Sliding Downhill is Only Part of the Winter Story at Teton Springs Lodge

Posted by admin in General on December 15th, 2014 5:39 pm

O.K. It’s no secret that we arguably have the best snow conditions in the Northern Rockies – again! We’ve been down this road before – many, many times in fact. History has indeed given us legitimate boasting rights, if we’re so inclined. But even as Grand Targhee continues to post the big numbers on their snow stake, we still try to refrain from taking our good fortune for granted. But I must admit; it does take a lot of the pressure off for all those visitors who plan an annual holiday visit to Teton Springs Resort.

Folks traveling to their favorite ski destination this time of year have enough on their plate; it’s refreshing to scratch off worrying about snow conditions.

Holidays spent in the valley of the Tetons are extraordinarily special and snow filled slopes delivering terrific skiing and snowboarding is only part of the Christmas magic. Hopefully a new down-filled parka and a pair of the latest Smith gogglses are hidden under the tree as it’s almost time to head to Grand Targhee and take a run or two with Santa himself! The holiday crowds haven’t accumulated yet so it’s typically an intimate festive day, enjoying a chairlift ride or two with the local ski bums (giddy with holiday spirit, they may even share their secret powder stashes with you) and taking in the panoramic views from Targhee’s 10,000 summit. The resort puts on fabulous après ski entertainment to celebrate Christmas, the annual Torchlight Parade. Take a seat on the plaza and enjoy the show, complete with steaming cups of hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies.

You couldn’t ask for a more serene and lovely setting in which to enjoy this very special time of year than what’s offered at Teton Springs Resort. Snow-capped aspens, glistening lakes and ponds, and accommodations that have earned Teton Springs the “Number One Hotel in Idaho” award by U.S. News & World Report for three straight years. The lodge rooms and suites are cozy and elegant, but for this time of year, the Handpicked Homes would probably be my number one choice for the ultimate in accommodations. Three, four and five bedroom custom mountain log homes are nestled among the foothills of this 780 acre property snuggled up against the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, presenting a most distinctive private retreat, truly a home- away-from-home. What speaks to the holidays better?

Skiing over 2,000 acres of Grand Targhee’s terrain can easily wear one out, so, maybe a day exploring the Yellowstone-Teton area is in order.  One of my favorite things to do is hop in the van with the experts from Brushbuck Tours for a dawn or dusk Wildlife Tour in the splendor of Grand Teton National Park. Expect to be wowed with multiple viewings of moose, buffalo, elk, deer, and antelope, and that’s usually within the first half hour!  I usually take the early tour, leaving plenty of time to explore the eclectic array of retail dotting Jackson’s Town Square.

There’s also a full-day excursion available that includes a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge, located on the outskirts of Jackson Hole. Prepared to be wowed.

An evening at the Linn Canyon Ranch, just minutes from Teton Springs, is another time honored tradition for Teton Springs visitors. Snuggled in the foothills of the Grand Teton Mountains, this setting is truly something right of out of a Hollywood set, but everything is strikingly real about this place, especially the owner/operators. Going back generations, Linn family members have been Idaho & Wyoming ranchers and their hospitality and culinary skills are enviable. Cocktail hour includes historical tales of Teton Valley and its rich characters. Dinner with the Linn’s never disappoints.

A brisk ski on the groomed tract at Teton Springs, or a snowshoe jaunt with the Big Hole Mountain at your back, is another relaxing way to spend one’s day. Check out all the Winter activities available to you while you stay with us at Teton Springs Lodge.

Or, simply do nothing at all but indulge yourself at the resort’s Stillwaters Spa & Salon. This gorgeous retreat, with its 5,000 square feet of treatment space, is guaranteed to make your Idaho visit a true vacation, in every sense of the word. You can expect the finest spa treatments and products at Stillwaters, and Aveda, a brand recognized worldwide for connecting beauty, the environment and well-being, has recently been added to the arsenal of products you’ll find at this spa.

Join us at Teton Springs for an OPEN HOUSE to showcase AVEDA Friday, December 19, 2-6 p.m. – Enjoy complimentary Christmas goodies, a glass of bubbly, hors d’oeuvres, a luxurious hand massage and a chance to win AVEDA SAMPLE PRODUCTS!

There’s more…

  • December 19-21 – Purchase $50 of Aveda product and receive 10% off
  • Purchase $100 of Aveda product and receive 20% off

Happy Holidays from your friends at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa a Natural Retreats property

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Snow from the Heaven, Not Hoses!

Posted by admin in Family Winter Vacation Ideas, Jackson Hole Skiing, Snow-shoeing on December 1st, 2014 11:49 am

Going back, way back, to the late 70′s in fact, one would see Grand Targhee bumper stickers adorning just about every vehicle in Teton Valley, sporting the slogan “Snow from Heaven Not Hoses.” It was a time in North America when just about every resort was forced to install expensive snow making systems, simply to ward off an early season business bust. It would be years later when even powder king Grand Targhee took baby steps and installed a few snow guns. It was a meager investment really, with snow making restricted to their beginner hills at lower elevation, although some would argue that a base area at 8,000 feet is hardly lower elevation. This insurance policy, if you will, pretty much guaranteed November turns. Frankly, it’s a shame they spent the money.

This season Mother Nature has once again treated our guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa with the early-season goods. So, I would venture to guess that Targhee‘s snow-making machines have pretty much remained idle this season as they have most years, simply gathering dust as their throttle switch remains in the “off” position. After all, Targhee does average 500″ of snow each year. In addition to the real white stuff, there’s basically nothing artificial about this resort sporting Teton views, a quaint base village, and long, sweeping slopes that are considered near perfect for every level snow slider. Guess that explains why Grand Targhee has most recently received a nod from Forbes Magazine, named in the “Top 10″ list of ski resorts in North America.

