Snow King Nightboarding

Spotlight On Snow King Mountain: Jackson’s In-Town Resort

You may be familiar with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, as it’s one of the most iconic ski resorts in the lower 48, but did you know Jackson is also home to Snow King? Jackson’s “locals” hill, Snow King is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and offers varied terrain and lots of fun winter activities.

Snow King Trail Map

Skiing & Snowboarding

Snow King is right smack dab in Downtown Jackson Hole, and boasts 1,571 feet of vertical gain with 500 acres of skiable terrain! The mountain offers 6 beginner trails and 13 intermediate ski and snowboarding runs which are distinctly separated from the expert trails, making it free of expert “traffic”. 15 expert trails coupled with advanced and expert tree skiing mean there are more than enough challenges for the experienced skiers and plenty of groomed goodness for the newbies. Snow King’s brand-new, 8-passenger gondola whisks you to the top in just 5 minutes while you take in spectacular views of the Grand Tetons, the National Elk Refuge, and the town of Jackson.

Night Skiing

Keep the stoke going hours after the sun goes down! Snow King Mountain comes alive after dark with skiers and snowboarders taking advantage of this one-of-a-kind evening activity: the only night skiing available in Jackson Hole!

Night Skiing is 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Monday – Friday.  Tickets are available at all ticket booths.

Uphill Travel

Earn your turns with an uphill travel pass. Locals know that “skinning the King” is an amazing way to go skiing in Jackson Hole and stay fit. Snow King proudly offers this activity for guests to enjoy. Passes are required 24 hours a day and will be checked prior to and after operating hours.

Winter Activities

The Cowboy Coaster gives guests a new perspective as they cruise down the mountain through almost a mile of loops, curves, and hairpin turns. Descend the equivalent of a 45-story building as you take in the stunning views while you soar down the slopes with speeds close to 30 miles per hour!

The Tube Park boasts three smooth-groomed lanes and a rope tow to take you back up the hill for some true family fun! Link together to enjoy the experience as a group, or challenge your friends to an old-fashioned race down the hill and see who comes out as King of the Mountain!

You can literally see the runs of Snow King from Ranch Inn, and the bus stop is steps from our doors for the quick 5 minute ride to the base. Be sure you book some time at Snow King during your next stay!

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Snowmobiling in Yellowstone

Snowmobiling In Jackson Hole: What To Know, See & Do

Snowmobiling in Jackson Hole is one of our favorite winter activities that combines action, scenic views and adrenaline! Imagine whizzing by the towering Tetons under a bluebird sky as you come across a Bison herd, Elk or other winter wildlife. It’s a bucket-list winter activity in the Valley, and here are a few of our favorite outfitters, tours and more:

Snowmobiling Tour Operators

For a great experience close to Jackson Hole, try any of these great local companies:

Scenic Safaris

Backcountry Safaris

Teton Tour Co

Old Faithful Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobiling Tour Destinations

The outfitters above conduct tours in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone and around the Jackson Hole Valley. A few tour options include:

Yellowstone National Park Only open to snowmobiles and snowcoaches during the winter season, it’s one of the most majestic times to view the park with virtually no one around.

Granite Hot Springs This tour takes you to beautiful and remote hot springs just south of Jackson. Enjoy a nice dip before you take in the views again on your return. Don’t forget your suit!

Gros Ventre Want to see wildlife in its natural setting? Explore the vast wilderness to spot elk, deer, moose, coyote, bighorn sheep and bald eagles. This groomed trail will provide picture perfect views of the Tetons when the weather allows.

Togwotee High Mountain Book this tour if you are ready for on-trail and off-road riding.  This trip will take you through forested areas and then open up to wide open meadow views. Enjoy the day as you fly through fresh powder!

Half Day Do you have plans for the afternoon and want to fit in a shorter ride? Try this half day run on groomed trails. There will be stops for breaktaking photos of the area. This trip is great for families taking their first snowmobile outing.

Turpin Meadows Most tours pick up around early, but this tour has the option of waking up a little later. With a 7:00am or 10:00am option, you can let the sun get up a little higher and still be back at the motel by 4:30-5:00pm.

Come and create great memories with family and friends! Book your guided snowmobile tour with on of our great outfitters in town for an unforgettable experience.

