Jackson Hole is home to some of the country’s most incredible ski slopes and scenery so spectacular it feels like you’ve stepped into an Ansel Adams photograph. Park rules here earmark just three percent of land for development, so these precious pockets are increasingly rare. And a recent influx of high-profile residents, combined with an exploding arts and restaurant scene, are making Jackson Hole a chic sanctuary.
With some of the most challenging skiing in the US, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is not for the faint of heart. Half of its 133 trails are expert-level and the pinnacle, Corbet’s Couloir, is a double black-diamond run with a 10- to 20-foot drop-in and an average pitch of 40 degrees. Those looking for a slower pace will find some intermediate and beginner trails, as well as snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing. Caldera House also organizes excursions, such as a day skiing with Bode Miller—one of the greatest alpine racers of all time—or a day heliskiing the Tetons with a sports photographer in tow.
On a side street in the town of Jackson, there’s a small white chalet that’s home to Italian trattoria Glorietta. Its simple exterior gives way to impeccable interior design. Think cedar-green and white walls, checkerboard floors and cozy wood furnishings. Glorietta’s version of the Tuscan classic bistecca Fiorentina is made with a 40-ounce Wagyu, and the in-house handmade pastas are a delight. Teton Thai is another local favorite, and this year, chef Suchada Johnson, received a James Beard Award nomination for her creations. The accolade nods to her perfectly executed Thai classics like next-level curries of roasted crispy duck and panang made with local wild-caught salmon.
For a secluded abode with prime ski-in ski-out location, Caldera House is top of the list. With just eight suites, its fresh-yet-sophisticated take on modern Americana makes it the go-to for those seeking private luxury. Its refined atmosphere feels a world away from the bustle of the ski village. Oak millwork, furniture custom-designed for relaxation, and cozy wool blankets, all nod to the West while retaining a true sense of meticulous curation. After a day on the slopes, the heated outdoor infinity plunge pool and the Caldera House wellness spa are perfect for unplugging and unwinding.
An abundance of galleries is turning Jackson Hole into a hub for Native American and Western American art. Indigenous artists like Stan Natchez and John Nieto can be found at Altamira Fine Art. A Shoshone-Paiute, Natchez works with cultural artifacts and imagery (such as dollar bills layered like a contemporary buffalo hide) and figures (like Sitting Bull and Hopi maidens) from Native American heritage. His pieces, which also draw references from Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, have been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.