Many people ask, “What should I wear in Jackson Hole winter?” We have the answers for you! The good news is that if you forget anything, local shops are happy to help!
Depending on your outdoor activity, you might need very warm clothing or in some cases, like the outdoor activity of sitting outside the Handle Bar having a hot toddy, your jeans can suffice. For the rest of this article, let’s assume that you want to live life to it’s fullest and get out in the wild!
- Warm boots
- Long underwear
- Shell insulated pants
- Long-sleeve undershirt
- Fleece shirt
- Warm jacket
- Neck gaiter
- Wool hat
Let’s start at the bottom. No, not THAT bottom, we meant your feet! This is the biggest body-part mistake that winter visitors make. You know those cool New York city Sergio Rossi boots? Those are not REALLY boots out here in the wild west! Most locals turn to a traditional Sorel style boot, or if you want to stay REALLY warm, a Muck Arctic Pro. Make sure your socks are not made of cotton.
Let’s move up to your legs, you will want to have at least two layers of britches, or as the Yankees call them; pants. Most locals wear a layer of non-cotton underwear, then a warmer pair of non-cotton pants, sometimes followed by a shell layer made of, yes, you guessed it; non-cotton.
Moving on up, let’s get your torso situation covered. Start with non-cotton underwear long-sleeve T-shirt, then a fleece over-shirt jacket. We turned to outdoor clothing expert Anna Shelton at Teton Mountaineering for jacket recommendations. She said that most-popular in Jackson Hole are Canada Goose Women’s Expedition Parkas and Patagonia’s Women’s Jackson Glacier Parka. A jacket that is warm, weather-resistant, and wind-blocking will help you stay cozy in the wild Wyoming winter.
Gloves? Anna say that it is easy to deep your digits warm with:
- Men’s Hestra Wakayama Gloves
- Women’s Hestra Elk Utsjo Gloves
Your neck needs to be covered, and a scarf works well as does a quality neck gaiter, which can be handy due to likely face covering regulations. Most outdoor activities require a warm hat, except for snowmobiling (you have a helmet) and shooting guns (you have electronic ear muffs). This style is most popular, however if you want to look like a real old-time rancher, this is the way to go.
Short podcast of the Top 10 Things to do in Jackson Hole in the winter: