Here in Jackson Hole, you’ll discover March comes in like a lion and leaves like one, too! The fun factor for the end of the winter season in and around the ski areas is amped up for visitors and locals alike.
After checking out the calendar, see our "More Fun Things To Do" section below for a few unique activities to experience this month, too.
• "Feathered Fridays" at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street from noon-2 p.m. every Friday through the end of March. The program features naturalists and educators from the Raptor Center and the National Elk Refuge, along with a variety of live raptors on the glove. There is no beginning, middle or end to this free program during the two hours. Call 800-772-5386 or visit fws.gov/refuge/national_elk_refuge/
• Also on Fridays: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org
• Grand Teton National Park's Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose opens for the spring season March 11th. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April. The center's exhibits will be open and interpretive park rangers will be available to provide information, orient visitors to the park's resources and recreational opportunities and answer questions.
• Interdenominational Sunday Sunrise Service at the Gondola Summit - Participants ride the gondola up to the service, and back down before the mountain opens. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, as the service will be outside, weather permitting. Gondola ride to the service is complimentary; load at 6:15 a.m.; service starts 6:45 a.m.
2: “Music Under the Tram” series starts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Presented between 3-6 p.m. every Saturday through March, the series features different local bands each week.
1-3: Dick’s Ditch Classic Banked Slalom - This two-day ski and snowboard event at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort features 18 categories for both amateurs and professionals.
3: "First Sundays" event at National Museum of Wildlife Art - Music and complimentary snacks available. - wildlifeart.org
7-9: "Chicago, the Musical" presented by Riot Act theater company - At Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village; 7 p.m.; for tickets visit riotactinc.org
8-10: College Rendezvous Weekend at Jackson HoleMountain Resort - An annual free weekend full of music, with bands playing on the stage below the tram at 3 p.m. each day - jacksonhole.com
9-10: 37th Annual Town Downhill at Snow King Mountain Resort - Jackson Hole is one of the last places in the country to organize and support a non-sanctioned downhill race. This beloved local event features divisions for pro, recreation, Telemark, junior, fat and baggy, and snowboard. More than 200 competitors show up every year! - Jhskiclub.org
9: Marmot Coombs Classic - Ski/ride the Big One at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with friends and family in honor of legendary skier and Marmot athlete Doug Coombs. - jacksonhole.com
13: Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Film Tour - The original and preeminent fly fishing cinema featuring films from around the world; Center for the Arts. - jhcenterforthearts.org
14: WhoDunnit? Anonymous Art Show & Sale at Center for the Arts - The Art Association of Jackson Hole's annual and popular event where partygoers bid on new works donated by 200+ artists and guess WhoDunnit? Art is available for one night only; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Center's lobby (see below for more details) - artassociation.org
14-16: "Chicago, the Musical" presented by Riot Act theater company - At Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village; 7 p.m.; for tickets visit riotactinc.org
15-17: 6th Annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous - The Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a 3-day lifestyle and music festival at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Read our story: Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival - jacksonhole.com
16: Music Under the Tram series - Annual, free spring concert series featuring local bands; 3 p.m. - jacksonhole.com/music-under-tram
17: CoombsFest at Snow King Mountain - Skiing celebration and fundraiser for Coombs Foundation; free
17: Family Round-Up: St Patrick's Day Art Project - Kid's Ranch at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; 4-5 p.m.; free
17: Asleep at the Wheel performs at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar - The 10-time Grammy award-winning band returns to the Cowboy Bar for a St. Patrick’s Day performance.
18: Family Round-Up: Cats and Dogs - Kid's Ranch at JHMR; 4-5 p.m.; free. Meet an avalanche dog and get a tour of a snowcat.
19: Family Round-Up: Indoor Planetarium With Wyoming Stargazing - Walk Festival Hall; 4-5 p.m.; free
20: Family Round-Up: Free Raptor Night - Four Season's Resort; 4-5 p.m.; free. Hawks, Eagles, Owls, and Falcons take the center stage. Experience an incredible, up-close learning opportunity with live birds of prey presented by the Teton Raptor Center.
