Jackson Hole had its first hard freeze this week! With warm temperatures during the day and sunny skies, summer activities are still in full swing, but we cannot keep from starting to think about the winter season just around the corner. If you’re like us and winter dreaming already, read on. This week’s blog features Inn on the Creek’s Top Ten list (in no particular order) of Jackson Hole Winter Activities.
Enjoy one of the many adventurous snowmobile tours offered throughout the valley. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of winter in Yellowstone, cruise the Continental Divide or ride out to Granite Hot Springs. The majority of these guided tours run for a full day with a lunch included. Most trips start in mid-December and are offered daily until the end of March.
Dogsledding through the snowy terrain of the area is a terrific way to see this winter wonderland. It’s a real treat to see the dogs work as a team and to witness their incredible speed. Choose to sled out to a relaxing hot spring or along the Continental Divide trail on a half or full day tour with trips starting in December and running till April.
With 3 ski areas located less than an hour drive from the Inn, you can ski for days without repeating a run. Named #1 ski area in North America, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is only a short shuttle ride away. JHMR has world-class terrain and over 450” of average snow fall for your skiing pleasure. Once your ski legs are done, hit up the many fun après ski bars. Visible from our front door, Snow King Mountain is our town hill and is celebrating its 75th year of operation. They offer night skiing 5 days a week. Over Teton Pass, Grand Targhee Ski Area has short lift lines, deep powder, and stunning scenery.
Many miles of trails in the area offer great Nordic skiing. If you’re new to the sport head out to Teton Pines for an introductory lesson or take a guided trip with Hole Hiking Experience. Some of our favorite trails are along the Snake River in Wilson, up Cache Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and through Grand Teton National Park. Grab rental gear at Skinny Skies just around the corner from the Inn.
Tours in Yellowstone
See America’s first national park covered in snow via a snowmobile or snow coach (an over-snow passenger van). Many tour companies lead full day tours to Old Faithful with scenic stops along the way. Learn about the winter environment and how the animals survive this challenging season.
Take the sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge and get up close to a large elk herd. These hour-long tours are led by a knowledgeable guide and offer amazing mountain views. Or try a dinner sleigh ride that starts with a beautiful ride through a scenic setting south of town, and finishes with a delicious T-bone steak or chicken dinner.
Snowshoeing is a great activity for one and all and a terrific way to get out and explore. Snowshoes can be rented inexpensively at various locations in town. Grand Teton National Park offers daily Ranger-led tours in the afternoon.
Within walking distance of the Inn, you will find Jackson Hole’s historic Town Square. This is the center of all activity in the town of Jackson. Loads of restaurants, bars, shops and galleries all at your fingertips. The iconic antler arches are lit up with twinkling lights for a beautiful sight. Grab some ice skates and hit the ice rink in Town Square Park. There are more than 20 galleries filled with local, national and internationally acclaimed artists. You can find traditional and contemporary western art, wildlife art, and modern art.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
The National Museum of Wildlife Art has something to appeal to everyone — the impressive architecture of the building, amazing setting and views, large collection of world renowned art, delicious dining and a terrific gift shop. The prestigious collection is internationally acclaimed and contains both well-known master artists as well as modern ones. All this and it’s less than a ten minute drive from the Inn on the Creek.
Granite Hot Springs
Granite Hot Springs is accessible only via cross-country skiing, dog sledding or snowmobiling in the winter. As you step into pools, the hot water will instantly put you at ease. The water temperature varies throughout the pools which enables you to pick the spot with just the right amount of heat for you. Natural warm springs fill the pools, which were built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
With all these Jackson Hole winter activities at your disposal, you will need a cozy, luxurious place to rest your head. Inn on the Creek is the spot for you and now’s the time to book!