Speaking of accolades from Forbes, our other notorious neighbor to the east, the Wyoming giant Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is only 22 miles from Teton Springs and was designated the “Number One” resort in the country. There’s nothing like good neighbors!

The folks who built Teton Springs Resort obviously appreciated that an idyllic location in the heart of Teton Valley, would spell success on many fronts. The award-winning Headwaters Golf Course anchors this 800 acre property but that’s only one chapter of this story. Teton Springs is a year-round resort and visitors quickly discovered that a winter visit to this Yellowstone-Teton region is equally as magical to summer trips here, when there’s almost too much to do, if that’s possible. Snowshoeing in the Teton Valley is some of the best in scenery in the country!

If you’re a guest in one of the deluxe Lodge rooms or suites, or staying in one of the Handpicked Homes scattered throughout the resort, you simply need to step outside your accommodations to revel in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Northern Rockies. The Headwaters Golf Course is transformed into a groomed Nordic track and snowshoe treks into the adjoining Caribou-Targhee National Forest are but a few of the activities onsite. The other distinct plus to booking a winter visit to Teton Springs is affordability, with a capital “A.” You simply won’t find more elegant accommodations in Teton Valley at the reasonable rates offered by these folks, in both the Lodge and the ultra deluxe Handpicked log cabin Homes.

A nice finishing touch to a day of exhilarating time outdoors is a trip to the Stillwater’s Spa & Salon. My favorite treatment this time of year, after an exhausting day of making perfect turns on Targhee’s rolling landscapes, is the Hydra Quench. Ah, we’re literally talking heaven on earth. So, ditch the ho-hum sweater or scarf gift idea this year and treat the person you love with a visit to this very tranquil place. There are plenty of holiday specials at the Spa, including their new discounted Gift Cards. Now that’s a gift worth giving!

Given this early season snow, it’s also worth mentioning, again, the heli ski operation at Teton Springs. Wipe the sleep from your eyes and stumble out to the waiting chopper, literally steps from your Lodge room. It shouldn’t be this easy to access over 305,000 aces of the most incredible terrain in the Tetons and surrounding mountains but it is. And, it looks very promising given the current snowfall that we’ll be hearing those delightful words, “all aboard” sooner than later.

See you in the Tetons!

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It’s Officially Winter in the Teton Valley!

Posted by admin in Heli Skiing, hiking tetons on November 13th, 2014 4:05 pm

O.K. it’s here folks, just as we promised. Not exactly sure how much of our famous white fluff fell in the Tetons Sunday evening, but you can conservatively double the 4-6″ that fell on the golf course at Teton Springs. It’s a promising start. And, given the more than optimistic forecast for the remainder of this week, snow sliders have something tangible to get excited about. Cold temps mingled with snow showers rule the region for the remainder of the week, giving the green light to the local ski resorts to crank up their snow making guns. Enthusiasm runs high for another epic snow sliding season.

However, it’s not like we sit around simply waiting for the lifts to turn. Certain diehards, who shall remain anonymous, are still stalking the trout that also call this Yellowstone-Teton region home. A recent trip to the South Fork proved that there’s always something meaningful to occupy our time while waiting to strap on the powder boards. For most fly fishermen, even those that profess an affinity for this sport that can easily border on obsession, bundling up and wading in the chilly waters of southeastern Idaho’s most famous river isn’t on their radar. It should be. The diehards that arrive at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time of year, with fly rod in hand, are amply rewarded for their passion. But don’t simply take my word for it; book a trip with our partners at South Fork Lodge. These folks live, breathe and guide on the South Fork year-round.

But back to the reason we can hardly contain ourselves, and that’s the upcoming promise of alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, or perhaps a snowshoe tour into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Given this recent weather change, reservations continue to pour in from savvy travelers looking to score a free night’s lodging over the Thanksgiving holidays.

And not just any ho-hum room. The spaciously designed rooms in this boutique hotel give new meaning to the term “classy,” and the guest service is top notch. It explains why U.S. News & World Report has named Teton Springs Lodge & Spa the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” 2012 thru 2104.

When we hear the word “free,” often there’s a catch, a disclaimer lurking about in small print. Not in this case; it’s literally a complimentary night when a two consecutive night stay is booked in a lodge room, deluxe one or two bedroom suite, or in one of the luxury Handpicked mountain log homes. Prepare a traditional turkey dinner in a lodge suite or home, both complete with full kitchens, and as you prepare your feast, you’ll have something pretty pleasant to gaze at thru your window – the Tetons and Big Hole Mountains.

Even I don’t mind slaving away in the kitchen with this view! And to make the holiday even more stress free, with enough advance notice, the nice folks at the Lodge will even do your grocery shopping prior to your arrival. All you’ll have to worry about is whether you can leave your comfy digs at Teton Springs to make first chair at Grand Targhee. And if making the perfect gravy isn’t your thing, there’s Teton Valley restaurants standing at attention ready to satisfy all of your culinary wishes. Check out all our Fall get-away packages at Teton Springs Lodge!

This “giving thanks” lodging special is something you can always count on at Teton Springs, our way of insuring that you’ll ring in the holiday season in style – with warm, cozy, beautiful lodging accommodations. And for a much needed break from turkey dinner leftovers, relish some quiet time in the Stillwaters Spa. Put your feet up, have a pedicure, and let yourself dream of deep powder turns. There’s no better time to begin a new tradition with family & friends.

While your thoughts drift to deep powder turns, book one of the greatest thrills in North America – a heli ski excursion with High Mountain Heli. The chopper typically takes to the Teton skies sometime in December, depending on backcountry conditions. I close my eyes and can almost hear it lifting off from the Teton Spring helipad. Good things come to those who wait.

Let the Winter magic begin at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

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