|The warm glow of the Brooks Lake Lodge main lodge reaches out into a cold Wyoming winter night. Photo from the Chicago Tribune.|
By Eric Vohr
Special to the Chicago Tribune
JACKSON, Wyo. — On the western edge of Wyoming, a mile above sea level, surrounded by the 13,000-foot peaks of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole is one of the most spectacular places on Earth.
Lewis and Clark expedition member John Colter, the first European descendant to see the valley, wrote such grandiose reports that people back East found it hard to believe such a place existed. These reports later attracted visitors to Jackson Hole and nearby Yellowstone National Park in the late 19th century.
Then in 1939, Snow King opened as the first ski resort in the area. Today the region's annual mountain snowfalls of 10 feet and spectacular landscape attract hundreds of thousands of winter enthusiasts from all over the world.
And though Jackson Hole (Jackson is the town, Jackson Hole is the valley) is best known for skiing, there's no limit to the ways you can enjoy winter here.
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