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A woman enjoying a winter trip to the Rocky Mountains.

There is nothing like a winter trip out in the American West! With towering mountains, renowned ski resorts and memorable winter activities, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the best places to visit during the colder months. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Jackson Hole is in Western Wyoming, in a valley between the Gros Ventre and the Teton mountains, near the border of Idaho. It’s the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and isn’t far from Yellowstone National Park. Discover the best Yellowstone and Grand Teton itinerary.

Jackson Hole is in Teton County, near Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. The highest mountain near Jackson Hole is Grand Teton, 13,775 feet above sea level, and from hiking to skiing to relaxing, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy in this part of Wyoming.

The best winter activities at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Even though The Equality State mainly consists of mountains, hot springs, geysers, rolling hills and incredible wildlife, a few towns make Wyoming the thriving Western state it is; Jackson Hole is one of them!

In December 2023, I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on a girl’s trip with Caitlin of My Darling Passport and Britny of Our Globetrotting and had a memorable time. In this article, discover the top winter activities Jackson Hole offers.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. While in Jackson Hole, I stayed at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, which hosted me for two nights.


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Winter Activities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Traveling to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the Winter:

A woman enjoying a winter ski trip to Jackson, Wyoming.

Jackson Hole is secluded, so there aren’t many nonstop flights there. Most people traveling to Jackson Hole in the winter will probably have a layover in Denver or Salt Lake City, which have larger airports.

The other airports offering nonstop flights to Jackson Hole are Newark, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. I flew from Newark Liberty International Airport straight to Jackson Hole Airport. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

What’s incredible about traveling to Jackson Hole Airport is that they offer guests complimentary mimosas upon arrival. As you wait for your luggage to come out at baggage claim, you can sip a cocktail! This has been a Jackson Hole tradition from the tourism board for over 40 years. A great way to get from the airport to the downtown area is through Go Airport Shuttle!

The best way to get around Jackson Hole for all the winter activities and the surrounding National Parks is by renting a car. Unless you book organized tours, getting around without your own vehicle is almost impossible. However, if you stay in the Jackson Hole area, there is the START bus (Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit), which serves residents and visitors of Teton County.

In addition to public transit, Jackson Hole has ride-share options like Uber and Lyft.

Overall, Jackson Hole, WY makes for a great stop on a USA road trip! Click here if you are planning a road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.

Where to Stay in Jackson Hole in the Winter:

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole.

The perfect place to stay in Jackson Hole during the winter season is Four Seasons Resort and Residences. It’s a five-star luxury mountain lodge at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain and is surrounded by some of North America’s most rugged peaks.

What I loved about staying at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole were the fun winter activities. This beautiful hotel is a ski-in ski-out with an award-winning spa, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, incredible restaurants and fun après-ski venues.

Staying at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole:

A woman on a ski vacation in Wyoming.

During our few days at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, the three of us stayed in the Mountain-Side Room which included two cozy double beds, a private balcony overlooking the ski mountain, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a gas fireplace.

There was nothing like waking up in the morning and seeing the beautiful snow-covered Rendevous Mountain, waiting for the sunset with a glass of Four Seasons‘ house red wine and counting the stars on a clear winter’s night from the balcony.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole also has other incredible guest rooms, suites, private residences and accessible rooms to book for your winter vacation. The accommodations below are available to book at this incredible resort:

Staying at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Dining at Four Seasons Jackson Hole:

Westbank Grill at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Regarding the dining options at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, there are three restaurants to enjoy, a pool café during the summer and in-room dining.

Westbank Grill is a mountain steakhouse with panoramic views of Teton Village and the ski resort. Every morning, breakfast is held at Westbank Grill, where you can enjoy the best dishes to fuel you for your Jackson Hole winter activities. Some of the best things to eat at Westbank Grill for breakfast are sourdough pancakes with lemon huckleberry mascarpone and lavender syrup, egg white frittata, fresh fruit juices and smoothies, and a variety of coffee drinks.

Oysters from Westbank Grill in Jackson Hole.

The three of us also had dinner at Westbank Grill one evening and everything was incredible! We started with champagne and then I personally enjoyed a Chianti with the West Coast oysters as my appetizer and charred Ahi tuna and diver scallops as my main meal.

Caitlin and Britny savored the crab cacio e pepe for appetizers. Caitlin had the same seafood dinner as me and Britny got one of the steaks. The three of us shared the orange soufflé for dessert.

Also located at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is The Handle Bar, an American pub and beer hall that overlooks the Tetons and has outdoor fire pits, as well as Ascent Lounge, a pan-Asian restaurant.

Experiences at Four Seasons Jackson Hole in Wyoming:

Dog sledding during the winter.

During a winter trip to Jackson Hole, there are many memorable things to do at Four Seasons.

You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and many other standard winter activities in the Jackson Hole area, as well as a Day with the Wolves in Yellowstone National Park (includes a private flight). During this wildlife tour through Four Seasons, you will be directed by an environmentalist who will help you see wolves in their natural habitat.

Other fun activities to enjoy with Four Seasons are exploring the American frontier on a local wildlife safari, going clay shooting or taking an archery lesson, experiencing a snowmobile tour to Granite Hot Springs or participating in one of the dog sledding tours that are offered in the area. Click here to discover more adventures and private tours through the resort.

A woman enjoying après-ski.

One of the best things to do in Jackson Hole in December is to enjoy all the festive events at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Attend the tree lighting ceremony! Not only can you see Four Seasons’ tree get lit, but you can also say hi to Santa Claus and The Grinch, listen to Christmas carols, enjoy the s’mores bar and warm up with hot cider and hot cocoa.

Two women at Four Seasons Jackson Hole during the holidays.

Other great things to do at this beautiful resort are to skate with Santa, ring in the New Year with a torchlight parade and fireworks, savor a delicious holiday meal, participate in a winter solstice yoga session and make s’mores at one of the outdoor fire pits.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole also has an incredible spa and salon, wedding venue, meetings and event space, couples experiences, two boutiques and much more.

Outdoor Winter Activities in Jackson Hole: Best Things to Do

Winter activities at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Explore Downtown Jackson, Wyoming in Winter:

Not only is Jackson Hole known for its epic winter activities but there’s also a wonderful downtown area filled with great restaurants, local shops, Western saloons, cozy cafés, fun bars and numerous photo opportunities.

A woman under one of the antler arches in Jackson, Wyoming.

One of the first places you must stop to take memorable photos is the iconic antler arches at the center of the town of Jackson. There are four of these arches in downtown Jackson, and during the holiday season, they light up, creating a warm vibe on a cold winter’s evening. These antlers that make up the arches come from the National Elk Refuge, which borders the downtown area.

In general, the town of Jackson has a lot of photogenic spots, from its Western saloons to having Snow King Mountain as a backdrop. Other iconic photo spots are in front of Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and Jackson Drug. Not only does Jackson offer a Western vibe, but during a winter wonderland, it will transport you into a Hallmark movie set.

Downtown Jackson, Wyoming during winter.

Other great things to do in downtown Jackson are to stroll around town and grab a warm beverage from Cowboy Coffee Co., stop in one of the many gift shops and boutiques, visit a local art gallery that showcases the best of local wildlife, treat yourself to a nice meal at Snake River Grill, enjoy wine and tapas at Bin22, grab an old fashion milkshake at Jackson Drug, taste local craft beer at Snake River Brewing and make memories at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

If you visit during the summer months, you must see the Jackson Hole Rodeo and the Town Square Shootout, which will transport you straight to the Wild West!

Have a Fun Night Out at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar:

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in downtown Jackson, WY.

A winter trip to Jackson Hole is incomplete without visiting the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. This fun spot is a great place for all ages and will transport you into a Western film.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar was established in 1937 and has been visited by celebrities, presidents, royalty and people from all over the globe. Not only does the bar have saddle seats, which make for fun photo opportunities, but you can also grab a local beer, play pool, jam out to Country music and try out Western dancing.

Two women enjoying beers at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyoming.

Please note that no one under 21 is allowed in the bar area of Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Children and teens are welcome at the steakhouse!

Ski or Snowboard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort:

It’s no secret that Jackson Hole is one of the best ski mountains. In fact, it’s considered one of the most challenging ski mountains in the United States due to its steep trail runs, difficult terrain and extreme exposure.

Enjoying the best winter activities at Jackson Hole.

Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929 and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened in 1964. In 1950, John D. Rockefeller purchased part of Jackson Hole Mountain (before it became a ski resort) and donated it to expand the Grand Teton National Park. Nowadays, the National Park borders the ski mountain!

Even though Jackson Hole Mountain has the reputation of being a challenging ski resort, it’s still a great way for all skill levels (for skiers and snowboarders) to enjoy a memorable day during the winter months.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is open daily from the end of November through mid-April from 9 am to 4 pm. Overall, there are over 130 trails that include 50% expert runs, 40% intermediate runs and 10% beginner runs. There are over 13 lifts, including the world-famous Aerial Tram, 2500 acres of inbound terrain and 4,139 feet of vertical drop.

A woman enjoying a ski trip at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Please note that green trails are for beginners; blue trails are for intermediate skiers and boarders; black diamonds are for advanced riders and double black diamonds are for experts. Jackson Hole also has double-blue trails for intermediate to advanced riders.

