The ski trip itinerary that accommodates everyone in the group! Here's a guide to taking on Jackson Hole in the winter for groups of five or more.
College buddies, work colleagues, and bachelor / bachelorette parties often find themselves drawn to Jackson in the winter by the beauty of the outdoors and the excitement of world-class skiing. But for a Jackson Hole vacation that impresses the whole crew, a little planning ahead is required. And we're here to help!
Here's your guide to group skiing, dining, and playing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Ski Resort, and Snow King Resort is perfect for groups. Each local Wyoming resort offers diverse terrain and its own unique character. Group guides, available each mountain, tailor the skiing to the entire crew and offer access to parts of the mountain visitors likely wouldn’t find on their own. But the key to a successful group outing at the resort? The buddy system!
Don’t overestimate your skill level and don’t be afraid to split into pairs based on your skiing ability. Each Jackson Hole mountain has beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain that can take up the entire day, so take advantage! Plan the day accordingly and meet up for lunch and après ski.
Speaking of après ski, few places understand the art quite like the bars in Jackson Hole. Finding lesser known spots with big spaces is the way to properly après for larger groups. Sidewinders, Hand Fire Pizza, and Cutty’s are unexpected options with laid-back atmospheres for groups of friends. But for professional groups, a reservation at The Handle Bar or Osteria allow for conversation and crafted beverages.
Jackson may not be known for its nightlife, but that’s only because the views and adventures over-shadow the after dark scene.
If you’re staying in town, it’s no secret that the Cowboy Bar is the place to be. Going as a group means you should get there early and be prepared to pay a cover charge, which is well worth it for the dancing and memories.
If you’re staying in Teton Village near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, it’s the Mangy Moose. Again, show up early and check the website in advance to see who’s playing and if tickets are needed.
As a group in the heart of winter, main brunch spots will come with wait times. Aim for a spot that flies more under-the-radar, like the Bunnery or, if it’s a Sunday, Stillwest Brewery. But if you’re committed to one of the more famous Jackson breakfast options, visit at non-peak times (typically around 10:30am or after 1pm).
Jackson boasts several brunch spots, great for groups, that rival big city restaurants. To see all your options, click here.
For the hard core ski groups who want to optimize their snow time while in Jackson, use day two to ski the backcountry. Backcountry skiing, also known as ski touring, offers wide-open turns, unparalleled views, and unbreakable bonds for the group. Just remember that backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole is no joke, so know before you go.
For the groups who aren’t comprised of all expert skiers, Jackson Hole offers much more during the winter months. Tours, including wildlife tours, snowmobile hot springs tours, dog sledding tours, and snowshoe tours, are all offered by world-class tour guides. Find the right guide for your group and activity here.
Group dinners in Jackson Hole almost always require a reservation, so be sure to plan ahead. For college groups and bachelor / bachelorette parties, the local breweries offer a genuine ski town vibe with delicious food and brews. For work groups looking for an upscale evening out, make a reservation at Snake River Grill or Kampai.
Moose hockey games are a social treat for visitors and locals alike. Typically taking place on Fridays and Saturdays at the Snow King Event Center, the Jackson Hole Moose take on visiting teams from around the nation in a battle on the ice. The result is a little taste of big city entertainment in a small mountain town.