The Top Non-Skiing Winter Activities In Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole may be world renowned for it’s iconic ski terrain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and sure it’s one of the top reasons people visit in the winter, but did you know there are loads of incredible non-skiing activities too? Here are a few of our favorite non-skiing winter activities in Jackson Hole that you need to add to your list!

Dogsledding

Few winter activities are more unique and bucket-list worthy than a dogsledding adventure! Feel the adrenaline as a team of huskies whisk you along for backcountry adventure. Take in the beauty of the landscape and even enjoy a cozy dip in a hot spring on the various tours offered around town. Here’s a list of a few great outfitters and adventures.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a fun winter activity that gets your heart pumping while you admire the stunning scenery! Groomed trails and off-the-beaten-path adventures await you against the backdrop of the towering Teton range, beneath a canopy of pine trees, and out in the wide open fields of the Jackson Hole valley. Check out some of the outfitters here. 

Snowmobiling

Part thrilling, part picturesque, snowmobiling in Jackson Hole is a winter activity that checks several boxes. Guided snowmobile tours offer the chance to see untouched backcountry and winter wildlife as you zip across the snowy landscape. There are several outfitters and tour operators in town, so check out this list to learn more.

Fat Biking

Gaining loads of popularity in recent years, fat biking in Jackson Hole is a top winter activity for those who want to get out and explore on two wheels. The valley offers a variety of trails and scenic routes for fat biking enthusiasts, and several outfitters around town offer rentals as well as guided tours. Check out Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Mountain Bike Tours.

Winter Wildlife Safaris

Book a wildlife tour with EcoTour Adventures and embark on a winter wonderland safari for the chance to see elk, bison, moose, wolves, eagles, big horn sheep and more  Their experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you to the idyllic spots in a cozy, warm vehicle so you can nab the perfect picture while they educate you on the ecology of the area.

National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

One of the most sought-after winter activities is a visit to the National Elk Refuge by horse-drawn sleigh! The National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides get you up close to the largest elk herd in North America, against a picturesque snowy backdrop. Dress warm, bring a blanket and don’t forget your camera!

We hope that our list of winter activities in Jackson Hole give you inspiration for your next visit during the winter season!

Golden Ticket At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Is Back!

The deal of the ski season is back again this year – and it’s better than ever!

Skiers and snowboarders who own a valid 2023-24 winter resort season pass ANYWHERE in the world can come to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, aka, ‘The Big One’ and receive a very special rate.

Travel to Jackson Hole between November 24 – December 20, 2023, January 16-24, 2024 or March 18 – April 14, 2024 and receive a 50% discount on lift tickets based on the current daily window rate.

Don’t wait – secure your room at Ranch Inn with our Passholder Perks package and save 20% on your stay when you bring your season pass from any other resort. Then, take advantage of serious savings and grab your lift tickets at 50% off @ Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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Lift tickets are subject to availability, as daily capacity will be limited this year. Advanced purchasing is highly recommended. See full details.

5 Things To Do This Fall In Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is truly a stunning destination during the fall season, with vibrant foliage, loads of outdoor activities and crisp, refreshing temperatures. The crowds have thinned out and the wildlife has become more active in preparation for winter. Here are our 5 best things to do this fall in Jackson Hole:

Leaf Peeping

One of the top draws to Jackson Hole in the fall season is the breathtaking display of autumn foliage. Take a drive or enjoy a hike in Grand Teton National Park or Bridger-Teton National Forest to witness the vibrant colors of the aspen and cottonwood trees. Don’t forget your camera!

Wildlife Watching

Fall is a fantastic time to spot wildlife – many animals become more active in preparation for winter hibernation, and the parks are less crowded during this off season time. Book a wildlife tour or take a self-guided adventure to see elk, moose, bison, bears and other animals in their natural habitat.

Hiking

Jackson Hole is home to countless hiking trails that are suitable for all skill levels. A few of our favorite trails in the fall season include Cascade Canyon, Taggart Lake and Inspiration Point, which all offer opportunities to experience the beauty of the Teton Range and surrounding valley.

Biking

The cool fall weather makes it a great time to hit the bike trails too! Jackson Hole is home to hundreds of miles of paved pathways, as well as tons of mountain biking opportunities as well. The variety of trails and paths allow everyone from beginner to advanced to enjoy the outdoors on two wheels. Several outfitters in town rent bikes, provide maps and can recommend the perfect adventure for your crew. 