21: Jackson Hole Gallery Association Third Thursday Art Walk - Galleries are open late, from 5-8 p.m., featuring new artwork, an opening of a show or simply offering art and a glass of wine - jacksonholegalleryassociation.com
21-24: The 4th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Climb will be held at Snow King Mountain by the Jackson Hole Snow Devils. The extremely popular event features machines struggling to get up the 1,500-foot vertical rise mountain. Snowdevils.org
23: Pole Pedal Paddle Race - A five-event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams in an alpine ski leg, a running leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. - jhskiclub.org
23: Music Under the Tram series - Annual, free spring concert series featuring local bands; 3 p.m. - jacksonhole.com/music-under-tram
25: Last day of skiing at Snow King Mountain - snowkingmountain.com
30: Music Under the Tram series - Annual, free spring concert series featuring local bands; 3 p.m. - jacksonhole.com/music-under-tram
31: Interdenominational Sunrise Easter Service at the Gondola Summit - Participants will ride the gondola up to the service, and back down before the mountain opens. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, as the service will be outside, weather permitting. Gondola ride to the service is complimentary; load at 6:15 a.m.; service starts 6:45 a.m.
More Fun Things To Do
• GO TO AN ART SHOW!
Join the Art Association for an Anonymous Art Show & Sale on March 14, where partygoers bid on new works donated by 200+ artists and guess WhoDunnit?
Art is available for one night only and will be on offer in three bidding categories: 6x6 size at $99, 12x12 size at $299, and 18x18 size available via silent auction. This year’s featured artists include locals Scotty Craighead, Wendell Field, Katy Ann Fox, Nicole Gaitan, Jennifer Hoffman, and Travis Walker.
Like the classic game of "Clue," would-be art buyers will circle the gallery trying to figure out the mystery artist while jotting their own names on a piece of paper hung beneath the canvas they hope to take home. New this year will be a selection of jewelry by notable metalsmiths, as well as artwork by Art Association Outreach program artists and youth students.
Each ticket includes bite-size appetizers, fine wines donated by The Liquor Store, locally crafted beer from Roadhouse Brewing, and a dessert bar created by Lady in the Wild West.
VIP tickets for $100 give early entrance to the show at 5 p.m. for a champagne toast, artist meet-and-greet, and sneak peek of the artwork. General tickets cost $25, and children 10 and under can attend for free. All tickets are available online (artassociation.org) and in person through The Center for the Arts box office.
Enjoy the evening knowing that all proceeds directly benefit art education for ages 1 to 100, as well as community outreach programs partnering with 35 valley organizations.
• VISIT THE HISTORIC MILLER HOUSE ON THE ELK REFUGE
The Miller House on the National Elk Refuge will be open to the public later this month for a unique winter visit to the site. Though the Miller House is only open seasonally from late May to mid-September, refuge staff will open the door to the historic landmark on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Miller House is located on the Refuge Road, ¾ mile north of the refuge’s entrance at the end of East Broadway Avenue in Jackson. Entrance to the Miller House is free of charge.
With daylight savings kicking in this month, one of the programs offered at the Miller House will focus on a common source of light for homesteaders. Visitors will have the opportunity to make candles, using the traditional method of candle dipping. Dressed in period homesteading clothing, staff from the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum will be on hand to explain the process and guide candle makers of all ages through the process of repeatedly dipping a weighted wick between a beeswax vat and a cool water bath to create the layers that form the tapered candle. Participants will be able to take home the souvenir candle they create that day.
A second craft will focus on fun over function: Visitors can make a thaumatrope, a paper Victorian optical toy popular in the 19th century. Crafters draw a different picture on either side of a round paper disk, then attach a string to each side. When the string is wound up and released, the card rapidly spins and merges the two pictures. Creative artists can strategically place their drawings on the disk to make a variety of fun optical illusions.
• VISIT GRANITE HOT SPRINGS
How about a relaxing soak in a 112-degree natural hot springs pool? Granite Hot Springs in the Gros Ventre Mountains is a favorite destination for locals and visitors year 'round but is a particularly special experience during the winter. Reachable only by snowmobile, dog sled, fat bike or on cross country skis in the wintertime, the hot springs is 10 miles in from Hwy 191 on a snow-covered road. You'll pass by beautiful scenery, perhaps some wildlife and the spectacular Granite Falls on your way.