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Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

Perth, Australia
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Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

We are planning a winter trip to Jackson Hole, albeit in Dec this year, but this question is applicable at any time & I thought Id ask while Im thinking about it.

I wouldnt have a clue what to wear / buy / pack !

We have never seen proper snow or a cold winter. The coldest our winters here get is about 10deg c or 50 d F, and this is a once off cold day.

ive also been to Queenstown , NZ and skiid. But it wasnt actually snowing, or that cold when you werent on the mountain- you could get away with jeans, a good jacket , scarf and any sort of boots.

Im assuming any coats or boots I buy here in West Aus are not going to cut it over there, unless I spend hundreds at specialist adventure sport stores.

Would it be wise to not bring anything "wintery" (apart from easy things we already own : jeans, jumpers, whatever boots we have etc) and get the proper stuff when we are there??

We are visiting LA and New york first... so I could pick up things there?

Ive also heard this stuff is much much cheaper in the US

But are there particular boots you'd need for just walking around in Jackson Hole? Would a good pair of leather boots cut it? or something particular to snow?

I guess all the above questions would also apply to being in New York also, if anyone has any advice on that also.

Haha sorry, just dont know where to start!

:) Thanks

Edited: 12:29 am, January 09, 2014
Perth, Australia
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11. Re: Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

You guys have been so helpful, thank you. You've given me lots of options and things to think about. The cotton thing is interesting thanks, ill remember that.

I'll have a look at those online stores too, see if I can get something cheap as being in Australia, I wont be using them too often haha

The activities are interesting, snowshoeing! Ive never heard of that but will be looking that up as it sounds fun!

Rough plans : lots of town walking (around shops, cafes, to dinners etc ), we'd love to ski a few days, but also other non skiing outdoor activities : sligh rides, outdoor tours, snowshoeing now maybe :P

Would anyone have advice on what a good amount of time to spend in jackson would be ? I had originally planned 3 days, now pushed it out to 5 or 6, given this winter wonderland is a rarity for us , and there looks to be so many amazing activities.

Thanks everyone.

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12. Re: Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

Here are some things you might want to do in JH during your winter visit: downhill skiing; cross-country skiing and snowshoe hiking in GTNP; snowcoach trip into YNP; snowmobile in the national forest; visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art; take the tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for views of the valley; sleigh ride into the elk herds in the National Elk Refuge; drive the Elk Refuge Rd., do some snow activities at Snow King; ice skate; ride a dogsled; take a sleigh ride to lunch or dinner; soak in a hot spring; take a sleigh ride and enjoy dinner and a barn dance at the Mill Iron Ranch. Here are some links that might be helpful:

www.jacksonholenet.com/winter_recreation/

jacksonholenet.com/winter_recreation/ice_ska…

http://www.wildlifesnowshoeadventures.com/

http://www.togwoteesnowmobile.com/

http://www.wildlifeart.org/

bart5.com/bar-t-5,_inc_-_covrd_wgn_ckout_hom…

www.millironranch.net/sleigh-rides.html

Since you said that you'd like to ski for a few days, taken together with these other activities, it sounds like you could easily occupy 5 days here.

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13. Re: Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

"Would anyone have advice on what a good amount of time to spend in jackson would be ?"

Answer : LIFETIME

:)

Strongly recommended a snowmobile day . If self guide Granite Hot Spring is a good place , easy , short scenic ride (8miles) with a natural hot water pool .. Went this year and love it

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60491-d52…

Any snowmobile tour would be a great way to spend a day ..

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14. Re: Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

Snowshoeing is a lot of fun and a whole lot less technical than cross country skiing. A groomed snowshoe trail or one that people have already tramped a path in is much easier to start with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowshoe

Pam

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15. Re: Winter Trip Planning : clothing?? boots?? For Aussies

I loved the taggart lake snowshoes trail . Was fun with great views of the Tetons . Even it is only 1.6 miles each way plan at least 3 to 4 hours and wait couple days before take the hike to get used to the altitude or you will get tired on the first half of the way

Have fun

Edited: 12:53 am, January 14, 2014
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