A man skiing at the mountains near Hotel Jackson

Things To Do In Jackson Hole In Winter

World-Class Skiing Yet So Much More

There is no shortage of mountains near Hotel Jackson and our snow is some of the best you can find in North America. The dry Wyoming climate and mountain storm cycles produce on average over 459 inches of fresh, fluffy powder each year. The question is not when to ski, but how? The world-class Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers some of the steepest and deepest skiing in the world. If you are up for a more relaxed ski day, Snow King, located in the heart of downtown Jackson, and Grand Targhee, located 60 minutes away, are wonderful options. If you need more adrenaline, let our concierge book a Heli-Ski trip in the Snake River Range; for a slower pace, explore the hundreds of miles of groomed Nordic trails in the valley and Grand Teton National Park.

But Jackson Hole is so much more than a ski destination. The abundance of activities besides skiing will set your winter vacation here apart from any you’ve experienced before. Hop on a dog sled to ride and soak in a remote hot spring. Bundle up under blankets and take a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge to see thousands of elk up close. Discover the geothermal wonders and wildlife of snow-blanketed Yellowstone via snow-coach or snowmobile. Snowshoe through a forest of towering pine trees alongside a quietly running creek. Or, simply curl up by the fireplace at Hotel Jackson and get lost in a book.

Two men skiing down the hills near Hotel Jackson

Downhill Skiing 2021-2022

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts offers 2,500 acres of inbounds terrain and more than 3,000 accessible acres of backcountry terrain. With a 100-passenger tram that climbs over 4,000 vertical feet in less than 10 minutes, several high-speed quads, two gondolas, and one of the country’s best ski schools JHMR has something for everyone in the family.

 

COVID UPDATE: JHMR is modifying many facets of their operations this winter to accommodate the need for physical distancing in order to reduce crowding and to keep everyone safe. Because of daily capacity limits lift tickets are limited and may sell out, especially during peak periods. If reservations are not made in advance, lift ticket availability is not guaranteed. Hotel Jackson is able to purchase tickets on behalf of our guests; once you have booked your reservation our team will reach out to you to facilitate your ski plans.

 

JHMR is just twenty minutes from Hotel Jackson, but no need to worry about transportation or parking; Hotel Jackson provides a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to the tram dock at the heart of the resort’s base area to fulfill your transportation needs. The shuttle will be running this year as usual, with socially distancing guidelines in place.

Dog Sledding in the Tetons

EXCLUSIVE Live Your Own Wild West Winter Package at Hotel Jackson starting at $1,225*- This exciting winter package includes a two or more night stay at Hotel Jackson and dog sledding with Call of the Wyld located at the base of the Tetons in Teton Village. Also included are classic leather gloves by GIVE’r, a LIQUID HARDWARE thermos, and stylish wool beanies. Reservations for the Wild West Winter Package can only be made by emailing VIP@hoteljackson.com. Book early to enjoy savings on lodging and to ensure your Call of the Wyld experience.

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Heli skiing at the hills covered with snow near Hotel Jackson

Heli Skiing

If small groups, personalized service and over 10,000 vertical feet of untracked powder are your thing, you are sure to love this experience. Let us arrange a heli-skiing adventure just for you. If you are not keen on air-time but still want to find fresh powder stashes, try out Cat Skiing. The cat-skiing operations here have access to over 600 acres and 20,000 vertical feet of fresh powder, complete with astounding Teton views.

A woman snowmobiling in the snow near Hotel Jackson

Snowmobiling

Winter adrenaline rushes don’t have to come from snowboards or skis. Bundle up and get ready for the adventure of your winter - a snowmobile tour. There are a variety of places to explore; snow-covered meadows with breathtaking Teton views or through the Bridger-Teton National Forest to a natural hot spring pool. These exhilarating day-long or half-day tours are a blast for your whole group; whether it is a weekend getaway with your spouse, a family trip with the kids, or a reunion with friends.

A man riding a fat tire bicycle in the snow near Hotel Jackson

Fat Tire Bike Tours

Fat bike, with it's 5-inches wide have exploded in popularity in the last five years. They are the new way to explore snowy areas without requiring you to learn a new sport. Fat bikes look a little different than traditional bicycles, but riding them is the same. Get comfortable on the seat and start pedaling. Full- and half-day trips are available and include bike and helmet rental.