When you visit Jackson Hole, you can also enjoy backcountry skiing. It’s one of the most thrilling things to do in Wyoming in winter.

What’s excellent about Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is that it’s part of the Ikon Pass and The Mountain Collective. With this multi-resort pass, you can ski at renowned resorts like Jackson Hole, Aspen Snowmass, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Killington, Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, Dolomiti Superski and many more.

At Jackson Hole, you and your loved ones can enjoy full-day or half-day skiing/snowboarding (the half-day pass is from 12 pm to 4 pm). You can also purchase an adult ticket for those 19-64, a teen ticket for those 13-18, a youth ticket for children 5-12 and a senior ticket for those 65 and older. Children under 5 are free. Prices range from $255 to $84 USD based on the date you chose to ski and ticket type.

Skiing and snowboarding - the best winter activities at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Please note that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort does not have night skiing. Because the resort is big, it’s dangerous for the ski mountain to stay open once nightfall hits. If you want to go night skiing in Jackson, visit Snow King Mountain Resort.

When you visit Jackson Hole in winter for skiing, Four Seasons has an incredible Ski Concierge slope-side open from 8 am to 5:30 pm. At this full-service ski shop, you can rent top-of-the-line ski and snowboard gear, enjoy hot cocoa and experience exceptional service. Four Seasons Resorts always go above and beyond for their guests and visitors, from poolside to slope-side service.

Ride the Aerial Tram to Jackson Hole Summit:

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort during winter.

If you’re wondering what to do in Jackson Hole in winter that allows you to experience the Tetons without strenuous activities, then you must ride the famous Aerial Tram. This incredible tram takes passengers to the summit of Jackson Hole!

Riding the Aerial Tram will take nine minutes from the base to the summit. It glides skyward at 4,139 vertical feet. The cable length for the Aerial Tram is 4.85 miles and can hold up to 100 people. The current tram opened in 2008 and has been running daily ever since.

Please note that riding the Aerial Tram is included with a Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lift ticket. If you want to ride the Aerial Tram without a ski or snowboard lift ticket, it costs $50 USD.

Once you’re at Jackson Hole Summit, you can admire 360-degree views of the Tetons. There are plenty of photo opportunities!

Two women enjoying waffles at the summit of Jackson Hole.

You must also visit Corbet’s Cabin to enjoy some of the best waffles at 10,450 feet above sea level. (Caitlin and I shared the lemon waffles and Nutella waffles.) This waffle cabin is warm and cozy and offers breathtaking views of Jackson Hole Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s open from mid-December through mid-April from 9 am to 3 pm.

While at Jackson Hole Summit, you can challenge yourself on the black and double black diamond trails, go backcountry skiing and either conquer the infamous Corbet’s Couloir or watch others do so!

Please remember that only advanced and expert trails are located at the top of Rendevous Mountain. If you are uncomfortable skiing down challenging trails with extreme exposure, don’t attempt it. For those planning on backcountry skiing, ensure you’re prepared with the proper equipment.

Conquering Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole - one of the most thrilling winter activities.

Corbet’s Couloir is the highlight for taking the Aerial Tram to Jackson Hole Summit. It’s the most famed couloir in North America and Redbull’s Kings and Queens of Corbet’s is held every year in early February. Professional skiers and snowboarders will showcase their skills while taking on this double black diamond challenge. Only one man and woman are crowned King and Queen of Corbet’s Couloir.

Whether you want to take on Corbet’s Couloir personally or watch others do so, it’s one of Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s most fun winter activities!

Adventure through Grand Teton National Park:

Grand Teton National Park
Since I didn’t get to visit Grand Teton National Park during my winter ski trip in 2023, this photo was taken during my fall road trip in 2020.

The best time to visit Jackson Hole in winter is anytime in January and February because that is when you can see the best wildlife at Grand Teton National Park.

While the grizzly and black bears hibernate during winter, you can go on a wildlife safari (through Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris) and see moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, coyotes, foxes, bald eagles and more.

Other memorable things to do in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming in the winter are to go on one of the snowshoe tours with a Park Ranger that happen every Wednesday and Friday from early January through mid-March and learn about winter ecology; go cross-country skiing in a winter wonderland and witness an incredible wildlife viewing; have fun on one of the guided snowmobile tours through the snow-covered pine trees and conquer a winter hike.

Even though I didn’t get to visit Grand Teton National Park on my 2023 winter trip to Jackson Hole, I visited with my cousin on a Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado road trip during the fall of 2020.

Visit the National Elk Refuge:

The National Elk Refuge in Wyoming.

One of the top things to add to your Jackson Hole winter itinerary and activities bucket list is visiting the National Elk Refuge.

