Jackson WY

On a grassy plateau, surrounded by mountains and with the spectacular Grand Tetons as a backdrop, sits the town of Jackson. Antler arches in the town square and wooden sidewalks under deep verandahs. The people are laid back and friendly and wild animals – moose, elk, bighorn sheep, wolves, bison, deer – hang out and graze on the edge of town. Despite the fact that the hills around here contain some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America, there is no doubt that when you’re in Jackson you’re in still in cowboy territory.

Looking over a rough wooden fence into a snow-covered field with mountains in the distance in the cold light near dusk, Jackson, Wyoming

Looking over a rough wooden fence into a snow-covered field with mountains in the distance in the cold light near dusk.

A moose, without antlers, pauses for a moment in the snowy woods just outside town, Jackson, Wyoming

A moose, without antlers, pauses for a moment in the snowy woods just outside town.

Moose antlers hang from the center of one of the elk antler arches in the town square, with a snowy hill and blue sky behind, Jackson, Wyoming

Moose antlers hang from the center of one of the elk antler arches in the town square, with a snowy hill and blue sky behind.

A pickup truck pulls out onto the snow-covered street, with colourful weatherboard shopfronts, a sign for the Ranch Inn and the Snow King ski area straight ahead, as the temperature reads 5 degrees celsius, Jackson, Wyoming

A pickup truck pulls out onto the snow-covered street, with colourful weatherboard shopfronts, a sign for the Ranch Inn and the Snow King ski area straight ahead, as the temperature reads 5 degrees celsius.

A cowboy hat store with verandah and wooden sidewalk on the snowy main street, with hills in the background, Jackson, WyomingAn old-style lamp made from an antler lit by an an electric candle on the wooden wall outside a shop, Jackson, Wyoming

A cowboy hat store with verandah and wooden sidewalk on the snowy main street, with hills in the background; An old-style lamp made from an antler lit by an an electric candle on the wooden wall outside a shop.

Wooden sidewalks beneath verandahs, with fresh snow walked all over them, just like the old wild west, Jackson, WyomingBronze statue in the town square of the bucking horse and rider that is the Wyoming logo, with bare winter trees and blue sky, Jackson, Wyoming

Wooden sidewalks beneath verandahs, with fresh snow walked all over them, just like the old wild west; Bronze statue in the town square of the bucking horse and rider that is the Wyoming logo, with bare winter trees and blue sky.

American and Wyoming flags hang over parked cars in the main street, Jackson, WyomingA log cabin with electric candle twinkle lights and snow on the wooden shingle roof, Jackson, Wyoming

American and Wyoming flags hang over parked cars in the main street; A log cabin with electric candle twinkle lights and snow on the wooden shingle roof.

Traffic lights at a snowy intersection with the Cowboy Bar neon sign and a very round snow-covered hill, Jackson, Wyoming

Traffic lights at a snowy intersection with the Cowboy Bar neon sign and a very round snow-covered hill.

A stuffed elk with light snow resting on its nose outside a shop, with the reflection of a man walking the snowy streets in the shop window, Jackson, WyomingCrusty old snow on the wooden sidewalk beneath the verandahs, with a dusting of fresh light snow on top, Jackson, Wyoming

A stuffed elk with light snow resting on its nose outside a shop, with the reflection of a man walking the snowy streets in the shop window; Crusty old snow on the wooden sidewalk beneath the verandahs, with a dusting of fresh light snow on top.

Faded letters on the old Teton movie theater sign, still operational on the snowy main street, Jackson, WyomingFour people cross the snowy road near shops with a big snow-covered hill looming large behind them, Jackson, Wyoming

Faded letters on the old Teton movie theater sign, still operational on the snowy main street; Four people cross the snowy road near shops with a big snow-covered hill looming large behind them.

A close up of the elk antlers that form one of the town square's four antler arches, wrapped in twinkle lights, Jackson, WyomingThe famous elk arches that form the four corners of the town square were first built during the 1950s and 1960s but have been rebuilt in recent years, Jackson, Wyoming

A close up of the elk antlers that form one of the town square’s four antler arches, wrapped in twinkle lights; The famous elk arches that form the four corners of the town square were first built during the 1950s and 1960s but have been rebuilt in recent years.

With just a thin strip of clouds across them, the dramatic Grand Tetons rise up from a landscape of snowy hill and forests.

Looking across a snowy landscape to a thin strip of bare winter trees and snowy mountains cloaked in grey clouds, Jackson, WyomingA moose kicks up snow as it trots through the snowy woods just outside town, Jackson, Wyoming

Looking across a snowy landscape to a thin strip of bare winter trees and snowy mountains cloaked in grey clouds; A moose kicks up snow as it trots through the snowy woods just outside town.

Looking across a snowy landscape to the Grand Tetons with blue sky, light cloud, and the sun starting to dip closer to the horizon, Jackson, Wyoming

Looking across a snowy landscape to the Grand Tetons with blue sky, light cloud, and the sun starting to dip closer to the horizon.

A moose lifts its foot high as it walks through knee deep snow in the woods, Jackson, WyomingA moose stretches its head up to reach a twiggy bare winter branch it wants to eat, Jackson, Wyoming

A moose lifts its foot high as it walks through knee deep snow in the woods; A moose stretches its head up to reach a twiggy bare winter branch it wants to eat.

