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.
Ongoing: "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 7:30-9:30 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
3-4: "Oscars in the Hole" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - A spoof on Hollywood that takes a look at this year's Academy Awards. Dinner at 6:30 p.m./show @ 7:45. Runs through March 18. - jhplayhouse.com
4: “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.
4: Reggie Watts at Center for the Arts - Internationally renown beatboxer, musican and comedian performs - jhcenterforthearts.org
5: "First Sundays" event at National Museum of Wildlife Art - Celebrate one of the oldest masterpieces in the museum's collection, "The Peaceable Kingdom," by Edward Hicks. Music and complimentary snacks available. - wildlifeart.org
6: Free Public Planetarium Program - Take an indoor virtual tour of the Solar System and the Milky Way Galaxy with Wyoming Stargazing inside an inflatable planetarium. Free. 3;30 p.m. at Teton County Library. - wyomingstargazing.org
6: "Oscars in the Hole" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - A spoof on Hollywood that takes a look at this year's Academy Awards. Dinner at 6:30 p.m./show @ 7:45. Runs through March 18. Call 307-733-6994 for tickets. - jhplayhouse.com
8: The Met-Live in HD: “Rusalka,” at the Center for the Arts – Presented by the Grand Teton Music Festival. Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” 7 p.m. - jhcenterforthearts.org
8: "Oscars in the Hole" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - A spoof on Hollywood that takes a look at this year's Academy Awards. Dinner at 6:30 p.m./show @ 7:45. Runs through March 18. Call 307-733-6994 for tickets. - jhplayhouse.com
7-10: Grand Teton Music Festival presents Winter Music. This three-day series sponsored by the Grand Teton Music Festival includes performances at the Center for the Arts as well as other locations around Jackson Hole. - Gtmf.org
10-11: "Oscars in the Hole" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - A spoof on Hollywood that takes a look at this year's Academy Awards. Dinner at 6:30 p.m./show @ 7:45. Runs through March 18. Call 307-733-6994 for tickets. - jhplayhouse.com
10-11: Laff Staff at Center for the Arts - Jackson Hole's improv comedy troupe performs - jhcenterforthearts.org
11-12: Town Downhill @ Snow King Mountain. 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
12: Jackalope Jump: The annual freezin’ for a reason fundraiser benefits Teton County Special Olympic athletes. Held at Snow King Mountain, participants donate $50 to leap into a swimming pool filled with icy water. Specialolympicswy.org
12: The Snow King Pond Skim Contest is one of the craziest, most creative and all-out “funnest” winter event in all of Jackson Hole. Watch as dozens of skiers and ‘boarders try to make their way across a temporary pond built at the base of Snow King Mountain. The hilarity of the daring doers ensues between 2-5 p.m.
13 & 15: "Oscars in the Hole" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - A spoof on Hollywood that takes a look at this year's Academy Awards. Dinner at 6:30 p.m./show @ 7:45. Runs through March 18. Call 307-733-6994 for tickets. - jhplayhouse.com
16: Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Film Tour - The original and preeminent fly fishing cinema featuring films from around the world, held at the Center for the Arts. - jhcenterforthearts.org
16: Jackson Hole Gallery Association Third Thursday Art Walk - Galleries are open late, from 5-8 p.m., featuring new art work, opening of a show or simply offering art and a glass of wine - jacksonholegalleryassociation.com
17-18: "Oscars in the Hole" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - A spoof on Hollywood that takes a look at this year's Academy Awards. Dinner at 6:30 p.m./show @ 7:45. Runs through March 18. Call 307-733-6994 for tickets. - jhplayhouse.com
17-18: The 4th Annual Rendezvous Spring Festival brings some big name musicians to Jackson Hole every year; this year Zac Brown Band will make its second consecutive appearance! The three-day lifestyle and music festival is held at two locations — Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and on the Town Square in downtown Jackson Hole. Zac Brown Band will perform in Teton Village on the Saturday of the festival at 6:30 p.m. Friday’s performance is at 5 p.m. in Town Square. The festival closes out at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Free. Tickets are required for Zac Brown, however: $40 for visitors. Read our story: Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival - Jacksonhole.com
19: Marmot Coombs Classic. Named in honor of the late legendary skier Doug Coombs of Jackson Hole, this event invites you to ski/ride the Big One (as the Aerial Tram is affectionately called). You’ll get a raffle entry for each run you make up the Headwall, or on Casper Traverse (Mr. Toad’s). Jacksonhole.com
23: The Met-Live in HD: "La Traviata," at the Center for the Arts - Presented by the Grand Teton Music Festival. The Metropolitan Opera presents a Willy Decker revival of Verdi's great masterpiece. 7 p.m. - jhcenterforthearts.org
March 25: Pole Pedal Paddle. Pole, pedal, paddle. Say that 10 times quickly and it’s only a sliver as much fun as the real deal. This annual event takes hundreds of participants and spectators from the top of Rendezvous Mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to the road and then onto the Snake River. Consisting of an alpine ski leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg and a boating leg, it kicks off at 8 a.m. Jhskiclub.org
March 23-26: The 41st 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
More Fun Things To Try
• GO PARAGLIDING!
Taking a winter "flight" with Jackson Hole Paragliding from atop Rendezvous Mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a bucket list item for anyone and everyone! Through April 9th when the resort closes and the Aerial Tram stops running for winter season, you can take a tandem flight at 10:45 a.m., noon, 1 or 2 p.m. Of course the ability to paraglide is weather dependent. For reservations and information, call 307-739-2626 or 307-690-8726 or visit jhparagliding.com.
• 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.
• Take a snowshoe tour
Snowshoe hiking tours with The Hole Hiking Experience through Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton Forest allow you to get up close and personal with nature and the spectacular environment of Jackson Hole.
Hole Hiking offers a number of tours, from a 2-hour Sampler to a full day snowshoe and dog sled opportunity.
For reservations and information call 866-733-4453 or visit holehike.com.