Jackson’s Best Kept Secret – Shoulder Season is Here
It’s the shoulder season here in Jackson Hole, and with the trees turning the valley into a bright golden playground, there’s no better time of year to experience the Tetons. You’ll beat the crowds and have all the best deals of Jackson at your fingertips, including off-season specials from many of the town’s favorite eateries and shops. Whether you’re looking to do some late fall hiking or hit the slopes during the early season storms (shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, it’s a local secret), our 5th season specials have you covered to make the most of your stay at the year’s best prices.
During late October, you can enjoy secluded walks and hikes around the normally crowded Jenny and Jackson Lakes, where the pristine glassy water reflects towering snow-capped peaks. You can lay down a picnic blanket and uncork your favorite bottle of wine as the elk bugle in the distance and the sunset paints some of the year’s most impressive masterpieces. As the aspen trees shed their bright leaves under the backdrop of the Tetons, there’s no better time for photo enthusiasts to visit Jackson.
By early November, local and visiting backcountry skiers take advantage of both Teton Pass and Grand Targhee Resort. Until Targhee officially opens, they make the slopes available to everyone for free skinning, sledding or other winter fun. Easy to access slopes on Teton Pass are draped in early snow for the taking – last year, over 30 inches of snow was greeted by gleeful backcountry skiers before November 10th .
For those who prefer on-mountain skiing, both Grand Targhee Resort and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort open on Thanksgiving Day, bringing early season specials, buttery corduroy for intermediates and the sleeper storms full of the magic pow locals dream about. We had over 48 inches of natural snow by the first week of December last winter, 18 of which dumped in one storm cycle that had locals calling out of work to shred the wide open slopes.
And if you’re looking to venture out into Grant Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and beyond as the snow begins to dust the valley floor, we’ve got you covered with snow coach tours, cross-country skiing, dogsledding and snowshoeing adventures (no need to ship your gear, we’ll take care of everything) that showcase Jackson’s incredible landscape and wildlife. Our concierge team can help you out with any activity you can dream up to take advantage of this incredibly special time in Jackson Hole.