Best Skiing In Wyoming: 5 Pristine Resorts Besides Jackson Hole

Written by Hannah Ward
Published: March 10, 2023
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With around 109 mountain ranges and thousands of peaks — including a major portion of the Rocky Mountains — it’s not surprising that Wyoming offers some fantastic skiing opportunities. The largest ski resort in the state is undoubtedly the stunning Jackson Hole resort which boasts a staggering 131 runs across 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. With a vertical drop of 4,139 feet, it has the most challenging and best skiing in Wyoming. However, there are eight other ski resorts in the state besides Jackson Hole, so let’s take a look at some of the other places you can enjoy in Wyoming.

1. Grand Targhee Ski Resort

LocationBest Time to VisitAverage Snowfall
Alta, near the Idaho-Wyoming border and within the Caribou-Targhee National ForestDecember to February500 inches

Located in the stunning Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the Grand Targhee Ski Resort consists of a vast 2,602 skiable acres. It has six ski lifts and has an immense 95 runs with a vertical drop of 2,270 feet and the longest run of 2.7 miles. With trails suitable for beginners through to expert and areas open for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Grand Targhee has a dedicated ski and snowboard school which offers private and group lessons for all ages and abilities. They also run an adaptive program for people with disabilities to ensure that no one has to miss out on the fun on the slopes. Grand Targhee also has a childcare center, slopeside accommodation, a campsite, and a variety of shops and restaurants on-site. There are even professional photographers on the slopes to capture those perfect moments for you.

Grand Targhee is renowned for its deep powder and receives a mighty 500 inches of snow per year. Snowfall peaks in December with an average of 82 inches, although January and February are consistent too with 80 and 81 inches of snow respectively. Therefore, any time between December and February is a good time to visit as you will be guaranteed an excellent quantity and quality of snow.

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Grand Targhee

Ski Resort

consists of a vast 2,602 skiable acres.

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2. Snow King Mountain Resort

LocationBest Time to VisitAverage Snowfall
Close to downtown JacksonDecember to February103 inches

Located just a stone’s throw from downtown Jackson, Snow King Mountain Resort is set on 500 skiable acres. Although the vertical drop is a daunting 1,571 feet, there are runs to suit experience levels — from beginner through to expert. Snow King features 41 runs, with the longest being one mile long. However, what puts the resort on the map is that it offers the only night skiing in Jackson, with 110 acres open.

Snow King offers private and group skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages and abilities. There are even lessons dedicated to four and five-year-olds having their first experience on the slopes. Plus, there is a snow tubing park with three lanes and a magic carpet lift for the whole family to enjoy.

The average snowfall at Snow King is 103 inches with a peak of 30 inches during December. However, again January and February are both consistent with 29 inches each — meaning that between December and February is a good time to visit based on the quality of snow. Snow King offers slope-side accommodation with restaurants and bars so it’s a great place to visit, whether for an extended stay or just for a day. Outside of the ski season, the resort offers ziplining, mountain biking, concerts, a mountain roller coaster, and scenic gondola rides.

Snow King Mountain

Snow King features 41 runs, with the longest being one mile long.

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3. Sleeping Giant Ski Area

LocationBest Time to VisitAverage Snowfall
Next to the Shoshone River in the Absaroka MountainsFebruary150 inches

Established in 1936, Sleeping Giant Ski Area has long been at the heart of the community in Cody. Although operating only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Sleeping Giant prides itself on being a place where everyone can enjoy the stunning slopes. Consisting of 184 skiable acres with a vertical drop of 810 feet, there are 48 runs to choose from and the longest is one mile. The trails are suitable for skill levels from beginners to experts, while there are also two terrain parks with various features for you to test your skills on. Plus, there’s night skiing available too.

Sleeping Giant offers private and group lessons for all ability levels with a dedication to learning while having fun. They also offer dedicated children’s lessons and run school programs for ages six to 18. Also, if traditional skiing isn’t your thing then you can try out a Sno-Go ski bike for a different challenge.

Sleeping Giant receives an average of 150 inches of snow per year. The peak time and the best time to visit is February which receives 25 inches of snow and has an average base depth of 37 inches. Although there are no lodges available on site there are plenty of places to book nearby. However, Sleeping Giant doesn’t just offer winter fun as they are home to the largest zip line in Wyoming — spanning 3,520 feet long.

Children Skiing

Sleeping Giant offers dedicated children’s lessons and run school programs for ages six to 18.

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4. White Pine Ski Area

LocationBest Time to VisitAverage Snowfall
10 miles from PinedaleDecember to January73 inches

Located just 10 miles from Pinedale is the White Pine Ski Area which is one of the oldest ski resorts in Wyoming. Although only open Friday to Monday, White Pine is renowned for its stunning slopes and beautiful white powder. Set in 370 skiable acres and boasting 29 runs, there is always something for the whole family to enjoy.

With the summit at a staggering 9,500 feet, there is an impressive 1,110 vertical drop down to the base camp. Two ski lifts are servicing the slopes and the longest run is 0.4 miles. There’s also a tubing hill which is open Saturdays and Sundays with an additional lift. Plus, there are 22 miles of Nordic ski trails to explore as well as a terrain park with various natural and man-made features. White Pine also offers private and group ski and snowboard lessons, along with dedicated children’s lessons and camps.

White Pine receives an average of 73 inches of snow per year with the peak coming in December at 23 inches. However, based on the depth of the snow as well as the snowfall, the best time to visit is between December and January. There’s the accommodation on site in the form of luxury cabins and a restaurant and grill open on ski days. However, White Pine is a year-round resort that offers various summer activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

Wind River Range, Wyoming

White Pine is renowned for its stunning slopes and beautiful white powder along the Wind River Range, shown in this photo.

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5. Hogadon Basin Ski Area

LocationBest Time to VisitAverage Snowfall
Casper Mountain, 11 miles south of CasperFebruary to March114 inches

Located on the stunning Casper Mountain with 92 acres of skiable land, Hogadon Basin Ski Area features 28 runs with the longest being 0.6 miles. There is a vertical drop of 640 feet and there are beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert options available. There’s also night skiing available on Fridays and Saturdays. Plus, there’s a terrain park with features to suit all skill levels.

Hogadon Basin has two ski lifts, an equipment rental shop, and a food court and bar area. There’s also a ski and snowsports school that offers private and group lessons as well as unique learn-to-ski at-night sessions. There’s also the Casper Mountain Racers program which is aimed at young skiers to want to race competitively.

Hogadon Basin receives an average snowfall of 114 inches per year. The peak snowfall of 34 inches on average comes in March which makes this the best time to visit based on the quality and quantity of snow on the slopes. There’s no accommodation available on-site at Hogadon Basin but there are plenty of hotels in nearby Casper. Although Hogadon Basin isn’t as widely known and doesn’t offer as wide a range of facilities as some of the other resorts it does it still has some of the best skiing in Wyoming and is fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Hogadon Ski Area

Hogadon Basin receives an average snowfall of 114 inches per year.

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Hannah is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on reptiles, marine life, mammals, and geography. Hannah has been writing and researching animals for four years alongside running her family farm. A resident of the UK, Hannah loves riding horses and creating short stories.

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