Fly Fishing

Fall is an excellent time for fly fishing in the Snake River. The cooler temperatures make for ideal conditions to catch trout and other fish species with vibrant foliage as your backdrop. You can book a guided fly fishing tour, or you can rent the gear you need and head out for your own adventure.

 

Don’t forget to check the weather and road conditions before heading out for fall adventures, as Jackson Hole is known to experience an early snowfall in the fall – especially at higher elevations! It’s also recommended to dress in layers, pack snacks and water, and be sure to have a map handy. Heed these and you’ll be all set to enjoy your fall trip to Jackson Hole!

JHMR Tram

Winter 2023-2024 Lift Tickets On Sale NOW! What To Expect This Ski Season In Jackson Hole

It’s not too early to start planning your epic ski season getaway at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort! The mountain has launched their early bird lift ticket sale, allowing you to save up to 15% on your ticket, plus get the best availability to ensure your days on the mountain this season.

Here are a few tips to make the most of the 2023-2024 ski season in Jackson Hole:

Book Your Room(s) Early For The Best Availability

The earlier you book, the better availability! Plus, we have some amazing winter offers you don’t want to miss:

Stay Longer, Save More: Up To 20%! You’re going to want a few days to make the most of your time in Jackson.

Passholder Perks Enjoy up to a 20% discount for Ikon, Mountain Collective, Epic and any other ski season passholders!

Get Your Lift Tickets Early & Save 15%

Through September 30, save up to 15% on lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Meet the mountain that keeps you engaged with endless levels of adventure around every bend. This winter season will be the longest ever with skiing and riding for 143 days from 11/24/23 – 4/14/24. Daily mountain capacity will be managed once again this winter to elevate the guest experience, so book early to secure your spot at the best price and availability.

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Plan Your Off-Mountain Winter Activities

Be sure to plan a few days off the slopes to take advantage of the plethora of fun and exciting winter activities across the valley. From dog-sledding to snowshoeing, Elk Refuge sleigh rides to winter wildlife safaris, there is something that everyone in the entire family will enjoy. Be sure to book your activities as soon as possible – they fill up fast and you don’t want to miss out!

Dust Off That Gear

Break out your winter gear and make sure it’s tuned up, it still fits well, and if it needs replacing, you have time to do so! Looking to rent your gear? There are some great options around town and in the village, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a comprehensive list. You can reserve online to avoid lines & pay ahead of time. There are also companies that offer free delivery right to your room, like Ski Butlers and Black Tie Skis.

Ski The Trifecta!

JHMR might be the reason for your winter visit, but our town hill, Snow King, and the neighboring Grand Targhee Resort are amazing options too! Make the most of the 2023-2024 ski season in Jackson Hole with days at all three of these iconic resorts.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Winter Opening Day: 11/24/2023

This winter season will be the longest ever with skiing and riding for 143 days from 11/24/23 – 4/14/24. Daily mountain capacity will be managed once again this winter for guest safety and to elevate the guest experience. The mountain will continue to run select base area lifts at 8:30am (weather permitting) to allow guests to get up on the mountain earlier. Health and safety remains a priority for guests and staff, and JHMR will adhere to the guidance from officials and adjust mountain operations and safety protocols accordingly.

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Snow King Mountain

Winter Opening Day: 12/2/2023

“The King” is Jackson Hole’s premier in-town playground for both adults and kids.  From skiing to the Winter Cowboy Coaster, they have winter activities for all ages. They specialize in thrilling family attractions, gear rental, unique events, and the valley’s best views.  At Snow King, you can expect memorable adventures and great stories.

The absolute best way to experience everything the King has to offer, is the Big King Pass – truly an all-in-one adventure. This one-day pass includes unlimited rides on all open winter activities including the Cowboy Coaster, King Tubes and skiing during the day and night. Join them for a day or night full of fun Jackson Hole winter activities for the whole family!

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Grand Targhee

Winter Opening Day: 11/17/2023

Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded (wide open) skier and snowboarder paradise. They are continually recognized for our great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty, excellent value and commitment to sustainability.

It is recommend that tickets be purchased in advance for guaranteed access and the best pricing. You will be able to purchase full-day and half-day adult, junior, and senior tickets and Shoshone only tickets. Season passholders and Mountain Collective passholders are not required to make a reservation. Friends and family, military, and other Mountain Collective Resort passholders lift tickets do not need to be purchased in advance. They will monitor total capacity, and ticket sales may no longer be available on specific days.

