If you’ve ever wondered what the wide open West looks like in all of its natural glory, then you simply must add Jackson Hole to your bucket list. Most of the land in this community is preserved and protected, ensuring that wildlife can roam free, rivers can drift endlessly without interruption and mountain ranges can be the only skyline in this part of the world.

Located just a few miles away from the Continental Divide, Jackson Hole is a skier’s paradise. Some of the best slopes in the world are located in this community, and that’s just one of the reasons why you should book your winter getaway to this fantastic destination.

Here are our top 5 reasons you should be visiting Jackson Hole this winter!

You simply have to experience what it’s like to ski the slopes of Jackson Hole.

Skiing is by far the most popular winter activity in Jackson Hole, and for good reason! Novice skiers and seasoned experts never tire of experiencing the mountain ranges that surround the city. There are many ski resorts in the region, but some of the most well-known locations include the Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Snow King Resort. Regardless of where you choose to hit the slopes, you’ll find that each run is as breathtaking and beautiful as the last. Don’t forget to catch the apres ski action at the base of the mountain while visiting.

You’ll never go anywhere else where you can experience a diverse range of wildlife in its natural setting.

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Winter is the best season to experience these majestic creatures, which cannot easily be found in the wild in other locations any longer.

Plan a visit to the National Elk Refuge while visiting, where you will find thousands of elk gathered together during the winter months in their natural elements. For an extra special treat, consider booking a sleigh ride through the elk. Of course, there’s more than just elk in these preserved lands where wildlife roams free. There are many tour companies that will take you on wildlife tours through the region, including the national parks, where bears, birds, bison, wolves and bighorn sheep may be spotted.

There’s always something new or different to do throughout the community.

It may be a place where nature’s beauty reigns supreme, but Jackson Hole is a city with a happening social scene as well. Throughout the winter, there are many activities and events that visitors can enjoy. This winter, a banjo duo will be stopping in town to give a one-of-a-kind performance, a skijoring competition will be held, as well as the 45th Annual Cutter Races. Find out when your favorite events will be taking place, and plan your trip to Jackson Hole accordingly.

Don’t forget to catch the 40th annual, 2016 World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb this year from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. March 24 through 27, 2016! With over 300 participants, 10,000 guests visiting, this is going to be an amazing event not to miss!

You don’t have to sacrifice luxurious accommodations or fine dining experiences.

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The White Buffalo Club hotel in Jackson Hole Wyoming. You can enjoy everything about your ski vacation, without compromising on the simple luxuries that make vacations wonderful.

When you picture a destination like Jackson Hole, you might think you need to book a ski lodge or a rustic cabin for your stay. However, there are many luxury and boutique hotels available for you to stay in when visiting Jackson Hole, all of which offer an authentic experience for you. At the White Buffalo Club, you have access to first-class accommodations, fine dining experiences, a fitness center and a restorative spa. You can enjoy everything about your ski vacation, without compromising on the simple luxuries that make vacations wonderful.

Imagine your days on the slopes but your evenings at a cozy restaurant that serves the finest USDA steaks and most refreshing wines. That’s what life is like at the White Buffalo Club!

You can enjoy the snow even if you don’t want to strap on your skis.

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Consider trying a day of snowboarding, allowing you to experience a different snow sport!

Skiing and snowboarding is the favorite pastime of most people in Jackson Hole, but there’s other ways to get out and play in the snow as well. Perhaps you’d rather walk at a slower pace in your snowshoes, as this allows you to participate in a new activity while also soaking up the sights, sounds and wonders of the great outdoors. There are even snowmobile tours for those who are looking for an extra dose of thrill and adventure on their trip to Jackson Hole.

Taking a vacation during the dark days of the winter doesn’t mean that you have to head to someplace warm and tropical. In fact, escaping to a place where you can experience winter in all of its wondrous, natural glory could be just the break you need from the doldrums of everyday life.

Jackson Hole offers you the chance to step into a simpler way of life, to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature and to experience the outdoors in a way that excites you and motivates you.

This is the best winter yet to visit Jackson Hole, so don’t let the moment pass you by. Book your trip now, and discover what awaits you when you arrive.