Cat Skiing in Jackson Hole


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Jackson Hole is a valley that sits between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming, near the border with Idaho. It is located in the Grand Teton National Park close to Jackson Lake. It is near the town of Jackson, and U.S. Route 26 runs through it.

Jackson Hole receives more than 459 inches of snow per year, making it a major draw for people who love exciting snow activities like cat skiing. Before they arrive, however, skiers should note that the backcountry of Jackson Hole can be particularly dangerous with most of it being unpatrolled and not monitored. People who venture out on their own for skiing are encouraged to use extreme caution and check for avalanche and weather warnings before heading to the area.

People who value safety when cat skiing are invited to take part in guided cat skiing excursions hosted in Jackson Hole. One of the most popular areas of Jackson Hole for guided cat skiing gets more than 500 inches of snow. The snowfall as well as the elevation offers some of the most thrilling cat skiing adventures of a lifetime and breathtaking views of the Tetons.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region Name Jackson Hole
Region State Wyoming
Region City Alta
Region Country USA
Closest Resort Grand Targhee Resort
Optional Resort Jackson Hole Resort
Optional Resort Snow King

Cat Skiing Pictures in Jackson Hole

Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 602
Skill Level Intermediate and Up
Annual Snowfall (inches) 500
Snow Type Powder
Mountain Range Teton
Elevation (feet) 18,000
Tour Details
Runs per Day 8 – 11
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run 1,600
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 12,000-18,000
Rentals Available Yes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person $450
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat $4,500


Cat skiing parties can include up to 12 people. Skiers can expect to encounter 18,000 vertical feet of open bowls, glades and steep tree pitches while on the mountain. Because of the layout and elevation of the terrain, cat skiing here is recommended for those possessing intermediate abilities or better.

Skiers can also book a day of private cat skiing for a unique and thrilling experience. Two snow cats are available for private cat skiing parties. Each snow cat can accommodate up to 12 people. Skiers in these parties get to ski over 600 acres of private terrain, getting the mountain to themselves for the day.

Rates for a day of cat skiing in Jackson Hole average around $450 for a full day. The day starts at 9:00 in the morning and lasts until 4:00 in the afternoon. A party of 10 can book a day of cat skiing for around $4500. Private passes are also available and are based on seasonal rates. All of the package options include hot drinks as well as breakfast and lunch.

Jackson is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in the state. It is served by the Jackson Hole Airport, which is the busiest commercial airport in Wyoming, and the only one that was allowed to be built in an American national park.

It has non-stop services to 13 national and international airports around the world, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, Chicago O’Hare, JFK in New York City, Denver, and Los Angeles International Airport. It also accommodates private and chartered jets.

People driving into the Jackson Hole area can travel by U.S. Route 26, or take one of the shuttle buses that regularly travel to and from Salt Lake City as well as smaller towns located along the route.

  • FULL DAY (9AM – 4PM)

    Includes hot drinks, breakfast, and lunch.

  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)

    Includes hot drinks, breakfast, and lunch.



Closest Airport
Airport Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Jackson Hole Airport JAC 53.7 mi
Idaho Falls Regional Airport IDA 83.7 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA LAX 957 2h 40m Direct
O'Hare International Airport Chicago IL ORD 1386 3h 16m Direct
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York NY JFK 2186 5h 7m Direct
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco CA SFO 929 2h 18m Direct
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Seattle/Tacoma WA SEA 868 10h 38m 1
Newark Liberty International Airport New York/Newark/New Jersey NJ EWR 2162 5h 10m Direct
Logan International Airport Boston MA BOS 2359 7h 18m 1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis/St. Paul MN MSP 1097 7h 18m 1
Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA PHL 2142 6h 48m 1
LaGuardia Airport New York NY LGA 2176 7h 38m 1
Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. VA IAD 2068 8h 31m 1
San Diego International Airport San Diego CA SAN 1004 8h 59m 1
Midway International Airport Chicago IL MDW 1396 6h 55m 1
Portland International Airport Portland OR PDX 793 6h 22m 1


Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY 83414