Our Favorite Winter Activities in Jackson Hole – Even if you don’t Ski

By on October 19, 2020 Categories: Jackson Hole Entertainment, Jackson Hole Winter

As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, we are getting excited about all of the winter fun to be had. There’s more to Jackson Hole than just skiing. In fact, there are a variety of fun-filled winter activities in Jackson Hole. From relaxing gallery tours to an adrenaline-pumping day on a snowmobile, you’ll find that winter is the season to visit Jackson Hole. Here’s your guide on what to do in Jackson Hole if you don’t ski.

Go on a Naturalist Tour

Learn about the natural history and ecology of the stunning Jackson Hole area on a naturalist tour. Visit us and head into the great outdoors with one of our certified naturalists to learn about how the plants and animals survive the snowy months. Spot wildlife, scope out views and learn about the details of winter in Jackson Hole.

Learn How to Mush with Dogsledding

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be pulled on a sled by a dog team? Check out this unique mode of winter transport with a day dogsledding. Learn how to “mush” the dogs or opt to relax under a warm blanket as you make your way down to the wintery trails.

Have a Snowmobiling Adventure

There’s nothing quite like the rush of winter wind as you zoom down trails on a snowmobile. Explore Yellowstone, forests, and other nearby parks on a snowmobile this winter. Learn how to drive a sled or opt to go tandem. With excursions catering to all abilities, you’ll love getting into the remote wilderness on a snowmobile.

Check out the Winter Wildlife

If you want to explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in comfort and style, then book a day on a Snow Coach Tour. These scenic tours bring you the ultimate in comfort while you head deep into the wintery wilderness. Find beautifully scenic views and spot wildlife such as elk, buffalo, and more. Meals and snacks are provided. Check out Spring Creek Ranch winter wildlife safaris.

Head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art

For art and jaw-dropping views, head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Overlooking the National Elk Refuge just outside of the Jackson, this world-class museum features a collection of art dedicated to natural places. For kids, there’s a Children’s Gallery with self-guided activities. Don’t forget to stop at one of Jackson Hole’s best eateries after your tour.

Learn How to Cross-Country Ski

Did you know that cross country skiing is actually a 4,000-year-old sport? Learn how to glide over a winter wonderland and enjoy breathtaking views of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. With countless cross-country trails in the park, there is a scenic cross country track for all abilities. Don’t know how to cross country ski? Learn with us.

Twirl on an Ice Skating Rink

If you’re looking to get outdoors, but don’t want to commit to a full day on the slopes, consider an ice-skating outing. With indoor ice skating available at the Snow King Resort, you can strap on your skates and enjoy this frosty pastime. Or head to Teton Village for ice sculptures and skating. Not to mention, every year when the temperatures are right, the Town Square in Jackson transforms into a picture-perfect ice skating scene. Skate amongst the tall trees and enjoy the best of downtown Jackson too.

Go for a Gallery Walk

Head to the Town Square and pick up some local art at one of the many Jackson Hole art galleries. Throughout downtown, you’ll find a variety of different artworks perfect for any taste. A RARE Gallery, Two Grey Hills Native American Indian Arts and Jewelry, and Gallery Wild are a few of our favorites.

Have a Tubing Adventure

Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee all offer tubing options for all ages. Make your way up the magic carpet and swoosh down exclusive tubing hills for plenty of laughs and family fun. Suitable for all ages, everyone will love a few spins on an intertube over snow.

Ride the Mountain Coaster

Snow King’s famous Cowboy Coaster is the perfect winter adventure for you and your family. Enjoy a high-flying (yet kid-friendly) self-controlled roller coaster that lets you choose your speed as you wind your way through the majestic mountains of Jackson Hole.

Still want to ski? Check out Targhee and Snow King

Can’t get a reservation at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort? Then head to Targhee or Snow King instead. These two alternative resorts offer up plenty of amazing terrain without the stress of a packed reservation system. Snow King is a local favorite and has plenty of kid-friendly options while Targhee boasts some of the best powder in the west without the crowds.

Earn Your Turns with Backcountry Skiing

For a more extreme adventure, head into the backcountry. Enjoy incredible ski lines from beginner to advanced in Grand Teton National Park and the nearby national forest. Experienced backcountry skiers and riders can plan their own tour (always check avalanche forecasts) or opt to go on a guided day out. Guided backcountry ski tours let you try out this new and exciting way to ski.


There are countless options for fun this winter in Jackson Hole. These winter activities are all the rage this season. With plenty of social distancing and sanitation protocols in place, spend your winter in Jackson Hole this year.