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Mountain Collective Wyoming Pairing: Jackson and Targhee

MC-Jackson-Tram Big-mountain skiing and riding await Mountain Collective pass holders who venture to the Tetons. (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Here's a Rocky Mountain trip for Mountain Collective pass holders to get as much skiing and riding as they can -- without wasting time on the road or in the airport.

In the Grand Tetons of western Wyoming, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee sit on either side of Teton Pass -- about an hour-and-a-half drive apart. Both are on the Mountain Collective, and they both grab much powder off northern storms, have ample hike-to terrain, and have a shuttle that runs between.

Jackson requires all Mountain Collective pass holders to make an online reservation, but there are no blackouts. All parking at the hill costs; the closest free lot is a 7-mile shuttle away. Lodging is pricey, either at the mountain or the town of Jackson nearby.

Imposing Jackson Hole covers 2,500 acres with a 4,000-foot vertical drop. It's known for steeps and won't disappoint. Rendezvous Bowl, Corbet's Couloir, and the Hogbacks are the rock stars on a trail map that is half black-rated.

Just a few greens run around the bottom, but the array of blues -- including unique "double blues" -- is second to none. Thirteen lifts include 100-person Big Red tram. Weather and conditions can be funky -- and prone to change -- as it's on the leeward side of the ridge.

Over the pass at Grand Targhee, Collective pass holders must purchase online but don't need a reservation. Pickup is at the ticket window or Activity Center. The base area is pretty basic, with plenty of on-slope lodging. If you stay down in the valley, there's a free shuttle to ride. First-ever pay parking in upper lots and expanded free parking areas now have a shuttle.

Locals' favorite "The 'Ghee" boasts 2,000 lift-served acres with 2,200-ft. drop with fluffy powder, drop-dead scenery, steep glades and short plunges, and tons of long blue groomers. Liftlines are usually short. Snowcat tours have an exclusive run on 3,000 acres around Peaked Mountain. Expect foggy days but some of the lightest powder in the West.

 

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