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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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