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 NameJackson Hole
Region StateWyoming
Region CityAlta
Region CountryUSA
Closest ResortGrand Targhee Resort
Optional ResortJackson Hole Resort
Optional ResortSnow King

Cat Skiing Pictures in Jackson Hole

Area Details
Acres (sq. miles)602
Skill LevelIntermediate and Up
Annual Snowfall (inches)500
Snow TypePowder
Mountain RangeTeton
Elevation (feet)18,000
Tour Details
Runs per Day8 – 11
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run1,600
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day12,000-18,000
Rentals AvailableYes
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 NameAirport CodeMiles to Region
Jackson Hole AirportJAC53.7 mi
Idaho Falls Regional AirportIDA83.7 mi
Distance From
Airport CityStateCodeMilesTimeStops
Los Angeles International AirportLos AngelesCALAX9572h 40mDirect
O'Hare International AirportChicagoILORD13863h 16mDirect
John F. Kennedy International AirportNew YorkNYJFK21865h 7mDirect
San Francisco International AirportSan FranciscoCASFO9292h 18mDirect
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSeattle/TacomaWASEA86810h 38m1
Newark Liberty International AirportNew York/Newark/New JerseyNJEWR21625h 10mDirect
Logan International AirportBostonMABOS23597h 18m1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMinneapolis/St. PaulMNMSP10977h 18m1
Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphiaPAPHL21426h 48m1
LaGuardia AirportNew YorkNYLGA21767h 38m1
Washington Dulles International AirportWashington, D.C.VAIAD20688h 31m1
San Diego International AirportSan DiegoCASAN10048h 59m1
Midway International AirportChicagoILMDW13966h 55m1
Portland International AirportPortlandORPDX7936h 22m1


Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY 83414