The Wildflower Inn
Winter Activities
 

Winter in Jackson Hole is fantastic! The big surprise is not that we have wonderful snow, great skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing or a first rate airport...but that it is very peaceful and quiet in the wintertime. Winter in Jackson Hole is unlike any other winter vacation you have ever experienced. It is a mountain experience, not a vacation in a hustling, bustling, "glitzy" ski area but rather a vacation in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. 

While we have millions of people visiting in the summer season, Winter is a time to enjoy the quiet... the mountain scenery... ski the wide open trails... observe the wildlife... explore the national parks virtually by yourselves... eat in Restaurants offering the finest foods and let the people who live and work here serve you with superb mountain hospitality. 

Imagine your dream vacation.....      

 
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Skiing

Yes, the Jackson Hole Ski Resort is famous for runs like Corbet's Couloir (remember the photos of the extreme skiers jumping into Corbet's ? But how many really do!)  But have you ever heard of Gros Ventre or Apres Vous? These are just two of our many well groomed intermediate slopes. Our intermediate skiers exclaim over and over again that if they had known how much there was for them to ski, they would have been here years ago. 

It is also a wonderful area for families, what a wonderful experience to share with your children, no elbow to elbow skiing here. Be adventurous...come and ski Jackson Hole, you will not be sorry! As an added bonus, Ken has been an instructor at the area for the last 20+ years, he always knows where the best snow is!

 Don't forget our friends to the west, Grand Targhee Ski Resort. A wonderful mountain, with wide open trails, cat skiing (poor man's helicopter skiing....but you never get grounded because of the weather!) and they don't advertise the Best Snow on Earth without good reason. Definitely a great place to ski for a day or two during your stay.  

And last but not least, don't forget Snow King Ski Resort, where the ski trails practically end at the town square of Jackson. Our "town hill", where the kids ski and race, the locals drop by for a few runs at lunch and where you can experience the fun of Night Skiing! Have you ever night skied?  Even in a major snow storm you can see well under the lights..how beautiful! You should really experience this if you have never skied under the stars! And yes, all areas allow snowboarding.

Cross-Country Skiing

We have several cross-country ski centers around the valley with tracks set for both classical and skate skiing. The Jackson Hole Ski Resort, The Teton Pines Country Club, Spring Creek Resort and the Trail Creek Ski Center. For Backcountry Skiing, both flat and downhill, Teton Pass, Cache Creek and of course Grand Teton National Park all offer wonderful views and great skiing. Imagine skimming along a flat trail at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains....

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a favorite winter sport of many locals in Jackson Hole.  You can choose to take a guided tour into Yellowstone, Granite Hot Springs (combined with a nice soak in the springs), Togwotee or perhaps off into the wilderness of the Gros Ventre Mountains. We have many wonderful companies that will show you the beauty of areas unreachable by automobile.  Old Faithful Snowmobile Tours  

Dogsledding

Truly one of the most exciting activities our guests try while staying with us.  You actually get to "mush" the dogs. It is beautiful, fun, fast...a real adventure.  And the dogs love it!  They clammer to be chosen! You might choose to sled into a remote lodge for lunch or perhaps to a lovely hot springs surrounded by cliffs.
Washakie Outfitting  

Snowshoeing

A lovely walk in the woods...we loan you snowshoes and trekking poles while you are with us, you might just amble around the inn, perhaps along the Snake River or explore Grand Teton National Park. Modern snowshoes are light and small, you can actually run in them. You can also go out with a naturalist on a snowshoe hike in Grand Teton National Park or with a private guide. The Hole Hiking Experience

A few other wintertime suggestions

How about a Wildlife Safari? Gallery hopping, shopping, museum musing? You could always sneak in an afternoon movie or a good book...or a nap...a walk in the snow, snowball fights, sledding, ice skating at an outdoors rink, making angels in the snow, hot chocolate, roaring fires, crossword puzzles, a sleigh ride on the elk refuge with 10,000 elk, a handful of wolves and a family of mountain lions or a dinner sleigh ride to a log cabin in the woods, lunch at Dornan's with the Grand Teton practically in your lap, an afternoon spent with a park ranger, wildlife spotting, photography, a snowshoe hike with a guide into the nearby hills....or just sitting in the hot tub watching the snowflakes falling down.

