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10 Things You Don’t Want to Miss in Jackson Hole

1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has held its namesake as one of the top ski resorts in the country for years on end. Located in a remote corner of Wyoming it’s hard to reach locale makes it one of the more wild and off the beaten path feeling skiing destinations in the United States. Initially known for its aggressive expert terrain, over the years JHMR has evolved to include beginner to intermediate slopes, making it an ideal destination for all skier abilities. The steep terrain, slopeside luxury, incredible natural scenery, and the charming Western feel of the town of Jackson all combine to make it an experience like no other. Not to mention, this part of Wyoming receives some of the best snowfall in the country. 

2. Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of the main draws for visitors to Jackson Hole throughout the summer months, as the town of Jackson sits one hour away from its southern entrance and serves as the perfect place to stop on a cross country roadtrip. What visitors to our region don’t often consider when planning a trip through the valley is the lesser known Grand Teton National Park,  just twenty minutes from downtown. Smaller in size compared to it’s more widely regarded neighbor, Grand Teton National Park lacks no punch on the scale of jaw dropping beauty and outdoor recreation. The Teton Range comes bursting out of the flat valley floor, laying down one of the most incredible natural playgrounds in the U.S. where visitors can hike, camp, backpack, kayak, rock-climb, swim, mountaineer, trail run, sail, or even rent a motor boat for the day. 

3. Rafting the Snake River

A summer vacation to Jackson Hole is not truly complete without some sort of rafting excursion down the Snake River. There is a wealth of wildlife that live along both the scenic flat water and whitewater stretches of the Snake River. Bald eagles, moose, osprey, otters, and beavers are just a few of the species that take up residence in the valley. Not to mention the majestic Teton Range views, the hilly horizon of the Grey’s National Forest, and the impressive walls of the Snake River Canyon.

4. Granite Hot Springs

Granite Hot Springs is the gorgeous resident hot spring pool of Teton Valley perfect for relaxing after any sort of mountain adventure. Located directly next to the Gros Ventre Range, Granite is a rustic but developed hot spring that can be accessed in the winter months only by snowmobile. Take a dip in the natural spring water and revel in the 360 views of Swift Creek Pass, the Gros Ventre mountains, and in the summer months – blooming wildflowers. 

5. Snowmobiling

From groomed trails to scenic trips to wide open powder field experiences, Jackson Hole runs the gamut on access to world class snowmobile terrain. Experienced riders will find themselves right at home with the ability to rent a snowmobile here in town and take off to the surrounding natural landscape or choose from one of the many guiding companies to show you the way. Whether your goal is to see wildlife, soak in hot springs, visit Yellowstone National Park, or play in powder the options are seemingly endless. Togwotee Mountain Pass, considered some of the best powder snowmobiling in the country, is located just one hour from the town of Jackson and offers incredible views of the Tetons and Absaroka Range. 

6. Camping

Camping is a favorite past time of visitors and locals alike through the summer and fall months in Jackson Hole. The options range from right outside of town to more remote but there is no shortage of beautiful places to pull in for the night and throw up your tent. Curtis Canyon, Shadow Mountain, and Mosquito Creek are three of the more accessible free car camping options located near the town of Jackson. To get a bit further away you could try traveling into the Gros Ventre Range towards Slide Lake or heading out along the Granite Creek – both will offer established campsites. For the more adventurous there is a world of backpacking options between Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the national forest areas surrounding Jackson. Whichever route you choose the views are sure to please. 

7. Biking

One of the best ways to explore Jackson Hole is on two wheels. There is a world of cycling with Jackson’s Friend of Pathways bike path system that will take you around town and into Wilson, Wyoming. Explore Jackson Hole Mountain Resort of Grand Targhee Resort’s mountain bike parks for some downhill riding or hit some of the local favorites like Munger Mountain or the Cache Creek trail system for a cross country experience. There are also the unbeatable views of riding on the bike paths within Grand Teton National Park or even further north to Yellowstone National Park.

8. Fly-fishing

Jackson is home to some of the best fly-fishing throughout the Western U.S. The Snake River, Green River, Grey’s River, and Salt River play the perfect host to whole range of options for fly-fishing day trips, whether floating in a drift boat or walking along the banks. The lakes within Grand Teton National Park are perfect for beautiful mountain views and the chance to view some local wildlife. A little further out from the town of Jackson, visitors can also choose to explore the Hoback River, Pacific Creek, or Granite Creek.

