For those seeking a white winter, Jackson Hole will undoubtedly deliver from November to April with its snowcapped mountains, cozy lodges, and sleigh rides along the Snake River with views of the Tetons.
You’ll thank yourself for planning a 5 to 10-day visit with all Jackson Hole has to offer, but make sure to pack warmer clothing and appropriate winter footwear. Temperatures often drop below zero, but daily highs average in the 20s and 30s. Hitting the slopes on bluebird days will call for warm gear, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Sitting at the base of the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole is a snowy winter wonderland full of activities that the whole family or crew can enjoy. Get out and spot some of the local wildlife, dogsled to a local hot spring, or hit the slopes to experience some of the best skiing/snowboarding in the world!
Can’t get enough snow? Check out the nordic trails in cross-country skis, snowshoes, or a fat bike. Take to the ice at the local skating rink or attend a local Moose Hockey game.
For an unforgettable winter experience, make sure you book a vintage sleigh ride. An Appetizer Sleigh Ride is fun for the whole group, and a Dinner Sleigh Ride is the ultimate tour – but book early! These sleigh rides will sell out quickly, especially around the holidays. Dress in warm layers, a winter hat, gloves or mittens, sunglasses, and the appropriate winter footwear. Don’t forget your camera and alcoholic beverages to enjoy (if desired), along with a sense of adventure, as you start your journey on a horse-drawn sleigh traveling through a cottonwood forest along the Snake River. Take in the picturesque sunsets of the Teton Range lit up by a warm alpenglow before arriving at tipi camp to enjoy rustic luxury at its finest. Relax and enjoy the roaring campfire, hot beverages, light appetizers or dinner, and a warm and cozy tipi for a uniquely magical Jackson Hole experience.
Fly into Jackson Hole Airport direct from 13 major cities. From the airport, you can pick up a rental car, grab a shuttle or taxi, or hop on the local Start Bus line that provides access to major points in the valley with sustainable public transportation, a robust winter schedule, and affordable fares. Check with your hotel – they may even offer a direct shuttle to the mountain resort.
Planning Your Visit
Jackson Hole has no shortage of lodging options. Staying in town, Jackson proper will put you near most shops, restaurants, and galleries within walking distance.
Twenty minutes from the town of Jackson is Teton Village, known locally as “the village.” Home to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at the base of the Teton Mountain Range, lodging here will give you direct access to the slopes and some fantastic spots for après ski.
The Mangy Moose is one of the oldest and most popular spots for après ski in Teton Village. After a day on the slopes, slide on down to this bar, located at the base of the mountain resort, for warm food, hot drinks, and live music to round off your evening. Located inside Teton Mountain Lodge, Spur will offer a more laid-back environment with local beers on tap and some of the best fries and appetizers in the valley.
Happen to be in town after skiing Snow King? Check out StillWest Brewery and Grill; with views of the main runs on Snow King, you can enjoy your favorite drink and relax while watching others coming down the slopes. Feeling like some wine and tapas? Bin 22 offers a comfy and cozy atmosphere. Choose a bottle of wine from their showroom and have it served with your choice of appetizers or dinner.
Gastro-enthusiasts won’t be disappointed about the numerous choices, boasting everything from chili to sushi and in-between.
With so much to do in town, you will want to plan a few days to walk around. Warm up with your favorite coffee or espresso drink from one of the local coffee houses as you explore town shopping, visiting the local shops and galleries, like Gallery Wild or MADE. Persephone offers a wide selection of drinks, assorted pastries, soups, and other delightful breakfast or lunch options and Snake River Roasters or Cowboy Coffee will surely please all aspiring cuppers with their locally roasted coffee.
Jackson is, unsurprisingly, a popular winter destination with much to offer. No matter your plans, you’ll want to make sure to place your reservations in advance, and not just for lodging. Make sure to book as many activities as you can well before your arrival.
Winter is here, and Jackson Hole is the ideal winter getaway!