skill set. We went to the pool and ordered ice cream from the poolside bar for about $20, a much cheaper option than spending the night.  Bad idea. As soon as Omar saw the pool, he was asking again about changing hotels.  We didn't.  But maybe one day when we hit it big.  That pool was the best we had seen in Jackson. The crew of staff at the pool and at valet parking were incredibly friendly.  Until next time, we'll dream of luxury and adventure.
Mountain biking at Teton Village

Four Seasons Hotel pool


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