SKI BUMS :: Gay & lesbian skiing and snowboarding club
Space is limited, and this trip is now SOLD OUT.
Anyone registered SKI BUMS may join our wait list. There's no obligation, but only those who are currently registered members will receive an offer.
Sign up or renew your membership > If a space becomes available, we notify you on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll be given a window of time to accept or decline the offer. If you choose to accept the spot, payment is required at the time of signup.
Please do not contact us to ask us your likelihood of receiving a wait list offer; we can't predict when cancellations will come in.
We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule, or make changes in the trip itinerary as a result of weather or safety considerations or as otherwise deemed necessary or advisable. If your trip is cancelled or rescheduled due to weather, snow, or mountain conditions, or circumstances beyond our control, you will receive a full credit for a future trip. All trip credits may be applied to any trip in the SKI BUMS future. There is no expiration date.
SKI BUMS is not responsible for the cost of any additional expenses that you may incur as a result of trip rescheduling or cancellation (airline ticketing fees, etc.).
To use a credit for a future deposit or payment, please contact us directly.
Through September 1, you may cancel your spot at any time and receive a full refund. After September 1, the following cancellation fees apply:
For cancellations received from September 1 - 30, $200 fee. For cancellations received from October 1 - October 31, $500 fee. After November 1st, 2014: no refund.
In order to obtain our bulk group discounts, we must agree to a very strict cancellation policy. It's the nature of group travel. Think of your SKI BUMS booking as you would an airline reservation; even we find someone to take your place, the cancellation fees still apply.
If you buy travel insurance, you can still receive a refund for a cancelled SKI BUMS trip.
Buy travel insurance. We cannot stress this enough.
A travel insurer can provide a refund even when SKI BUMS cannot. In the circumstance that you need to cancel your trip because of work or health reasons, you should purchase travel insurance within 30 days of your initial trip deposit.
Even if you purchase travel insurance after this date, some coverage is much better than no coverage at all. Our cancellation policy is strict, and after cancellation fees kick in, a travel insurer may be your only chance for a full refund.
There are many travel insurers, and policies are very affordable. We especially recommend travelinsured.com, and suggest you add the sports package to cover skiing & snowboarding activity.
$1599 USD per person, for double occupancy room
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$2299 USD per person, for a single occupancy
You have two options. You may pay in full or you may pay $500 deposit at signup, with:
Late payments are subject to a 5% late-payment fee. It is up to you to submit your payments on time. You may always pay early.
You may pay with any major credit card, cash or check. If you prefer, you can make a payment over the phone. Contact us > We use PayPal to process online credit card payments. PayPal is the internet's most trusted online payment portal, and you do not need to be a PayPal member to submit a payment.
If you would ever like to use PayPal to send a manual payment (from a smartphone, for example), our account address is: payments (at) ski-bums.org.
Ranked #2 on Conde Nast Traveler's list of America's 50 best ski resort hotels, the LEED-certified Hotel Terra is a swanky ski-in, ski-out hotel right at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. With hip decor, a gay-friendly staff and a delicious restaurant on property, we love the Terra and they love us right back. After a challenging day on the slopes, you can visit its excellent spa or soak your tired muscles in the big rooftop hot tub as the sun casts a warm rosy glow on the Grand Tetons. This is an excellent hotel, and they're welcoming our return with a very generous group discount.
All rooms feature a Zuma air bathtub, rain shower, eco-friendly bath products, HD flat screen TV, mini fridge and complimentary in-room wi-fi. View the hotel photo gallery >
Your trip includes a 3-day lift ticket for Jackson Hole and a 1-day ticket for Grand Targhee. Note: If you or your travel partner do not ski or snowboard, we can remove the lift tickets from our package; contact us to make arrangements. (See "non-skiers," below.)
On Saturday night, we'll be celebrating our final night in style with a trip to the best restaurant in town, the award-winning Snake River Grill. This gourmet meal features fresh local produce, organic locally sourced game and a warm Western rustic setting iin the heart of Jackson's historic Town Square. Afterwards, you can mosey on up to the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Its famous saddle bar stools make for great Instagram selfies.
