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.
• "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
• Grand Teton National Park's Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose opens for the spring season March 5th. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28th. 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.
3: “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.
3: An Acoustic Evening with Anders Osborne - Guitarist and vocalist from New Orleans plays at Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org
3-5: 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.
4: "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
5: Grand Teton National Park's Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center opens - The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily - nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/ctdvc.htm
10-11: 26th Annual Town Downhill at Jackson Hole 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! Normally held at Snow King, this is the first time in 36 years it will be held at JHMR due to poor snow conditions on the King. - Jhskiclub.org
12, 2018/ National Theatre Live presents "Twelfth Night" - New twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity; Center for the Arts -
14: 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
15-18: 5th Annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous - The Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a 4-day lifestyle and music festival at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Read our story: Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival - jacksonhole.com
15: 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: Music Under the Tram series - Annual, free spring concert series featuring local bands; 3 p.m. - jacksonhole.com/music-under-tram
18: 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
21: The Met: Live in HD – "La Bohème" - World’s most popular opera returns with an exciting cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production; Center for the Arts -
22-25: The 42nd 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
24: 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
24: 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
31: Music Under the Tram series - Annual, free spring concert series featuring local bands; 3 p.m. - jacksonhole.com/music-under-tram
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 8th 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. EcoTour Adventures — one of Jackson Hole’s most popular wildlife tour operators — is also taking wildlife viewing in Grand Teton National Park to a whole new level for winter 2018 by offering half- or full-day, naturalist-led tours on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
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.
EcoTour's interpretive excursions offer an authentic, winter wildlife viewing experience. Half day snowshoe tour is $130; full day snowshoe or cross-country is $195. A combination snowshoe and wildlife safari van tour costs $225. Call 307-690-9533 for reservations.