This ultimate bucket list destination is bigger and better than ever this season as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Jackson Hole is synonymous as the pinnacle of extreme skiing and is often regarded as the nation’s best ski resort.
This is the birthplace of big mountain skiing, home to many snowsport pioneers and features in some of our favourite extreme videos including The Art of Flight, Almost Ablaze and Jeremy Jackson’s Higher.
Jackson Hole is located in Wyoming neighbouring the stunning Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park’s. As well as discovering this authentic American cowboy town you are also treated to the unique wildlife and wilderness in the region. The ski resort was created to rival European ski area and is now compared to Chamonix, Verbier and St Anton.
There is plenty of terrain to keep an expert rider occupied for the whole season, but there are also many runs for the non-advanced. Beginner and intermediate pistes make up half of the ski area since a new high speed lift opened up the Casper area last season.
In just 50 years Jackson Hole has evolved into a world class resort where passionate skiers and snowboarders can dare to live the dream. Take a look at the new video celebrating Jackson’s 50th
The 50th anniversary is the perfect time to remember how amazing this ski destination is and why it is at the top of many ski bucket lists. Here are the top 5 reasons why Jackson Hole should be next on your list:
Jackson Hole town has preserved its American west roots so that visitors can still experience the cowboy lifestyle. If you’re not visiting during rodeo season there is still plenty on offer to forge your own frontier memories.Once you are off the mountain, don you cowboy boots and discover the superb boutiques and saloons on the wooden cladded boardwalk shopping area. Seek out a true cowboy’s fuel and enjoy Wyoming made Whiskey and world class beers in one of Jackson’s many bars.If you are looking for something more unique, get behind the reins of a traditional horse drawn carriage and ride into the sunset across the beautiful snowy valley.
Famous home grown whiskey
With stunning scenery everywhere you turn, a ski holiday in Jackson Hole will feel like the ultimate adventure. From elk in Grand Teton National Park to bison in Yellowstone National Park to natural hot springs in the Bridger Teton National Forest, there are a wondrous amount of wildlife and wilderness on your doorstep.
The Grand Prismatic Pool at Yellowstone, Elk at Grand Teton National Park & Lake Jackson
There is over 1200m of epic vertical skiable terrain on offer at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The legendary backcountry zones and bounty of fresh snow makes this a focal point for advanced skiers in search of glory and adventure. The Mountain Resort is known for high alpine steeps, long runs and an open gate policy allowing riders to access the backcountry playground.Jackson Hole is home to some of the top freestyle athletes in the world including Travis Rice, Tommy Moe, Max Hamer and Jess McMillan. An extreme adventure wouldn’t be complete without an attempt at the infamous Corbet’s Couloir. As you cruise up on the tram you can take a glimpse of the scary peak before you come face to face with it. No other resort in North American has a chute so legendary that skiers and snowboarders come from all over the planet to tackle this ultimate ski run. Find out more about the thrill seeking terrain here.
Discover your inner cowboy at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in the heart of Jackson. As well as western style dancing, live bands, wooden cladding and animal mounts, the bar stools are genuine saddles! This famous bar is a reminder of what the wild Wyoming west was, and still is.
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
To celebrate this special occasion there are lots of exciting new additions to the ski area. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the new mountain restaurant, Piste Mountain Bistro.The new Teton quad lift opens up access to an intermediate area and 3 pistes including, expanding the Wide Open piste, creating the steep Kemmerer run and the Crags Run along the northern ridgeline. Just for this memorable year, Jackson Hole have a selection of lift pass offers for this season. There is a limited edition 10 day pass that is available all winter, the 50th anniversary Gold Pass will come with 4 ‘buddy pass’ vouchers (50% off 1 day lift passes), and if you hold a season pass to anywhere in the world you can receive 50% off Jackson Hole passes between Jan 11-31st.
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As we count down the days until the SPECTRE world premiere in London on 26th October, Visit Tirol have released new film stills from some of the big action scenes that took place in Austrian Tirol. The new James Bond film SPECTRE was filmed in various locations in Tirol and 007 fans are delighted to see Bond back in the snow. It was about a year ago the announcement was made that the 24th James Bond would be returning to the mountains and in January 2015 filming of SPECTRE began. As well as huge ski and Austria fans, many of us at Iglu Ski are big James Bond fans have been waiting impatiently for the new film to be released. So if you are anything like us, this news should add a glimmer to your day! Action scenes from the new James Bond film were filmed in two ski resorts in Tirol – Sölden and Obertilliach.
Photos: SPECTRE in Obertilliach Tirol (c) Sony Pictures
Sölden is one of the most famous resorts in Austria, if not Europe! The world class terrain and bustling town make it a popular ski holiday hot spot year after year. Producers and Art Department of SPECTRE felt like Austria had everything there needed to create a spectacular sequence. After discovering the magnificent lift and Ice Q restaurant structure at the Gaislachkogl peak in Sölden they knew they didn’t need to search any further. After a long journey through many countries, Production Designer, Dennis Gassner stated "What could be more exciting than to be up there, on top of the world?" The ICE Q restaurant in Sölden at 3048m was the unique, modern facility that they were after.
Photo: Oetztal Tourism by Rudi Wyhlidal
Photo: Bergbahnen S +Âlden
Obertilliach is a small picturesque ski village located in East Tirol which is popular for beginners but quite unknown to the UK holiday maker. A dramatic action scene takes place here, including a huge explosion which features on the newest teaser trailer.
