Caldera House’s private balconies offer unobstructed views, along with Solus fire pits and Wolf gas grills, of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the aerial tram.
Let’s face it, leaving the Roaring Fork Valley in the middle of winter is almost sacrilege. But a little getaway to Jackson Hole to experience similar European-style service and world-class dining? Sure, color us intrigued—and game—when it comes to the new Caldera House in Teton Village, Wyo. The property draws its inspiration from a design marriage of Scandinavia and the American West. It elevates Jackson Hole’s lodging scene and sets a spectacularly high bar for the modern American ski chalet.
Take, for example, the Valles, a 5,000-square-foot, penthouse-level, four-bedroom suite imagined by owners Wesley Edens, Michael Novogratz, David Barry and Randal Nardone and designed by L.A.-based Commune and Jackson-based Carney Logan Burke. The great room’s impeccably appointed furnishings (think Lindsey Adelman chandeliers and Mimi London coffee tables) and art (original Ansel Adams photographs and a unique collection of Americana) complement the airy vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows framing the slopes. Amenities include a private heated balcony, private hot tub, Waterworks soaking tub, wood and gas fireplaces and a fully equipped chef’s kitchen ready to cater even the most elaborate event.
The Caldera House spa features a cedar sauna, fitness studio, heated outdoor infinity plunge and treatment rooms. Every evening at Caldera House is toastworthy—grab a cocktail in the members-only lounge or at the Old Yellowstone Garage, a locals’ favorite. Southcable Cafe serves as the hotel’s gourmet grab-and-go. The Mudroom, an on-site locally operated ski shop, offers premium hand-tuning, expert boot fitting and a selection of top-of- the-line equipment.
There’s a risk once you unpack: You might not leave your suite until checkout. But a mere steps away, the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram awaits to whisk you 4,139 vertical feet—the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the United States—in nine minutes. Whether via the tram or the gondola and high-speed lifts, skiers and snowboarders gain access to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain and more than 3,000 acres beyond the boundary via an open backcountry gate system. Caldera curates custom packages to heli- ski, ski with Olympian Bode Miller or backcountry ski in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) with an Exum Mountain Guide. Nonskiers can enjoy a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge or tour GTNP with wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen. So, yes, if you’re going to leave Aspen’s winter thrills for a few days, you definitely need a good reason: Caldera House proves to be a mighty lure.