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2013-2014 Winter Fun! PART TWO!

Along with the epic skiing and riding at the Number One Ski Resort in North America, there is SO much to do here in Jackson Hole that we had to break it up into two blog entries! If your trip to Snow King Hotel or Grand View Lodge has you arriving prior to February 15th, be sure to check out part one of our Winter Fun blog. If you have any questions, please do not hesistate to contact our concierge team directly, they are always happy to help create your perfect adventure. 
 

Reoccurring Events:

•    Mondays:
6:00pm to 9:00pm. Hootenanny at Dornans in Moose. Local Musicians take the stage to perform for those dining and drinking at Dornans. Every Monday December 2nd through March 31st.
 
•    Tuesdays:
6:00pm to 10:00pm. Acoustic Open Mic Jam Night at Hayden’s Post. Every Tuesday from January 7 to March 25. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel. 
 
•    Wednesdays:
7:00pm to 10:00pm. BINGO! All Proceeds go towards scholarships for local high school seniors. Every Wednesday through April. At the Elks Lodge.
 
6:00pm to 10:00pm. Board Game Night.  Come dine, drink, and play your favorite board games with your friends. Every Wednesday from January 8 to March 26. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 
•    Thursdays:
9:00pm to 11:00pm. BINGO night at Snow King. Every Thursday from January 9 to March 27. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 
•    Fridays:
5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hayden’s Post Après. Live Music and Ski Specials from December 27 to March 28. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 
•    Saturdays: 
9:00pm to 11:00pm Live Music in Hayden’s Post. Every Saturday from December 21 to March 29. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 

WINTER EVENTS:

February 15
10:00am to 2:00pm Moose Chase Nordic Marathon. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is proud to present the 22nd Annual Moose Chase Nordic ski race at the Trail Creek Nordic Center.  This is the premier Nordic race includes a 30k (that skis like a 50k), a 15k, 5k, 3k and a free 1k.   Athletes can skate or classic ski the course. At the Trail Creek Nordic Center in Wilson.
 
February 15 to 18
All Day. Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series GS/2SL. Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club was founded in 1938 and is Jackson's oldest non to profit. Annually serving over 400 young athletes. At Snow King Mountain.
 
February 21
3:30pm – 6:30 pm. Pica’s Margarita Cup. Jackson's adult racing league in team scoring format with Pica's as the title sponsor!  Teams consist of up to 6 people (4 score points each race).  There are weekly raffle prizes, Pica’s Tacos & bar at every race. All proceeds benefit the JHSC Alpine Race Team. At Snow King Mountain.
 
February 21 to 22
7:30pm to 9:00pm Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs. Boston.  The Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team is a nonprofit organization that competes in the Senior A Division of the U.S.A. Hockey Association. The competition level is full to check hockey with no holds barred action. All games feature live music from some of Jackson’s most talented local musicians as well as food, snacks and your favorite adult beverages. At Snow King Sports & Events Center.
 
February 22
All Day. Club Series #4, GS. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard “Club Series” is a time to honored annual competition that features challenging courses and draws over 150 competitors of all ages, from throughout the region. At Snow King Mountain.
 
12:00pm to 3:00pm. Mary’s Nipple Challenge for Breast Cancer. See how many laps off the Dream Catcher chairlift they can complete in 3 hrs and the last valid lap must be started by 3 pm at the beginning of the boot pack. All funds raised will be donated to the St. John’s Medical Center Oncology Fund and earmarked for breast cancer patients. At Grand Targhee Resort. 
 
February 28 – March 1
7:30pm to 9:00pm Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs. Cleveland.  The Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team is a nonprofit organization that competes in the Senior A Division of the U.S.A. Hockey Association. The competition level is full to check hockey with no holds barred action. All games feature live music from some of Jackson’s most talented local musicians as well as food, snacks and your favorite adult beverages. At Snow King Sports & Events Center.
 
