Any dedicated skier in America longs to head for the Wyoming Hills, home to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a winter playground for expert-level skiers. Driving into Teton Village (the ski resort’s hub) you’re immediately ushered in by a large welcome sign with a handful of horses milling around it. After a few quick turns about a quarter mile up the hill, you’ll reach a beautiful gravel driveway with natural landscaping. As you approach the front door, you’ll feel like you’re home—and you are!
Blue Moose Lodge isn’t the only ski cabin in Teton Village—there are many. But it may just be the best. Built in the 1960s in the everything-groovy style typical of the time, the chalet has been modernized in the past decade to fit the needs of the modern traveler looking for the best chalet experience.
Many homes in Teton Village, at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, are warm and cozy, have amazing access to the slopes, and three or four bedrooms, ideal for one family. But Blue Moose Lodge stands out first for its modern design: a radius roof that allows for natural light and views of the surrounding Douglas fir trees, a liberating open floor plan, and a glorious, circular staircase.
The lodge also best suits a big group; it has six large bedrooms—four are Masters, one has two Queen sized beds, and a sixth has bunk beds and a double, perfect for the kids. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, making Blue Moose one of the better choices for accommodating a multi-family ski trip. With just two bedrooms on each floor, any group can strike a perfect balance of privacy and intimacy.
“It’s a special property for something out here in Teton Village,” says Anne Jones, the home’s Owner Relations Manager. “You really feel like you’re up in the woods while still being close to the conveniences of the town.”
Blue Moose Lodge is less than a mile from the Village, the epicenter of Jackson Hole activity. Founded in the 1960s the resort was the brainchild of Paul McCollister, who founded Jackson Hole with little more than a dream and eventually built it into one of America’s finest ski resorts. Today, what the locals refer to as The Village has all the shopping, restaurants, and spas you could wish for to accompany your ski trip.
Any trip to Jackson requires at least one evening at the 50-year-old local institution, the Mangy Moose Restaurant and Saloon. The New York Times called it “the quintessential après-ski bar,” and Forbes Traveler named it “One of the 10 hottest après-ski bars in the world.” A giant moose hangs from the ceiling with a Santa sleigh on the back and as of 4 pm, live music entertains the crowds of mingling locals and travelers.
For those with more refined tastes, there are other restaurants worth checking out. Spur is a staple for foodies, and head chef Kevin Humphreys has won Planet Jackson Hole’s “Best Chef” award nine years in a row. Then there’s Piste, 9,000 feet above ground via the Bridger Gondola, offering an upscale après vibe with the town’s best views over Jackson Hole Valley that in the summer can be enjoyed from the expansive deck space.
Summer is one of Wyoming’s best-kept secrets. Says Jones: “People come here for the first time to ski because that’s why they’ve heard of Jackson Hole. Then they realize two miles up the road is Grand Teton National Park, and you have moose, elk, and bears right in your backyard. You have endless miles of hiking trails right out your back door.” And there’s more. Not only can you mine for two-billion-year-old rocks at the nearby Grand Teton, but the iconic Yellowstone National Park is only a couple hours to the north too.
Blue Moose Lodge, much more than a ski cabin, is perfectly positioned to enjoy all these activities during all seasons. Year round, the home’s wraparound balcony offers spectacular mountain views, but in summer, in particular, you’re primed to take advantage of warm afternoons with average daytime highs in the ‘70s. The home provides a BBQ and alfresco dining and you’ll want to time your dinner to catch one of those marvelous Jackson Hole sunsets that project pink and orange shades across the valley. The nights get cool (high ‘30s, low ‘40s) making for a perfect opportunity to gather ‘round the fire pit or pile into the hot tub to stay warm. If you’re still craving more, all Blue Moose guests get access a pool and restaurants at the nearby Teton Mountain Lodge.
And if you choose to spend a night in rather than dining out, Blue Moose Lodge’s fully equipped kitchen makes it fun to host your own private dinner party. The amateur chef in the group can spoil themselves by cooking up a feast for the group. Breakfast can be served at the large breakfast bar with old style barstools. Or you can hire a chef service to wait and serve on your group, like having your own five-star restaurant right at home.