Once entirely private, it's now open to the public for overnight stays.
Travel envy can really eat away at wanderlust when a place you’re dying to go is so exclusive and private that it’s permanently beyond reach. Which is why it’s great news that the Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, now offers luxury overnight accommodations to the public.
At this premier property nestled amid 3 1/2 million acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, you get access not only to the views and vibes that come with just under a thousand acres of towering mountain scenery and private access to the famed Snake River, but to almost all of the amenities available to owners and members (some come at additional costs through various packages).
You can book a variety of accommodations: Discovery Village Cabins, a quartet of fully loaded tiny homes with one queen bed and covered-wagon bedrooms with four bunk beds available for rent; the Sporting Cabin, a gloriously private basecamp in the foothills outfitted in warm Western pine, loads of view- inviting windows, and every modern appliance—not to mention a fully romantic and fully furnished canvas tent; and the newly launched Lodges, where special zoning allows owners to place their private homes in a short-term rental program when they’re not in residence.
Be as adventurously active or as luxuriously lazy as you’d like in all four seasons. In the warmer months, golf at theTomWeiskopf- designed course. Avail yourself of the equestrian center, which offers boarding, its own string of horses, homegrown rodeos, and trail rides through the club’s own 450-acre River Bend Ranch. Out of the saddle, hike and bike trails wind throughout the property and into the bordering Bridger–Teton National Forest. Raft, kayak, and paddleboard on club waterways and the Snake River. And fly-fish on the Snake, with or without a team of Orvis instructors offering one- and two-day schools.
In winter, the club’s championship golf course morphs into a Nordic skier’s playground, with 10 miles of groomed trails through scenic woodlands as well as other trails around the property that lead into national forest backcountry. Jackson Hole is one of the country’s prime snow destinations, and you’ll discover why when you dive into vast bowls, steep chutes, and gorgeous glades from 12,000 to 15,000 vertical feet in the Snake River and Palisades Mountain Ranges—or when you heli-ski in backcountry powder accessed from the club’s private helipad. Prices start at $1,350 per person for five to seven runs. The concierge can arrange dogsledding experiences as well. And for town trips during winter months, there’s a shuttle from the property to Teton Village.
After a big day in the big outdoors, repair to your cozy accommodations, where there’s a fire waiting inside or out. If it’s just you or you and your plus-one, the four Restoration Hardware-furnished one-bedroom “tiny home” units will tick off all the “cozy” boxes. As intimate as they are thoughtfully and artfully designed, each has its own fire pit and patio surrounding a communal open space.
If you can’t make it this winter, imagine summer vacay with the crew: The whole family can saddle up, float the river, observe the Beaver Pond, swim in the infinity pool, play disc golf, hit the archery and shooting-clays courses, do the nature camp, and view and photograph wildlife.
Whatever season, grownups-only or with the family, you can end superlative Jackson Hole days with a sublime soak in a hot tub under star-crazy Western skies. snakeriversportingclub.com
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Photography: Courtesy of Snake River Sporting Club
From our January 2020 issue.