24 Hours In Jackson Hole Update: The Winter Edition

by Sabrina Smelko

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition One of my favorite things about these City Guides is seeing how much they change over the years with the ebb and flow of time. Stores open, stores close; cities develop and grow, and sometimes they even stay exactly the same, quaint as can be. Just over two years ago, Meagan Murtagh, blogger behind The Egg Out West, put together her Jackson Hole City Guide for us. Since then, a lot has changed in this great city and a lot has stayed the same but one thing is for sure, this valley city in Wyoming is a different place in the winter than it is in the summer. So today Meagan is back to share her Jackson Hole winter city guide! –Sabrina

Photos by Ashley Merritt Photography

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

The first time I laid eyes on The Grand Teton I thought for certain I was not in the United States. I had never before seen a mountain range so stunning anywhere in the West. I headed out for a quick trip right after college and seven years later, I’m still here. The lifestyle, the people, and the beauty tend to suck you in. In the last few years, we’ve seen a movement in both the food and entrepreneurial scenes, which really excites me. With the tax benefits of Wyoming, it is easy to see why small businesses are relocating here. The community truly is a special one with folks from all over the world. Giving, gracious, adventurous, and joyful are all words that come to mind when I think of the people who make up our mountain town. As a realtor, small business owner, and blogger, I absolutely love showing off this beautiful valley I call home.

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

The place to be during the winter months is in Teton Village, at the base of the legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Our slopes may be steep but there really is something for everyone, from novice skier to extreme athlete. The Après-Ski scene and local restaurants are top-notch and full of character. You really can’t go wrong while visiting Jackson Hole in the winter!

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

8 am: Grab a coffee at the General Store at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

8:30 am: Jump in line for the Tram! Mingle with your buddies, learn about the conditions for the day on the slopes, and try to scope out famous local skiers and snowboarders like that hunk Travis Rice.

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

9 am: Lifts open! Hop on the next Tram car and make your way to the top for some legendary pre-ski waffles at Corbet’s Cabin. Waffles at 10,450 ft with insane views is always a guaranteed great way to start your ski day.

Noon: When it’s time to stop for lunch or a ski break, I recommend Osteria for a quick refuel.  Their oven-fired pizzas are delicious…the Guido Sarducci is a must-try!

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

1:30 pm: If I ski hard all morning, I love to treat myself to a quick dip in the hot tub. The Four Seasons pool is a dream. The hotel offers an array of incredible spa services that are perfect for your sore muscles.  *Note: The outdoor pool is for guests only.

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

3:30 pm: After skiing, I love to stroll around the shops at Teton Village to loosen my legs and get ready for Après-ski (which some consider a sport entirely on its own). Rodeo is always up-to-date with the latest fashion trends and I love looking at their jewelry. Wool & Whiskey has great men’s apparel and a full whiskey bar! MADE in Hotel Terra is the best place to grab a quick gift or a little something to take home. If I need to get my skis tuned or waxed, I always drop them with the guys at Pepi’s.

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

4 pm: Après time! My friends and I are usually famished after a hard day on the Hill. Our usual meeting place is The Spur with a big plate of nachos waiting for us. We also love The Q Roadhouse for their BBQ, fried pickles, and hand crafted brews. Okay, let’s be honest, the pickles are usually just for me.

6 pm: If I’m not totally stuffed from nachos and beers, I head on over to Teton Thai for the most incredible Thai food. (It’s been voted as some of the best Thai food in the States). If you are looking for a more mountain-y feel for dinner, I highly recommend Stiegler’s Restaurant for Austrian food and schnapps.

Jackson Hole City Guide Update: Winter Edition

10 pm:  The Mangy Moose Saloon is the best place to be for nightly entertainment after a day of skiing.  Local musicians are my personal favorite to see take the stage. Sneaky Pete and The Secret Weapon, Whiskey Mornin, and PTO are a few of my must-see local bands to get my boogie on!




Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours

National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

Dog Sled Tours

Cross Country Skiing

Yellowstone Snow Coach Tours



Teton Village Sports

Jackson Hole Treehouse

Wilson Formal


Eat + Drink:

Village Cafe

Elevated Grounds

Aspens Market



Nora’s Fish Creek Inn



The Alpenhof

Hotel Terra

Snake River Lodge & Spa

Teton Mountain Lodge

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  • I’m disappointed. This post is about Teton Village, not the town of Jackson. Still good information, but not what’s advertised in the intro as an update to the town. I’d love more on the town of Jackson itself. Persephone should be mentioned. And in the spirit of accuracy, Meagan’s first post was less than 2 years ago, not “just over two years ago.

  • It wasn’t mentioned, but snowshoeing is another popular activity during the winter in the Tetons. Two of the most popular hiking trails, Taggart Lake and Leigh Lake, are also excellent places to snowshoe.

  • Bummer! I share the same sentiment as the commenter above me. More of a Teton Village guide – not Jackson Hole (which has a lot more to offer!)… :(

  • Well, the whole area is called Jackson Hole, the town is just Jackson. So Teton village is in Jackson Hole, right? I love the town of Jackson, but if you follow the link to the previous guide, it covers all the good stuff in town (and not much has changed, tho Persephone is a great addition). Agree about snowshoeing in the Tetons – we rented them from Skinny Skis and they had great advice. Definitely stop at Dornan’s after for a beer and to check out their wine shop!

  • Don’t fret! We wanted to focus on The Village for Winter activities as it is the “Winter Edition”, as well as only 24 hrs. Summer and a totally new guide is just around the corner…. :) Also keep in mind that I can’t simply list every awesome business as the list would go on for days! Everything in this Town is amazing and I happily back any shop, restaurant, or small business. Thanks for reading!

  • I thought this was a great synopsis of what to do on the mountain…if you expand (per other requests above) would you please also considering doing one for summer? We have been in winter but never in summer!!! Lucky you to be out there all year. Thanks for posting!

  • Gorgeous town for outdoor activities – Winter & Summer. All that activity inspired a quest for the best burger in town. In Jackson it’s at The Bird.