Centuries ago, elk roamed North America’s grasslands, valleys and hills. As more Europeans came and settled in the U.S., the elk population started diminishing, and many moved to the prairies and mountain areas.  

At the turn of the century, in the Gilded Age, residents of Jackson Hole became interested in the nearby elk herd and used sleighs to see them. The refuge was then established in 1912! The sleigh rides became popular in the mid-1960s and that’s when the National Elk Refuge started offering sleigh riding tours to locals and visitors.

Doing a sleigh tour to see the elk herd is one of the top winter activities in Jackson Hole. You can enjoy these scenic tours from mid-December through early April, but weather and herd conditions permit it.

Sleigh riding is open on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations are suggested, especially during holidays. Each tour is 45 minutes to an hour.

Make Memories at Après Ski:

A Moët & Chandon-themed après-ski venue.

Another reason why Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is the best place to stay during a ski trip to Wyoming is because it boasts two après-ski venues.

Not only can you make memories with friends and family at The Handle Bar with great drinks, live music and delicious food that will suit your cravings after a long day on the slopes, but you can also enjoy the igloo-shaped Moët & Chandon Fahrenheit 47 heated bar.

Three women enjoying après-ski at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

At Fahrenheit 47 at Four Seasons, you can enjoy a variety of champagne cocktails and small bites. It’s the best laid-back and luxury experience on a girl’s trip!

Enjoy Teton Village at Night:

Located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is Teton Village. It’s also where Four Seasons and other amazing winter accommodations and rental properties are based in Jackson Hole.

Ice skating at the Village Rink on the Commons is one of the best winter activities to enjoy in the evening. Surrounded by Teton Village’s hotels and resorts with views of the mountain peaks, Village Rink on the Commons is a fun experience for all ages.

Skating is one of the top free winter activities in Jackson Hole if you have your own skates. It costs $15 USD if you plan to rent ice skates.

A great restaurant to enjoy dinner in Teton Village is Il Villaggio Osteria at Hotel Terra.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Four Seasons Jackson Hole:

A woman enjoying a spa day at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole has an incredible spa you must enjoy when you take a break from winter activities.

You can book a massage, facial or body wrap at the spa and schedule a hair or nail appointment. Some of the most popular spa services are the Summit Radiance Facial and the Alpine Glow Rejuvenating Body Wrap.

Even if you don’t book a spa service, you can still enjoy the indoor hot tub, cold plunge pool and outdoor heated pools. Caitlin, Britny and I enjoyed the outdoor pools on our last day and had a relaxing experience!

Ride the Cowboy Coaster and Go Snowtubing at Snow King Resort:

Another ski resort where you can enjoy winter activities is Snow King Mountain in Jackson. Not only can you go skiing and snowboarding here, but it’s known to have the best snow-tubing in Western Wyoming!

During the winter season, King Tubes has three groomed lanes to go snow-tubing, as well as a Magic Carpet. Children must be 42” tall and everyone must ride in their own tube for safety reasons. It costs $30 to go snow-tubing for an hour at King Tubes.

Jackson Hole locals and visitors can enjoy snow-tubing at King Tubes from mid-December through mid-March.

In addition to tubing, you can also experience a thrilling mountain roller-coaster at Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming, called Cowboy Coaster. It’s a fun way to admire the snowy landscape of Teton County!

To enjoy Cowboy Coaster, riders must be at least 38” tall and three years old. Small children must be accompanied by a guardian over 16 years old. Drivers for the mountain coaster must be between 54” and 84”.

During this fun experience, you’ll descend the equivalent of a 45-story building and tickets are $35 USD per person.


A woman swimming in the heated pool at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Looking for other great ski destinations in the West? Check out the below destinations:

Park City, Utah

Whistler, British Columbia

Tamarack, Idaho

I hope you all enjoyed learning about the best winter activities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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  1. Kim Deer on December 28, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this awesome blog on beautiful Jackson Hole at the Four Season’s resort! Looks like the perfect winter ski trip! Makes me want to learn how to ski now more than ever. The Four Seasons made the trip extra special with all their activity offerings, their amazing restaurants/cafes and lounges. The heated outdoor pools at the spa looked amazing. Great place to rejuvenate! The room with the mountain view that you stayed in, was so breathtaking! The food and cocktails looked fabulous. Loved all the beautiful animals living in Jackson Hole ~ the Elks, Bison, Deer and so much more! This trip is definitely going on my bucket list ~ absolutely beautiful ~ fantastic blog/guide on awesome things to do in Jackson Hole at the stunning Four Season’s resort. Love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on December 28, 2023 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you mom, it was an amazing trip. Love you too!

