(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Huffington Post and SmartAsset just released the second annual study of the top ski towns in the U.S. and Jackson ranked number four. According to the Huff Post article
"SmartAsset collected data on 128 towns that are located directly adjacent
to or within a few miles of a ski resort. Our analysis sought to find areas
that are first and foremost great places to live but that also have access
to high quality skiing. To that end, we looked at quality of life metrics
such as unemployment and housing affordability."
They also integrated ZRankings.com ratings for average snowfall, number of
lifts and vertical drop.
For Jackson, the article stated:
"When it comes to natural beauty, it's hard to beat Jackson, Wyoming. The
town is located in Jackson Hole, a flat valley tucked between several
10,000 foot mountain ranges in western Wyoming.
"The area's largest ski resort, also called Jackson Hole, rates as the best
in North America, with a near-perfect PAF score of 99. According to
ZRankings.com it receives 367 inches of snow annually and has a vertical
drop of more than 4,000 feet.
"The town of Jackson rated well for its low unemployment rate and
relatively affordable housing. While the median income of $57,614 in
Jackson is lower than many other top ski towns, it's worth keeping in mind
that there is no state income tax in Wyoming."
Vail, Colorado ranked number one on the list.
See the full list of America's Best Ski Towns here.