This holiday season at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, the classy hotel that some would rightly consider the Grande Dame of the delightful Teton Springs Resort, there is plenty to be both grateful for, and excited about. Of course, when you live in Teton Valley, or have plans to visit this glorious place during the holiday season, the gauge that more or less measures the general mood, and peoples actual mental state, is determined by how much snow blankets our neighboring ski mountains. It’s why we’re here and we’ve been apply rewarded thru the years; we don’t accept mediocre conditions very well. We don’t have to.
The Snow is Out of This World – Grand Targhee and Teton Village
Grand Targhee, our home resort, opened to rave reviews pre Thanksgiving and basically never looked back. Jackson Hole, the Wyoming giant just 40 minutes or so from Teton Springs in the other direction, is also posting big numbers on their snow stake. Both areas are indeed in North America’s exclusive club, the one that doesn’t accept many members, the few that ultimately will report over 500″ of total snowfall before the winter season is over. This is chest thumping snow and we’re right in the thick of it, and so it appears once again, that our guests have chosen the optimum winter vacation destination. It’s like getting something extra in your Christmas stocking.
Speaking of Christmas. It appears that lots of us are getting smarter when it comes to what we give and receive this holiday season. In speaking to friends & family, there seems to be less of the stuff we really don’t need under the tree this year, or for that matter, even want. As we get older, our expectations change, and hopefully we become a tad more practical. It’s usually not the wall-to-wall gifts that give us the most pleasure but rather spending time with loved ones. Any maybe, regardless of whether we’ve been naughty or nice, be on the receiving end of that one special item, a gift definitely worth giving and receiving.
Heli Skiing – Soar Over the Teton Mountains
Our resort guests seem to echo this sentiment. One particular family staying in a beautiful Handpicked Home during this festive season is literally skipping with joy. I’d skip too, jump up and down and even do cart wheels if a heli ski trip had my name on it. The matriarch of this clan decided to forego the usual frenzy and frustration normally associated with Christmas shopping. She decided to make it simple, asking herself: what would my kids enjoy more than anything? It’s not complicated. I guess I just never thought to ask Santa for a whirly bird powder trip into the wild and wonderful Teton Mountains.
Along with constant snow flurries, something else is in the air at Teton Springs, and that’s excitement. With a new year on the horizon, it’s impossible not to reflect on the significant changes that have been swirling about Teton Springs over the last 8 months or so, both for the Lodge & Spa and the Headwaters Golf Club. In April we announced a new operating agreement with Natural Retreats, a global leisure travel company that offers extraordinary experiences in the most spectacular settings worldwide.
South Fork Snake River Fly Fishing – It Doesn’t Get Any Better
Natural Retreats even gave us a sister, a neighbor we have always admired – the spectacular South Fork Lodge, located on Idaho’s most scenic and world-famous fly fishing Mecca, the South Fork River. With Natural Retreats at the helm, our guests will enjoy unprecedented access to 65 miles of private access to the South Fork, but also new and planned services and amenities for everyone who visits this Yellowstone-Teton region. Corporate gatherings, brides and grooms, families; virtually everyone will feel and experience the dynamics of the “new” Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
For starters, the Lodge just announced the GRAND OPENING of the “STOREHOUSE,” an intimate & warm café just steps from the Guest Check-In desk.
Now open 7 days a week:
- 7:30am to 11:00am – serving breakfast and proudly serving Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks.
- 3:00pm to 8:00pm – Serving a light dinner (soups, chili, Panini’s and an extensive wine list and full bar).
And to ring in the New Year, Join us this Wednesday evening December 31st for a New Year’s Eve Happy Hour from 4-8pm with ½ off Appetizers.
And, that’s just the beginning! The Headwaters Club also has new proprietors. An organization called the Hero Partners recently purchased this unforgettable course set in the Northern Rockies most spectacular setting (and let’s not forget about the unique 9 hole Par 3 course as well). Honestly, it’s hard to fathom how anyone could make any physical improvements to this Byron Nelson designed masterpiece but I have a strong suspicion that this organization will indeed try.
By all appearances it’s just how they do things, and their company’s moniker, Hero Partners, is not a name intended to stroke this organization’s ego. It’s simply paying tribute to an entrepreneurial imagination & spirit that they feel is our nation’s economic backbone.
However some things won’t change with new folks at the helm and that’s the uncompromising commitment to provide personalized service, and genuine western hospitality, to everyone who chooses Teton Springs as their vacation destination.
The future shines bright at Teton Springs. Happy New Year!