Saturday night's dinner is prepaid, but all other meals are up to you. As always, we'll name a meeting spot for lunch each day. We'll also enjoy a big group dinner at the legendary Mangy Moose, which features delicious classic Americana cuisine. Breakfasts are easy to come by; the Terra has a great on-site cafe, and the breakfast burrito in the base lodge is extra tasty.
We are happy to arrange roommates for you. Typically, half of our participants ask us to match them up with a roommate, so we encourage you to sign up even if you're not sure yet who your roommate will be. About a month before the trip, we'll ask a few easy questions and accommodate your preferences (gender, age, etc.). All rooms are non-smoking.
If you prefer your own room, you may sign up for the trip in a single occupancy category. Please note: there are a very limited number of single occupancy slots available.
About a third of our participants rent skis or snowboards -- in part to avoid traveling with extra bags. Rentals are not included in our trip price; you should budget about $175 for a 4-day rental. We recommend Teton Village Sports, located just beside our hotel. For a discount, contact them a few weeks before our arrival and tell them SKI BUMS sent you.
SKI BUMS designs our season for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, but we make specific recommendations for each trip. On ALL SKI BUMS trips, we begin by dividing into skill level groups so you can identify those who enjoy the same terrain that you do. See how our groups work > Jackson Hole's imposing reputation is famous: this resort is challenging. Only 10% of the terrain is marked for beginners, and the expert areas are some of the toughest on the planet. In between these extremes, however, the resort is a huge playground that offers up some of the most fun terrain to be found anywhere. Beginners:we do not recommend this trip for beginner skiers and beginner snowboarders. There is very little terrain here for those who are learning to ski and ride; contact us if you're a beginner and you're considering signing up.
Intermediate:If you're a solid intermediate with good command of turning and controlling your speed in a variety of snow conditions, Jackson Hole will challenge and excite you. You'll finish the trip a stronger skier or boarder than when you began. The expert areas may be off-limits, but 40% of the terrain here is marked with a blue square, and it's fun! You'll really love Grand Targhee.
If you've never been skiing or riding out West, and blue square runs in the East sometimes challenge you, this is really not the best trip to choose; please consider Vail or Telluride instead.
Advanced:We can't recommend this trip highly enough. Our Jackson Hole trips bring out some of the most highly skilled skiers and snowboarders in our whole membership, and it's thrilling to spend the day soaring through the spectacular slopes of Jackson Hole alongside skiers and snowboarders who can both keep pace with you and relate to you. If JHMR is still on your wish list, now's the time to go! We expect that about half of our participants will identify as advanced. Expert: There's no doubt that Jackson Hole is the kind of resort that pushes you to the extremes; the chutes, cliffs, glades and ungroomed trails here are legendary. On a typical SKI BUMS trip, four or five participants will tackle the very toughest stuff that Jackson Hole has to offer, but when you're in the mood to relax a bit, you'll have a huge crew of strong skiers and riders to keep you company.
If you would like to book additional nights at the Hotel Terra, contact the hotel directly. You'll need to pay them directly for any additional nights that you require.
SKI BUMS cannot assist with trip extensions, and we cannot provide roommates for those who are booking additional nights on their own. If you'd like to find a roommate for an extra night in Jackson, post a message on the Facebook Group Wall.
Air transportation is not included. Read these recommendations closely before buying airfare. Jackson (JAC) is the nearest airport, offering direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, JFK, Newark, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, SLC, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.
PLANNING YOUR AIR TRAVEL
You'll want to be smart about buying your airfare, keeping our itinerary and potential winter weather delays in mind. View the flight schedule to / from Jackson > RECOMMENDATIONS |ARRIVAL: to make sure you don't miss our meet & greet, please plan to arrive in Jackson by 3 PM. Our hotel rooms won't be guaranteed until 3 PM; if you arrive earlier, the hotel is happy to store luggage for you. You'll want to give yourself some time to explore Teton Village, pick up rentals, etc. before our 8 PM gathering. | DEPARTURE: Sunday is a travel day; book your flight at whatever time seems best for you, but keep this in mind: ground transfers usually pick up at our hotel about 3 1/2 hours before your flight time. In Jackson, an early departure makes for a very early alarm clock.
