Snow lovers head to Jackson when the powder is deep and the slopes are open for business. Ski season typically runs from Thanksgiving into April; however, during high-precipitation years, the resort can remain open even longer. Hotel and lift-ticket prices are the most expensive during the height of ski season, which lasts from December through March. November and April are slightly lower in cost.
While chilly, spring is perfect for nature lovers, as the animals re-emerge after a long winter, and many have newborn babies in tow.
For those wishing to enjoy Mother Nature during her warmer months, most of the national parks begin welcoming guests for the summer season in May. However, the snow can linger on the mountains through the end of June—sometimes even later—so if you want guaranteed sun and nice weather, your best bet is to plan a trip for late July or August.
Fall months are quiet, as many of the outdoor companies shut down for the shoulder season. Visiting during this time can be a gamble: The snow might arrive early, but more than likely the landscape will be a tapestry of rich colors illuminated by the pleasant afternoons.