Powder Paradise: Jump into Winter in Jackson

Published on October 27, 2022


Wide open spaces meet a winder wonderland — this classic season in Jackson is a fantasy that feels far, far away from it all. A land where skis, snowshoes, snow coaches, and snowmobiles become the primary modes of transport, allowing for adventures wherever the white powder may take you. With a world of adventure awaiting, step into our top picks for experiencing classic Jackson during the winter months.

Grand Teton National Park

The snowy season at Grand Teton National Park means fewer crowds and catching iconic Teton views with a unique touch, a fresh layer of snow. The park is home to plenty of activities to keep you moving and awestruck: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife watching and photographing the winterscape wonder.

Yellowstone National Park

Skis, snowshoes, snow coaches & snowmobiles become the primary modes of transportation in Yellowstone National Park as roads close, rivers and lakes freeze, and winter storms blanket the park with fluffy, white snow. Book a guided tour to access the closed roads and you might just catch bison wandering across vast snow-covered fields.

National Elk Refuge

Bundle up and experience a picturesque horse-drawn sleigh ride among thousands of elk at the National Elk Refuge; this is one of the most scenic and safe ways to experience wildlife in Jackson Hole amongst a mountain backdrop. Meet at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center for tickets (and a fun history lesson).

Cache Creek Trail

Cache Creek Trail is a local favorite and only two and a half miles from the Virg. The packed and regularly groomed trail is perfect for a winter walk (it’s dog friendly but bring a leash!), nordic ski, snowshoe, or fat bike. Keep an eye out for wildlife and give them their space – it’s a hot spot for moose and an occasional bighorn sheep!

Togwotee Pass

Point your car north and head toward Togwotee Pass to experience over 600 miles of snowmobile trails. Whether you’re heading deep into the Bridger-Teton National Forest or riding along groomed track with a guide – there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the iconic Teton Instagram shot on your way back to town.

Astoria Hot Springs

Where old meets new is Astoria Hot Springs, just 15 minutes south of town. Originally built in the 1960s and closed in the 90s, a campaign to bring Astoria back to its former glory was formed and fulfilled in 2020. The new Astoria Hot Springs has five natural hot spring-fed pools along the scenic Snake River – reservations required.

Granite Hot Springs

Located 10 miles down a snow-covered trail only accessible by dog sled or snowmobile, Granite Hot Springs is nestled under peaks of the Gros Ventre mountain range and towering pine trees. The 110-degree pool was built in the 30s and is the perfect place to relax and refresh in a remote winter wonderland.

Rendezvous Park

Located on the way to Teton Village, nonprofit-run Rendezvous Park is a gem hidden in plain sight. Complete with winter walking trails, abundant wildlife and even a sledding hill it’s the perfect place for a play day with the family.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort easily falls into the world-class category: from the aerial tram to the abundance of expert terrain and the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the country (it’s 4,139 feet). With expanded beginner and intermediate terrain, the resort offers an experience for the entire family.

Snow King Mountain

Lovingly known by the locals as the 'town hill,' Snow King Mountain, is a small mom-and-pop style ski hill steps from town with steep north-facing slopes, expanded south facing terrain and a brand-new gondola. Check out night skiing, the alpine coaster or tubing hill for extra fun.

Grand Targhee Resort

About an hour away, over Teton Pass through a blip of Idaho and back in Wyoming, Grand Targhee Resort is a powder paradise routinely ranked in the top ski areas in North America. It’s wide-open runs make great skiing for all abilities and its old-school lodge invites an authentic atmosphere.