We’ve been going to Jackson, Wyoming every December for five years now. Jackson is well known for their downhill skiing but I actually do not ski! My husband loves to ski so he typically skis for a few days while I work from our cabin and explore the downtown area. One of my favorite things to do is attend classes at Pursue Movement Studio during the day. I walk there from our cabin, get my sweat on, and then move on with my day. As much as I love classes, I love to get outside in Jackson and explore the area during the winter.
Since I have so many people ask me about what to do in Jackson if they don’t ski, I decided to put it all in one place right here for you!
P.S. If winter isn’t really your thing we’ve also been to Jackson in September after hiking in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. You can read about it here.
5 Winter Activities for Non-Skiers in Jackson
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Each time we travel to Jackson we rent snowshoes so we can explore on foot for at least a day or two. We typically take ours up to Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park. It’s freeing to be able to walk the trails in the snow. They take a few minutes to get used to but after that, you’ll be walking like normal in no time!
We just took a snowmobiling trip for the first time a few months ago and it was AMAZING. We don’t buy each other gifts, we take trips instead so our snowmobiling trip was our Christmas and 10th-anniversary “gift” to each other. I’m having a hard time describing the trip, it was that amazing. I’m going to do a separate post on this soon but we took a full day trip from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park. The scenery was amazing and we were even able to see a bison in the snow! You can read the original post I did on this trip here.
We used Scenic Safaris.
Dog sledding was one of the first non-skiing winter activities we did in Jackson. It was a great experience but we probably wouldn’t do it again. Honestly, after we went snowmobiling we decided that we liked that a lot more. They are two completely different experiences though so if it’s on your bucket list, book it! You might just love it!
We used Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours.
Fat Tire Biking
We went fat tire biking at Cache Creek right outside of Jackson, Wyoming. If I remember correctly it was -13 degrees that day (yes, NEGATIVE!). It was an amazing experience and we will definitely do it again. If you are looking for a workout, this is it!
We rented from Teton Mountain Bikes.
This is one that I don’t have any pictures for because we have never done it! It looks gorgeous though, picture a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow with huge mountains in the background – doesn’t get much better than that! There are a few options for sleigh rides in Jackson. One that we see each time we visit is the one in the National Elk Refuge.
Bonus: Cross Country Skiing
I didn’t include this one on my list of five because it is skiing but I think it still deserves a mention. 🙂 Cross-country skiing is a great activity if it’s just the downhill part of skiing that you don’t enjoy. We’ve been cross-country skiing to Taggart Lake and Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and we’ve been to the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone, Montana twice. Even though I don’t like downhill, I enjoy cross-country skiing. Give it a try – you might also!
We typically rent our skis from Skinny Skis.
Not Into Outdoor Activities?
If you aren’t into outdoor activities, there’s still plenty to do. Take a stroll through the cute stores (one of our favorites is MADE) and restaurants downtown (check out Pinky G’s pizza and the hot and cold bar at Jackson Whole Grocer – this one is a little bit further out of the downtown area!). Driving around and taking in the breathtaking views is another one of our favorite things to do!
I’m a little behind (like years!) on recapping our trips but you can read this one from a few years ago when we went to Jackson, Wyoming!2