9. Snow-shoeing and Nordic Skiing

For those looking for an alternative to downhill skiing when planning a visit to Jackson Hole, snow-shoeing and nordic skiing are popular winter activities that can provide additional access to the surrounding natural beauty. Within Teton County itself there is a wide sweeping trail system that receives regular upkeep and maintenance. You could rent some equipment from a local gear shop and head out on your own or opt for a guided adventure to take you into some of the more pristine locales within the valley. Read about Jackson Hole’s extensive trail system here.

10. National Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge is located just north of downtown Jackson and was created back in the 1900s to protect the habitat and provide a standing sanctuary for one of the largest Elk herds on earth. The refuge spans a total of 24,700 acres and borders both Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger Teton National Forest. Throughout the fall Elk migrate to the refuge and winter on the plains getting relief from the accumulating snow in the surrounding hills and mountains. The refuge offers an incredible chance to view local wildlife and watch the sunset over the Teton Range.

Teton Village Hot Spots

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village Wyoming offers world-class skiing and access to the Tetons that are unbeatable throughout the winter months. The steep terrain, sidecountry access, and variety in ski runs draw thousands of people each year to experience what the locals cherish and call home. What visitors might not know about Teton Village before arriving is the liveliness of the apres ski, restaurant, and music scene. After a long day of hitting the slopes any of these favorite Teton Village hot spots are sure to keep you entertained.

Courtesy of Caldera House

Situated directly next to the Aerial Tram at the base of the mountain, the Caldera House offers some of the best dining throughout Teton Village. This intimate boutique hotel is home to both the South Cable and Old Yellowstone Garage restaurants with some of the best beers on tap and cocktails around. South Cable is the perfect spot for a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or apres beer to get you on and off the slopes without fuss, while Old Yellowstone Garage offers an old-world Italian style menu with perfect views of Teton Village to end your day.

Courtesy of Mangy Moose

The Mangy Moose Saloon is one of Jackson Hole’s best music venues and it is conveniently located at the base of Teton Village. With eclectic mountain decor and a western saloon feel, the Mangy Moose has live music almost every night of the week and has played host to a variety of national musical acts. Names like Sam Bush, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, Blues Traveler, and Taj Mahal have all taken stage there, in addition, the local acts that play regularly. Check out their events calendar to see what’s playing during your visit. https://www.mangymoose.com/live-music

The town of Jackson Hole is home to a surprisingly large number of Thai restaurants – but by far the best of them is Teton Thai, located in Teton Village just a short walk or shuttle ride from the Aerial Tram. The restaurant is tiny, with a small bar and just a few indoor tables in the winter months, but the food speaks volumes – keeping visitors and locals coming back year after year. Dishes like the Dumpling Soup or the Panang Curry will warm you up after a chilly day on the hill. The Sake and the employees laughing behind the bar will make you feel at home and satisfied. 

Courtesy of Bodega Jackson Hole

When driving into Teton Village you will likely see the gas station situated directly behind the main parking lot in front of the tram. What you might not realize is that this gas station is actually the Bodega, a one-stop-shop for delicious grab and go food, a huge assortment of craft beer spirits and carefully selected wines, a small intimate bar, locally sourced products, and groceries. The brainchild of the Fine Dining group (the restaurant group responsible for some of the best restaurants in Jackson) the Bodega is one of those places unique to Teton Village that can really do no wrong. Grab a sloshy (a favorite local boozy frozen drink) or hit the food truck for some amazing eats while you meander around the village.

Check out our other favorite Hot Spots below

The Handle Bar https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/the-handle-bar/

Il Villaggio Osteria https://jhosteria.com/

Piste Mountain Bistro https://www.jacksonhole.com/piste-mountain-bistro.html

The Bar at Continuum https://www.continuumjh.com/drink-and-eat/


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Best Winter Tours in Jackson Hole

Looking to explore beyond the town of Jackson and Teton Village? There are plenty of great sights to see and adventures to take just outside of town even during the winter. Whether you are interested in snowmobiling, riding on a heated snow coach, or getting some exercise cross country skiing or snowshoeing, there are a number of great winter tours in Jackson Hole to get you out and about regardless of the weather. 

Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing

If you are not into downhill skiing, or want to take a day off to get out have a more serene experience among the mountains, then a cross country skiing or snowshoeing tour may be right up your alley. Hole Hiking Experience offers a few different tour options to choose from, ranging from 2 hours to 6 hours, and the option to choose between snowshoes or cross country skis. The tours take place in both Grand Teton National Park and surrounding national forest. Another option is to simply rent cross country skis or snowshoes and explore on your own, or take a leisurely ski on the park road. 

Snowmobiling

There are a variety of snowmobile tours to take in the surrounding areas of Jackson, the main areas being Yellowstone, Togwotee, Gros Ventre, and the Granite Hotsprings. Scenic Safaris offers a number of tour options, with their main attraction being Yellowstone tours, to either Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon. These tours are full-day and include several stops along the way, with a high chance of seeing wildlife, not to mention the amazing hot springs and landscape of Yellowstone. Togwotee Mountain Lodge offers tours as well including the Granite hot springs tour where you can take a nice long soak after your ride, or the Brooks lake lodge tour to stop and have a nice lunch and coffee or hot cocoa. 

Snowcoach Tours

Snowcoach tours are perfect for those that are looking to see Yellowstone without having to be exposed to the elements for the majority of the trip. Stay warm on your trip and hop out at key stops along the way to get a closer look. The snow coaches are either custom equipped with snowmobile like treads or just hefty snow tires made for winter excursions. Brushbuck, Scenic Safaris and Teton Science Schools all offer great options for Snowcoach Tours to Yellowstone. Snowcoach tours are the best way to see the most possible attractions in one trip.

A Romantic Getaway to Jackson Hole in the Winter

If you come to Jackson and simply take a look around it’s not difficult to picture yourself in this majestic place with the one you love. There is an abundance of places to take in the cites, dine, and adventure in the outdoors together. Here are some of the most romantic getaways to take your love on your getaway to Jackson in the winter season.

Elk Refuge sleigh ride is one of the most unique experiences in town. The National Elk Refuge consists of 24,700 acres. The winters are harsh so a refuge was established in 1912 in order to help the elk and many other species get through by providing supplemental feeding. The horse-drawn sleigh takes you right up to the elk herd. The elk and the horses are comfortable together so the sleigh doesn’t spook them. It’s such a rare opportunity to see the elk up close. Taking photos and videos are encouraged but keeping your voice down, your phone off and staying in the sleigh at all times is required. This intimate experience is the perfect romantic getaway and unlike anything else in the valley.

Private sunset or sunrise wildlife tours are incredible opportunities for you to have an intimate adventure together. Jackson’s wildlife is remarkable with elk, bear, bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and many more species. Both sunset and sunrise are when the animals are beginning to either bed down for the night or waking up to begin a brand new day. Wildlife tour guides in Jackson are familiar with the native species and their habitats with great respect and knowledge to share.

The Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch at the top of the East Gros Ventre Butte has it all. The dining has been called “upscale mountain-man cooking” by Bon Appetit magazine and has something delicious for everyone. The views are breathtaking with a full Teton range from their dining room. The atmosphere they provide their guests are truly memorable. 

The Blue Lion Restaurant is another unforgettable fine dining experience in the Jackson area. The lamb chops are the most popular item on their menu and never disappoint. The facilities are more intimate with a cowboy guitarist serenading the guests as they dine in a cozy cottage right in the Town of Jackson. The waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable and make you feel right at home.

Another unique and rare outdoor adventure is a snowmobile ride to Granite Hot Springs just 30 miles south of Jackson. The road to the hot springs is not plowed in the winter for a car to travel but it is groomed for snowmobiles, cross-country skis, fat bike or dog sleds that can surely make the 10-mile trek. The windy road is long but just beautiful with the winterscape. Once you make it to the Granite Hot Spring you will see steam rising from the spring just over a wooden bridge. You pay a soaking rate for adults $8, change into a bathing suit in their changing rooms and jump right into the natural springs that get up to 112 degrees in the wintertime. Surrounded by the winter wonderland and soaking in this thermal pool is a relaxing experience to share with your love.

