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Old 12-27-2006, 05:35 PM
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I think my fiance and I have decided to elope to the Jackson Hole, WY area just before next Christmas. She is a yankee and likes the dang cold. I figured it would be a chance for me to try out snow skiing and snow mobile riding. The reason for Jackson is to take tours of the national parks (Yellowstone & Teton) and the wildlife. Does anybody have any expierence in the area or suggest somewhere better? Looking to get married and spend about a week there. Neither of us know how to drive in the snow so my plan is to fly in and take public transportation everywhere. Is that possible there? Will I look like too much of a goof with my camo duck hunting gear skiing/snow mobiling?

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Old 12-27-2006, 06:48 PM
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Gary:

There is no public transportation in and around Jackson Hole so you will probably have to rent a vehicle, preferably a 4-wheel drive one, to get around. Should not be too much of a problem. As far as touring the parks, there are many places in Jackson that will rent you snowmobiles or hook you up with a snowcoach tour. In case you haven't heard, if you rent a snowmobile you will have to join some other people on a guided trip, the park service and environmentalists have been successful in getting pretty severe restrictions put on single driver snowmobiles. There is a great hill in town called Snow King and then you have Teton Village that has world class skiing. On top of that, there is a heli ski company there in town that will take you up on top of the mountains and drop you off in areas that have no lifts and lots of powder. Might want to be a good skier to do that, though.

Your camo duck hunting gear might not be warm enough for skiing and snow mobiling, it gets down around zero or below and when you are traveling at 30 - 40 mph, it can get pretty cold. However, that does lead to having to warm each other up after the ride so it isn't all bad. Also, they probably would laugh at you with camo gear on going down the slopes or riding around on a snowmobile.

All in all, I don't believe you could find a better place to take a vacation unless you did it in the summer and spent your time on Jackson Lake instead of on the slopes. Have a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:02 PM
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JALICHTY,

Thanks for the information.

I have gortex outerware, under armor type underware, etc......I don't like being cold. I'm sure it would work, but you're right I'm sure I would be the laughing stock of town in advantage wetlands camo. The soon to be wife needs stuff so we will probably buy some outerware in the spring when it's on sale.

I need to do some more research about the park tours and skiing. Both of those will be a first for me. I have neve taken any vacations to the northern latitudes. We talked with a wedding planner called Grand Teton Weddings. Our plan right now is to let them make all the arrangements for us. I will have to budget in the care rental. Thanks for that tip.

The company I work for, Grant Prideco, has a office in Casper. They bought out an existing company there. Don't know if you've ever heard of it.
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:47 PM
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Gmack, I just spent a week in Jackson, skiing. This is our third trip to Jackson and we love it in either winter or summer.

Very, very pricey so get your wallet out and cold! We were down to -15 at night but days were anywhere from 5-15 degrees for a high...

If you are not now a skier, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a great ski school but the mountain is mostly high intermediate-expert........heli skiing is really an expert deal.

I have done the snow machine/dog sledding trips and I actually liked the dog sledding better - the dogs go up and down hills and are spastic crazy the entire trip - wild plus you can see wild life (maybe even a Grizz!). Running a snow machine down a trail with 5-6 other people was a little boring.

Jackson is 12 miles from Teton Village/Jackson Mountain Resort. Airport is about 12 miles east of Jackson and goes by the National Elk Refuge.....you can take a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Elk plus a chuckwagon dinner....pretty cool.

Jackson has some great restuarants - again bring your wallet.

You need a 4wd vehicle in winter - just drive slow - there are buses but you might freeze to death at the bus stop and its a wedding trip - not cool to be taking the bus.

Make sure your accomodations have access to a hot tub.......nothing better after skiing than a beer in the hot tub.

Good luck, let me know if you have any specific questions - try the dog sledding its a blast.

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Thanks for the tips! How much is pricey? Would $5k do it for a week? We would like to stay in a single unit cabin type place if possible. The wedding will just be us out in the snow so no expenses really on that. I will certainly check out the dog sledding! That sounds like a good time.

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Old 12-29-2006, 09:59 AM
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You should;d check out the small chapel outside of town for the ceremony. Small one room cabin affair but behind the altar is a big picture window with the Tetons as a beautiful backdrop.
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:58 PM
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I think you could get'er done for $5K....that's pretty realistic - especially if you do a some dinners at home and don't buy $300 Champagne (more than once). Enjoy and congratulations.
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Old 12-31-2006, 07:09 AM
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Like bigdog said, he is right on. I think you could easily do most week ski trips for under 5K if you did not splurge tooo much in after ski fun. I personally like Big Sky Montana for skiing, they might have some cabins up there now but I have always stayed at the Huntley Lodge or the Condo next to it. No lift lines to speak of and ski in or out. Not very much night life however, but a great place. Now that I thought about it I have always looked, never went, at ski trips into Europe in the French Alps or the Dolomites, they have some great deals with all meals etc for less money it seems than skiing the west. Problem with ski trip to Europe from what my travel advisor said was you will probably spend more time site seeing than skiing. If you are interested check some of the ski club web sites like the Jacksonville ski club who use Coleman travel.
Oh, by the way there is some, I guess at times, some awesome winter fishing in Big Sky.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:32 AM
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Gmack,

Jackson is our favorite winter vacation. As others have mentionded I would suggest renting a 4WD at the airport. That way you can do some exploring around the area.

We always stay at the Jackson Hole Raquet Club. They have nice accomodations and are located about 10 miles out of Jackson and only a mile from the slopes. If you are not an avid skier I would still head up to the ski area for lunch and drinks and then consider if you want to give it a try. We once had a moose and her calf come right out front of our room. We fed her cheerios and pet her. Probably not the smartest move but others said she had become quite tame.

I would strongly suggest snowmobile trips to Yellowstone and Gros Ventre. You will see quite a bit of wildlife. There are also some good trail rides that are a bit more challenging and some places you can stop for a nice lunch around the fire to warm up. They include suits for snowmobiling and they are very warm so don't worry about your camo's.

If you decide to stay in town Snow King is ok.

Best restaurant we found is the Blue Lion which is in and old house in downtown Jackson. Jackson is small but the whole area is a site to behold and something you will not forget. The elk refuge is amazing. You can take a horse drawn sleigh right through herds of up to 8,000 elk and they don't move. You can get very close to them. They feed them from these sleighs which is why they don't spook. You can also take the road around the back side of the elk refuge and see moutain goats/sheep etc.

We missed this year but I think next year we will return. I think Jackson is one of the best winter vacations you can take because of the diverse activites and wildlife.

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