Jackson Hole Wyoming: Top 10 Things to Do in Winter

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Top 10 Things to Do in Winter

There is so much to do in Jackson Hole in the winter months. From skiing and snowboarding to dog sledding and cross country skiing, we have whittled down a list to our Top 10.

1. Ski or Board Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, known to locals as "the village" bustles with activity in the winter months. Head on out to the village for epic skiing and snowboarding. Make sure to ride the tram to the very top and take in views of the Grand Teton (grab a waffle from Corbet's Cabin while you are there). For a lively apres scene, head to Spur Bar or the Mangy Moose.

2. Sleigh Ride through the Elk Refuge

Just north of town, the National Elk Refuge provides land and feed for thousands of elk every winter. Take a sleigh ride through the refuge and come within feet of these wild animals. Guided tours last about an hour.

3. Dog Sled Ride to Granite Hot Springs

The 11 mile road to Granite Hot Springs is open to over snow travel only in the winter making it a one-of-a-kind experience. Get pulled by a team of dogs into the springs, enjoy a nice long soak, and then return the way you came.

4. Snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park

One of the best ways to experience Grand Teton National Park in the winter is via snowshoes or cross country skis. A handful of shops rent the gear in town. Simply drive on up the inner park road until the road ends at the Taggart Trailhead and go on your own adventure.The park also offers free (they ask for a $5 donation) ranger led snowshoe tour. Strap on old fashion snowshoes and cruise along the banks of the Snake River as a ranger points out wildlife tracks.

5. Backcountry Ski to a Yurt

If you love to ski and are up for a challenge, consider booking a couple nights in one of Teton Valley's amazing snow yurts. You'll skin into the yurt (basically hiking uphill with skis), enjoy dorm style sleeping with 7 of your closest friends, and cook your own meals while accessing some of the best powder around. Not confident about your skills ... they are happy to send a guide (and even a porter) along with you.

6. Snow Tubing at Snow King Mountain

Spend the afternoon or evening at the base of Snow King Mountain on their Snow Tubing Hill. It's got quite a pitch and it'll be fun for the whole family.

7. Ski at Grand Targhee

Head on over Teton Pass into Teton Valley, Idaho to experience the family friendly resort at Grand Targhee. Known for being less crowded and having more mellow terrain, Grand Targhee is a fun resort for new skiers/boarders and for families. The views of the Teton Mountain Range ain't so bad either.

8. Snowmobiling at Togwotee Pass

In need of speed and an adrenaline fix? Head on up north to Togwotee Pass and rent a snowmobile for the day. Wide open powder fields are your oyster and the terrain will never get old. Looking for something a little more tame? Consider heading into Yellowstone National Park on a guided snowmobile tour.

9. Snow Biking in Jackson

Snow biking has come on strong as a new winter sport and everyone is loving it. Imagine a mountain bike but with tires that are 5 times the size. Their grip will let you travel smoothly along any groomed track and Jackson has done an amazing job setting up snow biking trails along Cache Creek, along the Elk Refuge Road, or even in Grand Teton Park. You can rent snow bikes in town.

10. Shopping, Dining, Entertainment in Downtown Jackson

The Jackson Town Square turns into a magical little wonderland in the winter. Lights illuminate the square and a seasonal ice skating rink. Stroll around the many galleries and shops or grab a cup of coffee from Jackson Hole Roasters. Get your photos taken at Jackson Hole Old Time Photos. Buy a local souvenir at Made or Mountain Dandy in Gaslight Alley. Take your pick from one of many great dining options.

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