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Are you ready for winter? WE ARE!

Bison at Grand Prismatic Spring

8 Must-See Attractions In Yellowstone National Park

Your trip is planned and you’re off to visit Yellowstone National Park – hurray! From our location in downtown Jackson Hole, you’re just 55 miles (about 90 minutes) to the South entrance to Yellowstone. You can easily head up for a day in park during your visit and hit several of the incredible wonders that call this amazing park home. Whether you just have a few hours to take it all in, or a few days to experience as much as possible, here are our top 8 must-see attractions in Yellowstone National Park!

1. Old Faithful

Old Faithful is one of the most iconic symbols of Yellowstone and is likely to be at the top of your itinerary. This world-renowned impressive geyser erupts every hour and a half (they’ll have the times posted!), so make sure you plan accordingly and get a good viewing spot. Eruptions can clear between 130-180 feet, so have your camera ready and enjoy the show!

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2. Fountain Paint Pot Trail

A short drive north of Old Faithful is the Fountain Paint Pot Trail. This area features bubbling, gurgling mud pots that look out of this world! In the summer and fall, the Paint Pot area will be thick mud and have a pink tint to the clay. A short ½ mile boardwalk will provide you a closer look and these strange attractions.

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3. Grand Prismatic Spring

The largest hot spring in the country, this colorful geothermic pool is roughly 200 – 300 feet in diameter and over 100 feet deep. The absolutely stunning rainbow waters make this attraction particularly awe-inspiring. Coloration comes from pigmented thermophilic bacteria that thrive on the minerals present in the spring and generate a range of hues including reds, yellows, and oranges. You can take the boardwalks around the spring for a close look, or enjoy a nice hike up to a viewpoint for an overheard view (the best for seeing the rainbow of colors).

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4. West Thumb Geyser Basin

Back east from Old Faithful is the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. The Lake was formed by a large volcanic explosion that occurred approximately 150,000 years ago. The resulting collapsed volcano later filled with water forming an extension of Yellowstone Lake. Along the shores, you can see the Geyser Basin with hot springs steaming with beautiful color. Take time to find the Abyss Pool, with its seemingly bottomless emerald blue hue.

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5. Yellowstone Lake

Not only is Yellowstone Lake the largest body of water in the park, it’s the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in the entire country. Once the lake unfreezes in early summer, it’s perfect for kayaking or boating and to see the park from a different perspective. Be on the lookout for wildlife – it’s a great spot to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, bison or bear!

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6. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

This stunning, massive canyon was formed over thousands of years of erosion and is a popular hiking area for locals and visitors alike. The canyon stretches over 20 miles long and a half a mile wide, with impressive red-orange canyon walls that are truly breathtaking. Lace up those hiking boots to get up close and personal, or opt for a picnic and some photographic memories.

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7. Hayden Valley

This stunning, sweeping valley is a known gathering place for wildlife such as elk, bison, birds, coyotes, and even the occasional grizzly bear. You can stay in your vehicle and view from afar, or take a hike and stretch your legs for the best perspective. Hikers can choose from two trails – Hayden Valley & Mary Mountain – that will take you along the Yellowstone River and alongside geothermic features.

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8. Mammoth Hot Springs

At the North entrance of the park (along the Montana/Wyoming border), you’ll witness the Mammoth Hot Springs and Terraces. This ever-changing area is one of the most dynamic places in the park. The hot springs and limestone interact to make beautiful multicolored terraces.

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Now that you’ve got our top spots to check out, hopefully this helps you on your next visit to America’s First National Park. We hope that you’ll fall in love with Yellowstone just as we have!

String Lake

Our Guide To The Top 10 Summer Activities In Jackson Hole

Summer is here and so are the adventures! Jackson Hole is an outdoor lover’s paradise – ripe with countless bucket-list activities on the water, in the air and over land. With such iconic attractions like Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, the Snake River and more in our backyard, it’s easy to see why Jackson Hole is a must-do. Here are a few of our favorite summer activities in Jackson Hole:

1. Whitewater Rafting & Scenic Floats

A thrilling and scenic jaunt down the Snake River is definitely a bucket-list Jackson Hole activity! Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping guided whitewater trip or a relaxing scenic float, several outfitters around town including Dave Hansen Whitewater, Jackson Hole Whitewater and Teton Whitewater offer scenic, whitewater or combination trips. Outfitters provide life jackets, paddles and helmets, and wetsuits and booties are available should the water be a little chilly for your liking!

