February 20, 2015
After a long day of skiing or riding, or perhaps just playing support staff, a great place to go kick back a refreshing beverage or two is the Mangy Moose Saloon. Their warm but eclectic decor will make any non-local feel at home. Since it’s right at the base of the mountain we used to always make our last run a race and whoever was the last person to the bar had to buy the first pitcher (I highly discourage drinking heavily mid-mountain; I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to extricate people who are "self-medicating" after an injury).
Once you are fully energized again you can hit the town for some real sustenance. There is not much to do in Teton Village after dark so I recommend heading back to Jackson proper. A great place for authentic Mexican fare is the Merry Piglets. If you are on a tight budget you can still get a decent meal with a slice of your favorite pie from the Village Inn, which is a chain restaurant similar to Perkins, Denny’s or Carrows.
If you want to take a day off from the mountain, snowmobiling in Yellowstone is an excellent choice. There are many self-guided tours available, but reservations should be made in advance. You can stop and see the famous Old Faithful Geyser, aptly named because it erupts approximately every 91 minutes.
When you’re finally ready to kick back and call it a night, my favorite place to stay in Jackson is the Antler Inn. The rooms are affordable yet very comfortable and it features a 25 person indoor hot tub on the premises too.
I hope you enjoy all that Jackson has to offer as much as I have!