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A woman enjoying a winter trip to the Rocky Mountains.

There is nothing like a winter trip out in the American West! With towering mountains, renowned ski resorts and memorable winter activities, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the best places to visit during the colder months. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Jackson Hole is in Western Wyoming, in a valley between the Gros Ventre and the Teton mountains, near the border of Idaho. It’s the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and isn’t far from Yellowstone National Park. Discover the best Yellowstone and Grand Teton itinerary.

Jackson Hole is in Teton County, near Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. The highest mountain near Jackson Hole is Grand Teton, 13,775 feet above sea level, and from hiking to skiing to relaxing, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy in this part of Wyoming.

The best winter activities at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Even though The Equality State mainly consists of mountains, hot springs, geysers, rolling hills and incredible wildlife, a few towns make Wyoming the thriving Western state it is; Jackson Hole is one of them!

In December 2023, I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on a girl’s trip with Caitlin of My Darling Passport and Britny of Our Globetrotting and had a memorable time. In this article, discover the top winter activities Jackson Hole offers.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. While in Jackson Hole, I stayed at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, which hosted me for two nights.


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Winter Activities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Traveling to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the Winter:

A woman enjoying a winter ski trip to Jackson, Wyoming.

Jackson Hole is secluded, so there aren’t many nonstop flights there. Most people traveling to Jackson Hole in the winter will probably have a layover in Denver or Salt Lake City, which have larger airports.

The other airports offering nonstop flights to Jackson Hole are Newark, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. I flew from Newark Liberty International Airport straight to Jackson Hole Airport. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

What’s incredible about traveling to Jackson Hole Airport is that they offer guests complimentary mimosas upon arrival. As you wait for your luggage to come out at baggage claim, you can sip a cocktail! This has been a Jackson Hole tradition from the tourism board for over 40 years. A great way to get from the airport to the downtown area is through Go Airport Shuttle!

The best way to get around Jackson Hole for all the winter activities and the surrounding National Parks is by renting a car. Unless you book organized tours, getting around without your own vehicle is almost impossible. However, if you stay in the Jackson Hole area, there is the START bus (Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit), which serves residents and visitors of Teton County.

In addition to public transit, Jackson Hole has ride-share options like Uber and Lyft.

Overall, Jackson Hole, WY makes for a great stop on a USA road trip! Click here if you are planning a road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.

Where to Stay in Jackson Hole in the Winter:

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole.

The perfect place to stay in Jackson Hole during the winter season is Four Seasons Resort and Residences. It’s a five-star luxury mountain lodge at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain and is surrounded by some of North America’s most rugged peaks.

What I loved about staying at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole were the fun winter activities. This beautiful hotel is a ski-in ski-out with an award-winning spa, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, incredible restaurants and fun après-ski venues.

Staying at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole:

A woman on a ski vacation in Wyoming.

During our few days at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, the three of us stayed in the Mountain-Side Room which included two cozy double beds, a private balcony overlooking the ski mountain, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a gas fireplace.

There was nothing like waking up in the morning and seeing the beautiful snow-covered Rendevous Mountain, waiting for the sunset with a glass of Four Seasons‘ house red wine and counting the stars on a clear winter’s night from the balcony.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole also has other incredible guest rooms, suites, private residences and accessible rooms to book for your winter vacation. The accommodations below are available to book at this incredible resort:

Staying at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Dining at Four Seasons Jackson Hole:

Westbank Grill at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Regarding the dining options at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, there are three restaurants to enjoy, a pool café during the summer and in-room dining.

Westbank Grill is a mountain steakhouse with panoramic views of Teton Village and the ski resort. Every morning, breakfast is held at Westbank Grill, where you can enjoy the best dishes to fuel you for your Jackson Hole winter activities. Some of the best things to eat at Westbank Grill for breakfast are sourdough pancakes with lemon huckleberry mascarpone and lavender syrup, egg white frittata, fresh fruit juices and smoothies, and a variety of coffee drinks.

Oysters from Westbank Grill in Jackson Hole.

The three of us also had dinner at Westbank Grill one evening and everything was incredible! We started with champagne and then I personally enjoyed a Chianti with the West Coast oysters as my appetizer and charred Ahi tuna and diver scallops as my main meal.

Caitlin and Britny savored the crab cacio e pepe for appetizers. Caitlin had the same seafood dinner as me and Britny got one of the steaks. The three of us shared the orange soufflé for dessert.

Also located at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is The Handle Bar, an American pub and beer hall that overlooks the Tetons and has outdoor fire pits, as well as Ascent Lounge, a pan-Asian restaurant.

Experiences at Four Seasons Jackson Hole in Wyoming:

Dog sledding during the winter.

