5 winter activities in Jackson Hole (that don’t involve skiing)
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Is there anywhere quite as beautiful as Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in winter? Located in the Teton Mountain Range just south of Yellowstone National Park, the town of Jackson (and the whole 400-square-mile valley known as Jackson Hole) is a bucket list ski destination for powder lovers around the world. But what if you love the Wild West charm of Jackson and the rugged beauty of the Teton Mountains but don’t exactly love spending a day on the slopes? Not to worry. Jackson Hole offers a wide range of winter activities that don’t require skis or a snowboard. Here are five of our favorites.
1. Explore the nearby national parks
Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are both brimming with tourists during the warm-weather months, but exploring them in the winter is a uniquely wonderful experience. From the comfort of a heated snowcoach (or bundled up for a sleigh ride), you can spot moose, deer, elk, wolves, birds, bison and even watch Old Faithful erupt.
2. Take in the art scene
Jackson Hole is home to more than 25 galleries, many of which focus on work created by local artists and photographers. When you arrive in town, be sure to check in with the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, which manages a calendar of events for the culturally minded. And the National Museum of Wildlife Art boasts over 5,000 works of wildlife art. It’s ideally located on a butte overlooking the 20,000-acre National Elk Refuge.
3. Get your adrenaline fix on a tubing hill
Even if you don’t ski, you can still enjoy the winter wind on your cheeks as you speed down a snow-covered hill. Embrace your inner child at snow tubing parks in the Jackson Hole area. You might also decide to brave the Winter Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain. It’s a mountain roller coaster ride that takes you through loops, curves and hairpin turns as you glide down the mountain — the equivalent of a 45-story descent.
4. Go for a soak
Just about an hour southeast of the town of Jackson, you’ll find Granite Hot Springs. It’s often crowded in the summer months, but once the snow falls, these mineral springs are only accessible via snowmobile, dog sled, cross-country ski or fatbike. But while it might be a bit of adventure to get there, the reward is worth it. The waters are rich in calcium and magnesium, and the pool is surrounded by picture-perfect forest.
5. Have a spa day
While Jackson Hole’s spas might say they cater to skiers and snowboarders treating themselves to a little après-ski TLC, everyone deserves some pampering. Spas and wellness centers in the Jackson Hole area offer massage, facials, acupuncture, yoga and saunas, with many treatments making use of ingredients sourced from the surrounding mountains.
Go ahead, stay awhile
In winter and throughout the year, Jackson Hole offers an incredible range of activities and entertainment, whether your idea of a good time is relaxing in a mountain hot spring or speeding down a black diamond run. Can’t fit everything you want to do into one quick weekend? Become a part-time Jackson Hole resident! Pacaso offers second home properties throughout the Jackson Hole area, and our co-ownership model makes it easy. We take care of the management and maintenance, so you can just arrive and enjoy everything this idyllic mountain town has to offer.