10 Unforgettable Winter Wyoming Adventures

Are you an expert winter enthusiast or a bunny hill beginner? It doesn’t matter, Wyoming has you covered ... in piles of powder. Whether your winter self begs for steep slopes, immense powder-filled meadows in national parks or a secluded cabin with a romantic fire, Wyoming won’t disappoint. After a day on the slopes, enjoy a sleigh ride, be wowed by a snowboarding competition or simply relax by a fire. Wyoming’s untouched terrain lures snowmobilers and cross-country skiers to destinations all over the state, where arriving at the cabin door at the end of the day is magical.

Sprawling blankets of snow, unlimited terrain to explore and an undeniable spirit of adventure make Wyoming a genuine winter wonderland. With an endless variety of activities, there’s something to suit everyone, from the casual explorer to the seasoned thrill-seeker. Here are 10 essential Wyoming winter adventures:

1. Dogsledding

Mush your way across the pristine white landscape with eight of your newest canine companions. The Teton and Shoshone national forests in northwest Wyoming are rich with trails and guide companies.

2. Sleigh rides

Gliding through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh will forever be a fond family memory. You can personalize your experience with plenty of package options, such as a trip to and from an elegant dinner or a cozy campfire in the Wyoming wilderness.

3. Snowshoeing

While this serene winter sport might seem intimidating to newbies, no training is necessary. Once you’re strapped into a pair of snowshoes, you need nothing more than a trail map to get started on your adventure — of course, there are also professional guides that will help you navigate if you prefer.

4. Cross-country skiing

There are 11 resorts in the state dedicated solely to cross-country skiing, and that’s in addition to our state and national parks. Flat, open valleys are plentiful and great for beginners, while more difficult glades and gentle hills offer more of a challenge.

5. Yurt trips

Jaunting from one rustic round cabin to the next amid knee-deep powder is an excursion you can’t find just anywhere. You’ll be busy for days in Southwest Wyoming, where there’s a well-developed trail system connecting five yurts.

6. Hot springs

Outdoor swimming in the winter? Yes, it’s possible in the numerous hot springs around Wyoming. You can scurry from the locker room to the steamy pool and then enjoy the relaxation and scenery.

7. Downhill skiing

The powder princess, the backcountry baron and the duke of downhill will all relish the majesty of Wyoming skiing. Find a luxury experience at resorts such as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, or enjoy several off-the-beaten-path destinations such as White Pine and Snowy Range ski areas.

8. Snowmobiling

If the roar of an engine is music to your ears, than snowmobiling is the activity for you. Saddle up on a 500-pound machine that will get your adrenaline pumping on more than 2,000 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails.

9. Ice skating

Giant indoor ice arenas and quaint frozen ponds — wherever you are, there will be skating and rental equipment nearby. Try a lesson and you can be spinning and leaping like Evan Lysacek by the end of the afternoon.

10. Ice climbing

The cascading waterfalls of the Teton Range freeze solid in the winter, tempting the most daring explorers to climb the rugged towers of ice. The Ice Climbing Park at Grand Targhee Resort in Jackson has areas for advanced mountaineers as well as those just learning. 

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