November Snow!

Yes, it’s early November – but signs of winter have arrived in Jackson Hole! Check out these pictures taken at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort just a few days ago. It looks like a promising ski season is headed our way!

Time to Book Your Winter Vacation to Jackson Hole

With airlines adding more direct flights to Jackson Hole, getting here is easier than ever. The major airlines have recently announced their winter schedule, making this the perfect time to start planning your winter getaway. We here in Jackson Hole are already having fun predicting the 2013/14 coming season’s snowfall. Yes, we are already gearing-up for the upcoming ski season! Join us and start getting excited for another winter of epic skiing, adventures in the snow and memories made by a warm fireplace. For those of you not living in Jackson Hole, skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling and more winter fun is just a few short months and a plane ride away. Booking now allows you to avoid the holiday crunch time.

Your favorite airlines and frequent flyer programs all service Jackson hole, including American, Delta, Frontier, United and United Express. Direct flights are now being offered from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, JFK, Newark, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Seattle and San Francisco. Beyond the direct flights, easy connections are also plentiful. Take advantage of the recently released flight schedules and book early for your 2013/14-winter vacation.

Post flight, Spring Creek Ranch has your travel covered. A shuttle is available to and from the airport as well as scheduled shuttles to the town of Jackson. If you would like to use the airport shuttle service, please call 800-443-6139 at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival date.

Beat the back-to-school blues and the end of summer slump by giving yourself and the whole family a trip to look forward to that will extend the excitement of summer right through to winter. Skiing, hot cocoa and après ski nachos are only a few months away. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Jackson Hole Featured in New York Times 46 Places to Go in 2013

With new direct flight offerings, there is no excuse not to put Jackson Hole on your list of extraordinary places to visit this year.New York Times 46 places to go in 2013 As featured in the New York Times, Jackson Hole is the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, offering all the amenities of a flourishing resort town set against the unique Western backdrop of rugged mountains and untamed wildlife. It’s a picturesque destination that one must experience firsthand to truly appreciate.

Visitors of all ages will appreciate Spring Creek Ranch’s expanded offering of winter wildlife safaris in both neighboring national parks. Whether you travel through Yellowstone on a snow coach or explore the Tetons on snowshoes or cross country skis, adventure-filled days and a host of native wildlife awaits. And while you’re here, don’t forget to leave a few days to explore the endless terrain at legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Powder hounds need look no further as the winter is off to a tremendous start with the famous cowboy powder stacking up. Spring Creek’s Ski Free package will leave you grinning from ear to ear and will quickly turn your visit to Jackson Hole into an annual trip.

Jackson Hole Wintery Weather Watching

Planning a Trip to Jackson, Wyoming? Check These Resources

Jackson Hole Winter Storm

Snow is the basis for participating in the many, fun winter activities that locals and visitors enjoy at this magical time of the year. Whether you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh riding or wildlife watching, snow and weather has an impact on all these activities.

Jackson Hole locals are already turning into amateur meteorologists and monitoring weather sites and radar watching for signs of winter, like our recent winter storm, and snow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

And we’re starting to see good signs for more snow and a lot of it in high places. Here are some resources to help you monitor the weather and snow and plan for your trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Spring Creek Ranch stay.

Mountain Weather

Get the Jackson Hole Forecast from local meteorologist Jim Woodmencey. “Woody,” as he is known by locals, collects the weather and reports it on his website (by 7:00 a.m.) and on a local radio station KMTN. As a former ski and mountaineering guide, Woody’s forecasts include a decidedly outdoors-person focus with an experienced perspective.

National Weather Service & NOAA Weather Alerts

Serious weather alerts or winter storm warnings are the bane of existence to most people around the country, but a boon (usually) for people in Jackson Hole. Seeing the flashing red weather alert and “SEVERE STORM WARNING” in all caps while potentially dangerous can have beneficial effects such as copious amounts of snow! It’s a good idea to know what to prepare for and how to dress before you head out for your next adventure.

Spring Creek Ranch Weather Cam

Check the weather cam in the sidebar of the Spring Creek Ranch homepage to get a real-time visual of what’s happening and arguably the best view in the Jackson Hole valley, unless, of course, there’s a winter storm blocking the view.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Just miles away from Spring Creek Ranch, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reports often, if not daily, on the state of the resort’s conditions. Here’s some recent chatter that shows how early winter weather events are helping to lay a good foundation for a long winter of skiing and snowboarding.