No matter your interests Jackson has so much to offer lovers as they take a romantic getaway to have some quality time together.

Holiday Events in Jackson Hole This Year

Winter is in full swing here in Jackson Hole and the snowy Teton range is the perfect backdrop for the holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate. If you plan on being here this holiday season there are a number of events that you won’t want to miss out on. 

12 Days of Christmas at the Wort

Courtesy of the Wort Hotel

The Wort Hotel, just a short saunter from the town square, transforms into a Christmas miracle each year with decorations and lights throughout the building. The hotel hosts its annual 12 Days of Christmas ongoing event from December 7th through the 31st (Technically 24 days, but who’s counting). Starting with the Holiday Street Party Chamber Mixer, which features Glenwood street lighting with Santa, and wrapping up with the New Years’ Eve Party with One Ton Pig bluegrass. For the full list of events including an ugly sweater party visit The Wort’s website.

Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

Take a magical horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge just outside of the Town of Jackson and get up close and personal with our resident elk friends. The sleigh rides run from mid-December through early April departing 3-4 times per hour 10 am-4 pm daily, herd and weather conditions permitting. Reservations are not required but recommended during the holidays, groups will be shuttled from the visitors center where tickets can also be purchased the day of. For reservations call 307-733-0277.

Appearances by Santa

As mentioned previously, Santa will be in attendance for the Glenwood street lighting, but aside from that, he will also be showing his face on Town Square every night starting December 15th until the 24th from 5-7 pm at the Stage Shop building.  Santa will be making another stop at The Wort Hotel for breakfast, on December 22nd, doors open at 9:30 am with first come first serve seating, reservations required and can be made by calling 307-733-2190. 

Santa will also be swinging by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and rappelling from the Tram on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day he will also be available to ski with on the Teewinot lift between 11 am and 1 pm.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Torchlight Parades

Courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain and Grand Targhee each hold their own torchlit ski ceremonies, with fireworks, shows that follow shortly after. Snow King’s parade has been going strong since the 1950s as skiers slowly make their way down the mountain with a torch in hand, with the parade beginning at 6:15 and fireworks starting at 7. 

In Teton Village, at JHMR the festivities are similar with an additional glow worm parade for children holding glowsticks, starting at 5:30, followed by a traditional torch procession by JHMR employees and a Fireworks show below in the village commons.

Grand Targhee also has a children’s glowstick parade starting at 4:30 and the adult torchlight event begins at 5:30.

Why Spring Break in Jackson Hole?

Spring in Jackson Hole is a light hearted and easy going time of year. The temperatures have started to rise, skiing conditions are still at an all time high, and the spirit of the locals and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of reverie and joy – having just made it through the coldest of the winter months. March in Jackson Hole can offer some of the best snowfall of the year – or those dreamy bluebird days that make you want to apres vous like there is no tomorrow. Regardless of the weather, the events around the town and the resort make spring time one of the best times to visit Teton Valley and its surrounding majesty.

Music Under the Tram Concert Series

Courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Starting the first week of March Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers a weekend concert series set up right underneath our beloved Aerial Tram. Spend the day hitting the slopes then partake in a free outdoor concert to kick back, relax, and soak in the sunshine. 

Rendezvous Festival

The last weekend of March brings the annual Jackson Rendezvous Festival, now in its seventh year. Rendezvous Festival is a three day, spring lifestyle and music festival taking place in both Teton Village and the heart of downtown Jackson from March 27-29th. Current and national acts such as Grace Potter or Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, take the stage at both locations and contribute to the spirit of slopeside parties and events that make this time of year one not to be missed.

Wildlife and Scenery

Spring in Jackson Hole can be one of the best times to visit our neighboring national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, as temperatures rise and the parks begin to come alive again before summer. Wildlife safaris or snowmobile tours offer an extremely unique way to experience the local wildlife and scenery with the help of experienced guides. Take an evening sunset wildlife safari into Grand Teton and experience the Tetons at one of the best times of day when wildlife becomes most active. Or try a snowmobile tour into Yellowstone and experience Old Faithful at a time of year when most people won’t get to see it. 

