Not much of a skier? We get it. Some people live for the slopes, and other people sprained their wrists on the bunny hill twice in a row when they were thirteen and haven’t had much of a desire to get back out there since. (You know, some people.) For those in the latter category, Jackson Hole still has a lot to offer during the ski season. Come along and we’ll show you a few of our favorite non-skiing winter activities in Jackson.
Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski
Want to get outside without shooting wildly downhill at the mercy of gravity? Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. A favorite winter activity in our family, both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing provide excellent opportunities to get fresh air, exercise, and see the winter world from a different point of view. Don’t have your own skis or not sure where to start? Cross-country ski tours are available for all skill levels and ages. Not sure where to go? Here’s a good starting point.
Take a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge
Every year, thousands of elk, along with a variety of other animals, fowl, and mountain men (just kidding), migrate to the refuge for the winter. We recently wrote about what you can expect from the sleigh ride experience. Bring a blanket and your camera and get ready to immerse yourself in some of the most stunning winter landscapes the West has to offer.
Visit an art gallery
Need a break from the winter weather? Did you know that Jackson has an internationally renowned art scene? Jackson boasts over two dozen art galleries in town alone, including the famed Wilcox Gallery, which showcases art from some of the biggest names in Western art. But art isn’t limited to just the galleries. Businesses around town strongly support local artists and it isn’t uncommon to come across art displayed in unexpected places. If you somehow manage to make it through all the galleries in town, you can spend a lazy afternoon meandering through the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Founded in 1987, the museum holds more than 5,000 works of wildlife art from prominent artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and John James Audubon. Visit the Palate while you’re there for lunch with an inspiring view of the elf refuge.
Take a dog sledding tour
For the most unique (and awesome) winter experience, try an authentic sled dog tour through some of the area’s most stunning scenery. Several local companies offer tours, including Call of the WYld and Jackson Hole Iditarod Dog Sled Tours. Both companies offer unique experiences that are sure to inspire your next Instagram post and make all your friends and family supremely jealous.
Ride the aerial tram
In just 12 minutes, the aerial tram ascends 4,139 vertical feet to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. With an elevation of 10,450 feet, you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Teton Mountains, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, and the Snake River Valley. For an even more stunning view, stop into Corbet’s Cabin for their Top of the World Waffles. If you find yourself in Jackson through the weekend, there’s a weekly interdenominational worship service (at the top of the mountain), which you can attend on Sundays at 9:30. If you board without ski or snowboard equipment, the ride to the service is free. Snag a complimentary ticket at guest services.
If you’re not sure where to stay to experience all these winter wonders, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered here at Flat Creek Inn.