Winter Sports in Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton has some of North America's finest and most varied cross-country skiing. (And don't forget the nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.) Ski the gentle 3-mi Swan Lake-Heron Pond Loop near Colter Bay Visitor Center, the mostly level 10-mi Jenny Lake Trail, or the moderate 4-mi Taggart Lake-Beaver Creek Loop and 5-mi Phelps Lake Overlook Trail. Advanced skiers should head for the Teton Crest Trail. In winter, overnight backcountry travelers must register or make a reservation at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort aerial tram from Teton Village deposits riders at the mountains' crest of the range, from where they can access backcountry on both sides of the range.
Snowmobiling is permitted on Jackson Lake. Since snowmobiles must be towed into the park, sledders pay only the regular park entrance fees. Snowmobilers wishing to proceed north from Flagg Ranch into Yellowstone National Park must be with a commercial tour guide. The speed limit for snowmobiles on Jackson Lake is 45 "mph". The Flagg Ranch Information Station closed beginning with the 2007-08 winter season, and consequently ski and snowshoe trails went unmarked (in fact, any references in brochures or maps to signed or maintained trails should be disregarded until further notice). For a ranger-guided snowshoe walk, call the Craig Thomas Visitor Center.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Pepi Stiegler Sports. Buy or rent skis or snowboards at Pepi's, conveniently located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The array of clothing and accessories is the largest in the valley. 3395 W. Village Dr., Teton Village, WY, 83025. 307/733–4505. www.pepistieglers.com. Ski or snowboard rental $28–$52. Nov.–Apr.
Togwotee Mountain Lodge. Rent a snowmobile and explore 600-plus miles of groomed trails and endless powder-filled meadows along the Continental Divide. 27655 Hwy. 26–287, Moran, WY, 83013. 307/543–2847 or 866/278–4245. www.togwoteelodge.com. Snowmobile rental $164–$209. Nov.–Apr.
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