The 5th annual Jackson Hole WinterFest celebration will kick off on Friday, Feb. 13 and will run through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. The line-up has been announced and families should plan their trip to the Wyoming ski region now. Here are the snowy events you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival:
Ice-Skating on the Square at Town Square
Throughout the WinterFest celebration, families can hit the ice at the rink at the Square at Town Square daily. Times vary per day, but ice-skating will be available daily.
Jackson Hole Snowmobile Races
Two days of snowmobile races kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m., and continues on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m. Admission is free for all and kids will love cheering on their favorite riders. The Oval Race will feature vintage machines, 25 years or older, and riders throughout the entire event range in age from 5 to 75 years, proving you’re never too young or old to race in the snow.
23rd Annual Moose Chase Marathon
The Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club hosts the 23rd annual Moose Chase Marathon at the Trail Creek Nordic Center. The event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, and families can watch as skiers take on the various distances in the race. And if you want to join in on the fun, take on the .5k, which is free for all.
44th Annual Cutter Races
The Jackson Hole Shrine Club presents the 44th annual Cutter Races at Meoldy Park on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 14 and 15, at 12:30 p.m. Watch as participants race down the track behind horses, kicking up snow while competing for the title.
“Far From Home” Film Premier
Warm up on Monday Feb. 16, with a special movie premier. “Far From Home” is the story of a snowboarder from Uganda whose eyes are set on the 2018 Olympics. The feature length documentary is open to all ages and tickets are $17 each. The film will premier at Center Theater and doors open at 6 p.m., with the film starting at 7:30 p.m.
Teton Ice Fest Open Climbing Night
Visit Snow King Ice Park on Friday, Feb. 20, for the Teton Ice Fest Open Climbing Night. Participants will compete in up to three events, while spectators keep warm by the bonfire, eating the free S’mores that will be on offer. The first event kicks off at 4 p.m.
3rd Annual Jackson Hole Ski Joring
The Jackson Hole Shrine Club hosts the 3rd annual Jackson Hole Ski Joring competition on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 21 and 22. Families can cheer on their favorite skier as he or she is pulled behind a horse down the track at Melody Ranch. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race starts at 12:30 p.m.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz