winter in the tetons

Winter in the Tetons

As Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park transform into a majestic winter wonderland, the landscape becomes a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to serene moments in nature, there’s something for everyone during winter in the Tetons. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best winter activities in Jackson Hole that make this region a dream destination for those who relish the magic of the snowy season.

skiing corbets couloir in jackson hole during the winter

Skiing and Snowboarding

Jackson Hole is home to two different ski and snowboard resorts. Nestled at the base of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a mecca for winter sports enthusiast. Boasting legendary slopes and challenging terrain, the resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding experiences. From the powdery bowls of Rendezvous Mountain to the groomed trails of Après Vous, there’s a run for every level of expertise. Snow King Mountain Resort is located right in the town of Jackson Hole. While it is a smaller mountain, there is no shortage of activities. Choose from traditional skiing and snowboarding, or try out the exhilarating snow tubing course.

Snowmobiling Adventures

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, snowmobiling is a great way to explore the snow-covered expanses of both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Guided tours in Yellowstone National Park are a truly unique way to see the iconic park and wildlife in a snowy setting. Similarly, guided tours in Grand Teton National Park offer an exciting way to explore the pristine landscape. Winter is a great time to visit both national parks because there are far fewer crowds, while snowmobiling creates an unforgettable experience.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Grand Teton National Park offers a network of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, allowing visitors to truly experience winter in the Tetons. The trailhead at Bradley-Taggart Lakes offers parking and trail access, making it a popular spot for winter recreation. Meadows, forests, and frozen lakes create a beautiful backdrop for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, offering a chance to connect with the peaceful winter landscape

Ice Skating in Town Square 

In the winter months, the historic Town Square in Jackson Hole transforms into a festive winter scene with an outdoor ice-skating rink. Surrounded by twinkling lights and the snow-covered trees, it’s a magical place to enjoy family-friendly fun or a romantic evening skate. The town square is also surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars, including the iconic Cowboy Bar, as well as plenty of shops and art exhibits.

Dog Sledding Excursions

Experience the thrill of mushing through snow-covered trails with a dog sledding adventure. Local guides and a team of energetic sled dogs lead you through the snowy landscapes, providing a unique and exhilarating way to explore the winter wilderness. Choose the sledding and hot springs package, where the team takes you deep into the wildness to the Granite Hot springs for a relaxing afternoon soak.

Winter Photography and Wildlife Expeditions 

While winter may seem like a quiet time for wildlife, it is an ideal season for wildlife spotting. Various animals travel to the valley from the high mountains to escape the deep snow and forage for food. Join a guided winter wildlife tour to witness species including elk, bison, and bighorn sheep in the snowy landscape. Knowledgeable guides share insights into the wildlife behavior, the history of Jackson Hole and more. Photography is a popular addition to winter wildlife tours, where you can capture the breathtaking winter vistas and wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Winter in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park is a time of enchantment and adventure. From carving fresh tracks on the slopes of local resorts, to gliding through snow-covered meadows on cross-country skis, this region offers a diverse array of activities for the winter enthusiast. Embrace the season, bundle up, and discover the magic of winter in the Tetons!