An Exciting New Year on the Horizon at Teton Springs

Posted by admin in Family Winter Vacation Ideas on December 31st, 2014 12:02 pm

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!

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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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