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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/  

• 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.

Grand Teton Music Festival presents Community Concerts the second Friday of each month from October to April - These free concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church and spotlight professional musicians who call the Mountain West their home.  *ALERT: This event has been cancelled for 2020/21 due to concerns with Covid-19.

• Jackson Hole Moose Hockey games will be held Jan. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. in the Snow King Sports & Events Center. The team is back in action for their 24th season of hard-hitting ice hockey in Jackson Hole.

• Interdenominational weekly Sunday Services at the Bridger Gondola Summit - Participants ride the gondola up to the service in Rendezvous Lodge, and back down after. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Gondola ride to the service is complimentary without skis or snowboards; load at 9 a.m.; service starts 9:30 a.m.

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; 4 p.m.

GLOW Nights Celebration on Town Square - An exhibit of original artworks that employ light as a medium to celebrate the unique phenomena found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; 4 p.m.

New Moon Stargazing Program - Presented by Wyoming Stargazing at the Stillson parking lot in Wilson; witness celestial phenomena on the darkest night of the month with telescopes; 7 p.m.; sliding scale ($0-$15/person) suggested donation - wyomingstargazing.org

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.

29: 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

30: 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. Warming tent features refreshments.

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/  

• 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.

Grand Teton Music Festival presents Community Concerts the second Friday of each month from October to April - These free concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church and spotlight professional musicians who call the Mountain West their home. *ALERT: This event has been cancelled for 2020/21 due to concerns with Covid-19.

• Jackson Hole Moose Hockey games will be held Feb. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. in the Snow King Sports & Events Center. The team is back in action for their 24th season of hard-hitting ice hockey in Jackson Hole.

• Weekly Interdenominational Sunday Service at the Bridger Gondola Summit - Participants ride the gondola up to the service in Rendezvous Lodge, and back down after. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Gondola ride to the service is complimentary without skis or snowboards; load at 9 a.m.; service starts 9:30 a.m.

3-4: Special Olympics Wyoming Winter Games –  Competitions will take place at both Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Pines -  specialolympicswy.org

Banff Film Festival World Tour - This renown 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

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

Jackson Hole Exposed Photo Showdown 2020  - 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

16-21: 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

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

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 - artassociation.org

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 also offers a full-day Old Faithful Expedition.

GO TO AN ART SHOW!

Join the Art Association for an Anonymous Art Show & Sale on February 27, 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