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  • Cityscape Rugged slopes, verdant valleys
  • City life Winter sports and wildlife

Who could have predicted that this former rough-and-ready frontierland in Wyoming would have blossomed into an upscale ski resort?

Actually, the clues were always there in the landscape: snow-topped slopes, rugged mountains and two national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstones, populated by hulking bison and shaggy buffalo. If this were a Western, the main action would be split between two places: the small town of Jackson, encircled by craggy peaks, and Teton Village, in Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Jackson has all the swagger of the Wild West: saloon-fronted stores and restaurants with cowboy-cool; the Swiss-style Teton Village is fit for ski-bunnies.

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  • Planes Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is 10 miles north of Jackson Town Centre. Pick up an internal flight from Chicago or Dallas with Delta (www.delta.com) | from Atlanta or Salt Lake City with American Airlines (www.aa.com) or from Chicago | Denver or Los Angeles with United Airlines (www.united.com).
  • Automobiles Salt Lake City | Utah | is a four and a half hour drive from Jackson Hole. The area makes for dramatic driving – hairpin bends | mountain ranges and dazzling views. (You may have to share the road with the occasional moose or two.)
  • Taxis Taxis can be hailed in the main square – the fare is around US$25–US$40 from here to Amangani (the hotel has a luxury car service that will ferry you to the main square for US$35).