Spring is a great time of year to take advantage of all Jackson Hole has to offer. From biking and skiing to shopping and rejuvenating, Jackson Hole is truly a year-round destination. Here are some of the top things to do in spring:
1. Go Crust & Corn Skiing
The cycles of melting and refreezing that occur during the spring cause a firm, upper crust to form on top of the snowpack. The best place to experience skate skiing or cross country skiing this time of year is in Grand Teton National Park. If you head out early in the morning, before temperatures rise, you can ski on top of this crust. You're no longer confined to the groomed road and can head off trail to explore parts of the park inaccessible during the winter. As the day starts to warm up, something called "corn snow" forms. This happens as the snow starts to soften, but hasn't yet become slushy. This is a great time for some downhill "corn" skiing. Bright blue, Jackson Hole skies, sunshine, warm temperature and favorable snow conditions...it doesn't get much better!
2. Take a Bike Ride in Grand Teton National Park
Many locals consider the highlight of spring to be the plowing of Grand Teton National Park's inner road. After a long winter, there is nothing like dusting off the bikes and heading into the park for a day of cruising. The road closes to motorized vehicles at the Bradley and Taggart Lake trailhead parking lot. Pack a picnic lunch (and your bear spray!) and enjoy the best view of the Tetons.
3. Enjoy ElkFest or Old West Days in Jackson Hole
Each year in the spring the Elk herds shed their antlers and migrate away from the protected lands of the National Elk Refuge. Come to Jackson Hole this May 22-23 for ElkFest, a celebration of wildlife and local culture that includes harvesting elk antlers, an antler auction, a chili cookoff, and more! Proceeds from the events are returned to the Elk Refuge. Also in May, Old West Days Celebration will take place with live music, entertainment, arts, food, and rodeo events.
4. Shop the Spring Sales
Ski shops and outdoor gear stores discount their winter merchandise to make space for summer inventory. This is a great opportunity to take a walk in the fresh spring air, purchase demo skis, and stock up on outerwear and gear for next season.
5. Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art
When area ski resorts close for the season, the National Museum of Wildlife Art stays open, offering its educational programming, events, and fine art collections for visitors of all ages. Check out upcoming events here.
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