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Winter in Jackson for the Non-Skier

Here is a list of the best Jackson Hole winter activities if you aren't on the slopes.

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Non-Skiers' Guide to Winter Fun in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole offers some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding in the world – but – what can you do if you love Jackson's snowy environment but you're not into launching yourself down the side of a mountain?

Good news! There are PLENTY of fun winter activities for non-skiing adults and kids. Even skiers and snowboarders admit to taking a break to try these great experiences:

Guided Winter Wildlife Tour

Witness the majestic wildlife of Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park in their natural habitat. Winter is the perfect time to spot elk, bison, and eagles in the serene snowy landscape. Intrigued by wildlife? Click here to learn more about a guided safari tour.

Snow Biking

Yes, you read it correctly ... mountain biking in the snow. Snow bikes come with big fat tires and allow you to ride along groomed or snow-packed trails. This is a great winter activity for non-skiers. Enjoy views of the Tetons from areas you can typically only access on snowshoes and cross-country skis. Either rent a snow bike or join a guided tour.  Here are a few options for your Jackson Hole Winter Biking Adventure.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for ideas on where to go during the winter.

Snow King Tubing, Mountain Coaster and Scenic Gondola

If you're taller than 3 ½ feet, you can safely enjoy careening down King Tubes at Snow King Moutain Resort. Tubers of all ages have a blast on this groomed hill, maintained with cushioned safety barriers.  Want more excitement?  Stay and Play on Snow King's Cowboy Coaster, or take a ride to the top of the mountain in their Scenic Gondola for dramatic views of the Tetons.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Scenic Tram and Gondola Rides

You'll feel on top of the world and have a breathtaking view when you take a tram or gondola ride at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This is particularly convenient if you are staying in Teton Village.  Stop at the top and have a cup of hot chocolate, hot toddy, or dinner. Fun for the kids and oh so romantic for adults!

Vintage Sleigh Rides

Step back in time with a Vintage Sleigh Ride.  Kids and adults love the fun and romance of horse-drawn sleigh rides in Jackson.  Everyone can pose with the horses after their ride, and sleigh ride providers often serve a hearty dinner.

Sled Dog Races and Rides

If you're visiting Jackson in January, be sure and find a spot to watch the annual Pedigree sled dog race. Don't be surprised to hear dogs howling on various snowmobile trails since area outfitters share the same passages.  Want to try out Dog Sledding yourself? Book a tour for you and your family here.

National Elk Refuge

Your very own cowboy guide will take you and your group out in a horse-drawn sleigh to within 20 to 30 feet of hundreds of elk. Wool blankets on the sleigh will keep you toasty warm as you learn the history and issues regarding the Refuge. One-hour rides depart frequently throughout the day from the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center from mid-December to April.


Other than snowshoeing, this is our favorite activity in Jackson. Local rentals and full Snowmobile tours are available to keep you safe and on designated trails. Make your reservations as soon as you know the dates you're visiting. These activities tend to fill up fast.

Granite Hot Springs

Part of what made snowmobiling so great for me was heading to Granite Hot Springs and taking a swim while my guide barbequed a steak lunch for me and my group. Important tip – bring a plastic bag to keep your towel and other clothes dry while you're enjoying a hot soak.

You can also get the Hot Springs via Fat Bike or Dog Sled.

Shopping on Jackson's Town Square

Downtown Jackson is the ideal place for a shopping excursion. Its celebrated town square, complete with antler arches, art galleries and authentic Western shops, provides a truly unique atmosphere to explore all sorts of goods. With an array of dining options – from the Wort's famous Silver Dollar Bar or the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to Persephone Bakery, you will be sure to find something delicious here as well!

In conclusion, Jackson Hole is an unparalleled winter destination. Even if skiing isn't on your agenda, the area abounds with attractions, from the stunning vistas of Grand Teton National Park to the vibrant cultural scene of downtown Jackson. Whether you're an adventurer, a nature lover, or an art aficionado, Jackson Hole is the perfect setting for creating lasting memories during your winter visit.