The best things to see and do in Jackson Hole this winter beyond the slopes. Of course, you will be visiting Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – consistently ranked among the best ski areas in North America – but here’s the inside scoop on what to do when you aren’t on the slopes.
Jackson Hole, the valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming and the gateway two national parks, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, perches over 6,200 feet above sea level and sits amidst some the most stunning alpine scenery in the world. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the United States, and taking the tram 4,139 vertical feet to ski champagne powder will definitely give you bragging rights. Rightfully so, this should be at the top of your winter vacation list, but there are dozens of other winter activities that shouldn’t be missed when in Jackson Hole.
GET CLOSE TO ELK ON A SLEIGH RIDE
Get up close and personal with Jackson Hole’s resident herd of elk, numbering in the thousands, in a cozy, horse-drawn sleigh ride. The National Elk Refuge was created in 1912 to protect and preserve the Jackson elk population. In addition to elk, guests might get lucky and see bighorn sheep, moose, wolves, coyotes, pronghorn antelope and eagles. After the sleigh ride, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, representing more than 5,000 wildlife works of art.
FLY ABOVE JACKON HOLE
While experiencing Jackson Hole, nothing quite compares to seeing the breath-taking natural beauty from the sky. Bring the whole family along for a thrilling adventure. Fly into the wilderness of the Gros Ventre Mountains before crossing Jackson Hole to explore the rocky spine of the Tetons. From the air, learn about the legendary fur trappers and Native Americans who unlocked this Dynamic Landscape.
EXPLORE THE SURROUNDINGS
There’s simply so much beautiful terrain to discover around Jackson Hole that exploring clad in snowshoes, by foot, by nordic skiing or by fat bike is a must. Grand Teton National Park is a popular place to explore, though there are also a number of trails near town that are regularly maintained and groomed such as Cache Creek Canyon. There’s the option of guided tours or solo walks.
GO DOG SLEDDING
Race through the snow in a sled pulled by a team of dogs, just as people in colder climates did for hundreds of years. It’s exhilarating, exciting, and often called a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Take an expedition into our glorious Wyoming backcountry or travel to Granite Hot Springs. A local favorite for relaxing, Granite Hot Springs is a natural hot spring nestled in the Gros Ventre Mountains.
TAKE A RIDE ON THE COWBOY COASTER
Nothing slows down this mountain coaster. The Cowboy Coaster takes riders up Snow King Mountain, a few blocks from the town square, then winds down the mountain with twists, turns and incredible views providing an exhilarating ride for all. If you need more thrills, experience snow tubing just a few steps from the Cowboy Coaster, another fun way to enjoy the snow and earn a hot chocolate.