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December 2012 Vacation Planning

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December 2012 Vacation Planning

We are a family of 4 with 2 kids aged 10 & 12 yrs old.

We are getting a head start on our Xmas 2012 vacation from December 15 - December 24.

We are beginner skiers.

Will it be possible to visit Mt Rushmore, YNP, Grand Tetons NP while staying in Jackson Hole, WY for an 8 to 10-day visit to the region?

Please suggest an itinerary, as well, since we plan on doing a little skiing too, as to where should we start our vacation and where should we end it!

Should we land in Montana, SD, or WY to make this trip as practical and convenient as possible by being centrally-located to all the things we're planning on doing as to Rushmore, YNP, GTNP and nice beginner skiing, etc...

Thanks for all your feedback and suggestions.

Looking forward to your replies.

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1. Re: December 2012 Vacation Planning

Grand Tetons yes, Yellowstone possibly and Mt Rushmore no. Fly into Jackson WY. Wyoming gets a lot of snow in the winter. Most of Yellowstone will be closed to car travel and only snowcat or snowmobile tours go into most of the park from December to March. Only the road in the northern part of the park is open to car travel and that is at least a 6 hour drive from Jackson if roads are clear and no storms. To see the geysers you will have to take one of the snowcat tours, which would be quite fun!

Mt Rushmore is about a 10 hour drive one way from Jackson if the roads are clear and no storms. Also much better to visit during the summer, more activities etc.

Early season skiing in the Jackson area can vary, but for beginners you should be able to find enough skiing between the 3 ski areas, Jackson Hole, Snow King and Grand Targhee.


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2. Re: December 2012 Vacation Planning

I agree with CasaAzul. And if you have more detailed questions, please post them.

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