Jackson Hole is one of America's great wintertime destinations. With so much to do and a natural landscape that becomes all the more stunning after a fresh snowfall, it should come as no surprise that tourists regularly make their way to this corner of western Wyoming during the winter months. But winter in Jackson Hole can be cold and a severe cold snap can come as a shock to people who are used to milder temperatures. The cold, however, doesn't have to get in the way of a great winter vacation and knowing what to pack for a winter trip is the key to enjoying Jackson Hole to its fullest.
Of course, many people may ask why they would even want to go to western Wyoming in winter. Temperatures in the single digits, snow drifts, and cold winds, after all, aren't exactly every person's idea of a good time. But, as the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce points out, winter here is a truly special experience.
With world-class skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and unparalleled nature tours, winter reveals a side of western Wyoming that summertime visitors just don't get to see. And by staying at one of the region's luxury hotels, you'll be able to enjoy the cold evenings next to a crackling fire.
As the Jackson Hole Traveler points out, the best way to beat the cold is through layering. Long underwear is probably your best first layer to have and another layer of wool, fleece, or synthetic material is an especially good idea if you plan on going skiing.
Warm sweaters and fleeces are, of course, a necessity and it is also a good idea to invest in a good quality jacket, especially one that breaks the wind. Wool socks are another important item to keep your toes warm, but avoid layering socks since you will likely cause blisters by doing so.
Lastly, waterproof gloves or mittens are a must-have item if you plan on spending any time outside.
Easy to Forget Items
Not all winter items are as obvious as socks and gloves, however. Although cold, the winter sun can still cause UV damage and you may want to bring sun screen and sunglasses. Chapped lips are also a common ailment, so bring lip balm.
Also, don't forget that at the end of the day some of your clothing, especially socks and gloves, may need to be dried out so always bring extra pairs for evening use. Lastly, you may need more specialized clothing depending on what you're doing, such as a helmet, ski boots, and snow goggles. If you forget anything, however, there's no need to worry. Jackson Hole is well prepared for winter and you can find anything you need at one of the town's shops.
Winter in Jackson Hole is undoubtedly cold, but it also happens to be one of the best seasons for enjoying everything that this majestic corner of Wyoming has to offer. So long as you come prepared you will be able to enjoy a winter vacation here that is both thrilling and unforgettable.
Jared Clements works as a flight attendant. He loves to share his travel adventures with others on the web. You can find his posts on many vacation blog sites.