What Are the Best Jackson Hole Winter Activities?
There really is no “off-season” in Jackson Hole. In fact, the winter months offer some of the most beautiful sights and exciting activities in the world! Whether you’re an adventure-seeker looking for the thrill of a lifetime or would rather stay out of the cold, there are plenty of Jackson Hole winter activities for every kind of traveler! For a complete list of Jackson Hole’s best restaurants, activities, and places to visit, make sure you request access to our free Vacation Guide!
- 1 You Need to Experience These Jackson Hole Winter Activities!
- 1.1 Winter Wildlife Tours
- 1.2 Cross-Country Skiing
- 1.3 Skiing and Snowboarding
- 1.4 Heli-Skiing
- 1.5 Dog Sledding
- 1.6 Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides
- 1.7 Snow Tubing
- 1.8 Shopping and Dining
- 1.9 Winter Events around Jackson Hole
- 1.10 Snowmobiling
- 2 Where to Stay in Jackson Hole This Winter
You Need to Experience These Jackson Hole Winter Activities!
Winter Wildlife Tours
Jackson Hole is a mecca for wildlife photographers from around the world due to the large number of native animals and beautiful, mountainous landscapes. What many people don’t realize is that the winter seasons in Jackson hole offer an equally abundant opportunity for experiencing Wyoming wildlife. We recommend taking a winter wildlife safari on your next trip to the national parks (and be sure to have your camera ready)!
Another exciting way to experience the Jackson Hole wilderness in the winter is to go cross-country skiing. The valley is home to a number of cross-country skiing tracks and has open wilderness areas near Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Work your way through the winter weather, the majestic Tetons stretching high above.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Jackson Hole is a premier destination for skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. With some of the best resorts and most impressive runs in the country, it’s no surprise that Forbes Magazine has named Jackson Hole one of the best ski areas in North America! Be sure to book your trip early in the season to beat the annual rush.
Some of the Best Wyoming Ski Resorts
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- Snow King Resort
- Grand Targhee Ski Resort
For expert skiers and adventurous spirits, heli-skiing in Jackson Hole is the perfect chance to carve up some of Wyoming’s uncharted backcountry. If the ski resorts just aren’t cutting it for you, let High Mountain Heli-Skiing take you to the best bowls and chutes in Grand Teton and Hoback. For newcomers, powder and heli-skiing camps are also available.
The sport of dog sledding dates back to 2000 B.C. and is still a brilliant way to navigate the winter landscape in Jackson Hole. The National Elk Refuge offers one-of-a-kind dogsled tours of the Wyoming wilderness. We highly recommend checking this winter tradition off your bucket list!
Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides
What You’ll See During Your Sleigh Ride
The National Elk Refuge provides more than dog sledding adventures. Here, you can also embark on a sleigh ride! This refuge provides a sanctuary for wild elk during the cold winter months. During this migration, which can last several weeks, the elk cover up to 60 miles. On the sleigh ride, you’ll see thousands of these majestic creatures! You may also spot bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, and wolves. Over 175 species of birds also frequent the area every winter, so have your camera ready! Elk Refuge sleigh rides are operated by Double H Bar, Inc. and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What To Wear During a Sleigh Ride in Wyoming
Winter in Jackson Hole is usually very cold. When you’re exposed on the sleigh ride, the temperature can feel even colder compared to conditions in town. Spine-chilling winds often blow up the valley, and blizzard conditions can move in quickly. That said, appropriate attire for a sleigh ride is essential. Don’t forget to pack a warm coat, hat that covers your ears, gloves, and boots. Be sure to dress in layers so you can adjust to changes in temperature!
How to Get There
The sleigh ride season typically begins in December and runs through April, depending on weather conditions. During those months, Elk Refuge sleigh rides operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors can purchase their tickets at the Jackson Hole Visitors Center and take a free shuttle bus to the boarding area. Tickets cost $23 for adults and $15 for children. This adventure will be the highlight of your trip to Jackson Hole!
Where to Go Snow Tubing in Jackson Hole
Located within Snow King Resort, King Tubes offers fun snow tubing in Jackson Hole that’s perfect for kids and adults alike. Let gravity take control as you fly down one of three groomed snow tubing lanes, then relax as the rope tow pulls you and your tube up the hill. The fast and exhilarating rides down these slopes will have you “laughing all the way”! Kids must be at least 42″ tall to ride and there’s only one person per tube allowed.
Grand Targhee Resort
About an hour drive from Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee offers snow tubing between late November and early April. Day passes are just $15 and include the use of a tube and access to the Papoose conveyor lift. This lift quickly whisks visitors to the top of the runs and is perfect for little ones. Reservations are recommended, so be sure to call ahead!
Shopping and Dining
Jackson Hole isn’t just an amazing wildlife destination. It’s also home to some of the best restaurants and places to shop in Wyoming! Take a quick break from the cold and grab a drink at one of Wyoming’s best breweries or gear up for your wilderness tour at Hoback Sports.
Winter Events around Jackson Hole
If you’re an “about-town” kind of person, a winter event in Jackson Hole is a fantastic way to spend part of your trip! Here are just a few of the best events to attend during the colder months in Jackson Hole:
If you’re not an expert skier, a great way to safely experience the beautiful Wyoming backcountry is from the back of a snowmobile. Jackson Hole is home to some of the best guided snowmobile tours in the country. The Snowmobile Hill Climb in March is one of the most popular annual events in the area. Though technically in the spring, this event includes chilly temperatures and snow, which define winter for most. You’ll love watching as participants race up King Mountain!
Where to Stay in Jackson Hole This Winter
After you’re done exploring Wyoming and experiencing all of Jackson Hole’s amazing outdoor activities, you’ll need a warm and cozy place to stay. Luckily, beautiful Bentwood Inn is located in the heart of Jackson Hole. Here, you’ll have easy access to all of the best things to do in the area this winter. You’ll love our luxurious rooms, fantastic amenities, and views of the surrounding natural beauty. After all, we are just 10 minutes away from Grand Teton National Park and an hour and a half away from Yellowstone National Park!
During your trip to Northwest Wyoming’s picturesque backcountry, why settle for a less-than-amazing lodging experience? Take a look at our Cowboy Room for an accommodation that’s almost as gorgeous as the surrounding landscape. This king room features a private entrance on the first floor, a river rock fireplace, and luxurious details you won’t soon forget.