A new discovery, our guests are raving about Wyoming Photo Experience.  A fantastic wilderness adventure for both photographers and non-photographers.  Very highly recommended.  (This is special, book in advance.)  Jim is often hard to reach because he is in the field so much, keep trying. 

Spend the day with Jack Stark, former Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park. He has had extensive experience guiding Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, foreign dignitaries and of course, our guests!  You will experience an incredible day.  Call Jack directly for details and tell him that you are staying at the Wildflower Inn.  Jack and Gail Stark.   307 733 3587.  (This is special...book in advance.)



Getting Here

American, Delta, Continental, Northwest and United all fly right into Jackson Hole. We are an easy 20-30 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport. You can also fly into Idaho Falls, Idaho (75 miles away) or Salt Lake City, Utah (5 hours away). There is a shuttle from both of these airports but once you arrive in Jackson Hole you will want a rental car, no matter where you choose to stay. Our valley bus system is still a work in progress and there is so much to see and do, you will want the freedom to come and go where you please. The roads are flat, well maintained and the parking is easy. Our local Hertz Office will all give you a car discount when staying with us.  

The Weather

People ask us all of the time if we had a bad winter....remember, a bad winter is onewhere we have no snow!! We love snow! Isn't Jackson Hole cold? Yes and no. It is very dry here and you will not feel the cold like you might at home.  So, don't be afraid when you hear temperatures of 10 degrees or so...you just need to dress in layers, turtle necks, sweaters, gloves, hats, warm boots. These items do not need to be expensive. Polar fleece is wonderful and if this is your first visit to snow country, borrow ski pants, parkas, etc from a friend who skis. And don't forget how nice it is to snuggle up in flannel sheets and a down comforter at the end of the day!

Packages

We are very happy to help you plan your activities once you arrive and we do not take "rebates" from any outfitters. We send you out with the guides that our guests have loved in the past. 

As far as ski packages go...you can walk up to the ticket office when you arrive and get almost the same rates that we can. So why pay in advance, when you might decide to take a day off from the slopes and try one of the above activities? We are very, very happy to help you with any plans, so just give us a call or drop us an e-mail.

The Christmas Holidays at the Wildflower Inn

Christmas in Jackson Hole is what dreams are made of.....

If you dream of a special Holiday this year.....imagine the Wildflower Inn at Christmas time.

The Inn, looking like a giant gingerbread house, is nestled in amongst the aspen trees with mounds of fluffy white snow everywhere, garlands of greenery and bows hang from each of the hand-crafted log balconies and fresh wreaths adorn each doorway...even the tool shed!  Fall gathered rosehips with their bright red berries accent the doorways and windows, huge pinecones fill baskets to the brim on the front porch and candles are tucked inside clay flower pots to serve as luminaries to line the walk ways at night. ( as if the sparkling stars in the sky need any help at this clear altitude!) You see sleds, snowshoes and skis piled on the front porch waiting for adventures.

The smell of Jessica's warm gingerbread moose cookies, (yes, moose) and  hot spiced cider simmering on the stove greet you when you open the front door.  You walk down the hall into the living area to see the crackling fire and the freshly cut tree groaning under a collection of ornaments.  Looking out through the windows towards the nearby mountains, you see fields of snow, untouched except for the occasional tracks of a moose. What a quiet, beautiful place to spend the Christmas Holidays. 

Each day can be a holiday memory......Whether you choose to snowshoe along the banks of the river, to go dog- sledding through the woods, build a snowman or to drink hot cocoa and read a good book before the roaring fire, there is so much to see and do in Jackson Hole during the winter season.  What a wonderful place to spend the holidays. 

We love Jackson Hole in Winter and we know that you will too.  Let us know if we can help you dream some new Christmas Memories.

 

 
   
 
 

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