Jackson Hole Demo Fest

Jackson Hole Demo Fest takes place at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort from March 7-8th and offers skiers and snowboarders the unique opportunity to try out next year’s line the ski industry’s favorite brands at a low cost.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering in Jackson Hole

Unlike most mountain ranges in the world, the Tetons burst abruptly from a sagebrush covered valley floor to rise nearly 7,000 feet into the sky offering vast options for rock climbing. The craggy and irregular skyline, jutting out in every direction, culminates at 13,770 feet as Wyoming’s most famous peak, the Grand Teton. Casting your gaze across this unforgettable range leaves locals and visitors alike feeling intimidated and simultaneously inspired. Sooner or later all outdoor enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Jackson Hole in an attempt to get closer to these burly peaks. 

The Tetons and the various mountain ranges that sit nearby, hold a rich history of rock climbing and mountaineering across the outdoor community. Regardless of your ability level – Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park have options to suit your every need.

Via Ferrata at JHMR

The Via Ferrata at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the perfect option for families, groups new to the sport of rock climbing, or really anyone looking to get their feet wet on Jackson Hole’s granite walls. This climbing experience is led by knowledgeable guides through high alpine terrain allowing visitors to explore granite slabs, cracks, overhangs, and caves across the 14 different routes. 

Riding the Aerial Tram at JHMR and hiking to Rock Springs Buttress

The Rock Springs Buttress offers a unique climbing experience through a variety of routes and variations. The ample fixed anchors allow for the possibility of linkups and the climbs include sport, trad, and a blend of both. To get there offers its own adventure through two different options. Ride the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and descend from the top following the Rock Springs Loop trail looking out towards Cody Peak. Or hike from the base of the resort beginning at McCollister road towards the Union Pass lift.

Hoback Canyon Shield

The Shield in Hoback Canyon holds a fair selection of different routes unlike any other climbing destination in the valley. There are a handful of traditional routes to round out the sportier classics, put up primarily in the early 90s and 2000s. Make sure to hit the Shield in the Spring or Fall, when the cooler temps leaves this south facing wall accessible throughout the day.

Rodeo Wall in Snake River Canyon

It looks like a random pull off from the road in the Snake River Canyon, but the Rodeo Wall offers some of the best moderate sport climbing in the Jackson Hole area. The variation between polished and super sharp limestone results in some surprisingly fun vertical crimping across the 5.9-5.11 routes. Hit up this destination in the early to late afternoon throughout the summer when shade rolls over the wall allowing you to escape the heat.

BlackTail Butte

Between the lower, middle, and upper walls there sits about 20 routes varying from 5.10 to 5.12 to keep you feeling challenged and entertained, with a world class view to boot. Black Tail is some of the more technical and hard sport climbing in the valley, but with a zero commitment approach as you park just slightly north from the main entrance into Grand Teton National Park and follow the stairs or short trail from the parking lot to the butte. 

Grand Teton National Park 

Grand Teton National Park offers climbers a variety of settings, climbing types, and conditions ranging from mellow sunny crag outings to mixed alpine adventures. A local favorite, Baxter’s Pinnacle, offers a short easy hike in for a good half day adventure. This 5.8 trad climb takes you up a beautiful spire overlooking Jenny Lake. The 5.9 moves required to take you up the final pitch keep things exciting while still maintaining the relaxed fun vibe most visitors are looking for. 

For a more mountaineering based experience with the help of local experts, explore the upper reaches of the Tetons on a guided trip with Exum Mountain Guides.

Wooden Boat Tours Near Jackson Hole

Getting out on the river is a must when it comes to visiting Jackson Hole, it provides the opportunity to get to new places that are otherwise inaccessible and see views that you would not see without floating. Floating is great but to have a truly authentic experience, taking a ride in a handcrafted wooden boat may be the best option for you and your group. Old fashioned boats can bring passengers back to the historical roots of boating.

Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures

The best way to get out and experience a wooden boat tour is with Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures, they use boats based on the original McKenzie River Drift Boat. JH Vintage Adventures offers more than just a float, with romantic trips for couples, serene morning trips with brunch and dinner trips with a gourmet dinner on the riverside at their tipi camp.

