When you set your sights on a winter Jackson Hole getaway, you’re in for a treat. Here, you’ll discover a variety of activities and attractions to enjoy that make the most of the seasonal fun in good company. There’s no better place to be when winter rolls around!
Enjoy a One-of-a-Kind Winter Getaway
Jackson Hole offers up just the right winter weather for travelers who are excited to make the most of seasonal outdoor fun and adventure! Colder temperatures here can last from October through April, but if you want to maximize time on the slopes or exploring snowy trails, your best bet is to plan your winter getaway for some time between January and March. This timeframe also comes with the advantage of falling outside of Jackson Hole’s busy tourist season in the summer—another win for winter travelers! On average, daily lows in Jackson Hole between December and February linger in the single digits, while daily highs can get up into the upper 20s or lower 30s. There’s a lot of annual snowfall in Jackson Hole as well creating spectacularly glittery scenery, photo-worthy moments, and plenty of inspiration for heading out to the slopes. No matter how long you plan to spend in the great outdoors during your Jackson Hole winter getaway, it’s important to pack the essentials. Make sure your suitcase hosts ski pants and a jacket as well as winter gloves, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, goggles, and waterproof winter boots too.
Try Dogsledding to a Hot Spring
If you’re looking to pair the best of winter outdoor fun with a warm-up at the end as your reward, dog sledding to a local hot spring is the way to do it. The team at Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours leads guided trips over dramatic terrain via dog sled that come with beautiful Gros Ventre Mountain views included! At the end of your ride, you’ll find yourself at a turquoise hot spring where you can soak, relax, and savor the moment. A tour of this type also includes lunch before heading back with the sleds. You’ll get to learn a ton about dog sledding, the team in Jackson Hole, and hot springs along the way.
More Hot Springs to Explore in the Name of Winter Fun
Near Jackson Hole, winter travelers can access a few great hot spring destinations to check out that are wonderful for a relaxing and scenic moment. Head over to Granite Hot Springs by snowmobile, snowshoes, or skis during your Jackson Hole stay to enjoy time in a soaking pool and thermal-fed swimming area that averages 104 degrees year-round. Another great option in town is the Astoria Hot Springs located south of Jackson Hole in nearby Hoback. This hot spring is situated along the Snake River and is in fact a collection of geothermic pools with varying temperatures and views to enjoy during your visit. No matter where you land for a winter soak, be sure you have a quick-drying towel with you as well as a robe, slippers, and a water bottle for the journey.
Strap on the Snowshoes and Head to Grand Teton National Park
In the warm weather months, Grand Teton National Park is mesmerizing to explore on foot. In the wintertime, the same captivating trails can be conquered with snowshoes instead! This is a challenging, but endlessly fun experience for those who are looking to take in the scenery at their own pace and include some winter wildlife-watching into the outing too. Grand Teton National Park welcomes upward of 170 inches of snow annually, so you’ll have plenty of powder to trek through during your visit. If you’re more comfortable snowshoeing alongside a pro, the team at Jackson EcoTour Adventures offers guided snowshoe hikes to participate in instead.
Pair Elk Viewing with a Winter Sleigh Ride
Jackson Hole is fortunate to be home to a stunning National Elk Refuge and during the winter, visitors have the opportunity to view herds of elk roaming the terrain while enjoying a horse-drawn sleigh ride in good company. Not to worry, cozy blankets are included in the experience as you fly across the ground in wintery style taking in views of wildlife and snow-covered mountains alike. It’s a great experience from start to finish that’s ideal for a family winter outing in Jackson Hole this year.
Ski Your Way to Winter Adventures
For many travelers, it’s hard to imagine a getaway to Jackson Hole without some serious time spent on the slopes. Make sure to set aside time for a trip to Snow King Mountain and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort while you’re in town this time of year. There are a variety of runs to choose from suitable for skill levels of all types at each location and lessons available for newcomers too. Feel free to rent your gear and even if you don’t ski, the views from the lifts are always impressive!