“We received almost two feet of this heavy snow this weekend, with well over two inches of moisture. Although this type of snow is not what we think of when we think of Jackson Hole powder, it is the perfect type of snow to set up a great base for the season. We have received 97 inched of snow, so far this season and we now have a four-foot base at the upper elevations. All this heavy snow, combined with plenty of wind has helped cover the mountain very well and the upper mountain is looking fantastic.”

Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center

Whether you’re heading out into the Jackson Hole backcountry, or not, the BTNFAC is a good place to check out conditions.

Find a Spring Creek Ranch winter special that’s perfect for your winter trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and keep an eye on the weater! Call today to learn more about winter activities and packages and specials (800) 443-6139.

Jackson Hole Museum Brings National Geographic Images

Head Over to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for a Real Treat this Fall



Who doesn’t remember being wide-eyed at outstanding imagery while thumbing through that sacred pile of yellow National Geographic magazines on our parents’ shelves or coffee tables as kids?

To this day, the iconic magazine brings us photos from far-reaching places captured by many of the best photographers in the world, including Jackson-area local, Jimmy Chin.

Starting this weekend, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is bringing the best of the best American West photos from those piles of cherished, yellow magazines to life as an exhibit, National Geographic Greatest Photos of the American West, that will be at the Jackcson Hole ‘museum on the hill’ through the end of April.

If you’re a guest of Spring Creek Ranch, we’ll take you over to the museum that you probably passed on the way from the airport or Grand Teton National Park for a day of wild west culture. You’ll have the Rising Sage Café to look forward to if you’re there during lunchtime and you’re hungry from all the artsy browsing.

About the Exhibit



“National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, a collection of iconic Western images gathered by National Geographic over a span of some 125 years, will open in 10 museums across the U.S. on October 27, 2012.

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West represents the first time a photography exhibition of this magnitude has opened at so many U.S. venues simultaneously. The exhibition presents a powerful and nuanced portrait of the West over more than a century, and it’s exciting that the medium of photography allows multiple openings across the country for greater impact in sharing the combined vision of such an important group of photographers.” –National Museum of Wildlife Art

Take in the Beauty in Beautiful Jackson Hole

RODEO, Nebraska, 1998, JOEL SARTORE, National Geographic Stock.

RODEO, Nebraska, 1998, JOEL SARTORE, National Geographic Stock.

You’re in Jackson Hole–This is the American West, at its best! What better a place to see the exhibit than this place, a place that probably inspired a plethora of National Geographic and other famous photographers over the years.

It’s a place where you can see a real-life cowboy washing his rope at the local laundromat and where rodeos really happen on a regular basis (in several locations on several nights). It’s a place that inspires and to be inspired.

Need more of the American West?

Haven’t had your fill and still have energy after perusing photographs and lunching at the museum and café? Head across the street, or highway, for more inspiring visions at the National Elk Refuge to take your own pictures.

November through April are the perfect months for spotting, as you might expect by the name, elk, but other wonderful wildlife, as well. Birds, swans, moose, deer, antelope, big horn sheep, and even wolves have been seen here. Read more about wildlife viewing on the Elk Refuge here.

Spring Skiing And Sledding

Stay at Spring Creek Ranch for a few of Jackson Hole’s speedy spring events like the World Championship Hill Climb Town Downhill Ski Race.

Join us March 22nd – 25th for the 37th Annual Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Cheer on your favorite snow mobiler as they carve their way up the 1,500 vertical feet of Snow King Mountain on 500-lb. “Sleds”. Spring Creek’s Hill Climb package will allow you to take part in the exciting festivities of the Hill Climb and then escape the 10,000-people crowds by coming up our own hill overlooking the Tetons for your relaxing stay.

The Jackson Town Downhill on March 17th features the heart-throbbing Mini-Hahnenkamm course on Snow King Mountain (aka the “Town Hill”) with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The ski and snowboard event is the local Ski Club’s way of recognizing that skiing – and ski racing – is truly a lifetime sport. Jackson Hole is one of the last places in the county to organize and support a non-sanctioned downhill race. This community favorite draws over 100 competitors and 500 spectators.

