Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain, and White Pine Ski Resort are all on the BTNF.
The BTNF is home to three very different ski areas, each in a different mountain range.
Using a cable bought from an oil drilling company in Casper, a rope tow was built on Snow King in 1939, making it Wyoming’s first ski area. Today the resort, which is in the Gros Ventre Mountains and five blocks from Jackson’s famous elk antler-arched Town Square, has 500 skiable acres, with steep expert terrain and an area on the summit devoted to beginning skiers. The latter might have the best views of any beginner area in the country.
In the Wind River Mountains and 10 miles from Pinedale, White Pine Ski Resort is the smallest and most relaxed of the three ski areas on the BTNF. Two lifts here service 29 trails for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers and a small terrain park. There are also 35 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails that loop around the base area you can use for free.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in the Tetons, is a destination ski resort that people travel to from around the world. It is regularly rated as one of the best resorts in North America and has the longest continuous vertical drop of any resort in the U.S., 4,139-feet. Here, 13 lifts, including two gondolas and a 100-person tram, serve more than 130 named trails across 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain. 50% of these runs are for experts, 40% for intermediates, and 10% for beginners.
Responsible recreation tip: Ski or ride with a collapsible water bottle stashed in your jacket pocket so you don’t need to use a single-use water cup when you get thirsty on the slopes.