Dreaming of a White Christmas?
Jackson Hole is one of the premier ski resorts in the western United States. Perched high in Wyoming’s Teton Mountains, the area is famous for its beauty, its fresh snow, and its “steep and deep” – its expert pitches and deep powder. You may think that all this adds up to an expensive vacation, but if you know how to find December deals in Jackson Hole, it is easy to save a lot of money. Here are some great tips to help you stick to your Christmas vacation budget.
Choose the Right Place to Stay
You've got a variety of options for lodging around Jackson Hole
, but the real deals can be found in excellent vacation rentals. Imagine a snowy week in a picturesque chalet, a cozy condo, or rustic (or not-so-rustic) log home right in Teton Village
, close to both lifts and slopes. Whether you need a comfy condo for two or a large home with enough bedrooms for your whole clan, you can find the perfect place to stay with amenities like hot tubs, game rooms, and breathtaking views of the Tetons.
Book early, or gamble on a last minute deal mid-week in December. A vacation rental offers a home-like experience where you can save a fortune on food by making your own meals and snacks, while everyone gets some privacy and their own bedroom. Skipping those $25 hotel breakfast buffets is a great way to save a little cash on your Christmas vacation.
Find Deals Online
Find December deals in Jackson Hole on local business websites. Rent your skis or snowboarding equipment from an outfitter like JH Sports, who offers a 20 percent discount if you book your equipment rental online before you arrive.
You can also find out about deals and discounts by following Jackson Hole on Twitter (@jhski
). There are contests, coupons, and lots of photos posted to get you ready for your snowy vacation. You can also sign up at the Jackson Hole website for daily emails that include deals just for subscribers, photos, and daily snowfall reports.
Timing is Everything
Skiing and snowboarding are expensive sports, but if you know how to find December deals in Jackson Hole, you can save money on your lift tickets. While you may want to maximize your ski time on your vacation, if you sleep in a couple days and get a half-day ticket instead, you’re looking at some significant savings. If you’re a dedicated skier or boarder, you can save money by buying a multi-day ticket, and you save even more when you buy those lift tickets online.
Another way to ski cheap is to take your vacation in the first week of December. Lift tickets for the first week of December are almost $40 cheaper than they are during the peak holiday season.
Dining out around Jackson Hole is not cheap, especially in December, providing another good reason to book a great vacation rental. However, if you look hard, there are a few deals to be had, even at peak season. A few good local restaurants offer early bird specials or happy hours with cheap food and drinks, including the Cadillac Grill
on the Town Square
and the Snake River Brewing Company
Make sure to pick up a copy of the local newspaper, Jackson Hole News, because many restaurants post special coupons for early bird discounts, two-for-one dinners, and other food deals.
Pick up some easy eats to fuel your outdoor adventures at local grocers like The Jackson Whole Grocer
, JH Organics
or the chains Smith's
. Grab energy bars and water bottles to take with you on the slopes and make a party out of preparing some of your meals at your vacation home for a great way to relax and save on dining costs.