How to Enjoy Jackson Hole On and Off the Slopes
A small town with a lot to offer, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a premier winter destination for outdoor-lovers thanks to stunning slopes, breathtaking views, and opportunities to catch glimpses of wildlife. To help visitors make the most of their time among the Tetons, we asked The Scout Guide Jackson Hole Editor Meagan Murtagh to share some of her favorite ways to enjoy her city. Here, she offers six recommendations for nature enthusiasts, adventure-seekers, and those who might need to take some time off the mountain.
FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
TAKE IN THE TETONS. About an hour drive north from Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park offers the opportunity to see native wildlife and a beautiful view of the Teton Range. Rent a pair of snow shoes or cross-country skis from Skinny Skis and enjoy your trek through some truly unforgettable territory.
HIT THE SLOPES. This is an obvious one, but for the uninitiated, Jackson Hole Mountain is legendary. With a reputation as the hardest mountain in the U.S., it draws serious skiers and snowboarders from all over, but there are accessible runs for non-experts, too, and you can always hire a professional to guide you down the mountain. As a bonus, the 2016-2017 season has been an exceptionally snowy one—the area has had more than 500 inches of snow already, so the conditions are optimal.
SLED BY SNAKE RIVER. If you’re seeking an off-slope family-friendly activity, Rendezvous Park (which the locals refer to as “R Park”) is a new public park located right in town alongside the Snake River that boasts a sledding hill Meagan promises is “pretty awesome.” Next to the park—and right on the river—is The Dike, a plowed walking path where you can walk your dog, snowshoe, or cross-country ski while taking in the beautiful views.
FOR WHEN YOU NEED A BREAK FROM THE SLOPES
WONDER AT WILDLIFE ART. The National Museum of Wildlife Art (2820 Rungius Road) is home to art from all over the country—and the world—representing wild animals. In addition to the works on exhibition, which include pieces by Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John James Audubon, the building itself is impressive to behold. Built into the mountainside, the museum, which is conveniently located just a couple of miles from Jackson Town Square, looks over the National Elk Refuge.
ENJOY HIGH-ALITITUDE WINE. For a relaxing activity, consider booking a tasting appointment at the family-owned Jackson Hole Winery (2800 Boyles Hill Road), where you can sip wines from Wyoming’s only winery in a stunning setting. Made from grapes sourced in Sonoma and Napa, the wines are produced and cellared at the base of the Teton Mountains 6,229 feet above sea level, where the mountain air slows the fermentation process and adds to the wines’ personality. The tasting room, which is located in a historic barn, is an ideal place to while away an afternoon or evening.
BROWSE THE BOUTIQUES. Whether your outdoor activities have convinced you to invest in new gear or you’re just in the mood for some window shopping during your trip out West, Jackson Hole’s boutique scene will not disappoint. Head to Town Square to peruse the cool athletic apparel at the Stio’s Mountain Studio (10 East Broadway), try on some killer cowboy boots at The Bootlegger (36 East Broadway), and check out the contemporary womenswear at Terra (105 East Broadway). In Teton Village, browse the luxurious, fashion-forward selection of women’s clothing at Rodeo (3324 Village Drive), and pay a visit to the newly opened Stio outpost (3335 Village Drive, #113) at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
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