Pack a lifetime of play into your valley stay by following tips from three valley luminaries, who shared their top 10 favorite things to do in wintry Jackson Hole.
Mayor Mark Barron, Town of Jackson
- Taking first Tram and cruising on fresh corduroy – top to bottom, no stopping – with only the sound of wind in your ears
- Sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge into the herd of wild elk
- Mix it up with locals to super music on Tuesday nights at The Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar
- Catch Snow King on a great powder morning: everyone’s headed to the Village, so it’s all yours!
- Enjoy the palette of delectable, world-class restaurants in downtown Jackson – do NOT miss out!
- Get lost for an afternoon in the amazing creations at the National Museum of Wildlife Art just north of town—unreal!
- For the ultimate rush, spend a once-in-a-lifetime day with High Mountain Heli-Skiing
- Don your dancing shoes and head to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Town Square, where two-stepping and Western swing rock the night away.
- Catch a Moose Hockey game, Friday and Saturday nights at the Snow King Sports and Events Center. Full contact, all-action hockey!
- You’re skiing Jackson Hole, so you have to take a ride into Corbett’s Couloir, or at least, take a peak!
Executive Chef Wes Hamilton, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- National Elk Refuge sleigh ride
- Cross country skiing in Grand Teton National Park
- Samosas from the Everest Momo Shack (eaten outside)
- Snowmobiling or dog sledding to Granite Hot Springs (super cool)
- Sipping a gin and tonic in the Four Seasons Lobby Lounge
- Moose hockey games
- The Salumi Pizza at Il Villlaggio Osteria
- Chasing your kids around the snow castle in the Village Commons
- Dinner at Stieglers (the best winter food)
- Après ski at the base of the Tram (truly authentic)
Public Affairs team at Grand Teton National Park
- Cross country ski or snowshoe to the summit of Signal Mountain by following the unplowed road (moderate trek – elevation gain 700 feet, 12 miles roundtrip)
- Cross country ski or snowshoe to the Phelps Lake overlook from the Death Canyon Road junction (moderate trek – elevation change 520 feet, 5.2 miles roundtrip)
- Cross country ski or snowshoe the Moose-Wilson Road: southward from Death Canyon Road junction or northward from Granite Canyon trailhead (easy trek – little elevation gain, 4 miles roundtrip)
- Follow Cottonwood Creek on the way to Jenny Lake, past the historic Lucas/Fabian historic homestead district. Explore the old cabins in their winter mantle. Journey – by ski or snowshoe – from the Taggart Lake parking area (easy trek – elevation gain 100 feet, 7.5 miles roundtrip, turnaround at any point)
- Cross country ski or snowshoe the Hermitage Point area from Colter Bay. You have several options: the Swan Lake-Heron Pond loop (3 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 40 feet) or venture all the way to the tip of Hermitage Point (5.8 miles more).
- Take a scenic drive along the Gros Ventre River to Shadow Mountain. Turn east off Hwy 89 at Gros Ventre Junction, travel to Kelly and north to the road’s end at the Shadow Mountain winter parking area. Look for moose, elk, bison, coyotes and bald eagles along the river bottom and near Ditch Creek just north of the Teton Science Schools road.
- Go on a ranger-led snowshoe hike from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center (1:30 to 3:30 p.m. daily) Prior experience is not necessary and snowshoes provided for a requested donation of $5 for adults, $2 for children (8 and older). To make a reservation, call (307) 739-3399.
- Explore the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center exhibits and watch videos in the auditorium. Sit by the fireplace and wander through the extensive Grand Teton Association bookstore (open from 9 am to 5 pm daily).
- Cross country ski or snowshoe into Two Ocean Lake via the Pacific Creek Road (easy trek – little elevation gain, 4.5 miles roundtrip)
- After adventuring in the park, warm up by the fireplace at Dornan’s and have lunch, snacks and/or drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)