March 1 to 2
10:00am to 4:00pm. Jackson Town Downhill: Mini Hahnenkamm. The heart to throbbing Mini to Hahnenkamm course on Snow King with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The event is the Club's way of recognizing that skiing  to  and ski racing  to  is truly a lifetime sport. Jackson Hole is one of the last places in the country to organize and support a non to sanctioned downhill race. This community favorite draws over 200 competitors and 500 spectators. At Snow King Mountain. 
 
March 7
3:30pm – 6:30 pm. Pica’s Margarita Cup. Jackson's adult racing league in team scoring format with Pica's as the title sponsor!  Teams consist of up to 6 people (4 score points each race).  There are weekly raffle prizes, Pica’s Tacos & bar at every race. All proceeds benefit the JHSC Alpine Race Team. At Snow King Mountain.
 
March 7 to 8
7:30pm to 9:00pm Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs. Washington Hockey Source.  The Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team is a nonprofit organization that competes in the Senior A Division of the U.S.A. Hockey Association. The competition level is full to check hockey with no holds barred action. All games feature live music from some of Jackson’s most talented local musicians as well as food, snacks and your favorite adult beverages. At Snow King Sports & Events Center.
 
March 8 to 10 
All Day. Jackson Hole Youth Hockey: Mite Tournament. At Snow King Sports and Events Center.
 
March 9
All Day. Club Series #5, Parents vs. Kids Dual SL. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard “Club Series” is a time to honored annual competition that features challenging courses and draws over 150 competitors of all ages, from throughout the region. At Snow King Mountain.
 
All Day. Club Series #6, Flamingo Cup GS. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard “Club Series” is a time to honored annual competition that features challenging courses and draws over 150 competitors of all ages, from throughout the region. At White Pine.
 
March 19
7:00 to 11:00pm The Met: Live Massenet's Werther. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. At the Center for the Arts. 
 
March 19 to 23
All Day. Western Region U16 Championships. Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club was founded in 1938 and is Jackson's oldest non to profit. Annually serving over 400 young athletes. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
 
March 20
8:00pm. Martin Sexton. Critically acclaimed Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike. People claim that Sexton?s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross to country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross to section of America. At the Pink Garter Theater. 
 
March 20 – 23
39th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. All events take place at Snow King Mountain, unless otherwise noted. All spectators are encouraged to ride the START Bus to avoid parking congestion. Free parking is available in the town parking garage. Buses will be marked with banners on each side.
Thursday, March 20 
•    8:00 to 9:00 am Registration for pre to registered SemiPro, Women's, RMSHA Juniors, Amateurs, Non to Pro Masters at the base of Snow King Mountain
•    9:00 am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    9:30 am    Racing begins  to  Non to Pro Masters, Amateurs, Semi to Pro, RMSHA Juniors, Women's
•    12:00 pm Sign up for Dash for Cash to  to first 40 Pro and Semi to Pro Riders only
•    2:00 pm    Pro Only Dash for Cash side by side $50.00 entry to  to winner takes half and Snow Devils take the other half to give to the charity of their choice. Winner will receive one free entry into the class of their choice at this year's event. Tentative to  to time and snow conditions permitting. 
•    6:00 to 9:00pm Mandatory Registration for all Pro Racers. At the Virginian Convention Center. 
Friday, March 21
•    7:15am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    8:00am    All Stock and Improved Stock Classes Qualifying All Semi to Pro Classes, Women's, Amateurs and Non to Pro Masters Finals All RMSHA Juniors will final to the first catwalk
Saturday, March 22
•    7:15am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    8:00am    All Mod Classes Qualifying
•    4:00pm    120 Shootout  to  $10 entry fee. Tentative.
•    7:00pm    Octane Addictions Freestyle Demo. At the Rodeo Arena at the Fairgrounds
Sunday, March 23 
•    7:15am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    8:00am    Finals and "King of the Mountain" runs
•    Awards Ceremony (Ceremony will begin approximately 60 to 90 minutes after finals and King Runs are completed at Snow King Mountain.) At the Virginian Lodge
 
March 29
7:00am to 2:00pm. Pole, Pedal, Paddle. a tradition in Jackson Hole, held this year on the 2nd to last Saturday of skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The four to event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross to country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraising event for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a non to profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth. Around the Area. 
 
