You’ve read the brochures, done the research, and yes heard the stories of how Jackson Hole is one of the best skiing destinations in the country and the world, but there’s just one catch you don’t ski or snowboard. Don’t worry there is still plenty to do in this beautiful and picturesque Teton town. We’ll let you in a little secret there are plenty of locals who never ski or board in the winter and still choose to live here because it’s one of the most beautiful places around. So if you don’t like to ski or just need a day to recover from the slopes, we proudly present the Non-Skiers guide to Jackson Hole.
Just because you don’t want to be on the mountain skiing doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside all day at the lodge drinking hot cocoa, although that can be fun too. Below you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to get you out and about in this winter wonderland we call Jackson Hole.
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside, enjoy the amazing mountain views, see some wildlife, and get some exercise all at the same time. Think of it as a form of winter hiking that is suitable for just about all ages and makes a great family activity.
For the full snowshoeing experience head into Grand Teton National Park. The Park offers plenty of trails and opportunities whether you go with your own group or book a trip. Make sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp, map, and a first aid kit. If you book a trip with a local outfitter many of these items will be supplied, but still be sure to dress for the cold temps and preferably in layers. Just remember proper etiquette is to keep your snowshoes out of the ski track and to hike parallel to any ski track. Entry to the park is $25 for vehicles and is good for 7 days. If you are weary of going in to the Park by yourself you can book a trip with The Hole Hiking Experience. They offer several packages from 2, 4, or 6 hours in length. Tours include snowshoe rentals as well as snacks and or lunch. For more info on their packages check them out at holehike.com or click on the Grand Teton National Park’s website at nps.gov/grte.
If you are looking for a bit more adventure than a walk through the woods then hop on a fully loaded and equipped snow machine and get after it. The terrain and possibilities are literally endless. With a ton of packages and snowmobile companies you’ll be sure to find the right tour for you and your family. Possibilities include tours in Yellowstone National Park, Granite Hot Springs, or Togwotee Pass to name just a few. You can stay on the comfort of groomed trails or get after all that off trail powder. Here are some guiding companies to get you started:
Snow tubing is a great way for the whole family to get out on the snow without skis and catch some thrills. Be sure to check out King Tubes at the base of Snow King Mountain. Ages 14 and over can ride for an hour for $20. Kids 13 and under cost $15. If an hour isn’t enough you can buy an extra hour for just $5. King Tubes is opened Tuesday – Friday from 2 pm – 7 pm and weekends and holidays from 11 am – 7 pm. Kids must be 42” tall to ride the tubes.
If you want to take a tubing tour of the area, venture over the pass to Grand Targhee and check out their tubing hill. Tubing day tickets are $10. Hours are 4 pm – 7 pm Wednesday – Friday and Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm. All riders must be 42” tall to ride.
After all that outdoor adventure you just might be craving some warm indoor activities to help defrost and recharge, so you can go back out and do it all over again.
A great to place to warm up and get some culture is the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which features more than 550 artists and over 5,000 cataloged works. Covering numerous genres and mediums that date all the way back from 2,500 b.c. to present day pieces.
From Stone to Glass – Wildlife Sculpture in Multiple Media
Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone – Graphic Design by Asher Jay
A Parade of Plumage – Engravings by Francois Nicolas Martinet
Fight or Flight – Art, Action, Animals
After all your outdoor activities you’ll probably need some pampering for those over worked muscles, so treat yourself to a spa day. Jackson Hole boasts some of the most luxurious and scenic spas you’ll find anywhere. From hot tubs, steam rooms, massages, to fitness centers, get ready for a world class spa experience.
Four Seasons Spa, 307-739-5120
Hotel Terra Chill Spa, 307- 739-4055
Teton Mountain Lodge Spa, 307-734-7111
Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole, 307-734-7111
Body Spa at the Rusty Parrot Lodge, 307-733-2000