6 Teton experiences that take you off the slopes

04 Jan 2022

Not interested in skiing Jackson Hole? Don't worry, there's still plenty to do

Winter/Spring 21-22

Written By: Melissa Thomasma | Images: Courtesy Idaho Tourism

Maybe you just aren’t drawn to Jackson Hole’s legendary slopes, or maybe your legs just really need a break after a day of making knee-deep turns. Either way, there’s plenty to do around Jackson Hole in the winter that doesn’t take place on the ski hill. Here are a few local go-tos.

Sleigh Ride Through the Elk Refuge The elk herd that mulls about on the National Elk Refuge just north of town is the largest wild elk herd on earth (it can reach up to 8,000 animals!). To see the elk close up, book a trip with the Double H Bar Ranch and access the refuge via a horse-drawn sleigh. Snowshoe in Grand Teton National Park Strap on some snowshoes (just like they did in the good ole days) and explore the winter wonderland of Grand Teton National Park. For an unforgettable excursion in the shadow of the Tetons, book a guide with EcoTour Adventures and revel in the solitude of the park’s wintry wild. Reset and Replenish with a Spa Day The mountain air is dry, and you’ve been skiing hard. Your body deserves to be spoiled a little, right? Make a reservation at SpaTerre in Teton Village’s Teton Mountain Lodge and indulge in a global-inspired ritual, soothing massage, or a luxurious hot tub soak. You’ll be rejuvenated and ready to take on the day’s next adventure, whatever it may be. Wine Tasting with Jackson Hole Winery As one of the country’s highest-elevation wineries, Jackson Hole Winery has worked hard to perfect the art of crafting wine at high altitude — and the results are stunning. Sip away as you watch the snow flurries outside and enjoy the wintry calm of an afternoon spent just outside of town. Dogsled to Granite Hot Springs Expert musher and eight-time Iditarod veteran Frank Teasley operates Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours, which offers full-day dogsled adventures that include lunch and an afternoon swim in Granite Hot Springs. The secluded pool can reach temperatures of up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit and is a truly unforgettable wintertime experience. Snowmobile Into Yellowstone National Park The nation’s first national park is beautiful any time of year, but winter is especially unique. Hop on a snowmobile and tour the pristine wilds of the park, enjoying breathtaking wildlife and steam-shrouded thermal features. (Alternatively, opt for the comfort of a snowcoach — you can book either experience with Scenic Safaris in Jackson.)
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