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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Our Very Own Victor Idaho Sports a New Big City Stoplight!

Posted by admin in Fly Fishing The Tetons, General, Golf Packages on October 27th, 2014 4:20 pm

Pinch me, I must be dreaming! We’re getting into the waning days of October and up until a few days ago, we were still hiking in t-shirts, spending lazy afternoons on the South Fork enticing the rainbows into the boat with the perfect hopper, and committing to memory just how gorgeous the fall foliage was this year. In fact, one of my favorite hikes this time of year takes you to the rim overlooking the South Fork, watching the drift boats from our sister resort, South Fork Lodge, float lazily by, knowing they too are on borrowed time.

Teton Springs Lodge guests recently enjoyed their final 18 holes of the season on the resort’s Headwaters Course, with the bright gold aspens lining the fairways. Well, the aspens are shedding their leaves and the staff is putting this baby to bed for the year, and what a terrific season it was with Headwaters posting record rounds on this Byron Nelson masterpiece. I’m already looking forward to teeing it off next spring and so are the groups who have already booked their golf Stay & Play Packages for 2015!

The incredible weather also gave relief to the workers installing Victor’s first stop light. Rather than simply drifting thru the stop sign on Highway 33, one has to pay attention now when they come to this crossroad with a right turn over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole, or swinging a left heading thru Teton Valley and beyond. I never thought I’d see the day when Victor would actually need a stop light, but summer traffic heading north on Idaho’s scenic byway to check out Mesa Falls and other east Idaho treasurers, and southeast to the most prominent destinations in the country, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, truly dictated we join the ranks of the real world. Progress I guess, but I sincerely doubt that this entry into the 21st century, in any way, threatens the small-town charm and idyllic lifestyle that defines Victor.

The buzz on the street is that winter is creeping around the corner, and that’s o.k. It’s time. And, to make the transition easier, we’re getting primed by the annual ski extravaganzas that fill the local movie screens this time of year. This season we have another premier to attend other than the highly anticipated Teton Gravity Research flick. This is a show that is guaranteed to get the ski juices going in both sexes. “Pretty Faces,” an all-female flick starring Pro freeskier Lynsey Dyer, one of the best freeskiers in the nation, was recently screened in Jackson to rave reviews. It’s about time, and only fitting that the Equality State had first dibs on unveiling “Pretty Faces” to the waiting public. What terrific inspiration to young female shredders everywhere. Finally it’s totally cool to ski like a girl!

However, it doesn’t take a thrills and spills ski movie to get everyone at Teton Springs excited about the upcoming heli ski season. Powder snow aficionados undoubtedly dream about cruising thru the Tetons finest fluff long before the first flake appears. This backcountry experience should be on everyone’s bucket list.

With Thanksgiving in our sites, it’s time to book that holiday weekend at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. The very popular “book two nights and the third is FREE” winter vacation package remains intact, much to skiers and snowboarders delight. Grand Targhee has every intention of accommodating snow sliders with a projected opening the week before turkey day.

If any resort in North America can pull it off, it’s Grand Targhee. Their projected 500 inches of snowfall this season isn’t simply a delusional wish, it’s a stat born of history. This free night package special at Teton Springs during Thanksgiving isn’t just valid in the elegant lodge rooms and suites, but also works if you’re looking to upgrade to one of their luxury mountain log homes.

Officially referred to as “Handpicked Homes,” by Lodge operator Natural Retreats, calling these elegant homes “Handpicked” is a great way to separate these incredible custom built homes from the ho-hum lodging fare one usually finds in most tourist destinations.

Sometimes referred to as “cabins” by resort staff, these are not cabins in any stretch of the imagination. While the three, four and five luxury cabins at Teton Springs may be of log construction, the comparison to log cabins as most of us envision them literally ends there.

These gorgeous, well-appointed homes indeed provide the optimum home-away-from-home setting for winter ski enthusiasts, and, the perfect holiday gift for a family or group of skip buddies looking to start the festive season in the lap of affordable luxury.

So, let the training regime begin to strengthen your core, and most likely, dormant muscles. You’ll need to be ready for what promises to be the ride of your life. A winter of pure bliss is ahead of us in Teton Valley, beneath the grandeur of the Grand Tetons. Priceless…

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