Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Winter Activities

The snowy months of the year showcase some of the park's lesser-known but still fascinating features. Wild animals replace tourists as the primary winter inhabitants and deep snows bring new challenges to park travel. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry camping, ice fishing and ice climbing are some of the seasonal activities that are popular with experienced outdoor lovers.

Come prepared for extreme weather. Between three and five feet of snow are common in the valley areas, though some years have seen up to six feet blanketing the valley floor. Daytime temperatures hover around freezing, and nights can hit —25°F and lower. Cold temperatures, low humidity and little wind make for some exceptionally clear, crisp and calm days.

U.S. 26-89-191 is plowed in winter, from Jackson past the Moose Village Junction all the way to Flagg Ranch. Other park roads may be closed to vehicle traffic.

Skiing

Park roads that are closed to cars in winter make excellent cross-country skiing routes; wildlife may even appear along the quiet roadsides as you glide across the snowy landscape. Stop by the Moose Visitor Center to pickup a map of cross-country ski trails or ask for advice on cross-country ski locations. All winter visitors are required to observe winter closure areas for protection of wildlife. Winter closure maps are also available at the visitor center. Downhill skiing enthusiasts enjoy the benefits of excellent snow conditions in the Teton Range. Three diverse ski resorts in the Jackson Hole area offer a variety of skiing adventures: Jackson Hole Ski Resort, based in Teton Village, (307) 733-2292; Grand Targhee Ski & Summer Resort, located on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, (800) TARGHEE (827-4433); and Snow King Ski Resort adjacent to Jackson, (307) 733-5200. Snowboarding is also popular on the ski slopes. For complete information, please call the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at (307) 733-3316.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is allowed on the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail. Some businesses in Jackson also provide rentals and guided tours to Yellowstone; please call (307) 733-3316 for more information.

Snowshoeing

NPS rangers offer guided hikes (snowshoes available for a nominal donation fee) starting at the Moose Visitor Center. Reservations are required; please call (307) 739-3399.

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge offer an exciting look at the wintering elk herd, which numbers up to 8,000 animals. Please call the refuge at (307) 733-9212 for reservations. Dinner sleigh rides are also offered near the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; please call (307) 733-3316 for details.

Winter Lodging

Triangle X Ranch offers summer and winter accommodations and snowmobile excursions. Call (307) 733-2183. For numerous other lodging options in the Jackson Hole area, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (307) 733-3316.