April 6
All Day. Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
 
April 11
7:00pm to 10:00pm The Met: Live Puccini's La Bohème. Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo. At the Center for the Arts. 
 
April 12
10:00am. 14th Annual Cardboard Box Derby. A closing weekend tradition, this spectator to friendly competition celebrates the results of tape, glue, paint and cardboard. Your cardboard vehicle may be simple or complex with up to 4 adult (or 6 under 18 yrs of age) pilots to maneuver down the ski hill. Remember the more creative your craft the better your chances for winning. At Grand Targhee Resort. 
 
April 20
All Day. Closing Day at Grand Targhee. Join us for the final day of operations on the mountain with musical guests playing you into the spring. Enjoy Dreamcatcher & Shoshone from 9am to 4pm with Apres at the Trap Bar & Grill. At Grand Targhee Resort. 
 
See you out there!

WINTER FUN!

    WINTER FUN IN JACKSON HOLE 2012 may be drawing to a close, but 2013 is bringing many winter activities to indulge in during your next trip to Jackson Hole. Aside from all the fun there is to be had on a day to day basis, including but definitely not limited to: skiing the mountain resorts, snowmobiling through the national forests, wildlife watching in the national parks, snowshoeing with a park ranger, indulging your artistic side at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and our various local galleries, sleighing through the Elk Refuge, snow tubing down Snow King Mountain, cheering on the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team, and even paragliding when the winds are just right. Jackson is also chalk full of local events that are sure to be a hoot. Below is a list of many big events, for your planning pleasure:

January 5

7:00am to 3:00pm: USSMA Ski Mountaineering National Championships at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

January 8

7:00pm: Backcountry Film Festival, all ages show, at The Pink Garter.

January 10

7:00pm: Chicago s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City: Laughing Matters will feature some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City s fifty two year history. The Second City is truly a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. at the Center for the Arts.

January 12

7:30pm: Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, her latest album Let It Burn is nominated for "Best Blues Album" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, at the Center for the Arts.

January 17

7:00pm: Civil Twilight with special guest Michael Scalabrin. The three lifelong friends-brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Wouters-who make up the Wind-up Records recording group Civil Twilight have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in South Africa. Emulating the rock music they heard coming out of Europe and America, from Oasis, U2 and Nirvana to The Verve, The Police, Muse and Radiohead, you can feel that foreign quality in Richard Wouters' somber drum beat, Steven's piano, and Andrew's edgy, The Edge-like guitars. At the Center for the Arts.

January 19

10:00am: 2nd Annual Grand Targhee Snow Bike Race, at Grand Targhee Resort.

8:00pm: The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is America's premier gospel choir and has traveled the globe for 25 years, sharing its joy of faith and raising funds for children's charities. At the Center for the Performing Arts.

9:00pm: Tribal Seeds from San Diego, this award-winning reggae group have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. At the Pink Garter Theater.

January 19 to 21

All day: Wes Barron Speed Series, hosted by the JH Ski Club and JHMR, the series is three SuperG races for U14 and U16 racers in the Intermountain Division of USSA, which will take place on Moran Run on Apres Vous. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

January 21

All Day: Free Entrance to Grand Teton National Park

January 25

6:30pm to 9:30pm: The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. With an exciting Town Square start, fireworks and a free-to-the-public musher party in Jackson, the race kicks off its 2013 season on Jan 25th. Around Town Square.

