Winter activities

With people wanting to play outside and avoid crowds during the pandemic, fat bike sales and rentals are expected to rise this winter.

Despite the pandemic, winter activities providers are upbeat about winter 2020-21. 

Caroline Meerman at snow coach and snowmobile tour operator Scenic Safaris said that "we are not having anybody cancel because of COVID right now."

"The people I'm talking to on the phone are incredibly stressed and wanting to go somewhere," said Frank Teasley, owner of Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours, which takes people to Granite Hot Springs. "I think it will be similar to what happened in Jackson this summer."

At Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures, which offers sleigh rides with dinner in a heated tent, reservations are “blowing away” past years’, said Adam Gottschling, who manages the business with his wife, Cristina.

Cody Downard, who operates the Teton Pines Nordic Center, said the cross-country ski industry is anticipating a 30% increase in newcomers to the sport this winter.

During a Chamber of Commerce webinar, Nancy Leon of the Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance said some retail shops are seeing a surge in winter gear sales. At the same time inventory for things like cross-country skis and fat bikes is limited.

“If you are interested in getting out and you either need to buy gear, if you're interested in demo'ing or renting gear, we really encourage you to get yourself equipped now," Leon said.

For more, see the Business section in this week's Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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