2. Wildlife Viewing

A wide array of wildlife call the Jackson Hole Valley home, including moose, bears, bison, elk, bald eagles, wolves and more. There are several scenic drives through Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks as well as the surrounding areas where you can catch a glimpse of these fascinating creatures. There are also many local outfitters such as Scenic SafarisJackson Hole Wildlife Safaris and Eco Tour Adventures, that offer half- and full-day wildlife safaris to ensure you get to the best spots and maximize your opportunity to witness our amazing wildlife in nature.

3. Visiting Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

We are lucky to have Grand Teton National Park just a stone’s throw from Jackson, and Yellowstone just a short drive away. Both of these national parks offer many of the activities we’ve listed, from hiking and mountain biking to wildlife viewing, boating, fishing and sightseeing.

4. Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Canoeing

You may know that the Jackson Hole Valley is home to the infamous Snake River, but did you know we also have several stunning alpine lakes? In Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Lake, Leigh Lake, Jenny Lake, Phelps Lake, String Lake, Slide Lake and more provide unparalleled paddle boarding and canoeing locales. Outfitters around town offer rental and delivery options, such as Rendezvous RiverSports and Leisure Sports.

Our sister property, Mountain Modern, has some great posts on Stand Up Paddleboarding in Jackson Hole and Canoeing on Leigh Lake. Both are great options for “getting your feet wet”

5. Paragliding

Gain a truly awesome perspective of the Valley! Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (located in Teton Village) offers tandem paragliding rides during summer. These scenic flights can be tailored to your thirst for adrenaline, so if you want to do flips and sharp turns or just want a mellow scenic flight they are more than happy to provide that for you.

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5. Hiking

There are several great hikes in Grand Teton National Park that fit all ability levels. You’ll encounter stunning waterfalls, alpine lakes, breathtaking views and wildlife! Jackson Peak and Sleeping Indian are also great hiking options in the Gros Ventre Range – across the valley from Grand Teton National Park.

View trails in Grand Teton National Park

View trails in the Gros Ventre Range

6. Mountain Biking

There is plenty of smooth single track around Jackson. For a nice long loop try Cache to Game Creek. Shadow Mountain is also a fun bike ride. You bike a dirt road up to the top and then take a fun single track trail down through the woods back to your car. For a shorter afternoon ride, Putt Putt is a fun trail. Most of the trails in the valley are cross country mountain bike rides. If you are looking to ride some good downhill trails try the bike park at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or head up to Teton Pass. Friends of Pathways have maps of the trails area.

7. Horseback Riding

It IS the Wild West, right? One of the best ways to take in the scenery in style is atop the back of a majestic horse. There are several companies that offer different sorts of rides to fit your fancy including Teton Horseback Adventures and Dry Ridge Outfitters. For a short easy ride, check out Spring Creek Ranch. For a longer, more adventurous ride look no further than Mill Iron Ranch. Saddle for an unforgettable adventure!

8. Sightseeing In The Tram

Hitch a ride on “Big Red” at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. You’ll soar high above the valley and enjoy sweeping views, and maybe even catch a glimpse of some wildlife too (moose, foxes and bears are frequent visitors). Up top, there are lots of options for hikes, photo-worthy views and of course, waffles.

Once at the summit, you have to grab a waffle at Corbet’s Cabin. This bucket-list activity affords unbelievable views alongside some absolutely delish fancy waffle combos like “The Trad” (featuring brown sugar butter) and “The Gateway” – creamy peanut butter + smoked bacon. Yummy!

9. Chuck Wagon Dinners

An authentic Western activity, chuck wagon dinners take you back in time to the era of covered wagons and campfires. Outfitters like Bar T5 and Dornan’s offer unmatched experiences that include covered wagons, traditional cowboy dinners and live entertainment. These dinners are a great experience for the entire family and give you a true glimpse of the Old West.

10. Experience The Rodeo

The Jackson Hole Rodeo has been a part of our cowboy culture for over 100 years. You’ll ride the edge of your seat while watching brave athletes compete in bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, saddle bronc riding, mini bull riding, and more. The rodeo runs Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays throughout the summer, but check their website for special events. Learn More

It’s hard to narrow down all of the amazing summer activities in Jackson Hole, but we hope this list gives you a few ideas to be sure to add to your list for your next trip. Hope to see you soon!