January 23 to 30

7:00pm: Diavolo, the stunning visual and acrobatic dance company, begin performances at the Center for the Arts

January 31

9:00pm: Portland Cello Project, and Alialujah Choir at the Pink Garter Theater.

February 5

9:00pm: Iration Heatseakers. The islands of Hawaii are not only the biggest influence on Iration's sound they are home to all of its members, the band was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of Reggae, Rock, and Pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique. These Hawaiian raised naturally talented musicians look forward to spreading their original sound, aloha spirit, and cutting edge surf culture as far as possible and will continue to make original music. At the Pink Garter Theater.

February 5 to 7

All Day: Special Olympics Wyoming athletes complete in various events at Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts

February 10

7:00pm: The Geoffrey Keezer Trio, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, and Marvin 'Smitty' Smith to Jackson for the spectacular Jazz show you've all been waiting for. At the Center for the Arts

February

15-24 brings Winterfest!

Friday, February 15

5:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

6:00pm: Shriner s Club Calcutta at The Virginian

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. Hollywood Hammers at Snow King Center featuring Country Rock from Kole Moulton & Lonely Road.

8:00pm: Hot Tuna (former Jefferson Airplane) at Pink Garter Theater

Saturday, February 16

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

10:00am-2:00pm: JHSC Moose Chase Marathon at the Trail Creek Nordic Center

12:00pm: Cutter Races at South Park

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. Hollywood Hammers at Snow King Center with Country Rock from Kole Moulton & Lonely Road, at the Snow King Sports and Event Center

Sunday, February 17

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

12:00pm: Cutter Races at South Park

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

President s Day, Monday, February 18

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

2:00pm: Softball Tournament at Powderhorn Park

5:00pm: Snow Bike Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

Wednesday, February 20

All Day: Snow Sculpting Begins at Town Square

4:00pm: Rail Jam at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:00pm-8:00pm: JHSC Wednesday Night Lights

7:00pm Delta Rae, think Mumford & Sons meets Fleetwood Mac -- an Alt-Pop band with four lead singers whose music incorporates all aspects of Americana. At the Center for the Arts.

Thursday, February 21

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:00pm : Gallery Walk at Various Galleries

Friday, February 22

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:30pm: Mason Club s Wine Tasting at Center for the Arts

5:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

9:00pm The Infamous Stringdusters Ski Tour. They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters' live show takes improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd. At the Pink Garter Theater.

Saturday, February 23

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Club Series Ski Race at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

12:00pm: Snow Sculpture Judging at Town Square

12:30pm: Skijoring at South Park

2:30pm : K-9 KegPull at Teton County Fairgrounds

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

4:00pm : Dodgeball on Ice at Teton County Fairgrounds

5:00pm : Calcutta for Ski Jouring at Elks Club

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. the Boston Prospector at Snow King Center with Jackson s favorite 80 s hair band 86.

8:00pm : 49er Ball at The Virginian

Sunday, February 24

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

12:30pm: Skijouring at South Park

Sunday, February 25

7:00pm Mickey Hart Band- Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. At the Center for the Arts.

March 1 to 3 & 8 to 10

9:00am to 3:00pm: The Dick's Ditch Classic, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's premier ski and snowboard freeride/race event, winds over manmade and natural terrain in Amphitheater Bowl. It's a banked slalom, with a thigh-burning course like no other, big prize money for pros, bragging rights and belt buckles for amateur classes. New this year Dick's Ditch will span two weekends, one for skiers and one for snowboarders, both with qualifiers on Saturday and winner-takes-all Sundays. Round one will be March 1-3, Round two will be March 8-10, 2013. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 2

All day: Grand Targhee Adaptive Sports Fun Race, at Grand Targhee Mountain Resort. All funds raised from the 4th Annual Teton Adaptive Sports Fun Race will go to scholarships for adaptive lessons, to support the School Programs as well as for equipment purchases. At Grand Targhee Resort.

