IF YOU GO
Where to stay Turpin Meadow Ranch 24505 Buffalo Valley Rd., Moran. 307-543-9147, turpinmeadowranch.com Historic log cabins with gas fireplaces, Pendleton wool blankets, and bright, cheerful interiors. No TVs or cellphone service. Cabins, including breakfast, from $149 a night (double occupancy). Winter season starts Dec. 23; two-night minimum stay.
Where to stay
Turpin Meadow Ranch
24505 Buffalo Valley Rd., Moran. 307-543-9147, turpinmeadowranch.com
Historic log cabins with gas fireplaces, Pendleton wool blankets, and bright, cheerful interiors. No TVs or cellphone service. Cabins, including breakfast, from $149 a night (double occupancy). Winter season starts Dec. 23; two-night minimum stay.
285 Glenwood St., Jackson. 307-739-1570, alpinehouse.com
Turpin Meadow has a boutique, sister property a five-minute walk from Jackson's Town Square. Packages that include nights at both properties are available. The inn is closed until Dec. 7 for the off-season. Rooms from $145.
Where to eat
Turpin Meadow Ranch
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All meals are served in the main lodge, decorated with vintage maps of the area, river rocks, and taxidermied heads of an elk and a buffalo. Breakfast is for overnight guests only. Anyone can come up for a hearty lunch, but reservations are required for the multicourse dinner. Lunch (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily) from $8; dinner (5 to 8 p.m.) from $20.
15 W. Broadway, Jackson. 307-733-3253, atelierortega.squarespace.com
Bonbons, Viennoiseries, coffee drinks, and gelato made by a culinary Olympian (seriously, Oscar Ortega has competed at the Culinary Olympics). Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., from $2.
1110 Maple Way, Suite B, Jackson. 307-264-2956, picnicjh.com
Kevin Cohane studied pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and his wife, Ali, designed a space you'll want to hang out in all day. Check out their salads, cocktails, and sandwiches. Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ; weekends. Pastries from $3; lunch from $8.
2550 Moose Wilson Rd., Wilson. 307-739-0700, qjacksonhole.com
Toss peanut shells on the floor at this restaurant/microbrewery, with a menu ranging from curry to the best ribs in town. Open daily from 5 to 10 p.m., entrees from $14.
Turpin Meadow Ranch activities
Twenty-five kilometers of trails at all levels are groomed six days a week for both classic and skate skiing. Rent skis, boots, poles from $20/day. Day passes cost $15 (one-time fee for guests).
Fat bikes are allowed on Nordic trails when conditions permit. This winter, the ranch also has groomed, fat-bike-specific single-track trails. Bike rentals from $30; guided rides from $120.
No other destination Nordic resort in the country also does guided snowmobile trips. A spur to the 500-mile-long Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail starts from the ranch. Guided trips with lunch cost $125 for a half-day, $200 for a full day.
Jackson and Teton Village activities
Après Ski and Art
155 W. Broadway, Jackson. 307-733-0905, diehlgallery.com
Sip wine, snack, and check out the valley's changing art scene while still wearing your ski clothes. Open 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday though Saturday, through March. Free.
400 E. Snow King Ave., Jackson. 307-201-5096,
Sit in an individual, cart-sled hybrid on this gravity-powered coaster, which can reach up to 27 m.p.h. as it twists and turns down 370 feet. Keep in mind that the coaster can be closed because of weather or operational issues, so call ahead. Open 2 to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Adults, $21; kids, $8.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
3395 Cody Lane, Teton Village. 307-733-2292, jacksonhole.com
Ski magazine readers haven't ranked any other resort No. 1 for both extreme terrain and overall excellence. A gondola serving terrain for beginners and intermediate skiers makes its debut this season. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Lift tickets from $81.