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Winter: Jackson Hole Outdoor Activities and Events

Tips for visitors and photographers wanting to enjoy a variety of Winter activities and events.

Of course, we have plenty of wildlife and landscape opportunities, but we offer so much more!

You might say visitors can “get involved in the activities” and “watch the events”. Take your camera if you have one and snap away! Jackson Hole is a four seasons destination resort, so the locals and businesses like to fill the months with events and activities to keep people coming. Most of these are great for just getting outside and spending time with others. Most of them are fun to participate in, or just watch, but all are a sure cure for cabin fever. All you have to do is get out there!

This list can never be complete, but I can at least give it a good try and add will more photos and events as I can. I’ve tried to limit this page to just outdoor activities, but of course, there are indoor activities like gallery walks, shopping, dancing, museums, tours, and so forth. Besides the links and suggestion on this page, check out: Grand Teton NP & JH Info / Area Links and Helpful Area Links

Outdoor Recreation:

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Ski Resorts: We have three ski resorts within a short drive of the Town of Jackson. Use your own equipment or rent all you need at any of the ski shops. There are numerous races and events at all of the resorts if you just want to watch. Check each resort’s events pages for information, times and dates of the races. The photo above was taken at the JH Mountain Resort in their Half Pipe during a USASA competition.

Cross Country Skiing: There are several commercially maintained tracks, plus numerous areas you can go for free. Check out Skinny Skis on Deloney Street for rentals. Pay attention to the closed areas in the valley! JH Parks and Recreation Grooming Schedule

Snowshoe Hikes in GTNP: Late December through mid-March, rangers offer guided snowshoe hikes.  Call (307) 739-3399 for more details and to make reservations. (Note: Visitor’s Center at Moose is closed during the 2013 and 2014 winter season). Showshoes can also be rented at Dornan’s (Moose Junction) or Skinny Skis in town.

Web Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride Dec28

National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride Tours Take a sleigh ride into the middle of the elk herd.

Snow Biking: It is not uncommon to see the new Fat Tire or Snow Bikes around town in the Winter. One of the most popular Snow Bike trails is up Cache Creek. Also, try sharing the trails on the Snake River Dikes near the Wilson Bridge. In March, there will be a Snow Bike Race on Togwotee Pass. See the Events section below. In town, check with Hoback Sports for sales, rentals and additional information.



Sledding: A commercial rope tow is available at Snow King Resort (photo below), or just find a hill as seen above and create your own free fun!

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King Tubes at Snow King Resort

Sled Dog Tours: Book an intimate guided trip to Granite Canyon or other destinations in the Bridger Teton National Forest.

Web Ice Skater Jan20

Ice Skating: There is an indoor rink at Snow King Resort with open skate times. The Grizzly Hockey team plays regularly at Snow King. Currently, there are Outdoor Rinks open at the JH Rodeo arena, Powderhorn Park (next to Pizza Hut), Wilson, Alta, and on the Town Square. Click the link for schedules and more info.

Web Cold Soles Jan21

Broom Ball: The ice skating rink at the Jackson Hole Rodeo Grounds is the site of co-ed league “Broom Ball” games. In the old days, sticks were made of actual brooms wrapped with duct tape.  Consult the JH Parks and Recreation sites for Broom Ball and Hockey games schedules. This game was on a Tuesday night. When I left, the “Cold Soles” in blue had a commanding lead. I’d venture a guess many of these same people can be found at one of the local baseball fields in the summer playing “Kick Ball”.

Jackson Parks and Rec

Full Calendar for the Teton County / Jackson Parks & Recreation

Glider Trips: Soar the Tetons on one of our scenic glider rides and experience this beautiful mountain range from a birds-eye view. 36 miles from Jackson. Scenic flights also available.

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Fishing: The Snake River is open to fly fishing with catch and release for all Cutthroat Trout during the winter months. Some areas of the river bottom are closed during the winter months, but there quite a few access points along the river near the Wilson Bridge as seen in the photo above.  JH Trout Unlimited hosts a Whitefish Derby near the end of winter.


Down the Stretch


JH Winter Wonderland: Community Special Event: January 18 & 19, 24,25,26, 31, February 1,2: Sponsored by The Grand Teton Skating Association on Town Square. Enjoy the square lights & ice.

JH Art Festival:  February 9

Moose Chase Marathon : February 15, 2014. Cross-Country and Nordic ski race.

Shriner’s All American Cutter Races: February 15 & 16. A charity event to benefit the children.

International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race : January 31. This multi-stage race begins and ends in Jackson Hole.

Jackson Town Downhill – Mini Hahnenkamm: March 01. Locals look forward to this race on Snow King Mountain

2014 Togwotee Winter Classic Snow Bike Race: The 7th Annual Togwotee Winter Classic will be held on March 8th, 2014 at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge. As in the past, this event will be FREE and will be limited to 74 riders in order to comply with USFS regulations.

World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb: March 20, 21 ,22, 23. This event is HUGE now with lots of participants, viewers, and vendors.

Pole Pedal Paddle: March 29. A serious event for some and a light hearted end of the Winter season for others.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

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Comments (2)

  1. Lowell Schechter

    Mike, I guess you can have fun all year round in the Jackson Hole area. Certainly looks like fun.

  2. Lowell,
    Since we are a Four Seasons Destination Resort, the whole idea is to fill the year with reasons to come here! And, the locals are always dreaming up something new. Mike

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