The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been ranked as the number one overall resort in North America by SKI Magazine.
The SKI survey results are widely anticipated. The highest ranking the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had received before this year was sixth in 2012, the first time that the resort had cracked the top ten. The SKI survey ranks resorts in 20 different categories and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort President Jerry Blann said they are overwhelmed with the news.
“It’s very meaningful in a number of different ways, we got five number one’s. We’re honored , we’re surprised…(laughter) above and beyond that because that’s not something we certainly expected. Certainly something that’s a nice acknowledgement of the work that’s been done in capitol…etc. But it’s not something we expected to receive this year.”
Blann says the rankings are normally dominated by much larger resorts. He credits the new tram and the 135 million dollars in investments to upgrade the resort by Kemmerer Family and the Board of Directors. Those improvements included changes on the mountain.
“For the last six to eight years we’ve been really focusing on that immediate terrain to expand…certainly the appeal…to a broader range of people not just the expert skiers.”
Blann said community partnerships and the fact that there are now 12 direct flights to Jackson in the winter have also made a difference. He says the ranking should make a huge difference in their user numbers this winter.