6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Why go: One look at the majestic Grand Tetons is all the convincing you need to make a visit. There are three major ski resorts situated in the valley, surrounded by national forests: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort. Even better than the skiing, though, is the access to Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, the park is only accessible by snowmobile or snowcoach, and a limited number of guests are allowed in per day. You’re more likely to run into the giant elk roaming the park than other people.
Where to stay: Cozy up in Jackson Hole’s historic downtown at the Anvil Hotel, a renovated 1950s motel. The minimalist Western vibe is a little hipster (it was designed by a Brooklyn studio), but the 49 rooms feature warm wood tones, handmade rugs, and custom Woolrich blankets. It’s minutes from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and one of the closest hotels to the southern entrance of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Best of all, the Anvil offers winter packages (like snowshoeing tours, snowmobile rides to the Granite Hot Springs, and a horse drawn carriage ride through the National Elk Refuge) right out of the property’s backyard.
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