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5 Winter Activities for Non-Skiers in Jackson, Wyoming

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5 Winter Activities for Non-Skiers in Jackson, Wyoming

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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Snowshoeing

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!

Snoeshoeing through Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Snoeshoeing through Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Snowmobiling

We just did this 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.

Snowmobiling through Yellowstone National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Snowmobiling through Yellowstone National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Snowmobiling through Yellowstone National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Snowmobiling through Yellowstone National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Dog Sledding

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.

Dog sledding in Jackson, Wyoming

Dog sledding in Jackson, Wyoming

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.

Fat Tire Biking in Jackson, Wyoming

Fat Tire Biking in Jackson, Wyoming

Fat Tire Biking in Jackson, Wyoming

Fat Tire Biking in Jackson, Wyoming

Fat Tire Biking in Jackson, Wyoming

Fat Tire Biking in Jackson, Wyoming

Sleigh Rides

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.

Cross Country Skiing in West Yellowstone, Montana

Cross Country Skiing in West Yellowstone, Montana

Cross Country Skiing through Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

Cross Country Skiing through Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming

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!

Clean Eat Recipe: Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken

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Clean Eat Recipe: Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken

We made this chicken for Thanksgiving and the entire family loved it! We don't actually like "traditional" Thanksgiving foods, so we served this with sweet-sweet potato cubes, balsamic garlic asparagus, and our fall cauliflower quinoa salad with raisins. Don't let the ingredients or steps fool you, it was actually pretty easy! Everything was simple and delicious!

Clean Eat Recipe: Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken

This would be perfect for your next party or even just for your weekly food prep! We only had a little bit of leftover chicken but it was still fantastic the next day. 

We've made this recipe numerous times since we published it in 2015 so we thought it was time for an update! We use different vegetables each time so we've included a list of the ones that we recommend but use your imagination! The vegetables make this recipe delicious! We've made this with just one chicken (as you see in the video) and two chickens (as pictured). The seasoning we have listed is for more than one chicken. The other ingredients we have listed will be the perfect amount for one chicken.

Clean Eat Recipe: Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken

Seasoning Ingredients:

The list belowΒ should provide you with enough seasoning to make at least two chickens. If you do not want to make your own seasoning we love Lane’s BBQ rubs. We recommend the Garlic Rub for this recipe. Enter code heshe for 10% off! (affiliate link)
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 oranges (recommended) or lemons
  • 6-8 sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme

Your choice of vegetables (below are some options):

  • 1 onion
  • 6 carrots
  • 4-6 parsnips
  • 4-6 red potatoes

Watch How to Make Our Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken (1 Min):

Clean Eat Recipe: Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut onion, carrots, parsnips and potatoes into 1.5" - 2" chunks and place in bottom of roasting pan.  Mix the vegetables with about 1/2 Tbsp of the olive oil and toss with seasoning and additional salt and black pepper.  Place sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme on top of the vegetables.
  3. Cut oranges (or lemons) into quarters and set aside until step #7.
  4. Remove chicken giblets and rinse chicken carefully while removing excess fat and pin feathers.  
  5. Place chicken on oven roasting rack over vegetables and lightly brush the outside of the chicken with the olive oil. Note - It is unnecessary to liberally coat the chicken in oil as the water from rinsing will help the seasoning rub bind to the skin. 
  6. Liberally spread the seasoning on the inside and outside of the chicken.
  7. Stuff the oranges (or lemons) into chicken cavity.
  8. Place entire roasting pan in the oven and bake for 75-90 minutes or until internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165-degrees Fahrenheit.  
  9. When chicken is complete, cover entire pan with aluminum foil for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Transfer chicken and vegetables to separate platter.  Carve (or pull) chicken and enjoy!


Below are the nutrition facts that we calculated (for the chicken only). You will need to calculate your specific nutrition information for the vegetables that you use.

Clean Eat Recipe: Clean & Simple Roasted Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

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How to Make Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

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Not kidding here, it took us 16 months to take our Instant Pot out of the box. I was SO. SCARED. and I don't know why. I was just certain that it was going to blow the roof off of our house. I actually made Scott try it first. He made some sort of chicken dish. After that, I started making our boiled eggs and quinoa in it each week. And then that's all I did. Until last night when we made our weekly chili in it. SO FAST. What I normally leave in the crock pot for hours and hours took less than 40 minutes. But this isn't about chili, this is about chicken. I used to always make our chicken by boiling it on the stove. I even wrote about how to boil chicken here. I love it because it keeps the chicken juicy...we actually hate baked chicken because it's always so dry! The Instant Pot did the same thing but in less time and hands off (I only had to shred it, instead of monitor it the whole time to see when it started boiling, etc).

We have the 6 quart Instant Pot (it has over 22,000 customer reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars!

How to Make Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Organic Chicken Broth (or water)
  • Spices, your choice (We use sea salt, black pepper, and minced garlic)

Directions:

1. Add chicken to Instant Pot

2. Add spices of your choice (we normally use sea salt, black pepper, and minced garlic)

How to Make Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

3. Cover with chicken broth or water

4. Ensure that the vent is set to sealed and press the poultry button

5. Once the chicken is finished, allow a natural release for 5-10 minutes

6. Once cooled (5-10 minutes), shred chicken and enjoy!

We love using ours in Savory Chicken Casserole and Clean Eating Chicken Salad!