Sunset Tour

A romantic sunset tour is the perfect date for couples wanting a beautiful and peaceful evening on the water. The river tends to be much less crowded at this time leaving room for more privacy and tranquility. Aside from the tranquility, early evening offers some of the best opportunities to observe wildlife, especially larger mammals such as elk, moose and deer foraging. Beavers and river otters also tend to make more appearances when the sun is not as high in the sky.  

Breakfast Tours

Breakfast tours are perfect for those that appreciate a good early morning, with tours departing at 7am. Hot beverages are served and warm blankets are provided. The calm of the morning allows for guests to really embrace the scenery and sounds of the river. The tour takes you to the tipi camp where a delicious brunch awaits, and views of the entire Teton range are off in the distance. After the meal, guests can go out for a row on the pond nearby or take a stroll through the Cottonwood forest.

Dinner Tours

Lastly, the dinner tour provides a gourmet fine dining experience alongside the river after a two hour float which gives opportunity for the same type of sightings that would be seen on the sunset trip. This trip also stops at the Tipi camp and appetizers and cocktails are served along the creek before guests head inside the comfortable Tipi for a five star dinner and wine.

Where to Play Tennis in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is known for it’s beauty, wildlife, and rustic, yet elegant lifestyle. It should also be known for the large variety of sports that can be found within it’s valley walls. Whether you are looking to hang glide, surf Lunch Counter, or ski deep powder, Jackson Hole has it all. Let’s today focus on tennis.

Tennis in Jackson Hole

Tennis, in fact, has been a consistent sport in Jackson for the past 40+ years. There are numerous courts sprinkled throughout the valley. They can be found at our major golf courses, including Teton Pines, Golf and Tennis, and 3 Creek. We also have a handful of public courts as well as condo-owned courts. 

If you are bringing your own racket and balls, the condos in Teton Village and the Aspens have their own courts and anyone staying in the units can use them. Likewise, there are a handful of courts where people can play tennis in town, including Miller Park near the Town Square, the Teton County Fairgrounds, and the Jackson Hole High School (when the school is not using them). 

If you are looking to rent tennis gear, both Teton Pines and Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis are sure to help. Teton Pines, on Teton Village Road (HWY 390), has indoor/outdoor courts that can be played on year round. Furthermore, they have several lessons and can rent you gear. Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis, on Spring Gulch Road, have professional tennis players that teach classes and you can rent rackets to play on the courts.

Playing tennis in Jackson Hole is a fabulous way to be outdoors yet get a little exercise on your vacation. With over 35 courts in the valley, there is plenty of opportunity to get your swings in.

Paragliding in Jackson Hole: A View from Above

It is common knowledge that the higher up you are the better the view is, whether you are hiking, driving or climbing to the peak of one of the many mountains surrounding the Jackson Hole valley. Unless you are lucky enough to have access to a plane or helicopter, the next best thing for being higher than the peaks is a paraglider. Paragliding is a popular activity for local thrill-seekers around the valley, and likewise for those visiting. While solo paragliding requires some extensive knowledge and access to equipment, luckily there are several companies that offer tandem flights to satiate your desire for flying high above the valley floor with an experienced pilot. 

Jackson Hole Paragliding is your source for taking a tandem paragliding trip when visiting Jackson. They take trips from both Snow King mountain and Teton Village, with both options providing equally amazing but different experiences. Taking off from Teton Village at the top of the Bridger Gondola will get you a much higher head start than from Snow King, and provide relatively close up birds-eye views of the ski resort and surrounding mountain features as well as views of Teton Village and the rest of the valley.

A Snow King takeoff will allow you to see a gorgeous view of the town of Jackson, the elk refuge and the Tetons in the distance. Although the starting point is significantly lower with a Snow King take off, paragliders can still reach heights equivalent to ones that are reached by taking off from Teton Village thanks to thermals above Jackson. 

For those that have paragliding experience, Jackson Hole Paragliding does offer a guide service for solo pilots, to point you in the right direction and give tips for best practices on flying in the area as well as shuttle services and lodging.

Locals who frequently paraglide not only in Jackson but all over the country tend to consider Jackson Hole paragliding the best in the country thanks to its steep mountains and large flat valley floor. So if you have ever had an interest in going paragliding and you are in or going to be in Jackson Hole, don’t pass up the opportunity!