Looking across scrubby plants sticking out of the snow to the Grand Tetons hidden by cloud, Jackson, WyomingThe Grand Tetons in the blue shade of late afternoon, the last sun still hitting the peaks with a wisp of white cloud draped across them, Jackson, Wyoming

Looking across scrubby plants sticking out of the snow to the Grand Tetons hidden by cloud; The Grand Tetons in the blue shade of late afternoon, the last sun still hitting the peaks with a wisp of white cloud draped across them.

On the Elk Refuge three bighorn sheep nibble on grasses sticking out from the snowy landscape, Jackson, WyomingTwo bighorn sheep blend in to the steep rocky hillside amongst tall grasses and snow, Jackson, Wyoming

On the Elk Refuge three bighorn sheep nibble on grasses sticking out from the snowy landscape; Two bighorn sheep blend in to the steep rocky hillside amongst tall grasses and snow.

A lone bighorn sheep finds itself stranded on a small rocky cliff edge covered in snow, backed against the wall it seems unable to work out where to go next, Jackson, WyomingA male bighorn sheep stand in the snow covered landscape and watches the herd, Jackson, Wyoming

A lone bighorn sheep finds itself stranded on a small rocky cliff edge covered in snow, backed against the wall it seems unable to work out where to go next; A male bighorn sheep stand in the snow covered landscape and watches the herd.

Oddly regimented and straight snowy hills amongst the forest at the base of the Grand Tetons, Jackson, Wyoming

Oddly regimented and straight snowy hills amongst the forest at the base of the Grand Tetons.

A herd of wild bison graze in a snowy fields just outside town on a frosty morning, Jackson, WyomingThe ruins of an old wooden cabin, still with its rough log fence around it, in a snowy landscape, Jackson, Wyoming

A herd of wild bison graze in a snowy fields just outside town on a frosty morning; The ruins of an old wooden cabin, still with its rough log fence around it, in a snowy landscape.

A rough old wooden cabin, falling into disrepair and ruin, in a snow-covered landscape with a spectacular view of the Grand Teton mountains, Jackson, Wyoming

A rough old wooden cabin, falling into disrepair and ruin, in a snow-covered landscape with a spectacular view of the Grand Teton mountains.

A mother bison, her breath steaming in the frosty morning air, stands protectively close to her calf in a snowy field just outside town, Jackson, Wyoming

A mother bison, her breath steaming in the frosty morning air, stands protectively close to her calf in a snowy field just outside town.

A rough wooden fence of the type found everywhere in this landscape, with snowy sage brush and bare aspen trees, Jackson, WyomingA deer searches for food on the snow-covered ground with the massive snowy Grand Teton mountains behind, Jackson, Wyoming

A rough wooden fence of the type found everywhere in this landscape, with snowy sage brush and bare aspen trees; A deer searches for food on the snow-covered ground with the massive snowy Grand Teton mountains behind.

A lone moose stands amongst the sage brush just outside town, with the huge snowy Grand Teton mountains behind, Jackson, Wyoming

A lone moose stands amongst the sage brush just outside town, with the huge snowy Grand Teton mountains behind.

A rough wooden fence in front of the snow-covered Grand Tetons, Jackson, WyomingA moose walks through the snow amongst the sage brush, snow on its nose from looking for food, Jackson, Wyoming

A rough wooden fence in front of the snow-covered Grand Tetons; A moose walks through the snow amongst the sage brush, snow on its nose from looking for food.

Deer graze in the snow beneath a lone bare tree in front of the dramatic Grand Teton mountains, Jackson, Wyoming

Deer graze in the snow beneath a lone bare tree in front of the dramatic Grand Teton mountains.

Looking through the trees at Teton Pass on the way out of town, endless terrain waiting to be hiked and skied, Jackson, Wyoming

Looking through the trees at Teton Pass on the way out of town, endless terrain waiting to be hiked and skied.

A dog waits patiently for her master, ready to start exploring the popular backcountry ski area of Teton Pass, Jackson, WyomingMultiple skier and snowboarder tracks in the fresh snow coming down a mountainside at Teton Pass, Jackson, Wyoming

A dog waits patiently for her master, ready to start exploring the popular backcountry ski area of Teton Pass; Multiple skier and snowboarder tracks in the fresh snow coming down a mountainside at Teton Pass.

A splitboarder heads out across a windswept section of the popular Teton Pass, a groups of skiers ahead of him, all in search of powder, Jackson, Wyoming

A splitboarder heads out across a windswept section of the popular Teton Pass, a groups of skiers ahead of him, all in search of powder.

Looking through the trees with a touch of snow and sunshine on the branches of trees, behind is a empty mountainside with a few tracks waiting for the next person to ski or ride down, Jackson, WyomingStripes of snow on the trees and endless backcountry, Jackson, Wyoming

Looking through the trees with a touch of snow and sunshine on the branches of trees, behind is a empty mountainside with a few tracks waiting for the next person to ski or ride down; Stripes of snow on the trees and endless backcountry.