Book Your Winter Getaway Today
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It’s Time to Start Planning Your Perfect Winter Getaway to Jackson Hole!
Our winter countdown has officially begun and we are so excited for when the first flakes grace us with their presence. In the meantime, as we dream about shredding all the pow, we are here to help you create your dream vacation to Jackson Hole in winter. We have quite an extensive network or Abode Luxury Rentals around Jackson and you might be overwhelmed and unsure which neighborhood is best for you. Below we’ll highlight a couple of areas that might help you narrow down your rental search!
Jackson Hole in Winter
Complete with one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world minutes to the north and the rustic town of Wilson directly to the south, the West Bank area of Jackson is an ideal locale offering proximity and privacy. With Unparalleled Views of Surrounding Mountains and the Snake River, the West Bank offers endless outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and the finest fly fishing opportunities the Rocky Mountain region has to offer on Fish Creek, the Snake River, and the countless natural tributaries formed in the many drainages leading to the river basin.
*** Some properties in this area limit one reservation per 30-day period. Inquire with the reservation specialist for more details.
Check out some of our favorite West Bank properties below or browse all of our West Bank properties here.
Teton Village is located at the foot of the mountains and is home to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The “Village,” as it’s known locally, is also adjacent to Grand Teton National Park. With Abode properties right at the base of the Teton Mountains, the Village is a good choice for travelers who plan to spend a lot of time on the mountain. The après ski scene is top-notch and you’ll find regular live music hosted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or at a local favorite, the Mangy Moose.
Check out some of our favorite Teton Village properties below or browse all of our Teton Village properties here.
Jackson and Surrounding Areas
Properties in this area are not only minutes from Jackson Town Square and its famous antler arches but also have easy access to Grand Teton National Park, Snow King Resort for fun family activities in the winter and summer, and the elk refuge for sleigh rides and wildlife viewing. An added bonus of staying in this area is that many of the properties have amazing views of Gros Ventre and surrounding mountain ranges.
***Some properties in this area limit one reservation per 30 day period. Inquire with the reservation specialist for more details.
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WHAT TO DO IN JACKSON HOLE IN WINTER
If you are looking for activities to do other than the obvious we’ve compiled a list of our “Top 10 Favorite Things to do During the Winter that are NOT Skiing and Snowboarding”:
NATIONAL PARKS & WILDLIFE TOURS
Take a winter tour through nearby Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, or the National Elk refuge and enjoy the pristine Wyoming winter landscape from the comfort of a heated snow-coach. These tours offer unparalleled vistas, options to see geological wonders like Old Faithful, and encounters with elk, moose, bald eagles, and more.
SNOWSHOEING OR CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
There are plenty of alternatives to downhill skiing and snowboarding that offer gorgeous winter vistas and a great workout. Snowshoe through one of Jackson Hole’s many powder-covered trails or take a guided snowshoeing trip through a Grand Teton National Park. Cross country skiing offers a low impact workout and a great way to find peace and tranquility of the winter landscape. Cross country skiers can enjoy groomed Nordic tracks or nature trails through Grand Teton National Park. Guided cross country ski trips and snowshoe adventures are available from Eco Tour Adventures and Hole Hiking Experience.
SNOW TUBING & COWBOY COASTER
Ready to laugh and scream like a little kid again? Snow tubing parks offer hours of winter fun for all ages. Get out and enjoy the snow at the tubing parks at Snow King Ski Area or nearby Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Rope tows and conveyor lifts make it quick and easy to get back up to the top of the hill. Remember that snow tube riders must be 42 inches or taller. The brand new Cowboy Coaster at Snow King takes riders up 456 feet and then back down on a thrill-ride of twists and hairpin turns.
SHOPPING & DINING
Jackson Hole offers a range of shopping and dining options. Spend a day in downtown Jackson exploring historic Town Square, with its iconic antler arches and the nearby stores and restaurants. Don’t miss the famous Million Dollar Cowboy bar, where the seats are saddles, or pop into the Silver Dollar Bar at the historic Wort Hotel where there is live music most evenings. Walk the boardwalks where you’ll find local boutiques, western apparel and gifts, art galleries, outlets, and major retailers. If you are looking to gear up for outdoor fun, then stop by Teton Village’s ski and snowboard stores. Teton Village also offers plenty of additional dining options. Grab an early afternoon drink in Teton Village or downtown Jackson to meet up with skiing friends and take part in the après-ski scene.
