Ski Jackson Hole with the Family
Whether you’re looking for a great place to ski with the kids this snowy season, or simply want to spend your next winter family vacation surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, Jackson Hole is the place to visit! From exploring protected park lands, to carving through powdery ski slopes, to partaking in fun snow activities, to visiting galleries and museums, there’s something for everyone in the beautiful Jackson Hole valley.
As if having the majestic Teton Mountain Range in constant view isn’t enough to draw you in, here is a list of fun ways to make the most of your time in Jackson Hole, WY:
Ski & Stay at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers ski services for all ages. Kids Ranch is an area where tiny skiers and snowboarders can get their start, build their skills, and have fun with other youngsters. The Pioneer Ski & Snowboard Lessons cater specifically to preschoolers (must be potty trained!). Kindergarten and first graders can sign up for Rough Riders Ski and Snowboard Lessons, while the Explorer Ski & Snowboard Lessons are for kids from second grade through ninth grade.
Want more kid-oriented fun? Kids Night Out is a fun way for children to interact with other young people in a supervised environment. From 6pm to 9pm your child can play games, go sledding, watch movies, and make new friends while mom and dad get a much needed break. Reservations are required, so check what dates are available during your stay and book now!
Ski & Stay at Snow King Resort
Want to ski for free this winter? Book the Snow King Ski Free package and enjoy lodgings and lift tickets for Snow King Resort, as well as daily breakfast for each member of the family. If you love western-inspired decor, this resort is sure to please. Bask in a traditional western ambiance and delight in being extremely close to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Families staying at the Snow King Hotel will have instant access to downtown Jackson Hole and its historic Town Square. The town is filled with art galleries, restaurants, and shops for all ages. Make sure to purchase some souvenirs!
Interested in taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through beautiful winter landscapes? Opening just in time for the holidays, the National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides takes families through herds of elk who call the Tetons their home. You may even see some additional wildlife during the trip, so have little ones keep their eyes open for foxes, wolves, and bison.
Open daily from 10am to 4pm. Purchase tickets from the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center.
Snowcoach Tours of Yellowstone
Experience the wonder of Yellowstone National Park from the comfort of a snowcoach as you are chauffeured around the park grounds, passing by famous landmarks like Old Faithful along the way. Families will ride with a knowledgeable tour guide who will point out wildlife and offer information about the park and it’s rich history.
This tour is for families who are ready for an all-day adventure (about 11 or 12 hours long) and provides great opportunities for photographs. Don’t forget the camera!
Both Snow King Resort and Grand Targhee Ski Resort have opportunities for snow tubing at their tubing parks. Little ones and grown-ups alike will be smiling ear to ear as they glide down the tubing lanes at top speeds!
Snow King Resort is home to King Tubes, open Friday through Sunday from early December to late March. Visitors to King Tubes can use a tow rope to get from the end of the runs back to the top for continuous riding.
At Grand Targhee Ski Resort, families can hit the tubing runs Wednesday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 7pm during winter season. Must be at least 42 inches tall to ride and enjoy these exciting tube parks.
Winter Wildlife Safari Tours
Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris has exciting opportunities for families visiting during the winter months. The Half Day Winter Safari Tour includes a light breakfast and a trip to both the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park. The Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari Tour consists of a trip to these two attractions, as well as a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. You’ll see everything from wolves, bison, and foxes, to deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on these tours, making it a must-do for animal lovers.
Lucky for parents, Jackson Hole provides more than just snow activities for children. Pay a visit to the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and let kids run free among the many interactive exhibits that invite them to learn about art, science, and history through play and problem solving.
Little ones can get lost in the Backyard Children’s Garden, have a blast at the Imagination Playground, experiment with light and shadow in The Shadow Zone, or act like real archaeologists at the Digging Detectives exhibits. The Tot Spot caters to toddlers, while The Clubhouse Kitchen & Community room welcomes all to sit down for a yummy snack.
Open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Monday from 10am to 3pm.
Don’t let the fact that this is an art museum make you think twice about taking your children. The National Museum of Wildlife Art has made sure to provide playful environments that cater specifically to kids.
Families should head straight to the Children’s Discovery Gallery, an interactive environment where children can follow their own interests as they browse the hands-on exhibits. Kids can request Critter Cases from the front desk, which are filled with items that will help them connect with the art pieces as they explore the museum.
Open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
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