During a winter trip to Jackson Hole, there are many memorable things to do at Four Seasons.

You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and many other standard winter activities in the Jackson Hole area, as well as a Day with the Wolves in Yellowstone National Park (includes a private flight). During this wildlife tour through Four Seasons, you will be directed by an environmentalist who will help you see wolves in their natural habitat.

Other fun activities to enjoy with Four Seasons are exploring the American frontier on a local wildlife safari, going clay shooting or taking an archery lesson, experiencing a snowmobile tour to Granite Hot Springs or participating in one of the dog sledding tours that are offered in the area. Click here to discover more adventures and private tours through the resort.

A woman enjoying après-ski.

One of the best things to do in Jackson Hole in December is to enjoy all the festive events at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Attend the tree lighting ceremony! Not only can you see Four Seasons’ tree get lit, but you can also say hi to Santa Claus and The Grinch, listen to Christmas carols, enjoy the s’mores bar and warm up with hot cider and hot cocoa.

Two women at Four Seasons Jackson Hole during the holidays.

Other great things to do at this beautiful resort are to skate with Santa, ring in the New Year with a torchlight parade and fireworks, savor a delicious holiday meal, participate in a winter solstice yoga session and make s’mores at one of the outdoor fire pits.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole also has an incredible spa and salon, wedding venue, meetings and event space, couples experiences, two boutiques and much more.

Outdoor Winter Activities in Jackson Hole: Best Things to Do

Winter activities at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Explore Downtown Jackson, Wyoming in Winter:

Not only is Jackson Hole known for its epic winter activities but there’s also a wonderful downtown area filled with great restaurants, local shops, Western saloons, cozy cafés, fun bars and numerous photo opportunities.

A woman under one of the antler arches in Jackson, Wyoming.

One of the first places you must stop to take memorable photos is the iconic antler arches at the center of the town of Jackson. There are four of these arches in downtown Jackson, and during the holiday season, they light up, creating a warm vibe on a cold winter’s evening. These antlers that make up the arches come from the National Elk Refuge, which borders the downtown area.

In general, the town of Jackson has a lot of photogenic spots, from its Western saloons to having Snow King Mountain as a backdrop. Other iconic photo spots are in front of Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and Jackson Drug. Not only does Jackson offer a Western vibe, but during a winter wonderland, it will transport you into a Hallmark movie set.

Downtown Jackson, Wyoming during winter.

Other great things to do in downtown Jackson are to stroll around town and grab a warm beverage from Cowboy Coffee Co., stop in one of the many gift shops and boutiques, visit a local art gallery that showcases the best of local wildlife, treat yourself to a nice meal at Snake River Grill, enjoy wine and tapas at Bin22, grab an old fashion milkshake at Jackson Drug, taste local craft beer at Snake River Brewing and make memories at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

If you visit during the summer months, you must see the Jackson Hole Rodeo and the Town Square Shootout, which will transport you straight to the Wild West!

Have a Fun Night Out at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar:

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in downtown Jackson, WY.

A winter trip to Jackson Hole is incomplete without visiting the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. This fun spot is a great place for all ages and will transport you into a Western film.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar was established in 1937 and has been visited by celebrities, presidents, royalty and people from all over the globe. Not only does the bar have saddle seats, which make for fun photo opportunities, but you can also grab a local beer, play pool, jam out to Country music and try out Western dancing.

Two women enjoying beers at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyoming.

Please note that no one under 21 is allowed in the bar area of Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Children and teens are welcome at the steakhouse!

Ski or Snowboard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort:

It’s no secret that Jackson Hole is one of the best ski mountains. In fact, it’s considered one of the most challenging ski mountains in the United States due to its steep trail runs, difficult terrain and extreme exposure.

Enjoying the best winter activities at Jackson Hole.

Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929 and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened in 1964. In 1950, John D. Rockefeller purchased part of Jackson Hole Mountain (before it became a ski resort) and donated it to expand the Grand Teton National Park. Nowadays, the National Park borders the ski mountain!

Even though Jackson Hole Mountain has the reputation of being a challenging ski resort, it’s still a great way for all skill levels (for skiers and snowboarders) to enjoy a memorable day during the winter months.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is open daily from the end of November through mid-April from 9 am to 4 pm. Overall, there are over 130 trails that include 50% expert runs, 40% intermediate runs and 10% beginner runs. There are over 13 lifts, including the world-famous Aerial Tram, 2500 acres of inbound terrain and 4,139 feet of vertical drop.

A woman enjoying a ski trip at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Please note that green trails are for beginners; blue trails are for intermediate skiers and boarders; black diamonds are for advanced riders and double black diamonds are for experts. Jackson Hole also has double-blue trails for intermediate to advanced riders.

