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Things To Do in January and February in Jackson Hole

Winter in Jackson Hole features more than just skiing. From dog sled races to ice skating and other annual winter events, there's a myriad of fun things to do in January and February in Jackson Hole, both on and off the slopes.
International Stage Stop Sled Dog Race

No doubt about it: Ski season is in full swing in Jackson Hole during the months of January and February. But there are other winter pastimes and events available for you and your family to experience while you're in the Tetons.

Here is our round-up of what's going on.

January Events

Ongoing:

• "Feathered Fridays" at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street from noon-2 p.m. every Friday. 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

• Ice skating on Town Square and in Teton Village! Rent a pair of skates for $10 at the Stage Stop Building on the square and experience the novelty of skating in the middle of downtown; free if you have your own skates. Hours: 4:30-9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The skating rink in Teton Village Commons area is also free from 3 to 9 p.m. daily, and skate rentals are available for $12 in the warming hut beside the rink.

9: Free Public Planetarium Program - A free, indoor virtual tour of the solar system, offered by Wyoming Stargazing inside its inflatable planetarium at the Teton County Library auditorium. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – wyomingstargazing.org

10: The Center For the Arts Presents "An Evening with Rufus Wainwright" - jhcenterforthearts.org

18: The Center For the Arts Presents The Victor Wooten Trio - Featuring Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini - jhcenterforthearts.org

21: The Center For the Arts Presents "National Theatre Live: Peter Pan" - jhcenterforthearts.org

26: The Center For the Arts Presents The Moth: Mainstage - jhcenterforthearts.org

26: Down Under the Tram: Australia Day - Celebrate Australia Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort! Free beer, while it lasts. Aussie tunes and great giveaways too! 4 to 6 p.m. in Teton Village Commons.

26: International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race - This family-friendly event will feature sled dogs, mushers, refreshments and fireworks, right in the middle of Jackson Town Square! - wyomingstagestop.org

31-Feb. 3: 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

Ice Skating on the Jackson Hole Town Square

February Events

Ongoing:

• "Feathered Fridays" at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street from noon-2 p.m. every Friday. 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

• Ice skating on Town Square and in Teton Village! Rent a pair of skates for $10 at the Stage Stop Building on the square and experience the novelty of skating in the middle of downtown; free if you have your own skates. Hours: 4:30-9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The skating rink in Teton Village Commons area is also free from 3 to 9 p.m. daily, and skate rentals are available for $12 in the warming hut beside the rink.

1-3: 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

1-4: Kings & Queens of Corbet's Freeride Event - Watch as skiers and snowboarders take on the famous Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in a new competition. - jacksonhole.com

3: Coney Classic Alpine Skijor and Dog Party - Cross-country ski races with dogs; 11 a.m.; refreshments. - alpinewy.org

7-8: Special Olympics Wyoming Winter Games –  Competitions will take place at both Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Pines -  specialolympicswy.org

7: Grand Teton Music Festival and Center of Wonder co-present "The Met: Live in HD: Tosca" - Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org

16-21: Wild West Classic at Snow King - Elite Giant Slalom/Slalom

17: Moose Chase Nordic Race - The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club’s 25th Annual Moose Chase Nordic ski race will take place at the Trail Creek Nordic Center.  This premier Nordic race includes a 30k (that skis like a 50k), a 15k, 5k, 3k and a free 1/2k.  Athletes can skate or classic ski the course. - jhskiclub.org

18: Family Roundup: Cats and Dogs at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - Kids can climb aboard a snowcat and meet the resort's rescue dog - tetonvillagewy.org

19: Family Roundup: Ice Skating on the Commons - 4-6 p.m.; rentals $12 in warming hut

20: Family Roundup: Teton Raptor Center presentation - 4-5 p.m.; meet birds of prey in Hotel Terra

More Fun Things To Try

SEE WILDLIFE ON THE ELK REFUGE

January and February are the prime winter months for viewing wildlife here in Jackson Hole, especially out on the National Elk Refuge. Horse-drawn sleigh rides on the refuge are offered daily —and they hold the promise of spotting more than just the thousands of elk that winter out there every year. Bison, coyotes and foxes can also be seen mingling with the elk or on the outskirts of the refuge. You'll also be able to watch eagles and hawks flying overhead, too.

Sleigh rides run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Buy tickets at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center located at 532 North Cache St., just a few blocks north of Jackson's Town Square. Reservations are suggested, as the sleigh rides are run on a first come, first served basis. Cost: Adults $21 and ages 5-12, $15. Kids 4 and under ride for free. For more information, call (307) 733-0277 or 1 (800) 772-5386.

TAKE A SNOWCOACH THROUGH YELLOWSTONE

Yellowstone National Park is closed to cars during the winter, which means the only way to access the world’s first national park is by hopping on a snowmobile or snowcoach. Snowcoach tours provide a warmer, more social and relaxing alternative to snowmobiling. They also offer guided interpretations of the wildlife, history and geological features of the world’s first national park.

Tours are offered from December 15th through March 15thScenic Safaris and Teton Science Schools’ Wildlife Expeditions are the only two outfitters making snowcoach journeys available to you from Jackson Hole.  

  • Scenic Safaris’s full-day Old Faithful Tour will take you to the famous grand, old geyser, making several stops along the way to learn about the park's history and winter wildlife (think lots of bison!), view thermal features, and, of course, take pictures. Cost: $250-$375 per adult and $125-$225 per child    
  • Teton Science Schools’ Wildlife Expeditions offers a full-day Old Faithful Expedition as well as a Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Trip. Cost: Between $375 and $400.