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Salem, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 3

8:30pm Leftover Salmon. Their latest album, Aquatic Hitchhiker produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin is Leftover Salmon's first record in eight years and first ever of all original material. "Steve [Berlin] understood where this album needed to go and how we all needed to work together as a band to make it happen" explains Emmitt. Set for release on May 22, the recording process solidified the new Salmon, cauterizing old wounds and allowing fresh ideas to grow over past scars. At the Pink Garter Theater.

March 10

10:00am to 4:00pm: The Jackson Town Downhill featuring the heart-throbbing Mini-Hahnenkamm course on Snow King with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The event is the Club's way of recognizing that skiing - and ski racing - is truly a lifetime sport. At Snow King Mountain Resort.

March 16

7:00am-3:00pm: Caroline Classic (GS) Skiers of all ages are welcome to compete! At Snow King Mountain Resort.

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: 86, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 21 to 24

All Day: World Championship Snowmobile HillClimb, the four day event draws over 10,000 fans and more than 300 snowmobile hill climb racers from all over the US and Canada to the valley, for one of the largest non-profit charity snowmobile events in the United States. Thursday Races begin at 9am and run to 6pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Races will starting at 8am and go through 6pm. At Snow King Mountain Resort.

March 21

7:00pm: Who s Bad, a power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson that has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing. At the Center for the Arts.

March 23

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Mandatory Air, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 25

7:00pm: Donavon Frankenreiter, a protégé of Jack Johnson, the two learned guitar together and hanging out between surfing trips to the beach. Jack Johnson released Frankenreiter s solo album under his label, Brushfire Records in 2004. At the Center for the Arts.

March 30

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Lazy Eyes, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

5:00pm: Mountain Festival Concert, acts still to be announced, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

All day: The 38th Annual Pole, Paddle, Peddle. The four-event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraising event for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth. 

March 30 to April 2

All Day: The 7th annual Jackson Hole Mountain Festival, 2013! An incredible event that delivers shameless outdoor fun over a weekend of skiing and snowboarding events, live music and spring sunshine at the base of the Tetons! A FREE concert at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and so much more.

April 20

All Day: The Grand Targhee Resort 11th Annual Spring Cardboard Box Derby. Watch as cardboard artists and mechanics turn little more than cardboard, paper, tape, glue, and string into the most creative sculptures that you can think of like dragons, race cars, UFO's, and other themes.

Should any of these events, or even the activities listed above tickle your fancy, please contact our concierge team concierge@snowking.com or 307-734-2076 and they will provide you with more in-depth information, reserve space for you and your family, and at times even be able to secure a discounted rates! We look forward to sharing all that Jackson Hole has to offer, with you during your next visit!

Snow Bike Race at Snow King

Mountain Bike up Snow King

Snow King Bike Race Jonesing to race your bike? You don't have to wait 'til summer. Grab your snow mountain bike, or rent one (see below) and head over to the town hill February 11th at 4:45pm for the first Snow King Snow Bike race. There will be three different entry classes. One will ride just one lap, the second will ride two, and the third will be two laps done by teams of two, one lap each. The race course was gelled after consulting with snow bike experts Cary Smith and David Hunger, and it's FUN! Registration is on the day of the race, Feb. 11th from 3:35 pm to 4:30 pm. If you don't have the legs or lungs to conquer this extraordinary feat, come out and watch. There's an excellent opportunity for spectating on this course. Take some pictures and videos of your racing friends and, of course, cheer them on.

