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