No. 4 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resort: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

Ranked fourth for snowshoers, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers unparalleled access to protected space for snowshoeing, according to Anna Cole of Jackson Hole Resorts.

Cole said, “We have concessionaires who have been licensed by the U.S. Forest Service to do guided cross-country and snowshoe tours. What makes us standout from other resorts is our access to the Grand Teton National Park.” Half and full-day tours both include transportation, snowshoe or cross-country ski instruction, and lunch is included for a full day tour. Phelps Lake adjacent to the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve are two beautiful destinations that offer several options for the intermediate to expert snowshoer [http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/XC-ski12.pdf].

Après-snowshoe, Dornan’s in Moose, Wyoming, is the place to “…have a great bowl of home-made soup, pasta, pizza, or one of our specials. Along with the fantastic view from the restaurant, the cozy fire welcomes all you to stop by.”

In the Granite Ridge area at the foot of the mountain resort, U.S. Forest Service naturalist led tours are offered twice a week. “Trail pass and snowshoes or cross-country ski equipment are required (rentals can be reserved). Please call ahead to reserve your spot on these free tours on Wednesday and Sunday.” The length is based on participants. “The naturalist can help you understand winter ecology, animal tracks and signs and natural history of the area. Great for the whole family.”

The Mangy Moose is a traditional après-ski bar, but hot drinks can be found in a variety of resort cafés and restaurants such as the Four Seasons, or the Café Terra in the Hotel Terra, which Cole said, “…has a little zone for kid play and offers hot drinks.”

Families may choose to stay in the town of Jackson where they can choose from a lot of lodging options, including the affordable Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole, which offer a variety of options. Slope-side lodging packages are also available at http://www.jacksonhole.com/slopeside-lodging.html.

“I just think the proximity to Grand Teton National Park and the amount of protected spaces that can be accessed by snowshoeing, cross-country skiers or for back-country access, is unparalleled in the lower 48. The amount of wildlife viewing that can be done in those areas unmatched anywhere in the United States.” Cole stated.

For more information on Jackson Hole Resort, visit www.jacksonhole.com. Return to the full list of resorts.

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