When you visit Jackson Hole, you can also enjoy backcountry skiing. It’s one of the most thrilling things to do in Wyoming in winter.

What’s excellent about Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is that it’s part of the Ikon Pass and The Mountain Collective. With this multi-resort pass, you can ski at renowned resorts like Jackson Hole, Aspen Snowmass, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Killington, Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, Dolomiti Superski and many more.

At Jackson Hole, you and your loved ones can enjoy full-day or half-day skiing/snowboarding (the half-day pass is from 12 pm to 4 pm). You can also purchase an adult ticket for those 19-64, a teen ticket for those 13-18, a youth ticket for children 5-12 and a senior ticket for those 65 and older. Children under 5 are free. Prices range from $255 to $84 USD based on the date you chose to ski and ticket type.

Skiing and snowboarding - the best winter activities at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Please note that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort does not have night skiing. Because the resort is big, it’s dangerous for the ski mountain to stay open once nightfall hits. If you want to go night skiing in Jackson, visit Snow King Mountain Resort.

When you visit Jackson Hole in winter for skiing, Four Seasons has an incredible Ski Concierge slope-side open from 8 am to 5:30 pm. At this full-service ski shop, you can rent top-of-the-line ski and snowboard gear, enjoy hot cocoa and experience exceptional service. Four Seasons Resorts always go above and beyond for their guests and visitors, from poolside to slope-side service.

Ride the Aerial Tram to Jackson Hole Summit:

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort during winter.

If you’re wondering what to do in Jackson Hole in winter that allows you to experience the Tetons without strenuous activities, then you must ride the famous Aerial Tram. This incredible tram takes passengers to the summit of Jackson Hole!

Riding the Aerial Tram will take nine minutes from the base to the summit. It glides skyward at 4,139 vertical feet. The cable length for the Aerial Tram is 4.85 miles and can hold up to 100 people. The current tram opened in 2008 and has been running daily ever since.

Please note that riding the Aerial Tram is included with a Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lift ticket. If you want to ride the Aerial Tram without a ski or snowboard lift ticket, it costs $50 USD.

Once you’re at Jackson Hole Summit, you can admire 360-degree views of the Tetons. There are plenty of photo opportunities!

Two women enjoying waffles at the summit of Jackson Hole.

You must also visit Corbet’s Cabin to enjoy some of the best waffles at 10,450 feet above sea level. (Caitlin and I shared the lemon waffles and Nutella waffles.) This waffle cabin is warm and cozy and offers breathtaking views of Jackson Hole Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s open from mid-December through mid-April from 9 am to 3 pm.

While at Jackson Hole Summit, you can challenge yourself on the black and double black diamond trails, go backcountry skiing and either conquer the infamous Corbet’s Couloir or watch others do so!

Please remember that only advanced and expert trails are located at the top of Rendevous Mountain. If you are uncomfortable skiing down challenging trails with extreme exposure, don’t attempt it. For those planning on backcountry skiing, ensure you’re prepared with the proper equipment.

Conquering Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole - one of the most thrilling winter activities.

Corbet’s Couloir is the highlight for taking the Aerial Tram to Jackson Hole Summit. It’s the most famed couloir in North America and Redbull’s Kings and Queens of Corbet’s is held every year in early February. Professional skiers and snowboarders will showcase their skills while taking on this double black diamond challenge. Only one man and woman are crowned King and Queen of Corbet’s Couloir.

Whether you want to take on Corbet’s Couloir personally or watch others do so, it’s one of Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s most fun winter activities!

Adventure through Grand Teton National Park:

Grand Teton National Park
Since I didn’t get to visit Grand Teton National Park during my winter ski trip in 2023, this photo was taken during my fall road trip in 2020.

The best time to visit Jackson Hole in winter is anytime in January and February because that is when you can see the best wildlife at Grand Teton National Park.

While the grizzly and black bears hibernate during winter, you can go on a wildlife safari (through Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris) and see moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, coyotes, foxes, bald eagles and more.

Other memorable things to do in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming in the winter are to go on one of the snowshoe tours with a Park Ranger that happen every Wednesday and Friday from early January through mid-March and learn about winter ecology; go cross-country skiing in a winter wonderland and witness an incredible wildlife viewing; have fun on one of the guided snowmobile tours through the snow-covered pine trees and conquer a winter hike.

Even though I didn’t get to visit Grand Teton National Park on my 2023 winter trip to Jackson Hole, I visited with my cousin on a Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado road trip during the fall of 2020.

Visit the National Elk Refuge:

The National Elk Refuge in Wyoming.