A snowmobile tour in Jackson Hole can take you to beautiful natural settings that are otherwise inaccessible in the winter months. Hang on to your hat as an expert guide whisks you across the winter landscape. Tour Yellowstone National Park, the Gros Ventre Range, Togwotee Pass, or Greys River and visit landmarks like Old Faithful or the Granite Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a relaxing
TRAM & GONDOLA RIDES
Jackson Hole is known for its Aerial Tram, which takes passengers from the Mountain Resort to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450 feet. The Tram offers panoramic views of the Teton Mountains, the town of Jackson, the Snake River Valley, and Grand Teton National Park. Warm-up at the top, with world-famous waffles at Corbet’s Cabin. You can also take the Bridger gondola up more than 9,000 feet and enjoy a meal at Piste Mountain Bistro at the top of the lift.
Glide through Wyoming’s stunning winter landscapes in a horse-drawn sleigh. This is a perfect winter activity to get your family into a festive holiday mood. Daytime rides through the National Elk Refuge will get you within 30 feet of majestic elk and you may also see eagles, bison, foxes, and wolves. Or take an afternoon sleigh ride and top off your evening with a delicious fireside meal at Mill Iron Ranch or Spring Creek Ranch. (Photo courtesy of Eco Tour Adventures).
ARTS AND CULTURE
Nestled into a cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, The National Museum of Wildlife Art is a must-see for new and returning visitors to Jackson Hole. This collection details the history of wildlife in art with a focus on European and American painting and sculpture. Art lovers will also enjoy touring Jackson Hole’s more than 25 galleries featuring painting and photography by local and world-renowned artists. Check the schedule of ongoing events at the Jackson Hole Center for The Arts for nighttime fun.
IDITAROD DOG SLEDDING TOURS
It doesn’t get more authentic than this! A musher guide and a team of Alaskan sled dogs will pull you through the wilderness where you’ll learn about local wildlife and spot deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and bald eagles. Choose from a half or full-day dog sledding adventure. The full-day tours even stop at Granite Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the natural spa-like waters
SPAS & WELLNESS
Nurture yourself inside and out with a visit to one of Jackson Hole’s spas, which offer a range of services and experiences from traditional facials and bodywork, to more comprehensive wellness programs such as guided yoga instruction. Many of Jackson Hole’s spas harness the ingredients and natural beauty of the surrounding area to give you a truly unique treatment. Visitors interested in wellness can also enjoy daily classes at one of Jackson Hole’s yoga or Pilates studios.
Immersing oneself in a steamy hot spring on a cold winter day surrounded by snow and mountains is, quite possibly, heaven on Earth. It’s downright blissful. It’s the kind of experience we hope everyone gets to have at least once, and if you decide to take a trip to Jackson this season, the opportunity is ripe for you. Located 30 miles southeast of Jackson, Granite is among the most popular hot springs to visit. The spring itself is completely natural, but there is a developed concrete pool to accommodate everyone more easily. It’s widely known and easy to find; about an hour from Jackson. What gives away the location of Astoria is the distinct smell of sulfur as you approach. This one is a bit more exciting when it comes to finding it because it isn’t developed and requires following the river upstream for a while. You’ll be treated to stunning views of the Snake River Canyon. Be careful, though! This hot spring is known for being extremely, well, hot!
Already one of the more accessible destination resort in the Rockies, Jackson Hole will be more accessible by air than ever this winter, with new service coming in from Boston, Seattle, San Diego, and San Jose, California. The Jackson Hole Airport is located at the base of the spectacular Teton mountain range. Located entirely within Grand Teton National Park, flying into the Jackson Hole Airport is an awe-inspiring start to your trip to Jackson Hole.