+ Tue Jan 20: Travel day; aim to arrive by 3 PM. 8 PM meet & greet at our hotel.
+ Jan 21 - 24: Ski and ride Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee (4 days).
+ Sun Jan 25: Travel day; depart and head home.
AllTrans is the town's main airport transfer company; they're friendly, efficient and affordable. Contact them to book a reservation about 3 weeks before our trip, and tell them SKI BUMS sent you for a group discount.
We don't recommend renting a car for this trip, but if you do want the extra mobility, the hotel offers both free parking and paid valet parking.
Ranked #1 in the SKI Magazine's 2014 annual survey of its readers favorite ski resorts in North America, Jackson Hole has long been famous for its terrain. Teddy Roosevelt took one look at the imposing peaks of the Grand Tetons and said "These are the first mountains I’ve seen that look like mountains should look."
And they ski and ride the way mountains should, too -- with massive bowls, wide open glens, undulating rolls and steep craggy chutes, dropping from a top altitude of 10,450' to 4139' at its base. It's got the largest vertical drop in the USA. Thankfully, it's also got some of the biggest snowfall averages in North America, covering all those rocky cliffs with big pillows of powder.
Despite its ambitious reputation, the vibe here is famously unpretentious. Its cowboy town history lends itself to an outdoorsy, laid-back, gay-friendly vibe that's made Jackson Hole a perennial SKI BUMS favorite. We were the first major LGBT organization to host an event here; they rolled out the red carpet for us in 2008 and have been warmly welcoming us ever since.
About an hour away, Grand Targhee has its own big fans -- for a very good reason. The views of the Grand Tetons are breathtaking, and the wide-open glades offer extended powder runs long after the locals have tracked-out the Hobacks. It's not quite as steep as Jackson Hole, making for a breezier cruise through Wyoming's winter wonderland.
This trip probably isn't the best choice for non-skiers / non-boarders, but any chance to visit the mountains puts you automatically into vacation mode. If you pair it with a trip to mighty Yellowstone National Park, it could make for a great getaway. Contact us to remove lift tickets.
Who's coming on the trip? Find out by joining our Jackson Hole Facebook group.
Whether you're simply curious about signing up or you're already on board, everyone's welcome to join this Facebook group. Feel free to invite friends, too -- it's a cool way to begin learning names of the skiers and boarders who you'll meet in the mountains!
Of course, weather is impossible to predict, but SKI BUMS plans our trips with an eye on weather history. Late January is the most reliable time for excellent surface conditions at Jackson Hole, and historic patterns have consistently delivered a major powder dump during the last 10 days of January. Last season, JHMR got more than 500" of snow; during our trip in 2010, we got five feet of fresh snow in five days. The period just after MLK day is one of the most uncrowded times to visit the resort, and thankfully, it's rare for snowfall to disrupt flights into Jackson.
Our trip leaders design an itinerary that gives you the best way to explore the terrain and get to know your fellow BUMS. It's published in a printed handout and updated on a devoted Twitter feed, with up-to-the-minute announcements you can receive on your cell phone.
The on-mountain adventure begins bright and early on Wednesday. We divide into skill level groups that help you identify the other skiers and snowboarders who enjoy the same terrain that you do, and then we divide and conquer the mountain! Learn about our skill level groups. > To make our intro even more fun, we've pre-arranged guided tours on our first morning. Jackson Hole's impeccable instructors will lead each group to help you get your bearings and find the best spots in the mountains. Each day, the itinerary will name a meet up time and place each morning to get things started. We gather as a big group for lunch, and toast to the end of each day with après-ski... before hitting the huge hotel hot tub! In general, you'll spend most of the day in a smallish group of four or five skiers or boarders. You and your group will set your own pace, and it's common to mix it up with a few different groups throughout the week. This is your vacation, so you're always free to break away and do your own thing.