Details on the Snow King Snow Bike Race

  • HELMETS REQUIRED.
  • Registration: Day of race 3:35 to 4:30 in the Snow King Lobby. $5 per person registration fee.
  • The course is about three miles long, 824 feet vertical gain.
  • Sign up for one, two or three laps, or race up to three with a team.
  • Snow Bike Demos by local shops from noon-4pm.
  • Contacts: Adam Shankland at 307-730-8906 or Dave Hunger at 307-690-0712

About Snow Biking

Snow Bike Experts Cary Smith and David Hunger Snow biking most likely started when the Iditabike race started in 1987 using the same route of the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. Like these arduous races, snow biking is definitely tough, but it's gaining in popularity nevertheless. According to Simon Rankower from allweathersports.com in Alaska, snow biking is "more interesting and fun than riding on the dirt. And talk about power riding--wait until you go on your first ride in about four to six inches of powder. Riding in the snow is hard and technical. 10 miles in the snow is like 20 miles on a dirt trail." It's great way to stay in shape for your summer mountain biking and may even improve your bike handling skills. Snow biking also generates a lot of heat since it's so strenuous. Like all cardio winter sports, dress in layers! Start with a wool or synthetic base layer, top that with a lightweight insulation layer like a Nano Puff vest, and cover those with a waterproof shell or riding jacket, depending on the temperatures. Heavy tights made out of Polartec or something similar are a must to keep your legs, and especially your knees, warm. Cloudveil "Run Don't Walk" tights are a good example. Lobster gloves or ski gloves will keep your hands warm, but will have enough dexterity for shifting gears and braking.
"Riding in the snow is hard and technical. 10 miles in the snow is like 20 miles on a dirt trail." -- Simon Rankower

Tips on Winter Riding from allweathersports.com:

Salsa Snow Bike
  • "Pedal smoothly and relax your upper body, especially on ice and soft snow.
  • When the bike starts going sideways, make small corrections rather than over steering and weaving down the trail. Practice riding in a straight line when the trail is good so it's easier under bad conditions.
  • On some soft trails, higher speeds take less effort than lower speeds, because your tires sink into the snow less at higher speed.
  • Snow machines leave the center of the trail soft. Their best tracks are left by their skis, if you can ride straight enough to use them.
  • Road ice can provide lots of traction or very little. Learn how the different types look and sound. Try not to brake hard on the slippery sort, or if you must, use only your rear brake. Watch for dry patches where you can do your braking or turning."

Where to Snow Bike in the Jackson Hole Area

There are plenty of places to ride your snow bike in the Jackson Hole area. Groomed Nordic trails, snowmobile groomed trails, snowmobile singletrack, and winter roads are good choices. In Jackson, Cache Creek is a great place to start since it's groomed twice weekly and has a pretty gentle grade. The Hagen Trail, which can be accessed at the Cache Creek trail head can be a good if there isn't too much snow and is a bit more climbing. Check the Jackson Hole Community Pathways Winter Trail Map for more ideas on where to go and info on grooming/plowing days and times. Snow King hill, of course, is a great place to ride, but the grade is, well, not-so-gentle. Ride the jeep road up after the resort closes or on Monday's for an epic challenge. Drive over the Teton Pass to Teton Valley for numerous winter biking options. Teton and Horseshoe Canyons are obvious picks for beginners as they are groomed and offer gentle grades. Grand Targhee Resort features more advanced trails. Check out this blog post, Experts in the FAT since 2007, on Fitzgerald's website for more info about where to ride and great trail etiquette tips.
"Now the greater Teton area has become a mecca for Winter Fat Biking and the people rejoice as their legs are prepared for the Spring riding like never before and the lack of a powder day offers a wondrous opportunity to explore new lands." -- Scott Fitzgerald

Where to Buy or Rent Snow Bikes in the Jackson Hole Area

Snow Bikes for rent or sale at the Hub Bicycles A short bike ride from Snow King Resort, The Hub Bicycles offers snow Surly Pugsley snow bikes for sale or rent. To have one for your very own, it's going to set you back about $1650. Email or call them at 307-200-6144 to reserve a Surly Pugsley (in the appropriately named color, "snowblind") and ride it over to the King. Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor, ID sells the Salsa Mukluk 3 for $1599 or demos it for $35/day or $50 for the weekend. Call the shop to reserve one or for more info: 208-787-2453