Record snow fell on much of western Wyoming last year.

While the storms wreaked havoc on roads, telephone poles and wildlife, they were a dream for many skiers and snowboarders.

Resorts across the state are prepping for another banner year.

Hogadon Ski Area near Casper has a brand new lodge to go along with updated snow-making equipment. Nordic ski areas across the state continue to expand their grooming and trail options, and even more places are adding marked trails for snowshoeing and fat biking.

Many downhill ski areas – which can seem like a pricey initial investment – are offering deals this winter from discounts on everything from rentals to stay-and-play packages. And pay attention to season passes: Most resorts have partnerships with other ski areas that offer two-for-one lift tickets and other discounts to pass holders.

Here is a comprehensive list of Wyoming’s downhill resorts along with most developed Nordic ski trails and information on snowmachining. Consider it your road map to winter recreation.

Grand Targhee Resort

Nestled in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Grand Targhee Resort in Alta collects more snow on average than any other Wyoming resort. Most seasons see more than 500 inches, or about 41 feet, of light powder snow every year.

Peaked Mountain boasts a 2,180-foot vertical drop. All three of the resort’s mountains reach nearly 10,000 feet.

The resort has four chairlifts and one surface lift. It also has about 10 miles of Nordic ski trails, 7 miles of singletrack trails for fat biking and a tubing park.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Daily ticket: $85 adult, $62 seniors, $37 juniors 6-12, children under 5 free with a paying adult.

Getting there: From Jackson, take Highway 22 west over Teton Pass into Idaho where the road turns into Highway 33. Follow Highway 33 to Driggs and turn right on Ski Hill Road, which takes you back into Wyoming and dead ends at the ski resort.

Info: 800-827-4433, www.grandtarghee.com

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Almost 600 inches of snow fell last year on this Jackson resort, creating the deepest snow pack in the resort’s history. The Sweetwater Gondola opened in December and is part of the resort’s effort to cater more to beginner and mid-level skiers.

The resort features 133 named trails, 12 chair lifts including the aerial tram and 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain. It also has 4,139 feet of vertical drop.

For beginners who might be a little intimidated by the mountain, know that next winter a new area will open created to be a “hub of learning and growing the sport of skiing and riding.”

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Daily ticket: Adult, $89 at the window, $81 online; Seniors 65 and up, $72 at the window, $66 online; children 14 and under, $55 at the window, $51 online.

Getting there: The ski resort is in Teton Village, 12 miles northwest of Jackson, via Highway 22 west to Highway 390 north.

Info: 888-333-7766, www.jacksonhole.com

Meadowlark Ski Lodge

This family-owned and operated ski area has 14 runs, 300 acres of skiable terrain and two lifts. The lodge sits nestled on Meadowlark Lake on the eastern slope of the Bighorn Mountains at 8,500 feet. The top of the lift is 1,000 feet higher. Trails are split roughly equally between beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Daily tickets: Adult, $48; stu-dent 13-17, $40; child, 6-12, $30; kids five and under, free.

Getting there: Meadowlark Ski Lodge is located on Highway 16 between Buffalo and Ten Sleep.

Info: 307-366-2429, 307-267-2609 www.lodgesofthebighorns.com, Meadowlark Ski Lodge on Facebook.

Hogadon Ski Area

Almost everything at Casper’s lone downhill ski area has been rebuilt, replaced or updated in the last few years. From snowmaking to the brand new lodge, the resort is worth checking out.

Go to Hogadon to ski or snowboard, but also check out the new lodge with endless views. Even with the upgrades, ticket prices stayed the same from 2016.

One chair lift and a magic carpet lift take skiers and boarders to 24 trails.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

Daily tickets: Senior more than 70 years old or child under 5, free; adult 65-69 and active military $32; adult, $42; youth 13-18, $37; child, $27.

Getting there: Head up the mountain on Casper Mountain Road. When the road forks, stay right on Hogadon Road.

Info: 307-235-8499 (main line), 307-235-8487 (snow sports school), www.hogadon.net

Pine Creek Ski Resort

Look for short lines and more than 1,400 vertical feet of skiing at Pine Creek Ski Resort near Cokeville in southwest Wyoming. The area is in the Tunp Range and rises to 8,225 feet at the summit. The resort offers one quad lift and 30 trails of varying difficulty.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Daily tickets: Adult, $45; child, $40; rope tow, $10.

Getting there: Northeast of Cokeville on Highway 232 and then Pine Creek County Road 204.

White Pine Resort

One of Wyoming’s oldest ski areas boasts 25 trails and two chair lifts with a summit of 9,500 feet. The owners added a tubing hill two years ago, which is open on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s also adjacent to more than 23 miles of cross-country ski trails.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday with special openings for holidays.

Daily tickets: Adult, $48; junior or student ages 6 to 18 or senior over 70, $36; child ages 1-5, $5.

