Preparing for Your Winter Tour
|Pre-Tour Phone Call
Prior to your tour, please review our related suggestions and information. Your guide will typically call you the night before to confirm departure time, answer questions, and inquire as to your interests and needs in order to customize your tour. Please call if questions arise before the tour.
|Meals & Refreshments||Refreshments & Meals
Eating well before any winter tour or activity is highly recommended due to colder weather and possible unforeseeable delays. Bottled water, hot beverages, and light snacks, such as granola bars, fruit, candy, are provided. Due to a variety of personal tastes, meals are not provided by Ana’s Grand Excursions. See individual winter tour scheduling to determine any overlap with meal times.
|Weather & Altitude||Winter Weather Conditions & High Altitude
Please be prepared for high altitude and extreme winter weather conditions, as Jackson Hole lies above 6,400ft, and Grand Targhee Resort above 8,000ft. Temperatures can fall far below zero degrees for extended periods of time. Avoid dehydration and altitude sickness by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol. Avoid hypothermia by dressing for the cold and paying attention to symptoms including chills, numbness, slow movements, and confusion.
Avoid frostbite (skin turns WHITE), especially of those areas you can’t see, such as the nose, ears, and toes. Avoid sun damage by wearing sunblock and sunglasses or goggles.
Dress in layers and bring warm jackets, snow pants, long underwear, snow boots, and appropriate accessories suitable for extreme winter conditions. Footwear should be appropriate for walking on slick surfaces such as snow and ice. If you join the Winter Wildlife Excursion, please be prepared for sitting on a sleigh and exposed to the elements for approx 1 hour. Among other things wear snow pants, thick socks, a knit hat and a neck gator or scarf! And mittens are better than gloves. We offer a small supply of loaner hats, coats, and blankets but these should supplement your own items.
(side note: if you are planning to go on a snowmobile trip during your stay in Jackson Hole, we also highly recommend a head/neck balaclava to stay warm!)
|Physical Activity||Physical Activity
Upon arrival to Jackson, allow time to acclimate to the high altitude environment by not scheduling strenuous activities immediately. Our Winter Wildlife Excursion requires very limited activity but stepping up onto a sleigh will be required. Our tours are appropriate for all ages, but know your group’s physical condition, strength, and limitations.
Please be prepared for possible travel delays due to high winds, snow storms, snow slides, road closures, accidents, etc.
|Communication||Phone and Internet Service
Please be prepared that cell phones may not always transmit from remote locations.
|Cancellation Policy||Cancellation Policy
Please see “Winter Tour Rates” for cancellation policy and additional charges
|(fun facts: Snow King Resort, opened in 1939, was the first ski resort in Wyoming. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort claims fame to its aerial tram, providing over 4,139 vertical feet access [greatest continuous rise in U.S.] with one lift. Grand Targhee Ski Resort is famous for over 500 inches of snow fall annually.)|