When the snow gets slushy (and it's got a few weeks to go before it does), Jackson Hole locals know there's no reason to cry for the end of winter, because spring also means good times. Early spring is time for festivals and events, which draw outdoor-loving types to get out and celebrate longer days and warmer temperatures. Late March and early April are favorite festival times in Jackson, since many people head out of town for mud season, which generally runs through May.
Check out these fun and festive ways to get outside and enjoy spring in Jackson Hole.
1. Go Birding
With spring days warming up, some of Jackson's migratory birds are on their way back to town for the summer. Keep your eyes and ears out for these seasonal visitors, such as stunning mountain bluebirds. Good areas for birding are on Flat Creek, just north of town, or head up to Grand Teton National Park . Be sure to bring your binoculars and a birding checklist .
2. Music Under the Tram
In the late afternoon on most weekends, head out to the Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to enjoy the “Music Under the Tram” series. Acts like Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Chanman Roots Band, Lazy Eyes, MoonAlice, and Mandatory Air are in the lineup this spring, offering a great way to unwind after shredding on the slopes.
3. Final Resort Turns of The Season
There are still a few weeks left to get some turns in at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. JHMR closes on April 5 this year, and Grand Targhee on April 19. Targhee is currently reporting 73 inches of snow depth, and JHMR has 78 inches on the upper mountain and 64 inches mid mountain, so there's plenty of fun to be had. Be sure to check conditions at JHMR or Grand Targhee before heading out.
4. Backcountry Spring Skiing
With warm spring conditions, be sure to check out the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center's avalanche forecast and warnings and be knowledgeable, appropriately skilled, and have the right equipment (and know how to use it!) for traveling in avalanche country. With that in mind, Grand Teton National Park is a popular place to get your spring shred on, including 25 Short . Edelweiss , which is just off Teton Pass on Highway 22, is another spot to get some backcountry turns in.
5. Closing Day Festivities
Closing day is always a party at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Come out on Sunday, April 5 for a final day of season festivities. Get some final resort turns in for the season, be sure to wear your best costume, and plan on staying for a while, as The Village nightlife is hopping on the last day of the season.
6. Interdenominational Sunrise Easter Service at the Gondola Summit
Bright and early on Easter morning, Rev. Ben Pascal will lead an outdoor interdenominational Easter service on top of the Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Worshippers will be treated to a free gondola ride up for the service but are required to return via gondola before the mountain opens (in other words, you can't bring your skis with you).
7. Celebrate Warmer Weather With an Alfresco Picnic
A favorite way to enjoy the coming of spring is to relax and enjoy the longer spring days with a picnic. As the snow is melting away, gather a few camp chairs and some friends and enjoy a sunset celebration. Head up to Grand Teton National Park and relax in a pull-out, or hike on down the park's road past the auto closure gate to find a more secluded spot. What better time to start planning the summer adventures that lie ahead?