Mountains by the forest covered in snow near Hotel Jackson

National Park Tours

Go on a safari with a local naturalist/guide to turn your park visits into an experience of a lifetime. Grand Teton National Park has plenty to do in the winter, with an abundance of snowshoe, hiking, and cross country ski trails. Yellowstone National Park has otherworldly geothermal features and the world’s highest concentration of geysers. Both parks are home to grizzly and black bears, bison, wolves, mountain lions, elk, moose and over 300 species of birds. Fun Fact: Winter is the best time of year to spot wolves!

Horse sleighs by the hills covered in snow near Hotel Jackson

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

Head to the National Elk Refuge – just a few minutes from Hotel Jackson – to take a horse-drawn sleigh through thousands of elk who spend the winter here. These sleighs have been used for over a century to feed the elk, thus the animals are accustomed to them and allow the sleighs to get as close as you will ever get to an elk. The Elk Refuge is home to more than 8,000 elk, 300 species of birds, wolves, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, and coyotes. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and you are guaranteed to walk away with a new piece of knowledge about elk, Jackson Hole history, or local flora and fauna. A wonderful experience for all ages of the family!

A man skiing at the mountains near Hotel Jackson

Backcountry Skiing & Mountaineering

Jackson Hole boasts home to some of the best backcountry skiing in North America. With the Tetons as your powder playground, you can ski everything from mellow angle powder runs to steep and deep couloirs. Jackson Hole is home to several outstanding backcountry guide operations that offer everything from avalanche safety classes to single and multi-day backcountry ski/snowboard trips. 

Sunset at the mountains covered with snow near Hotel Jackson

Be Your Own Ansel Adams

Hotel Jackson Exclusive Wildlife Safari + Photography Workshop!

This curated experience includes private instruction from a professional photographer while you explore famous Jackson Hole scenes. Learn about Ansel Adams, David Brookover, Thomas Mangelsen, and William Henry Jackson as you capture your own images. After a full day in the field, pick your favorite shot and we’ll have it printed, framed, and shipped to your home. A signed copy of David Brookover’s The Road is included.

A couple Nordic skiing in snow near Hotel Jackson

Nordic Skiing

Jackson Hole is most famous for its downhill skiing, but the valley also offers an abundance of trails groomed for cross-country skiing. Some trails are just a five-minute drive from Hotel Jackson through beautiful snowy woods, others go for more than 30 miles through Grand Teton National Park. At the northern end of Jackson Hole, in Buffalo Valley, former Olympians groom about 10 miles of trail daily and have a cozy lodge that serves a hearty lunch. This is a beautiful and serene way to get outside and see the stunning landscapes Jackson Hole has to offer. 

A man on snow shoes in the snow near Hotel Jackson

Snowshoeing

Journey into the heart of winter via one of the most classic modes of winter travel: snowshoes. Tailor the day to your group’s desires. Spend a couple of hours, a half-day or a full day with a naturalist guide, exploring Grand Teton National Park or the surrounding National Forests. Follow animal tracks, learn about wildlife and winter ecology, or simply take a beautiful walk through the woods or park and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Jackson Hole and the Tetons blanketed in white.

Winter Horseback Riding

Take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Tetons and the surrounding areas on a clear winter day or during gentle snowfall. The trails have been packed down for safety, are peacefully quiet in the wintertime. You’ll see parts of the woods that are hidden during other seasons.The wildlife is one of the best sights of all: animals often hide from humans, but the horses’ scent makes them less shy. You may see majestic herds of elk making their way down the snow-white mountains, a bright red fox foraging for food, or, if you’re lucky, a rare bald eagle soaring through the Wyoming sky.

A herd of deer at the mountains near Hotel Jackson

National Museum of Wildlife Art

Perched on a hillside opposite of the National Elk refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is one of Jackson’s hidden gems. The museum holds more than 5,000 permanent works of art representing wildlife from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the Museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present.  Ask us for a list of current exhibits and events.

A woman shooting in a field near Hotel Jackson

Shooting Experience

Have a blast—pun intended—safely learning about and using various firearms in a controlled environment and under the care of highly trained instructors. Choose from a variety of guns, fired on a western-style outdoor range with targets out to 600 yards. This is a family-friendly activity.