Epic snow storms, wicked winds and a closed ski resort make for some unhappy campers in Jackson Hole these days, but never fear. Here’s my list of “must-dos” to experience in our fabulous town. There’s so much to do in Jackson Hole during the winter!
SKI SNOW KING: There is still a mountain you can ski in Jackson Hole. Snow King is Wyoming’s first ski resort and it’s right in town. Don’t miss this chance to ski the King. Snow King is offering a 20% discount to all Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Mountain Collective valid pass and ticket holders through this weekend.
SNOW KING COWBOY COASTER & KING TUBES: If skiing isn’t your thing, or you just want to have some outrageous fun, head over to Snow King and take a ride on their Cowboy Coaster. The Cowboy Coaster takes riders 456 feet up Snow King Mountain, and then lets you loose down twists and turns as high as four stories tall for an exhilarating roller-coaster thrill ride. King Tubes has snow tubes, three smooth groomed lanes, and a rope tow to pull you and your snow tube up the hill. All you need are some warm clothes and a need for speed.
NATIONAL ELK REFUGE SLEIGH RIDES: Curl up under warm blankets on a horse-drawn sleigh as you explore the National Elk Refuge and get up close and in person with the massive herd of elk that gather for the winter in Jackson Hole. Learn about these beautiful animals, as well as the nicknames the drivers have for some of them. Tickets are available and departure is from the Visitors Center on N. Cache
DOG SLEDDING: An experience you won’t soon forget is being pulled by a very happy and energetic set of dogs as you glide through the wilderness on a sled, view wildlife and if you choose, take a dip in Granite Hot Springs. Pick the dogsled adventure that is right for you.
SNOWMOBILING: Think warm snowsuits, heated handle bars and spectacular scenery. There are so many snowmobiling options available in the area, whether venturing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, exploring Togwotee Pass or Yellowstone. You can drive your own snowmobile or share with a friend or family member. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the beautiful wilderness surrounding Jackson Hole.
WILDLIFE TOURS: The snow won’t stop you from seeing wildlife and the incredible guides who offer their tours know exactly where to find that moose, fox, elk, big horn sheep and maybe even a wolf for your viewing pleasure. There are a number of excellent guides available but two of my favorites are Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris and Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: There is endless cross country skiing to experience while visiting Jackson Hole. Grand Teton National Park’s inner road is groomed for cross-country, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Teton Pines Golf Club offers groomed trails to the public and Hole Hiking Experience provide guided tours. The JH Nordic website provides area trail maps and information. Nordic ski packages are available for rent from Skinny Skis and Teton Mountaineering.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART: Celebrating it’s 30th year, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is just north of Jackson Hole across from the National Elk Refuge. Come in from the cold and meander the finest wildlife art collection in the United States. Have lunch or a bite to eat at Palates and the children will find a special room just for them to explore their creativity.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: You know you want to put on those cowboy boots that sit in your closet most of the year. Slip them on tonight and go two-step at the world famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or the Silver Dollar Saloon at The Wort Hotel. Other music venues are also available at The Pink Garter Theatre and The Town Square Tavern.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP: Jackson Hole has a vast array of boutique shops and art galleries. Start your Christmas shopping early or just treat yourself to something special.
For more information on Jackson Hole, activities and shopping, visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce website.