What’s New for the 2017-18 Winter Season in Jackson Hole
- How to Get Here! In addition to direct flights https://www.jacksonhole.com/by-air.html from JFK, Newark, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Salt Lake, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake , Seattle, JHMR has partnered with Private Jet Services. The new Rendezvous Card offers benefits greater than just going from the “tarmac to the tram,” as they say…. https://www.pjsgroup.com/jacksonhole/ If flying private is not in the cards, take advantage of their $200 air credit per person by booking a package by January 5. Learn more at https://www.jacksonhole.com/300-off.html
- In Hotel Terra the new wine bar, Enoteca, launched by Gavin Fine of the Fine Dining group, offers hearty small plates with a Mediterranean flare, hot tomato soup and of course vino.
- Mountain Khakis, a local outdoor apparel company next to Teton Village Sports in the Commons, serves whiskey warm ups and is often a quiet spot for an apres ski cocktail.
- Free Ice Skating in the Commons will be open from 3pm-9pm. Rental skates are available. https://tetonvillagewy.org/2017/11/06/village-rink-commons-teton-village/
- Old Yellowstone Garage, one of the locals all time favorite restaurants is making a comeback in the Caldera House next to the Tram. Paulie O’Connor is the new chef from the original OYG.
- Hand Fire Pizza opened up in the old Teton Theater just off the Town Square. Give it a try with their take on their homemade “meat bawls” or pesto-licious! Fresh made basil pesto with organic tomatoes and feta cheese.
- In addition to all of JHMR’s women’s and steep and deep multi day camps, Feb 8-11 Arc’teryx Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Academy will host new clinics and ski star studded special events with demo gear, events at Snow King, JHMR, Pink Garter and guided mountaineering by Exum Mountain Guides.
Day off from the Slopes
- Take a tour of Jackson’s local distillers, vintners and brewers. Schedule a tasting at the Jackson Hole Winery, and on the way, stop in the new Roadhouse Tap Room to sample their latest Pumpkin Porter or the classic favorite Session IPA. Now that we have Uber, call for a ride to Jackson Hole Still Works to sample their Vodka & Gin. Finish off the tour with a beer and a bite to eat at Snake River Brewery or save appetite for Thai food at Thai Me Up the home of Melvin’s brewing. This season they are experimenting with Rizzle, a raspberry inspired Belgian brew.
- The kids always love whirling around on sledding tubes at Snow King and the Cowboy Coaster, a cross between a roller coaster and an alpine slide at Snow King Mountain Resort.
- For a deluxe experience, consider the private dinner sleigh ride with Vintage Adventures. AJ Derosa provides a first-class winter experience.
- A perfect family or couple’s day off could start with breakfast in town – I recommend the homestyle cooking at the Bunnery or Parisian pastries at Persephone; from there, take an Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride tour; then schedule your pickup for an afternoon snowmobiling trip to Granite Hot Springs. Relax those legs in the hot springs while surrounded by all of winter’s majesty. Book your sleigh ride and hot springs snowmobiling early, these tours are very popular.
- Spa time – try the Body Sage at the Rusty Parrot.
- Wildlife and art lover? Take a ½ day or sunrise wildlife tour, return for an Elk Sleigh Ride and then visit our National Museum of Wildlife Art and dine at their restaurant, Palate, for lunch.
- I am a big advocate for non-skiers in the group to try cross-country skiing or a guided snowshoe tour. You’ll stay warm as you are moving and being out in winter is invigorating.
- A new nonprofit calendar listing of events sponsored by The Center of Wonder, can be found here: https://dailywonder.org/cal
- Newwu.com is another resource to find what’s going on in Jackson’s deep-seated wellness community including yoga, massage and alternative healers.
What to Eat
- Jeff Drew, executive chef and partner of the Snake River Grill, which is celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary, is excited about his new winter menu which offers pan-fried sweetbreads and cured Hawaiian swordfish as appetizers in addition to a twist on the classic beef tenderloin and beer battered onion rings for which they are famous.
- Stop in at our local butcher, Sweet Cheeks Meats, for their $5 daily breakfast sandwich special to go and grab something delicious to cook at home. You can find them on Facebook – (https://www.facebook.com/sweetcheeksmeats/). There is always a unique selection of locally sourced cuts for the grill or something pre-prepared for the oven like meatloaf, lasagne or shepherd’s pie. It’s the real deal and Nick the founder makes it happen. Ask for him!
- Don’t forget to make a reservation for lunch at Off Piste at the top of the Gondola, it books up early.
- See more dining options on our restaurant site – JacksonHoleRestaurants.com
- In addition to winter concerts and events at The Center for the Arts, The Pink Garter Theatre has some interesting programming this winter, including ski films sponsored by Arc’teryx and Salsa on Thursday nights.
- The Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on the town square have live entertainment most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- In Wilson, The Stagecoach Bar is a local watering hole that doesn’t get much tourist traffic. On Thursdays they have a DJ for disco night and on Sundays, an older and earlier crowd convenes for cowboy dancing, a.k.a “Sunday Church.”
Check the Weather
- Your best source for local weather is from our local weatherman, Jim Woodmencey – https://www.mountainweather.com/jackson-hole/jackson-hole-forecast/. If you want more insight, follow the avalanche report, https://jhavalanche.org/viewTeton.
- What to have in your Ski Jacket, My local travel guide has these additional articles for more insight: Packing for Winter, Things to Do in the Winter, Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park in the Winter, 8 Great Things to Do with Kids in the Winter