Getting there: Ten miles northeast of Pinedale in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Snow King Ski Area and Mountain Resort

Known as “The Local’s Mountain,” Snow King offers skiing and snowboarding, two terrain parks and more than 1,500 feet of vertical gain. Three chairlifts and a magic carpet surface lift take skiers and snowboarders to 32 trails. The resort also offers snow tubing and an average of 167 inches of snow each year.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Daily tickets: Adults $55; juniors 6-14 and seniors over 65, $35; kids 5 and under, free.

Getting there: In Jackson, six blocks from the Jackson Town Square in the Bridger Teton National Forest.

Info: 307-734-3194, www.snowkingmountain.com

Snowy Range Ski Area

Skiers and snowboarders can access about 250 acres of skiable terrain with 27 beginner to expert trails in between Laramie and Saratoga in southeast Wyoming. More than 20 feet of snow falls on average at the resort, which also boasts four chair lifts, one surface lift and two terrain parks.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Daily tickets: Adult, $49; teen 13-17, $42; child 5-12, $30; seniors 70 and up and children 5 and under, free.

Getting there: From Laramie, take Highway 130 through Centennial to reach the ski area.

Info: 307-745-5750, www.snowyrangeski.com

Sleeping Giant

The resort billed as “Yellowstone’s Playground” offers almost 50 named runs and two terrain parks from two chair lifts and one surface lift. It also offers free season passes and rental equipment for those with financial need through the Yellowstone Recreations Foundation.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Daily tickets: Adult, $36; ages 13 to 18, $28; ages 6 to 12, $18; fifth-graders ski free.

Getting there: Sleeping Giant Resort is located 46 miles west of Cody on Highway 14/16/20 toward Yellowstone National Park.

Info: 307-587-3125, www.skisg.com

Expect expanded Nordic ski trails this year, and more options for equipment rentals as resorts cater to cross-country skiers, snowshoers and fat bikers.

Casper Mountain Trails Center

Just minutes from Casper is one of the largest Nordic ski areas in the state. With nearly 30 miles of trails, the Casper Mountain Trails Center offers something for every ability level. A 1.2 kilometer lighted loop keeps skiers out of the dark until 10 p.m.

Expect another headlamp race series this year on Wednesday evenings.

A Nordic center with fireplace and concessions provides a warm place to rest. Trails are maintained by the Natrona County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department.

Cost: Daily, $10; season, $35; family of four, $100, $10 per additional person.

Hours: Lodge is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 2 to 9 p.m. Friday

Info: 307-259-0958, www.natrona.net or Casper Nordic Club on Facebook

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Hundreds of cross country ski trails weave through Wyoming’s two national parks. Most of the trails are not groomed, and experts warn of avalanche dangers and road closures.

Cost: Park entrance fee required

Info: Yellowstone National Park: 307-344-7381, www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/skiyell.htm and Grand Teton National Park: 307-739-3300, www.nps.gov/grte

Pahaska Tepee Resort

The Park County Nordic Ski Association grooms more than 16 miles of trails at Pahaska Tepee, the eastern gateway of Yellowstone National Park, west of Cody.

New snowshoe trails are marked.

Cost: Free, donations to the Nordic association are encouraged.

Info: 800-628-7791, www.pahaska.com

Sheridan and the Big Horns

About 16 miles of groomed trails meander through the Bighorn National Forest near Sheridan maintained by the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club. A new warming hut on the Sibley Trails gives skiers and snowshoers a place to rest.

Cost: Free, donations to the Nordic club encouraged.

Medicine Bow National Forest

The Tie City trailhead at Happy Jack offers more than 15 kilometers of groomed trails in the Medicine Bow National Forest between Cheyenne and Laramie. Chimney Park in the Snowy Range gives skiers a more rugged option.

The Medicine Bow Nordic Association maintains the trails and also offers ski classes and races.

Cost: Free with a U.S. Forest Service day use permit, donations or memberships are encouraged. Memberships: individual, $15. Family, $30. Lifetime, $350.

Wind River Range

Almost 7 miles of groomed trails wind through Beaver Creek Nordic Area south of Lander on South Pass Highway 28. Trails are also groomed in Lander at the golf course by the Lander Nordic Ski Association. The area also has a yurt. Overnight stays are free but you must be a member of the Lander Nordic Ski Association and make a reservation.

Cost: Free, donations or memberships encouraged.

Wyoming offers hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails that wind through nearly every corner of the state. Visit the Wyoming State Trails website for updated information about groomed trails once the snow really falls: http://wyotrails.state.wy.us/Snow/Conditions/Conditions.asp

Follow managing editor Christine Peterson on Twitter @PetersonOutside

 

 

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A Casper native, Christine Peterson started as a Star-Tribune intern in 2002. She has covered outdoor recreation, the environment and wildlife since 2010, and became managing editor in 2015. If not tracking bears or elk on assignment, she's chasing trout.

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