One of the top things to add to your Jackson Hole winter itinerary and activities bucket list is visiting the National Elk Refuge.

Centuries ago, elk roamed North America’s grasslands, valleys and hills. As more Europeans came and settled in the U.S., the elk population started diminishing, and many moved to the prairies and mountain areas.  

At the turn of the century, in the Gilded Age, residents of Jackson Hole became interested in the nearby elk herd and used sleighs to see them. The refuge was then established in 1912! The sleigh rides became popular in the mid-1960s and that’s when the National Elk Refuge started offering sleigh riding tours to locals and visitors.

Doing a sleigh tour to see the elk herd is one of the top winter activities in Jackson Hole. You can enjoy these scenic tours from mid-December through early April, but weather and herd conditions permit it.

Sleigh riding is open on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations are suggested, especially during holidays. Each tour is 45 minutes to an hour.

Make Memories at Après Ski:

A Moët & Chandon-themed après-ski venue.

Another reason why Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is the best place to stay during a ski trip to Wyoming is because it boasts two après-ski venues.

Not only can you make memories with friends and family at The Handle Bar with great drinks, live music and delicious food that will suit your cravings after a long day on the slopes, but you can also enjoy the igloo-shaped Moët & Chandon Fahrenheit 47 heated bar.

Three women enjoying après-ski at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

At Fahrenheit 47 at Four Seasons, you can enjoy a variety of champagne cocktails and small bites. It’s the best laid-back and luxury experience on a girl’s trip!

Enjoy Teton Village at Night:

Located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is Teton Village. It’s also where Four Seasons and other amazing winter accommodations and rental properties are based in Jackson Hole.

Ice skating at the Village Rink on the Commons is one of the best winter activities to enjoy in the evening. Surrounded by Teton Village’s hotels and resorts with views of the mountain peaks, Village Rink on the Commons is a fun experience for all ages.

Skating is one of the top free winter activities in Jackson Hole if you have your own skates. It costs $15 USD if you plan to rent ice skates.

A great restaurant to enjoy dinner in Teton Village is Il Villaggio Osteria at Hotel Terra.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Four Seasons Jackson Hole:

A woman enjoying a spa day at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole has an incredible spa you must enjoy when you take a break from winter activities.

You can book a massage, facial or body wrap at the spa and schedule a hair or nail appointment. Some of the most popular spa services are the Summit Radiance Facial and the Alpine Glow Rejuvenating Body Wrap.

Even if you don’t book a spa service, you can still enjoy the indoor hot tub, cold plunge pool and outdoor heated pools. Caitlin, Britny and I enjoyed the outdoor pools on our last day and had a relaxing experience!

Ride the Cowboy Coaster and Go Snowtubing at Snow King Resort:

Another ski resort where you can enjoy winter activities is Snow King Mountain in Jackson. Not only can you go skiing and snowboarding here, but it’s known to have the best snow-tubing in Western Wyoming!

During the winter season, King Tubes has three groomed lanes to go snow-tubing, as well as a Magic Carpet. Children must be 42” tall and everyone must ride in their own tube for safety reasons. It costs $30 to go snow-tubing for an hour at King Tubes.

Jackson Hole locals and visitors can enjoy snow-tubing at King Tubes from mid-December through mid-March.

In addition to tubing, you can also experience a thrilling mountain roller-coaster at Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming, called Cowboy Coaster. It’s a fun way to admire the snowy landscape of Teton County!

To enjoy Cowboy Coaster, riders must be at least 38” tall and three years old. Small children must be accompanied by a guardian over 16 years old. Drivers for the mountain coaster must be between 54” and 84”.

During this fun experience, you’ll descend the equivalent of a 45-story building and tickets are $35 USD per person.


A woman swimming in the heated pool at Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Looking for other great ski destinations in the West? Check out the below destinations:

Park City, Utah

Whistler, British Columbia

Tamarack, Idaho

I hope you all enjoyed learning about the best winter activities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on December 28, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this awesome blog on beautiful Jackson Hole at the Four Season’s resort! Looks like the perfect winter ski trip! Makes me want to learn how to ski now more than ever. The Four Seasons made the trip extra special with all their activity offerings, their amazing restaurants/cafes and lounges. The heated outdoor pools at the spa looked amazing. Great place to rejuvenate! The room with the mountain view that you stayed in, was so breathtaking! The food and cocktails looked fabulous. Loved all the beautiful animals living in Jackson Hole ~ the Elks, Bison, Deer and so much more! This trip is definitely going on my bucket list ~ absolutely beautiful ~ fantastic blog/guide on awesome things to do in Jackson Hole at the stunning Four Season’s resort. Love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on December 28, 2023 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you mom, it was an amazing trip. Love you too!

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