While you may be tucked away in your parkas and heavy coats, counting down the days to spring, many are looking to places like Spring Creek Ranch for a winter retreat. Located so close to Jackson Hole, you can imagine the crowds Spring Creek Ranch attracts during the winter months for ski season.
If you’re not an avid skier, fear not—there’s more than enough to keep you entertained at Spring Creek Ranch. Here are just a few activities that you and the family can enjoy in the winter season:
Sleigh Rides: Just because Christmas is now a distant memory doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sleigh ride. Enjoy a memorable ride by horse-drawn sleigh along the East Gros Ventre Butte. If you want a really memorable experience, go for the National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride, where you’ll ride on a horse-drawn sleigh among an elk herd numbering in the thousands.
Snowmobiling: Tour the local parks and forests while riding on a snowmobile! This exciting tour option gives you a new way to explore Yellowstone National Park, travel to a hot spring, or simply take in the winter landscape while zipping around on a snowmobile. Many snowmobile tours include a picnic lunch option that can be enjoyed in a secluded spot with a great view.
Heli Skiing: C’mon, you don’t want to ski where everybody else is skiing, do you? Go for the experience of a lifetime by booking a heli skiing adventure. This is off-trail, downhill skiing that can only be accessed by helicopter. It’s all about skiing in a natural, exclusive environment in the pristine Teton backcountry.
Shopping: Maybe the outdoors and high-adrenaline sport activities aren’t you’re thing—that’s cool, because Jackson’s Town Square offers visitors many boutiques, souvenir shops, western-themed stores, and art galleries to shop and browse in. When you’ve had your share of shopping, kick back with some hot chocolate or coffee in one of the many cafes or restaurants in the downtown area. Spring Creek offers regularly scheduled shuttles into town, but you’ll want to make a reservation for one ahead of time.
Visiting Spring Creek Ranch in the winter? Check out these various vacation specials:
Teton Wellness Ski Retreat
Available Jan. 5, 2016 to April 3, 2016
Cost: $1,867 per person (based on double occupancy)
What it includes: Five nights lodging at Spring Creek Ranch in a deluxe room, daily breakfast and dinner at The Granary, transportation to and from Jackson Hole Airport, three-day or four-day ski pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, half-day private ski lesson, two private wellness classes and two 60-minute custom spa treatments.
Winter Yellowstone Adventure Package
Available Feb. 2, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2016
Cost: Starting at $3,199 per person (based on double occupancy)
What it includes: Three nights at Spring Creek Ranch; two nights at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; exclusive SCR naturalist for the extent of the package; wildlife safari in Grand Teton National Park at the National Elk Refuge; transportation to the south gate of Yellowstone National Park; snow-coach tours to and from Old Faithful; 10 percent off retail purchases and spa services.
Winter Adventure Package
Available Jan. 5, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Cost: $1,076 per adult, $796 per child (based on double occupancy)
What it includes: Four nights of lodging in a deluxe hotel with one king or two queen beds, with discounted rooming upgrade options and breakfast off the menu in The Granary Restaurant. This package includes a choice of four options including: Spring Creek Ranch sleigh ride and three-course meal at The Granary Restaurant; snowshoe hike with resident naturalist and sleigh ride on the National Elk refuge; a dawn or dusk wildlife safari; 60-minute massage, facial or body scrub; or full-day snowmobile tour to Granite Hot Springs.
For packages that include free skiing in the Tetons or getting a fifth and sixth night free, contact the Spring Creek Ranch reservations office at (800) 443-6139. For more information on Spring Creek Ranch, visit springcreekranch.com.
Photos courtesy of Spring Creek Ranch
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