Jackson Hole Winter Activities Planner
The winter months in Jackson Hole are truly one of a kind. Hotel Jackson offers the perfect luxury basecamp to explore some of the world’s best ski terrain – offering a vast array of exciting wintertime activities and adventures. Whether you are looking for snow sports and explorations, wildlife sightings, ice skating, or other family fun, you are sure to find it this winter in Jackson Hole.
Skiing & Snowboarding
The Jackson Hole area is home to three world-class ski resorts, all with varying ability levels and unique offerings whether you ski or snowboard.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was named the 2014 #1 Ski Resort in North America by Ski magazine readers. This famed ski resort is home to the world famous Aerial Tram, 116 runs, 13 lifts and one of the top ski schools in the nation. JHMR has recently expanded the number of “blue” runs and is currently preparing for the new Teton lift that will be located just west of Après Vous in 2015.
Snow King, Jackson’s “Local Hill” in town, just celebrated it’s 75th anniversary. Hourly passes are available and they even turn on the lights at night for a unique ski experience. You will often find national and international ski teams practicing on Snow King as it holds the title for the steepest vertical drop in the U.S.
Grand Targhee, located an hour west of Jackson on the Wyoming border consistently ranks one of the top resorts for incredible powder skiing. Ask our concierge team about shuttle buses so you don’t have to drive Teton Pass.
Snowcat or Heli-Skiing
Expert skiers and snowboarders looking for untouched powder runs and the thrill of backcountry adventure can look no further than the Bridger Teton and Caribou National Forests. Several snowcat and heli-skiing companies offer select access to some of the area’s most spectacular views and breathtaking slopes outside of the resorts.
The greater Jackson Hole area is home to hundreds of Nordic ski trails where guest can embrace the peace and quiet of winter, as well as the beauty. Shooting Star and Teton Pines Country Clubs offer groomed trails for both classic and skate skiers, in addition to classes and clinics. If you want to explore trails in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding areas, JH Nordic provides detailed maps and information one their website.
Let the inspiring beauty and majesty of Yellowstone National Park reveal itself to you from the warm comfort of a Snow Coach. You can visit for a day, or spend the evening at Yellowstone’s Snow Lodge and take in the buffalo, bison and possibly a wolf in your travels. Experience Old Faithful, the steaming geysers and the Park’s natural specialties that develop their own unique works of art in the winter.
Remote hot springs, winter wildlife, untouched powder fields or Old Faithful – wherever you want to go a snowmobile will get you there. Drive your own or ride and take in the sights, either way you are in for an exciting day. If snowmobile racing is your thing, check out the annual Snow Devil’s Snow King Hill Climb in late March.
Jackson Hole is home to several Iditarod dogsled race teams and guides. Dogsledding is a very unique way to explore the valley, see wildlife and even visit a hot spring. Mushing with these energetic Alaskan Huskies is a trip you will not forget. Come out for the annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race that begins in Jackson in late January.
Snowshoeing with or without a guide is an excellent way to “winter hike” through Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding National Forests. Snowshoes allow you to walk atop the snow-covered trails and explore the winter wonderland. Enjoy a nice workout as you take in the stunning, quiet beauty of the snow-covered backcountry.
During the winter, part of Jackson’s Town Square transforms to an ice skating rink where you can sip hot cocoa and glide along under the twinkling lights. Hotel Jackson is located just one block off of Town Square, offering close proximity to hop over for a beautiful evening skate. If you prefer indoor skating, visitors can enjoy skating at the Snow King Ice Arena, home to the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team.
Dinner Sleigh Rides
The star-lit mountain sky is something to behold and there is no better way to view it then snuggled up in a horse-drawn sleigh ride. There are several rides to choose from; exploring Teton Village, atop the Gros Ventre butte or along the Snake River. Enjoy this favorite winter activity with someone special, friends or family and then enjoy a sumptuous dinner and drinks to complete the evening.
Snow King Mountain offers an exhilarating snow-tubing run that opens at 4:00 pm daily. Kids and adults alike love this sledding adventure and the thrill of gathering speed and bumping along with giant grins. They provide the tubes you don’t have to carry them up the hill!
Dawn and dusk are the perfect time to see and experience fauna such as Elk or Moose in their most pristine environment. Expeditions explore the valley, focusing on each animal’s unique ecosystem. Naturalists offer local knowledge and exclusive viewing opportunities.
Arts & Culture
For those Arts & Culture enthusiasts, Jackson Hole offers a wide variety of year-round exhibits and events. Stop by the National Museum of Wildlife Art to see a range of unique collections and enjoy the view from the museum which overlooks the National Elk Refuge. There are also more than 70 nearby art galleries, and shows taking place throughout the year at the Center for the Arts.
There are fantastic shopping opportunities in Jackson Hole no matter the time of year. Whether you’re looking for fashion, jewelry, artisan crafts, or western wear and collectables, there is sure to be a nearby shop that will meet your needs. Bundle up, grab a coffee or hot cocoa, and peruse the boutique and unique shops around Town Square.
To learn more about these activities, please contact our Concierge Team