Dining out couloirful stories
Couloir At the top of the gondola, Couloir serves up In 1960, mountain guide, extreme skier, and
warm hospitality, a vibrant atmosphere, magnificent Jackson resident Barry Corbet accompanied
scenery, and superb contemporary Western cuisine Paul McCollister, the founder of Jackson Hole
— not to mention a starlit gondola ride in the evening Mountain Resort, on his first descent from the
and the best views of Corbet’s Couloir by day. summit of Rendezvous Mountain, the resort’s
highest peak. While climbing up the mountain,
Koshu Wine Bar Small and intimate, with excellent
Corbet looked at a steep couloir with a terrifying
service and simple décor, this wildly popular eatery offers
entry and said, “Someday, someone will ski that.
exceptional pan-Asian cuisine, a wide range of entrée
It will be a run.”
prices, and wine at cost from its adjoining wine store.
Truer words were never spoken, though Corbet
was not the first person to drop into what be-
Snake River Grill On the town square, the Snake
came his namesake run; that was ski patrolman
River Grill is the cornerstone of the Jackson Hole dining
Lonnie Ball, who took the plunge when he was
experience. Beautifully prepared fresh food, first-class
left dangling after a cornice broke off. Corbet,
service, a relaxed atmosphere, and a comfortable setting
who in 1963 was a member of the first U.S. team
have made it a local favorite for years.
to summit Mount Everest, did eventually ski
Wild Sage This romantic 26-seat restaurant in the
drop into Corbet’s Couloir, an act which to this
Rusty Parrot Lodge a few blocks off the square may well
day is the ultimate Jackson Hole initiation into
serve the best food in Jackson Hole. The chef performs
the ranks of super-expert.
magic in the open kitchen, making this Jackson’s must-
McCollister opened the gentler Après Vous
do night out. Make reservations well in advance.
side of the resort in 1965, with Olympic gold
medalist Pepi Stiegler as the ski school director.
Rendezvous Bistro Despite its out-of-the-way A year later, the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram start-
location well south of where tourists roam, the Bistro is ed ferrying guests to the top of Rendezvous
always lively — you can feel the energy when you walk Mountain, 4,139 vertical feet above the base,
in the door — and full of locals enjoying comfort food still the longest continuous vertical rise of any
with gourmet flair.
ski resort in the United States.
old world elegance meets old west exuberance at wild sage.
local Paul huser drops into jackson hole’s legendary run.
t a star shine
d , a
the stars here are mostly on the slopes. Pepi
u stiegler’s daughter, 22-year-old jacksonite
C l t
resi stiegler, is a standout slalom racer on
the u.s. ski team, while tommy moe, u.s.
a downhill gold medalist at the 1994 winter
amangani Hotel terra Four seasons Jackson Hole
rusty Parrot lodge Wort Hotel
games, is the town’s ski ambassador. he
e also runs a number of challenging clinics for
in keeping with the pure aestheticism green doesn’t equal mean at jackson when it opened four years ago, the
a short walk from the square, the jackson likes to play up its wild
of the world’s other amanresorts, the hole’s first slopeside eco-boutique four seasons jackson hole seri-
rusty Parrot is so personable it’s west heritage, but with this decid-
amangani is a sandstone-and-redwood hotel. yes, hotel terra did recycle 50 ously raised the bar on style in the
hard to leave to explore the lively edly civilized downtown hotel, which
but as every ski resort must have its own
delight for the senses. Perched high percent of its construction waste, formerly rough-and-ready base area.
a boutiques, bars, and restaurants celebrates its 67th birthday in 2008, celebrity patron saints, jackson hole attracts
on a mesa a few miles from jackson, and it commissioned mattresses while the rooms are huge and hand-
t after a day on the slopes. and with it’s obviously been a while since the
plenty of rich and famous regulars. the
the large, gracious rooms — decorated made from natural, renewable, and some, the restaurants delicious, and
deep leather chairs fronting a roar-
town was truly rough-and-tumble.
favorite son and daughter may well be fab
in warm, sandy colors, back-lit cedar healthy materials. and it gets 35 the art collection world-class, it is
ing fire, a glass of wine, and ap- the wort sports everything a classic
o couple harrison ford and Calista flockhart,
planks, and rich redwood walls with an percent of its power from wind. the resort’s boot-drying, ski-tuning,
petizers from one of jackson’s top western hotel should: roaring stone
accent on minimalism — invite you to but it also features red leather tiles run-recommending ski concierges
o chefs, there’s really no reason to fireplaces, overstuffed leather chairs,
who own a ranch near town. Cast your eyes
relax and enjoy the view. surrounding the stone fireplaces, a that guests love most of all.
s y w go anywhere else, except to your and traditional western artwork.
toward the back booth at the rendezvous
rooftop hot tub, and a bose sound
k t table in the town’s most romantic bistro and you may find them in their pre-
system in each room.
o restaurant, right in the lodge.
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