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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:

• Ice skating on Town Square and in Teton Village! Rent a pair of skates for $15 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 $15 in the warming hut beside the rink.

• Jackson Hole Moose Hockey games at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow King Sports & Events Center.

Enjoy free live music every day at the Mangy Moose from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Wyoming Stargazing offers free, year-round, public stargazing events every (clear sky) Thursday,   when the temperature is above zero degrees Fahrenheit,  in the northwest corner of the Stilson parking lot off Hwy. 390 and 22, behind the bus hut where there are no lights. Astronomy educators use one of their large aperture telescopes to show you planets, stars, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and more. There is no need to reserve your spot in advance; just come and go as you please.

• GLOW Nights Celebration in Teton Village - An exhibit of original artworks that employ light as a medium to celebrate the unique phenomena found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

• The iconic Jackson Hole Hootenanny takes place every Monday night at 6 p.m. in the Silver Dollar Showroom in the Wort Hotel.

8: JH Nordic Alliance 5th Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, Snowshoe Event at Turpin Meadow Ranch - Bring your own skis recommended to use between free demos and tours; 10 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. Register online at turpinmeadowranch.com.

Jackson Winter Film Fest at Center for the Arts - Presented by SheJumps; 6:30 p.m.; a night full of ski and snowboard films that focus on diverse athletes and highlight some of the talent within the Tetons. - jhcenterforthearts.org

21: Winter People's Market - From 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lodge of Jackson Hole


26: "Down Under the Tram Australia Day" at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - From 4-6 p.m. in Village Commons; Aussie tunes, free beer (while it lasts) and giveaways.

27: Annual 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! Events start @ 5 p.m.; races @6:30  wyomingstagestop.org

Ice Skating on the Jackson Hole Town Square

February Events

Ongoing:

Snake River Brewing hosts après-ski live music with the Tram Jam band on Tuesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

• Ice skating on Town Square and in Teton Village! Rent a pair of skates for $15 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 $15 in the warming hut beside the rink.

Enjoy free live music every day at the Mangy Moose from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Wyoming Stargazing offers free, year-round, public stargazing events every (clear sky) Thursday,   when the temperature is above zero degrees Fahrenheit, in the northwest corner of the Stilson parking lot off Hwy. 390 and 22, behind the bus hut where there are no lights. Astronomy educators use one of their large aperture telescopes to show you planets, stars, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and more. There is no need to reserve your spot in advance; just come and go as you please.

• Jackson Hole Moose Hockey games will be held on February TBA and TBA in the Snow King Sports & Events Center at 7:30 p.m.

• The iconic Jackson Hole Hootenanny takes place every Monday night at 6 p.m. in the Silver Dollar Showroom in the Wort Hotel.

Jackson Winter Film Fest, presented by SheJumps - A night full of ski and snowboard films that focus on diverse athletes and highlight some of the talent within the Tetons at The Center Theater - jhcenterforthearts.org

3: Annual Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race - The Alpine leg (just 40 mins. south of Jackson through the Snake River Canyon) starts at 9 a.m. at the Greys River trailhead parking lot. The warming tent features refreshments.

2-4: 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

"Jackson on Ice" - World Junior Champion and Olympic competitor Daniel Samohin,
as well as other US national competitors, will be putting on free skating performances at 6:30 p.m. on the Town Square Ice Rink in downtown Jackson.- gtsa.us

Coney Classic Alpine Skijor and Dog Party - Cross-country ski races with dogs; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; refreshments. - alpinewy.org

Banff Film Festival World Tour - This renowned film festival comes to town with screenings at Jackson Hole High School at 7 p.m. both Thursday and Friday; $15 per night or $25 for both. 

18: Winter People's Market - From 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lodge of Jackson Hole's Conference Room

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

Jackson Hole Exposed Photo Showdown 2023  - Center for the Arts; six pro photographers go head to head in a photo showdown style event. Each photographer will show their 5-minute slide show of accumulative images shot from the past three days around Jackson Hole, with one day to edit, capturing the essence of the backcountry ski and snowboard culture that surrounds the Tetons. - jhcenterforthearts.org

47th Annual Cutter Races - Chariot races held in Afton (WY) at 12:30 p.m.; $20 admission fee with all proceeds going to Shriner's Hospital. - jhshriners.org

Family Roundup: Cats and Dogs at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - Kids can climb aboard a snowcat and meet the resort's rescue dog in the Kids Ranch from 4-5 p.m.; free - tetonvillagewy.org

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

Family Roundup: Teton Raptor Center presentation - 4-5 p.m.; meet birds of prey in the Four Seasons Resort library; free

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 $27 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 also offers a full-day Old Faithful Expedition.

 

SOAK IN THE NEW HOT SPRINGS PARK

Astoria Hot Springs, located just 15 minutes south of Jackson, it boasts five soaking/swimming pools. Reservations are required in advance for one of three daily soaking times of two-hour-fifteen-minute sessions. There is also a new Cold Plunge Pool. Visit astoriahotspringspark.org.

GO TO AN ART SHOW!

Join the Art Association for an Anonymous Art Show & Sale on TBA 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.

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