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Heading to Jackson Hole on Feb 1 what else should we plan to do other than ski?

post #1 of 11
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JH has been on my bucket list for a very long time.  We'll be staying at the ski area, right at the base of the lifts.  But, my question is, what else should we do while we're there?  We've heard so many good excursions from snowmobiling in Yellowstone, to nature sleigh rides, to driving tours to see the wildlife.

 

What I'd like to get is some personal history and recommendations.  If we're going to take one day off from skiing, what should we do?

 

Thanks,

 

Bob

 

PS, we will have a car.

post #2 of 11

I have skied JH for 10 consecutive years for about a week. Here are some of my suggestions:

 

Saturday night Feb 1 head to the Million Dollar Cowboy bar and bring your two step dancing shoes. 

 

Restaurants:

 

The Gun Barrel - expensive but if you like history and like to see old very old museum guns this is the place.  After trying the ELK multiple times I would not recommend it. Other dinners are very good. 

 

Rendezvous Bistro - exceptional well prepared food at medium price.

 

Alpenhof - has reasonable lunch afternoon meals that are very good. 

 

Mangy Moose - of course

 

Other adventures you may not have thought of:

 

National Elk Refuge - Backside of National Elk Refuge on National Elk Refuge Rd which is off town of Jackson Hole -  E Broadway.  Go there just before dusk.  Look for Wolves and Big Horn Sheep .  Stop and talk to others in their cars to find out if they have seen anything. Bring binoculars.   Look for Moose in the backyard of residents in town just before you get on Elk Refuge Rd. 

 

National Museum of Wildlife Art- The top floor had a telescope that you can zoom in on a single ELK out on the Elk Refuge.

 

Bannff Mountain Film Festival - Feb 8, 9 2014 Tickets on sale at Skinny skis .  This is an awesome film festival you can enjoy with JH Locals

post #3 of 11

All that Catskills said plus you really must go ski a day (at least) at Targhee.

 

I don't know if you want to go cross-country skiing or not, but if you have a sunny day it's very cool to go ski in Grand Teton National Park and then have lunch at Dornan's (in Moose) and look out the giant picture windows of the bar at the full Teton Range.

 

For another restaurant choice, we love Stiegler's in the Aspens, just four miles south of Teton Village.

 

One more shameless plug - the JH ski school is now doing free tours of the mountain with an instructor on weekday afternoons at 1:15pm.  

 

Here's the schedule:

 

Monday - anyone is invited

Tuesday - anyone invited but the tour is aimed more toward nature and environmental highlights of the ski resort

Wednesday - Tour by women instructors and for women

Thursday - "Still on the Hill" skiers/boarders. Aimed at "mature" riders.

Friday - Snowboarders

 

I'm scheduled to be one of the instructors for the Monday and Thursday sessions (except for days when I'm not in town).  

 

The only requirement to participate is that each person should be a strong enough parallel skier to be able to do blue runs comfortably.  It's free and no signup is required.  You just show up at the Private Lesson Meeting Place next to the lift ticket windows in the Bridger Center at 1:10 to 1:15 in the afternoon.  Come join me - it's been kind of lonely the last couple times.

 

Have fun!

post #4 of 11

I expect to be arriving in JH on Sat. so I'll be there Monday Jan. 27, for sure.

post #5 of 11

Yellowstone is a magical place especially in winter.  That being said, it is difficult to really do YS in less than 3-4 days -- it takes a good .5-.75 days just to travel there.  I just returned from YS on the backend of a visit to Big Sky and it was fantastic. But you are going to have to decide if you can really devote the time it requires (and deserves).

 

Dornan's is one of our favorite places in Jackson Hole (the name of the valley).  The pizza is to die for and the views spectacular.  And the wine shop isn't too shabby either...

 

Mike

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks, gang.  Excellent info.  We are going to drive over to Targhee for a day and we're really looking forward to the trip.  I hope the dry spell ends soon.

 

Bob

 

PS, Bob Peters, I am PSIA Level III and will come to your Monday or Thursday events.  I'll introduce myself.

post #7 of 11

D.O.G. (Down On Glenwood) for breakfast burrito. They will fuel you all day. 

post #8 of 11

Looks like a weak front is pushing through and may give you a few fresh wednesday for Thursday.  

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D.O.G. (Down On Glenwood) for breakfast burrito. They will fuel you all day. 

 

 

"meat, medium"  

 

 

Ordering there reminds me so much of the soup nazi episode.....

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"meat, medium"  

 

 

Ordering there reminds me so much of the soup nazi episode.....

He's on vacation. "Meat, SPICY:drool

post #11 of 11
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Thanks, gang.  Excellent info.  We are going to drive over to Targhee for a day and we're really looking forward to the trip.  I hope the dry spell ends soon.

 

Bob

 

PS, Bob Peters, I am PSIA Level III and will come to your Monday or Thursday events.  I'll introduce myself.

 

Cool.

 

My schedule:

 

Thurs 1/23   -   Already Booked for a private

Mon 1/27    -     Available for the tour

Thur 1/30  -  Available

Mon 2/3    -   Available

Thurs 2/6   -  Out of town

Mon 2/10   -  Out of town

Thurs 2/13  - Available

Mon  2/17   -   Available from then on.

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