A celebration of all things winter is a tradition in Jackson Hole and the 5th annual WinterFest in Jackson Hole celebrates our favorite season in style. This fun winter classic runs for two weeks, starting on February 13 and goes until February 22. The festival is crammed with plenty of exciting outdoor and even indoor events as well, so be sure to take advantage.
Pica’s Margarita Cup
Your legs might be noodles from all the vert you’ve been logging on the mountain, so take a breather and watch as ski teams compete for prizes and bragging rights on the local’s town hill, Snow King Mountain. There are raffle prizes for the spectators as well as food and drinks. This local ski race series goes from 3:30 – 6:30 pm on February 13. The event is put on by the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club with proceeds going to support the JHSC Alpine Program.
23rd Annual Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race
Watch the action or participate and join in on the fun in this premier Nordic race. Events include a 30k, 15k, 5k, 3k, and free 1k. Skate or ski the course. Located at the Trail Creek Nordic Center. The race is on February 14.
Come in from the cold and warm up on Valentine’s Day with that special someone to the alt-country sounds of Alejandro Escovedo at the Center Theater in the Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $45 and include a complimentary champagne toast; sweet treats by Persephone Bakery, and roses for the ladies. The music starts at 7pm. Purchase tickets in advance here.
Here’s your chance to have a day at the races, western style, as teams of horses pull a rider and chariot as fast as they can down a ¼ mile snow track. The 44th annual race is February 14-15 from 12pm–3pm and takes place just south of town in Melody Ranch. General admission tickets are $15 with opportunities for Calcutta wagering and auctions. All of the proceeds are donated to the Shriner’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, so come out for a good cause.
You may have possibly never heard of this event, but you sure won’t forget it when you get to witness it in person. Check out the live action of The North American Ski Joring Championships in Melody Ranch as skiers navigate a course and jumps all while being towed by a horse. The event runs on February 21-22. Gates open at 11am and the competition starts at 12:30. General admission is $10 and kids under 12 get in for free.
Ice Skating on the Town Square
Tired of watching all the winter action well lace up those skates, get out on the ice, and bust out your best triple axel, or better yet just make some laps around the rink and have some fun with the family. Skate rentals are available as well as hot chocolate for sale, and even live music to set the soundtrack. Skating goes from 3-9pm. For more information call 307-739-6789.
Jackson Ice Fest at The Exum Ice Park at Snow King
Watch under the lights at night as climbers compete at the ice park in up to three events for prizes. February 20 from 4pm-7pm. Gear rentals are available and a bonfire and free s’mores for the spectators.
Mason Club’s Wine Tasting
Sample some great wines and bid on silent auction items at this fun event at the Center for the Arts on February 20. Proceeds go towards the restoration of the local and historic Masonic Lodge. Admission is $25 for those 21 and over and incudes a souvenir wine glass. The wine tasting starts at 5:30pm.