Whether you compete or not, this event is fun to watch from the bottom, chairlift, or the top. Spring Creek is the perfect place to stay since it’s close to the action, yet located high above the crowds in town. Find the spring special that’s perfect for you! Call today to learn more about spring packages and specials (800) 443-6139.

Winter Storm & Moose

Today’s excursion was a classic winter wildlife safari here in Jackson Hole with sightings of bighorn sheep, many bald eagles, coyotes, mule deer and thousands of elk. Our local wildlife is very well equipped to deal with snowy days such as today, as this moose photograph suggests. The snow landing on the fur of this moose isn’t melting which tells us that there is a substantial temperature gradient between its skin and outer-most fur which keeps it comfortable even in extreme conditions.
Moose - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
This moose can be determined to be a bull by the presence of its ‘pedicle’ which is the part of the skull from which the antlers grow. It can be seen just in front of the ears. The blizzarding snow surrounding this moose was captured by stabilizing the camera and setting it to a very slow shutter speed. Other interesting sightings from today included a northern shrike and large flock of sage grouse.

Regal (Reagle?)

Regal Eagle in Jackson Hole, WY - Spring Creek Ranch
Wildlife watching began early on today’s safari since we encountered a red fox hunting within about a minute. This fox has been seen frequently around Spring Creek Ranch lately, taking advantage of the vast undeveloped land within this property. Another highlight came toward the end of the safari when we found this bald eagle perched in Grand Teton National Park. The warm, sunny weather today enhanced the experience even more.

On Ice Weekend and Nashville Unplugged Gala

Jackson Hole On Ice Weekend and Nashville Unplugged Gala

March 3 – 7, 2011

Join Spring Creek Ranch and the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey in supporting a great event benefiting the Jackson Hole Youth Hockey and the USA Warriors Hockey Program.

The On Ice Weekend is a unique fundraising event centered around the game of ice hockey. The goal of the On Ice Weekend is to favorably promote the game of hockey, foster new friendships, and support in the community of Jackson Hole. Check out the schedule of events on the On Ice Weekend Website.

The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for United States Military personnel wounded in defense of the United States in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program. The Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to its participants. Some of the program’s purposes include, but are not limited to:

  1. Encouraging the formation of ‘USA Warrior Hockey Programs’ locally and nationally;
  2. To educate, train, motivate and encourage, individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States, to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes;
  3. To integrate people with disabilities with people without disabilities in order to promote awareness of challenges and to encourage team building;
  4. To use the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing self-confidence, adjusting to their new lifestyle, rehabilitation, self-reliance, concentration, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment;
  5. To educate and encourage the general public about disability sports and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program in particular and to promote societal awareness of the sacrifices participants made in defense of our nation.

Thursday March 3, 2011 – Players Reception. Join us to meet and get to know the players that will take on the Moose Hockey team. Tickets are $25/person, Spring Creek Ranch, doors open at 7 pm.

Friday March 4, 2011 – Wild West Hockey Game at Snow King Arena. Tickets are $10/person at the door, game kicks off at 7pm.

Saturday March 5, 2010 – Nashville Unplugged Evening. Tickets are $150/person, Spring Creek Ranch, evening begins at 6 pm. Silent auction and performances by Bobby Pinson, James Dean Hicks, David Vincent Williams, and Tim Johnson.

Not a local? Need somewhere to stay? On Ice Weekend has a special package for those wishing to come to Jackson Hole and enjoy the weekend. American Airlines also has some great deals on air travel. Jackson Hole has been blessed with over 380″ of snow this season. Skiing will be epic!

Boreal Owl

Boreal Owl - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Lots of interesting wildlife sightings on today’s safari including a shy porcupine perched cryptically in a cottonwood tree. These large rodents are fascinating and their unique ability to discourage most predators from bothering them thanks to their thousands of protective quills.

After a full day of wildlife watching, I returned home to find this little owl perched on my wife’s skis, which leaned against our house. I had only seen a Boreal Owl once before so to see one in my yard (and seemingly happy to be photographed) was a fantastic close to the day!!!