The Jackson Hole Cutter Races are a valley tradition, with the 46th annual event scheduled for February 18-19, 2017 on Melody Ranch. Since 2012, Jackson Hole Skijoring has joined the Cutter Races in providing visitors and residents alike with a great winter spectator sport. Skijoring is scheduled for February 11-12, 2017 on the Snake River Ranch, east side of WY Highway 390, across from Teton Village.
Cutter Racing — a quarter mile race between two wheeled chariots pulled by teams of two thoroughbred horses and driven by a single driver — dates back to the 1920s in northwestern Wyoming. The first organized races in Jackson Hole began in the 1940s, running down Glenwood St. past the Wort Hotel. By the mid-1960s, the event had outgrown Jackson’s capacity to host and moved to Afton. In 1972 the Jackson Hole Shrine Club raised the necessary funds to build a starting gate and bring the Cutter Races back to Jackson. With the support of Paul Von Gontard, the Shriners have built a staple winter event in Jackson Hole.