Winter Outings in the Rockies

Make your friends jealous



Photo courtesy of The Limelight Hotel

Do you enjoy being the first one of your friends to do an activity? Who doesn’t? Perhaps you were the first of your friends to zip line over a train near Leadville, Colorado, or to see a wolf on an outing in Jackson, Wyoming. These kinds of experiences can be yours, you just have to look for them. 

Idaho - Dark Skies Dinner in a Yurt

Photo courtesy of The Limelight Hotel

Home to the first Dark Sky Reserve, Sun Valley and Ketchum are at the heart of astral activity. Enter, The Limelight Hotel’s Dark Skies Dinner. Dress warmly and prepare for a one-of-a-kind excursion led by Sun Valley Guides.


Photo courtesy of The Limelight Hotel

This is an activity that requires a bit of work. First, guests ski or snowshoe into the Boulder Yurt with your guide. During the summer, it’s a lovely hike. Two chefs prepare a memorable meal based on the guests’ preferences, and they will use locally available seasonal ingredients.


Travis Amick. Photo courtesy of The Limelight Hotel

After dinner, guests will watch the night sky with Astrophysicist Dr. Jim Dull, a professor at College of Idaho who specializes in astronomy education. He’ll teach many things as guests gaze at the moon, planets and constellations.  

After the meal and gazing at the night sky, guests return to The Limelight where they can soak one of the hotel’s two hot tubs or just fall asleep in a comfy guest bed. 

Colorado - Drive a Snowcat

Photo courtesy of The Little Nell

Want to be a true skiing insider? Ride in a snowcat during a stay at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado. Not only can guests ride shotgun as the snowcat grooms the mountain, but they can also opt for one-on-one instruction on how to operate this big machine. 


Photo courtesy of The Little Nell

Want to take it even further? Enroll is Snowcat Academy. This class puts the student in the cockpit of a Stage IV/Tier 4 snowcat and before long the guest will be laying lines of corduroy. 

Inquire about these activities when making a reservation. Winter Adventures are exclusive to guests of The Little Nell, Residences at The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotel.

Wyoming - Take it Easy or Get Wild

Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Ranch

Spring Creek Ranch is a winter wonderland overlooking Wyoming’s majestic Tetons. The ranch is a stone’s throw from several ski resorts and 10 minutes outside of Jackson. Whether a guest wants to take it easy in a Coach Tour or be adventurous and go heli-skiing, this place has it all. 

For guests who’d rather sit in a nice warm vehicle instead of strapping on snowshoes, the Coach Tour is perfect. The Coach Tour goes inside Yellowstone National Park during the wintry months. Wildlife Expeditions and Scenic Safaris provide safe, snow-proof buses that can easily transport guests to remote places few get to see in the winter.


Photo courtesy of Spring Creek Ranch

Should a guest want to stretch their ski legs, they can book heli-skiing in the backcountry of Wyoming. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a wonderful way to see the mountains for the person with the right skills.

Spring Creek Ranch can arrange for these activities and more for their guests.

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Heidi Kerr-SchlaeferHeidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the founder of HeidiTown, the place for entertaining festival and travel stories. As the “Mayor” of HeidiTown and a freelance writer, Heidi travels the Rocky Mountain States and beyond in order to introduce her readers/citizens to the amazing adventures that are just a road trip away. ‚Äč 

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