The scene features a local, traditional mountain hut, now called ‘Bond House’ by the locals, which was dismantles and re-assembled on the slopes at the Golzentipp ski area, just for the film! Four locations in Obertilliach will feature in the film including scenes from the Grade II listed historic village. This was fantastic news for the village, Mayor Matthias Scherer cheered "For a tourist destination, like us, it was like winning the lottery. It’s not every day that a small community of 687 has a British secret agent coming to visit."
Take a sneak peak at the Austrian locations in this behing the scenes footage:
Feel like James Bond for a week at visit Chalet Hotel Hermann in Solden. Prices start from £564 pp
For more 007 fun, read our Top 5 James Bond Ski Scenes
The strongest El Niño in 50 years has been predicated for this winter. The deputy director of the NOAA (National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center, Mike Halpert, has reported “this could be among the strongest El Niños in the historical record dating back to 1950.”
Experiencing an El Niño this winter is awesome news for skiers and snowboarders as this could mean we receive much more snow than an average winter... and more snow means more powder days!
Every 2–7 years an area of the tropical regions in the Pacific Ocean warms up and distorts the weather patterns in the western Ocean, including Australia, North and South America and even parts of Europe and Africa, this is called El Niño.
The National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) recent report predicts the El Niño will persist through winter before settling down in spring. There have already been signs of the start of El Niño this summer, such as the record number of storms during the central Pacific hurricane season.
The 2 strongest previous events were in 1982-83 and 1997-98, in 1997-98 there was powder day after powder day and amazing conditions across the Alps. Now the World Meteorological Organisation is predicting that this phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record. “At the moment, this year’s El Niño is stronger than it was at this time of year in 1997” - Bill Patzert (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist) It’s had been reported that the start of winter in December and January will be quite mild, then in February we will see a change to a colder winter that will most likely feature several storms and significant snow.
California - Resorts could receive between 30-40% more precipitation. This could mean great things for ski holidays in Heavenly, Northstar, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe. Colorado – After a wetter than usual spring, the trend should continue through the winter to create a much more seasonable winter than last year. Vail Resorts are optimistic for a fantastic winter in their resorts, including Park City, Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. An El Niño often means that Europe is prone to heavy rain and storms and a colder than average winter.
If you are looking for the best snow this season, take a read of our top 5 snow sure ski resorts in Europe
The Tirol region in Austria is one of the most exciting places to be this winter. With the rise in UK arrivals in the area last season there have been lots of new and improved innovations in Tirol over this summer. From new linked ski areas, to enhanced lift infrastructure and new accommodations, there has never been a better time to visit Austrian Tirol. Find out more about what's new for the Austrian Tirol this season.
Here are the top 5 ski resorts that will be well worth the visit this season:
After years of talk about linking up with Saalbach, this will finally be a reality from December 2015. This area will become the talk of Austria as huge possibilities will open up. The new, high speed Tirol S gondola will link Fieberbrunn in Tirol with Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang in Salzburgerland. This new connection will join up 270km of piste and will become the largest interconnected ski area and most varied in Austria.
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Sölden will be the talk of the town when it hits the silver screen this winter in the James Bond film, Spectre. Anything good enough for 007 will be popular amongst fans and will be the place to be this season. Sölden is an Alpine Ski World Cup venue and one of the most famous ski areas in the world. The state of the art lift system teamed with the 145km of perfect pistes makes this resort a dazzling diamond in Tirol. The 3 mountain peaks over 3000m and 2 glacier ski areas makes the resort one of the most snow-sure in Austria. Powder hounds will bask in the freeride ski and snowboard area at the Gaislachkogl peak. If you heading over this way this winter, don’t forget to ski down the 15km route from Schwarze Schneide at Rettenbach Glacier.
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Mayrhofen is popular among Britons because it is a great all-round resort for both skiers and snowboarders. This season Mayrhofen will be unveiling the new and improved Penkenbahn which is now a state of the art 3S gondola. This will dramatically reduce the lift queues and waiting times getting up the mountain. Mayrhofen and the Ziller Vally resorts (which are linked by easy bus and train links) have a hugely varied circus of pistes which cater for all levels, including high glacier runs, expert parks, pretty tree lined runs and leisurely slopes. The après is up there with the best of Austria; from on-mountain après at the igloo White lounge to dancing on the tables at Brück'n Stadl to late night partying at Harakiri. With brilliant skiing, fun après, large town with plenty of shops and restaurants, plus easy transport links to explore the surrounding areas it’s no surprise that thousands of Brits head here.
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This first rate ski resort is consistently our top seller in Austria. Whilst you’re not skiing or snowboarding on your holiday you want to be discovering the best après ski, and St Anton is renowned as the best ski party town in the world. Intermediate and advanced riders will love the range of challenging pistes across St Anton and the Arlberg region, plus there are plenty of back country areas if you are looking to head off piste with a guide.
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The charming fairytale town, large ski area and friendly Austrian atmosphere keep skiers and snowboarders coming back year after year. Kitzbuhel is the text book example of Austrian skiing and offers everything you would want for a ski holiday in Tirol. In the recent Ski Club of Great Britain consumer research report, Kitzbuhel had the biggest jump in the Top 10 ski resorts, jumping up an incredible 36 ranks to spot number 8 confirming its popularity over last season. The home of the prestigious Hahnenkamm ski race offers 170km of varied ski slopes across the large mountain range. From the mix of blues and red runs on the home mountain, to the fun freeride areas around the 3S and Jochberg to the wide blues at Pass Thurn and the beginner slopes at the Kitzbuheler Horn, there is something for everyone.
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