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Fat Tire Biking

Looking for something new to try? Fat tire biking is one of the newest activities to gain traction in Jackson Hole.

Fat bikes are off road bicycles outfitted with oversized tires designed for terrain like snow packed trails. Jackson is a mountain bikers paradise in the summer, and the winter variation is no different. Many of the area’s trail systems, like the popular Cache Creek drainage just on the outskirts of town, are home to some of the best fat biking around.

How to do it

With miles and miles of trails, the best place to start is at a local bike shop, where most offer fat bike rentals. Call ahead to reserve your snow bike, as inventory can be limited. You can check JHNordic.com for trail statuses, trip reports and grooming schedules. If you’re looking for more guidance, Teton Mountain Bike offers guided fat bike tours through Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. Within an hours drive you’ll find more trail networks and pockets of groomed trails. Turpin Meadows Ranch boasts 10 miles of groomed trails with Teton views and has guided tours and rentals on site. At Grand Targhee Resort, fat biking has become part of the ski area’s culture. It’s home to one of the area’s best maintained trail networks with 13 miles of groomed single-track.

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When to go

“It’s a great way to get outside in the winter,” says Hal Wheeler, owner of the Hub Bicycles. Biking is prime on groomed, snow packed trails and as Wheeler says, best when the skiing is bad, making it the perfect rest day activity. “There are no lift lines at the trailhead,” he said.

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Know before you go

  • Plan ahead to ensure availability for your guided tour or rental.
  • Share the trail, many fat bike trails are open to other users including nordic skiers, snowmobilers, dog walkers and wildlife.
  • Having a car will help you get to different trailheads or sign up for a guided lesson that includes transportation.
  • Dress like you would for cross country skiing – wear warm clothes and make sure to dress in layers.
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