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A Fitness-Centric Bachelorette Party
Words by Christina Shepherd McGuire, Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Sure, a girl’s weekend clubbing in Vegas makes for an unforgettable (or easily forgettable—depends on who’s counting) bachelorette party. But it’s so passé! Today’s bachelorette soirees focus more on catering to the guest of honor’s personality, and if she’s getting married in the Tetons, chances are she’s an adventure seeker.  This season, we’re bucking tradition—and saving you from a week-long hangover while we’re at it—by laying out three scenarios for a fitness-centric bachelorette party. One that goes down in the memory book as a bonding experience (think Girl Scout camp, but better) full of endorphin-inducing activities that will leave you invigorated and free of regret. 

Teton Village Yoga + Hike

Your ladies’ day at Teton Village begins with breathtaking views of the valley during Yoga on the Deck at the top of the Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (9:30 a.m. sharp, days TBD, July and August). Sign up online ahead of time, and then pack your backpack and hiking shoes and grab your gondola ticket at Teton Village Sports. (Sanitized mats are available for rent.) After an hour of breathing in the crisp mountain air, mill around with fellow yogis until Piste Mountain Bistro opens for lunch at 11 a.m. Enjoy locavore-inspired dishes at 9,095 feet before stopping in at Off Piste Market for energy bars and water for your hike. 

The Cirque Trail starts at the base of the gondola and takes you 1.8 miles to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. This is where your real workout begins, so make sure each partygoer is sufficiently fueled, acclimatized to the altitude, donned in sunblock, and has plenty of water. Along the way, you’ll encounter numerous species of wildflowers, expansive views of the surrounding mountains, and a quick little rock scramble at the top. 

Once there, snap some group photos and then ride the tram to the valley floor (COVID dependent) or hike back down the Cirque Trail to catch  the gondola down.

Wind down your day with massages and facials at the Chill Spa at Hotel Terra, and a dip in their rooftop hot tub.

* Book a suite at Hotel Terra for a girls’ night out in Teton Village.

Start off your morning Idaho-style with a trip into Rise Coffee House in Driggs for one of their famous morning buns. (Don’t worry, you’ll soon be working it off!) Then, head up the hill to Grand Targhee Resort to get fitted for bike rentals at their Habitat mountainside location. (Make sure to book rentals at least 24 hours in advance. We recommend booking as soon as plans are set.)

Photo by Ryan Dorgan

Teton Valley Mountain Biking

Beginner riders can head out from the base on Pika Traverse to the Ricks Basin Loop for a three-mile round-trip ride. A more advanced crew can head south from the resort’s base on Andy’s Trail to Lightning Ridge for spectacular views of Teton Canyon and Grand Teton National Park. Ride back through an aspen grove on Action Jackson for a five-mile round trip jaunt. (Hardcore riders can add on an extra two miles by riding the Buffalo Soldier loop before heading back on AJ’s).

Afterward, meet at the Branding Iron for outdoor cocktails and lunch while watching the downhill mountain bike action on the Dreamcatcher Lift.

Top off your day by heading to Teton Springs Resort in Victor where your room awaits. Hang by the saltwater pool or, for those that still have it in them, hit balls on the driving range.

Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures

Jackson Hole Snowshoe Excursion

Inspired by traditional old-world French bakeries, Persephone, just off the Town Square in Jackson, will fuel you up for a day on snowshoes. (We recommend their Croque Madame.) Next, head to your meeting spot for a previously booked guided National Park snowshoe tour with Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures (you might even get a cute guide if you’re lucky). JH EcoTours offers four-hour treks for groups up to seven, and you can specify the activity level: a leisurely stroll, a moderate hike, or an aerobic workout. They pick you up and drop you back off at your in-town lodging location. 

Or, for a no-frills outing, grab rental snowshoes and poles from Teton Backcountry Rentals, Teton Mountaineering, or Skinny Skis (make sure to reserve them ahead of time), pack a light lunch or snack, and take a gander to Cache Creek, just east of Snow King in Jackson. The trail system offers five miles of groomed winter trails that you’ll share with cross-country skiers, fat bikers, and—bonus—dogs! Travel off-piste for extra brownie points.

In the afternoon, retire to your downtown rental property for hydrating alcohol-free spirits, care of Amrita Custom Beverages (not drinking is the new drinking, after all), and a gourmet dinner delivery from Provisions. 

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