Road trips can challenge even the most robust relationships. I am happy to report that after a screw in the tire, a speeding warning from a Wyoming sheriff, and 2 car sicknesses, the Ski Town Group family made it to the glorious Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and utterly jaw-dropping Four Seasons Jackson Hole property with minor scrapes and bruises. The family was able to spread out in the most luxurious, remodeled 1-bedroom unit, complete with 2 bathrooms, gas fireplace, a Teton Mountain view, and beds to sleep all five Ski Town Group supporters (aka The Iverson Family). During our stay, we experienced the 3 - 5pm S'mores and Hot Chocolate Apres gathering by the outdoor pools, the game room for Monopoly and Scrabble, and the scrumptious room service menu that set my culinary heart ablaze (not to mention a Teton Village resident moose sighting).
The warm-hearted feelings continued the next day with a perfect weather forecast for a ski day. The blue skies offered views from mountain range edge to beyond. Coming from Vail, the Iversons knew they needed to bring their A-game when loading the tram. So, filled with banana and Nutella crepes from Alpenhof Bistro, these growing mountain men (8 and 6-year olds) blazed down the front face for a little late season skiing on impeccable corduroy groomers. For the first 2 hours, not another soul crossed paths and every chairlift was ridden save a couple. And, although they cheered for Corbet's Couloir, this will be saved for a future visit. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort did not disappoint these ambitious little rippers!
After a ski day, nothing is better than relishing in tasty sustenance! From the Four Seasons Jackson Hole many menu offerings, we indulged in Huckleberry Manhattans, Tempura Shrimp with sesame sweet chili sauce, Regional Cheese and Charcuterie board (including espresso cheddar cheese, Point Reyes blue cheese, Idaho baby swiss, elk sausage, wild boar salami, buffalo jerky, spicy mustard and honey cashews), and the Arugula and Beet Carpaccio salad with endive, grapefruit and blood orange segments, pistachio brittle, pecorino cheese and blood orange balsamic dressing. To satiate the soup craving that lies awake in me at all times, I sampled the Oven-roasted Tomato and Basil Soup along with a small aged white cheddar grilled cheese. And, to end the food extravaganza - a "cowboy" chocolate chip cookie - cooked in a cast iron pan and served with vanilla ice cream.
Finally, on the afternoon of the Ski Town Soups and Ski Town Apres Ski book signing, I gathered with local vendors - Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole Winery, and Beehive Cheese - to showcase some of this mountain town's best offerings. I was able to meet guests ranging from a ski instructor from Whistler, Canada, to resort aficionados from Scottsdale, Arizona, then to the "Downhill Divas" from Bend, Oregon - each intent on experiencing locals-at-their-best and sampling delicious fare, including the Elk Meatballs with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Buffalo Cheesesteak Rolls with Pale Ale Mustard Sauce (recipes included in Ski Town Apres Ski). All in all, a perfect trip to celebrate ski towns and the hidden gems that lie within!