Our trip includes a trip to the famous historic Jackson Town Square, home of famous antler archways and some of the coolest bars in the American West.
For three of our evenings, we'll dine together at some of the areas best restaurants. Your other nights are free for you to enjoy as you like -- you may want to head out on the town with your new friends, or take a night to chill out with room service in our hotel. The BUMS who take our trips to Jackson Hole are here to ski and board, first and foremost -- and after a hard-charging day on the mountain, you'll sink into our plush hotel beds for a very good night's sleep! Learn more about how SKI BUMS trips work >
Our rooms in Jackson Hole are guaranteed after 3 PM on Tuesday, January 20th. If you arrive earlier, the hotel can store your bags until your room is ready.
After checking in, you'll want to explore Teton Village, get acquainted and pick up any rental ski / snowboard equipment. There's convenient ski and snowboard storage inside the hotel. You'll want to grab dinner, too; we recommend Il Villaggio Osteria inside the Terra. It's fantastic.
Our trip officially begins with a meet & greet welcome reception at the Hotel Terra at 8 PM. You don't want to miss this; our trip leaders will hold a brief welcome and info session, and you'll receive your lift tickets, SKI BUMS member tags and the official trip itinerary.
Cars aren't necessary while we're in Jackson. Most of what we'll do is in Teton Village, and there are convenient, well-run public buses which connect Teton Village to the town of Jackson. Additionally, private taxis are always within reach. See Ground Transfers info below to arrange travel between the airport and our hotel.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming was once a resort that flew under the radar. There are no big cities nearby; the few who knew about its awe-inspiring terrain and abundant snowfall were perfectly happy to keep the secret to themselves. Jackson was better known as a summer gateway to the spectacular natural beauty in Yellowstone National Park.
But a great thing doesn't stay unknown for long. As developers built million-dollar properties in the 90's and 2000's, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort upped its game with new lodges, a gorgeous new bottom-to-top tram and an ambitious plan to draw direct flights. In 2014, it rose to #1 in Ski Magazine's influential list of best North American ski resorts.
With four days on the slopes, we're including a daytrip to the spectacular nearby powder haven, Grand Targhee. We're very excited to host our fifth trip to Jackson. it's no secret why the BUMS love it here so much!
This trip has a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 50 participants. If we fail to meet our minimum number of registered participants by 100 days before the trip, the trip may be cancelled. In that event, those who have signed up for the trip will receive a full refund.
+ 3-out-of-4 day adult lift ticket for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort + 1 day adult lift ticket for Grand Targhee Resort + Shuttle bus transportation to / from Grand Targhee + Five night stay at the Hotel Terra + Welcome reception / meet & greet + Wednesday morning guided on-mountain tour with Jackson Hole's instructors + Gourmet dinner at the Snake River Grill + SKI BUMS professional trip leaders
Here a few quick steps to help you prepare for our trip!
GET OUT THERE | This trip is fairly early in the season; it might be tough to make it through four straight days of skiing and riding if you haven't been out on the slopes yet. Try to get on the mountain earlier in the winter if you can. PLAN TO DRESS FOR THE ELEMENTS | It's crucial that you're properly dressed for the conditions. All Jackson Hole participants must wear helmets. For additional tips on how to dress for high-altitude conditions, visit our guide.
NEED NEW GEAR? | SKI BUMS members get excellent discounts at Backcountry.com. 30%-50% off! WATCH THE WEATHER |Remember that the weather at upper altitudes is very different from what's happening down in town; be sure to follow an on-mountain forecast like this one to see what's happening up at the ski resort.
Although the entire area is often called Jackson Hole, Jackson, Wyoming is the name of the main town. About twenty minutes uphill is Teton Village, where Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (and our hotel) are located. Grand Targhee resort is located through Teton Pass, about an hour away from Teton Village. We've got it all pinpointed on a Google Map -- have a look >
We strongly encourage lessons for skiers and riders of all skill levels, and we're lucky to know some awesome out, gay instructors who work full-time at Jackson Hole. We'll provide contact info and rates for all those who sign up for the trip; you should book any lessons six weeks in advance.