Yellowstone National Park in winter is a truly magical place. The snow and ice transforms the Park into a scene from Dr. Zhivago. The Park is closed to car traffic during the winter months, which cuts down on the number of visitors by a huge percentage. There are activities for everyone, even if you do not ski-tour the spectacular Yellowstone surrounded by the Tetons, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, downhill and back country skiing, Western shops and fine dining make this a perfect short trip. There are now direct flight from most major hubs, making Jackson Hole easily accessible.
There are several very comfortable resorts in Jackson Hole and near Yellowstone. A nice base for your activities is Spring Creek Ranch, a 10 minute drive from Jackson. Great views and great service. The Ranch has an on-sight naturalist.
Wearever Suggests- Schedule a Yellowstone tour with Spring Creek Ranch's naturalist in a warm specialized snow coach that has skiis on it, called a Bombardier. You will see more wildlife on this safari than you ever dreamed of-bald eagles, bison, big horn sheep, elk (it is a National Elk Refuge area), fox, wolves, mule deer, the list goes on and on. And, the absolute best is no crowds of people. Old Faithful still regularly erupts rimmed by ice and snow, and you will have a front row seat. Two Yellowstone lodges remain open in winter, Mommoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
Skiing the Tetons at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Start with breakfast at Corbet's Cabin over 10,000 feet up Rendezvous Mountain next to the ariel tram. If you want to take advantage of the thousands of acres of accessible backcountry skiing, hire a guide, you will not be sorry. The Four Seasons Resort is everything you would expect a Four Seasons to be and sits at the base of the mountain, ski in, ski out with a ski concierge. Another slope side hotel is the Leed certified, eco friendly, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole. A third choice slopeside for skiing in Teton Village is the Snake River Lodge & Spa, more views, ski valet, very cool swim thru indoor/outdoor pool, and a 5 story spa with several jacuzzis. Or do it the natural way, drive out to the thermal Kelly Warm Springs, might recognize it from Django.
Off the Beaten Path Suggestion. Now, for the unique, if you love glamping with your skiing, The Fireside Resort, is calling your name. Super lux cabins, pet friendly, kitchens. If you like it so much that you want a cabin of your own, the custom made rollable cabins are for sale, just wheel it to your backyard. Get yours today. LOL
Now that you have done all these activities and burned all the calories skiing, it's time to eat. Jackson Hole is a foodie town. No shortage of choices. There is the classic Snake River Grill; the ski in and very lively Mangy Moose, first stop at the base of the mountain; yes, there is Thai at Teton Thai.
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