Jackson Hole Winter ActivitiesWhether you are a passionate skier, nature lover, art enthusiast or hard-core shopper, Jackson Hole has something for everyone during the winter months
Snow King ResortKnown as the Local Hill, Snow King may be small, but he be mighty. Located right in downtown Jackson, Snow King has steeps that challenge skiing's best athletes and ripping groomers that thrill casual skiers and newcomers alike. Snow King Mountain is a world-class ski resort with unparalleled experiences. You can come ski at night at Snow King, or, if you need a day off from skiing, try out the tube park or take a roller coaster ride down the mountain. Both will get your heart racing and most find it impossible to do these activities without screaming.
Grand Targhee ResortLocated on the other side of the hill, you can make the beautiful drive over Teton Pass and be skiing on the backside of the Teton's in less than an hour. The views of the Teton Range from Grand Targhee are spectacular, and quite often Targhee gets a big powder dump that never makes it over to Jackson Hole. You can even try cat skiing at Grand Targhee, taking you out to the secret powder stashes. So great snow, less crowds and an old school atmosphere make Grand Targhee a really fun place to visit for the day.
Snowmobile and Snow Coach ToursJackson Hole and the surrounding area is a world-class snowmobile destination. If you want to go into Yellowstone National Park to witnessed Old Faithful in winter, you can either take a snowcoach or join a guided snowmobile tour. There are many outfits that offer these tours, and they are all listed on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce website.
The National Elk RefugeThe National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole was established in 1912 after the photography of Stephen Leek inspired public interest in preserving a part of the traditional winter range of the area elk population. Today thousands of elk winter in the refuge, which is located just north of the town of Jackson. The elk begin their migration out of the high meadows in the fall, usually after the first snowstorm. They stay in the refuge through the spring, when food becomes more abundant. Imagine taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride among an elk herd numbering in the thousands. At the National Elk Refuge, such an adventure is available to winter visitors from mid-December through early April Sleigh rides are available via a private contractor, Double H Bar, Inc. The National Elk Refuge also offers educational and daily programs at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. Call 307.733.0277 to book winter sleigh rides or click here for more information.
Nordic Skiing, Fat Biking and SnowshoeingOne of the most peaceful ways to experience the beauty of the mountains is to go Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Jackson and the surrounding area offers aplethora of groomed trails and off the beaten path places to explore at your own pace and in complete tranquility. You can rent equipment from local shops in town such as Skinny Skis or join a tour with the Hole Hiking Experience. If the saddle of a fat bike is more your speed, accompany Dave Hunger on a Teton Mountain Bike Tour.
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