As the winter approaches and the snow slowly starts to fall, everybody in the country gets itchy feet to make the most of this time of the year. The Tetons are the perfect destination for this season as the area is packed full of winter activities.
Travelers can hit the slopes and ski or snowboard all the way down. However, if you travel with young children, skating along ice rinks or snow tubing might be a better option. You could also explore the backcountry on a snowmobile or dog sledding tour.
Go Skiing and Snowboarding
The Tetons is a prime location for snow sports since it receives over 500 inches of snowfall every year. The top ski resort is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which has a longest continuous skiable vertical drop of 4,139 feet. Another option is Snow King, also called Town Hill, where you can go night skiing until 7 p.m.
Glide Through the Countryside on Dog Sledding Tours
Dog sledding tours are a great way to explore the wilderness and learn about the wildlife. It’s not uncommon for visitors to spot elks, bald eagles, and bighorn sheep. If you go on a full-day tour, you’ll probably stop at Granite Hot Springs, where you can relax in the warm geothermal waters.
Have Fun Snow Tubing
There’s no shortage of winter activities for the little ones, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself zooming down with them; it’s also exciting for adults. The best places to go snow tubing are King Tubes and Grand Targhee Resort Tubing Park, but don’t forget that your children must be at least 42 inches tall.
Skate at the Outdoor Rinks
You’re most likely to base yourself at Jackson Hole, which offers a wide range of hotels for you and your family. Make sure you visit Winter Wonderland in the town square to skate with your family at the free ice rink ($5 skate rentals). It’s also possible to go skating at Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Zoom Around on a Snowmobile
Snowmobiles are the perfect choice for those willing to explore areas that are usually inaccessible during the winter. You can go on half or full day excursions around Yellowstone National Park or Togwotee Pass, where you receive all the required gear and food plus the training to operate the snowmobile.
Explore the Backcountry on Foot
If you’d rather do some legwork and go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing around the Tetons, there are many tracks to choose from around Jackson Hole. However, it’s a good idea to take an avalanche course and make sure you have all the proper gear with you so you don’t find yourself in a sticky situation.
When you decide to travel to a winter destination, it’s nice to have other options apart from skiing and snowboarding — especially if you have small children or elderly people with you. With so many things to do, the Tetons is indeed a winter wonderland. Only one question remains: Have you booked your ticket yet?