Snowmobiling in the Tetons

On March 13, 2014 by Peter

My legs needed a day off from skiing, so I thought it would be fun to go snowmobiling in the Tetons since it would involve nothing but sitting down all day. After reading some reviews on TripAdvisor, I called up Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours and they signed me up for a trip over the Continental Divide and back, with a stop for lunch at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge in between. The guide and I each rode a single snowmobile, and three doubles (a family of four and a couple) joined us. I had never ridden a snowmobile before but it felt surprisingly similar to a jet ski — you have to accelerate to turn; if you slow down, you will stop turning. These are also loud machines, which somewhat diminished the otherwise pristine serenity of the wilderness. They are the best way to cover lots of ground quickly in the winter, though, and I made it farther into the Bridger Teton National Forest than I would have on cross-country skis.

Snowmobiling in the Tetons

The two kids were from Texas had never had a chance to play in snow. They went at it every time we paused. It was fun to watch.

Snowfight in the Tetons

We were all wearing those awesome looking one-piece snowsuits that you see in the photo. In addition to being the height of winter fashion, they were super warm and kept us all cozy during the ride. After a long day in the saddle, we made it back to the trailhead, loaded the sleds, and headed back into town. I enjoyed the experience and recommend it if you visit Jackson in the winter. Jackson Hole Snowmobile Tours also offers trips into Yellowstone until early March each year on quieter sleds. If you’ve never visited Yellowstone, that would be a great way to experience the beauty of the park without the hordes of summer tourists.

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