Spring Creek Ranch, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has come up with a way to still traverse the park normally closed to all parks during this time of year. It’s called a snowcoach, looks like a jeep on skiis (like this one from Xanterra above), and is absolutely wild. The Wildlife Safari takes people through the park in the coach where they are led by the resort’s naturalist, Kurt Johnson to point out where the elk and buffalo roam on snow covered hills, their long beards covered with flakes themselves—though they don’t seem to mind it or your presence.
After the four-hour excursion it’s back to the Grand Teton Mountain-facing resort for a dip in the outdoor hot tub. It’s only fitting to go for some body-warming cocktails followed by a dinner of game sausage and bison burgersat the Granary Restaurant, before retiring to your rustic cabin or deluxe hotel room where you’ll plan the next day’s activities in front of a roaring fireplace. Will it be a sleigh ride? Ice skating? Or both?
The Winter Wildlife Safari is $195 per adult. Rates at Spring Creek Ranch begin at $225 in December ($295 during the holiday season).
[Photo:Paul M Shea/Luxist]