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Non-Skiing Winter Activities in Jackson

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.

7 Romantic Things to do in Jackson Hole for Valentine’s Day 2021

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you’re wondering what fun thing you can do to celebrate with your sweetheart, we’ve got you covered! Jackson Hole is the perfect place to go to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Here are 7 fun, romantic, and exciting things you can do for Valentine’s Day this year.

1. Go Ice Skating in Town Square!

Go ice skating right in the heart of Jackson Hole town square. There are lights, romantic music, and a magical atmosphere. It doesn’t get better than this!

Skates cost $15 to rent (or bring your own to skate for free!). Hours are 4:30-9:00pm M-F, and noon-9:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s their website for more information. Check out this live webcam of Town Square if you want to see what it looks like right now.

2. Have Dinner at The Blue Lion!

Photo via: The Blue Lion Restaurant

This restaurant has so many yummy romantic menu options such as French Onion Soup, Buffalo Tenderloin with Huckleberries, and Chicken Frangelico. The Blue Lion has been voted as The #1 Most Romantic Restaurant to eat at in Jackson Hole, so that makes this an excellent Valentine’s Day option. There is usually live guitar music playing while you eat, so that’s a plus!

They are open 5:30PM-9:00pm, every day of the week. Making reservations in advance is recommended!

3. Ride the Aerial Tram!

Photo via www.jacksonhole.com

The tram is about a 9 minute ride that gives you beautiful views of the Tetons and Jackson Hole. It is one of those experiences that you will always remember.

One person on Tripadvisor said:

“TOTALLY worth the money. One of the highlights of our Wyoming trip.”-Vaiden T.

Tickets cost around $30 per person, but check their website for current pricing.

You can watch a video of what the tram ride looks like here. This would be a fun, romantic ride!

4. Eat Top of the World Waffles at Corbin’s Cabin!

Photo via www.jacksonhole.net

If you do go on the Tram ride, there is an amazing gourmet waffle place at the top of the mountain that you will love! You’ve probably never had waffles on a mountain top before so this will be a real treat!

The Top of the World Waffles flavors include: lemon glaze, Nutella, peanut butter and bacon (yes, bacon!), and brown sugar butter. Wow.

Their hours are 9:00am-3:00pm.

5. Go on a Sleigh Ride!

Photo via: nersleighrides.com

There are few things more magical than a sleigh ride. This is no ordinary sleigh ride though, it’s a sleigh ride through the Elk Refuge! This means that you will get up close and personal to the mighty elk that live in Jackson during the winter. The sleigh driver will give you lots of facts and great information about the elk as you drive so you can learn as you go.

The cost is $27 per adult. They are open from 9:00am-4:00pm daily. The sleigh ride lasts about an hour.

See what the Elk Refuge looks like right now on the live webcam. You can see a video of what a sleigh ride looks like here.

Dress warm and plan on snuggling up with your sweetheart during this amazing sleigh ride! (We currently have a Stay and Sleigh Special going on right now at the Flat Creek Inn if you are interested!)

6. Eat Dessert at CocoLove!

Photos via: CocoLove


CocoLove is a little restaurant with the most amazing gourmet desserts! Pictured above are the orange pate de fruit with dark chocolate ganache, raspberry pistachio tart, and lavender mousse on pistachio cake. They have so many other amazing options including gelato macaroons, Mexican hot chocolate, and banana french cake to name a few.

All of these goodies are created by Chef Ortega who was trained in Italy. He is a highly talented Master Chocolatier.

Hours are 9:00am-5:00pm M-F, and 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays.

This would be a great place to grab a sweet treat to eat with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!

7. Go Bookstore Hopping

Photo via: Jackson Hole Book Trader

Here is a recent blog post we did about the bookstore options in Jackson Hole. Two great options are Valley Bookstore, and Jackson Hole Book Trader. Perusing the shelves and finding a fun book to curl up and read together would be an amazing way to spend Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for a good book, we highly recommend the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. 🙂

Both of these bookstores are open from 10:00am-6:00pm.


We hope these ideas will help you plan an amazing Valentine’s Day this year! Feel free to come stay at the Flat Creek Inn while you’re here. Check out our current specials here.

See you soon, and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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7 Fun Things to Do in Jackson Hole in the Winter (Besides Skiing)!

Jackson Hole is beautiful no matter what time of year you come. Here are seven fun activities you can do if you are here during the wintertime. Enjoy!


1. Sleigh Ride Through the Elk Refuge

This is one of the coolest winter activities to do in Jackson! You hop on a sleigh and get super close and personal to all the elk on the elk refuge! If you haven’t done this yet, now’s the time! Here’s a link for more information. We have an awesome Stay and Sleigh Special here at the Flat Creek Inn that we highly recommend :).

2. Ride the Winter Cowboy Coaster

Photo via Snow King Mountain website


This is a roller coaster that operates in the wintertime! How fun is that! You can ride it and watch the skiers and snowboarders go down the hill at the time time. Check out this link for more information.

3. Snowshoe

Cross country skiing in Jackson Hole

The Hole Hiking Experience offers a variety of options for snow showing depending on how long or how intense of a hike you want to go on. Snow showing is great exercise and a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of winter in Jackson Hole. Click here for more information.

4. Snow Tubing

Snow King offers great snow tubing! You take the Magic Carpet Ride up to the top of the hill, and then tube all the way down. This is a great activity for anyone in your family that is 42 inches or taller (per the ride’s rules). Find more info. here!

5. Indoor Shopping

This is an idea for those of you who want to do something a little more safe and cozy, and a little less crazy and adventurous in the wintertime! Shopping around Town Square is a great way to spend a cold day. There are so many unique shops full of western treasures just waiting for you. Click here for more info.

6. Get Hot Chocolate at Persephone Bakery

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Warm yourself up with some yummy hot chocolate from this delightful bakery. The inside is beautifully decorated and the food is divine! This is the perfect place to visit in the winter. Click here to see some pictures and get more information.

7. Ice Skate in Town Square

If you are looking for something magical to do, this is it! Ice skating right in the middle of Town Square, with the antler arch, the lights, and music is pure magic. This is a fun activity for the whole family! Click here for more info.


Come stay at the Flat Creek Inn when you come to Jackson!

Don’t forget to check out our Stay and Sleigh Special. See you soon!

5 Reasons You Should Go on the Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride! 2020/2021 Season

The Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride is now OPEN for the winter 2020/2021 season! Here are 5 reasons why you should go check it out!

1. It has very high ratings on Google!

I don’t know about you, but we always check the reviews before we go anywhere, and the Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride has an average of 4.8 stars on Google out of the 82 folks who have left a review. That’s pretty impressive. If that many people have loved it, I’m sure you will too:)


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2. You Will Get Up Close and Personal with the Elk!

This is an experience you will never forget! Elk are beautiful, large, majestic animals that are magical to see up close! Click on this National Geographic link to learn more about these amazing animals. (For example, some elk have antlers that are 4 feet tall, which makes the elk about 9 feet tall in total!)

3. It’s a fun thing to do during COVID-19

This has been a crazy year and we’ve all been a bit more cooped up than we’d like. But, this is a great adventure because it’s outside, and it’s in a small group. Hopefully everyone will be wearing a face covering, and it should be a fairly low risk and fun winter activity! (Read here to see the precautions they are taking during this time.)

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4. It’s a great, screen-free family activity!

This is the perfect thing to go do with your family. You can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, see the elk (and possibly other animals too), and be together. These are the kinds of activities that make you feel alive and remind you about the importance of nature and the beauty of the world around you. And…no screens are needed (unless you want to take a picture, of course!). You can take a break from watching other people live their lives and you can go live your own!


5. It’s only 3 minutes away from Flat Creek Inn!

If you are already staying here, then this is the perfect activity to go do because it’s so close! We even have a Stay and Sleigh Special going on where you can get a really sweet deal! Check it out here. (The Elk Refuge is right across the street from the Flat Creek Inn, you can watch the live web cam right now and see if you can find any elk!)

Check out the Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride prices and dates here.

Come stay at the Flat Creek Inn and enjoy our Stay and Sleigh Special! It will be a trip you will never forget!

Happy sleighing!

Jackson Hole Motel-Stay and Sleigh Special

Flat Creek Inn is a Jackson Hole Motel with awesome packages. One of our favorite packages this Winter is our “Stay and Sleigh Special” that includes a 1 night stay, 4 breakfast items and 2 tickets for the sleigh-ride. All for only $97.00! The sleigh ride takes you among an elk herd numbering in the thousands at the National Elk Refuge. The Elk Refuge is located right across the highway from the Flat Creek Inn which is the Jackson Hole motel with the best value. This adventure is available to winter visitors from mid-December through early April.  Call 307.733.5276 to book. ​

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The elk refuge is right across the street from the Flat Creek Inn-A Jackson Hole Motel

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Employee Christmas party 2014

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Snow King in the distance.

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This Stay and Sleigh Special will make your family smile.


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