What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Jackson Hole

Since we are all looking forward to a gloriously snow-filled winter in Jackson Hole, it will soon be time to think about packing for your ski trip to our neck of the mountains.

We won’t sugar coat this—it gets magnificently cold here in the winter and that’s just the way we like it. Dry, crisp days full of sunshine and cowboy pow—not that deep, bone-chilling damp cold so common in other parts of the country. Our cold is the best kind and, as long as you plan accordingly, we promise you will love every minute of your stay here! But what to pack?

Layers. Layers are to Jackson Hole winters what big hats are to California summers—essential. The thing about mountain climates is they can change several times a day, without warning, and they vary as you head up to higher elevations from the base of the mountain, so layering is a must. If you’re already a skier or snowboarder, you’ll know that any kind of base layers with wicking fabrics are key to staying warm and dry while hitting the slopes or exploring some of the local national parks. Add in thin wool, such as Merino, on top of that to stay warm and cover it all with a warm hat, waterproof and well-insulated jacket and pants, and warm winter boots (to wear while walking around the village) and you’ll be good to go. 

Nightlife. Jackson Hole is much more laid back and easy going than other ski resorts, so a nice pair of jeans and some boots or anything mountain chic casual will be perfect for hitting up the local nightlife scene. There are plenty of bars to give you that authentic Wyoming feel, or you can visit one of our local breweries or one of the many restaurants if you want something a little calmer and intimate to do in the evenings after a long day on the slopes.

Equipment. Depending on how far you are traveling, you can choose to bring your own gear or rent while you’re visiting. If you forget anything, don’t sweat it as there are plenty of shops to purchase any clothing items you forget. Rentals, including helmets, are available up on the hill and around town and LPJH is more than happy to arrange equipment rentals for you during your stay.

What else? Aside from the essentials, it’s also a good idea to bring lotion, sunscreen, lip balm (as the wind can dry you out), extra socks, gloves, hats, and boots, and a backpack to carry around while you’re up on the mountain or walking around the village. 

Jackson Hole is a winter wonderland once the snows hit and our high-end, luxury property rentals make a perfect base for you and your family to enjoy all the activities and fun the snow brings. We can’t wait to introduce you or welcome you back to our little piece of Wyoming paradise this winter. Please reach out should you have any questions about what to pack and where to stay.