It’s a New Year – Let’s Go Outside

Posted by admin in Heli Skiing, Snow-shoeing on January 7th, 2014 12:01 pm

Whew, not sure about you, but I am relieved the holiday season is just about over. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas and the aftermath, but I am so ready to give up the sugar cookies and the endless supply of homemade bon bons. Thank God there was never a fruit cake in sight! Most of us over indulge this time of year, and that’s o.k. Goes with the territory. But now it’s time to step back from the buffet table, embrace a new year and maybe even get serious about what makes winter in Teton Valley so darn appealing.

Across the globe in every language imaginable, people have made the quintessential New Year’s resolutions, to perhaps eat healthier, manage stress better, lose weight, squeeze in more “me time,” and probably the grand daddy of resolutions, exercise more. Sounds like a visit to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is in order! At some level or another, all of these pledges we make to ourselves could be clicked off, in the most pleasant non resolution way I would add, at this very intimate and extremely beautiful hotel in Victor, Idaho.

Plenty of winter recreationists’ jump started their 2014 resolution to exercise more with a pre New Year visit to Teton Springs. Hotel and cabin guests took full advantage of the resort’s Idaho ski packages in November and December, when Grand Targhee held true to their pre Thanksgiving opening. In fact, conditions at both our home resorts, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, reported the best snow conditions in the west early on and still lay claim to total snowfall to date in the northern Rockies. So what else is new?!

Some of the Best Snow Trails for Snow-Shoeing and Cross-country Skiing

The best winter vacations no doubt include skiing in virtually every discipline, and, it doesn’t hurt that Teton Valley has to be one of the country’s most stress free environments. At Teton Springs, well, there’s absolutely nothing frantic about the pace at this cozy low-key resort. With the stunning morning light illuminating the Big Hole Mountains, a brisk ski on the resort’s groomed Nordic track is the perfect way to start one’s day. Sure, you may run into the occasional moose out for a morning stroll, but you’ll virtually enjoy the solitude we are often denied in our everyday lives. And, if variety truly is the spice of life, check out the myriad of groomed Nordic trails that envelop Teton Valley, courtesy of our friends at
Teton Valley Trails & Pathways.

Heli Skiing, Snowmobiling, and Many More Snow – Fun Activities Across the Teton Valley

To take it a step further, a day of skiing the best powder in the west with the stunning Teton Mountains as your backdrop is a day of heli skiing; this could very well be the most precious “me time” imaginable. Wake up in one of the deluxe suites at Teton Springs, then mosey on out to the heli pad, just steps from your room. You’ll be hard pressed to ever find a heli ski package more affordable and totally hassle free. Now, that’s a New Year’s resolution worth making.

Stay in a Beautiful Log Cabin with your Family or Friends

Booking one of the luxury mountain log homes at Teton Springs seems to be the most popular way to go when looking for the optimum Idaho snowboard packages. Your options include a three, four or five bedroom cabin, tucked in the shadow of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The only problem is; you may never want to venture out of this pad. The great rooms are just that, great, with custom designed furnishings reflecting the area’s chic western flavor. Kitchens are commercial grade, for those so inspired. The deck wrapping the cabins beacons after an unforgettable day in the mountains. Kick off your boots, uncork Idaho’s best chardonnay and savor this moment. This is what every vacation should feel like.

There’s another compelling reason to visit eastern Idaho in January; Teton Valley kicks off the New Year with their annual Great Snow Fest. Slated for January 16-20, the businesses celebrate Martin Luther King with a dynamic line-up of fun activities for the entire family. The snow sculpting contest has been nationally recognized but the most exciting event is the NASJA sanctioned skijoring contest. You’ll never look at cross country skiing the same way again. For visitors to the valley, the perfect way to see this glorious place, get the heart rate up, and enjoy a close to the weekend’s events is the wildlife ski tour with the Teton Regional Land Trust. Book a deluxe lodge room at a special Snow Fest rate of $129.00 per night. You’ll need to call the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge for this special offer.

Celebrate New Year’s at Teton Springs and click off those resolutions in style!  CALL 877.787.8757 AND VISIT www.TetonSpringsLodge.com

 

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The Season of Giving and Playing is Upon Us

Posted by admin in General, Grand Teton Lodging, Skiing Stay and Play Packages, Vacation Packages on December 23rd, 2013 1:20 pm

Happy Holidays from Teton Springs Lodge & Spa! The staff at this boutique property has wasted no time in celebrating the waning days of 2013, mostly by getting out and sampling what they sell. What’s not to like, when part of your employment orientation includes skiing at Grand Targhee, snow biking, back country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Yes, it’s true; everyone who works at the lodge & spa is encouraged to personally experience the extraordinary amenities found at Teton Springs, voted the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” (US News & World Report 2012 & 2013). So suffice to say, a critical line item in the job description encourages staff to sample the endless array of recreational activities that visitors can expect to experience, not only at Teton Springs, but throughout the entire Yellowstone-Teton territory. Tough job, but somebody has to do it.

It’s easy to understand why this gracious property in quaint Victor, Idaho, is inundated with applications when any position becomes available. Staff learns pretty quickly that the core brand message defining this business is the environment, how to see it, smell it and embrace it. For everyone the experiences are different, but the magic is the same. Time spent in this special place, with jaw dropping mountain vistas and the earth covered in white, can truly be life altering for guests and staff alike.

Sleigh Rides, Elk, Snow Biking, Tons of Winter Activities

Every day visitors wake to the promise of a new adventure. Maybe it’s an early morning ski into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest that surrounds Teton Springs, a sleigh ride thru an elk preserve in Victor, or a romantic dinner at neighboring Linn Canyon Ranch as the sun sets over the Big Hole Mountains.

Another excursion I strongly recommend is a back country ski tour. The folks at our favorite all-things-adventure retail shop, Yostmark Mountain Equipment, are the experts in showing off “for locals eyes only,” off-the-beaten-path terrain in and around the Teton Mountains. Not an expert skier, don’t have to be. Yostmark specializes in tours and equipment for all levels as well as both fashionable and technical winter clothing. No such thing as winter doldrums here. http://www.yostmark.com/

Safe to say, the savvy traveler is quickly discovering that Teton Valley is a place not simply to be savored during the summer season, or, that winter is just about the skiing, as good as it is. Truth be known, winter season easily rivals that of summer for things to do, and, as the snow settles over the valley, with it comes a total sense of serenity. It’s peaceful and spectacularly beautiful.

Relax and the Stillwater’s Spa and Salon

For everyone, a reprieve from the elements is in order, and the Stillwaters Spa and Salon at Teton Springs is the place in Teton Valley to pursue complete indulgence, or, get the best hair cut of your life. Simply stated, this staff is good! Resort guests are continually blown away by the quality of this facility and the spa is also a local’s favorite gathering spot for treatments and pampering.

There’s no better place to celebrate a special occasion, or simply a ladies night out, than the intimate, friendly and relaxed Stillwaters Spa. And, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift that your loved one will never have to return, consider a Gift Card from the Stillwaters Spa.

You Heard it… Golfing!

Speaking of holiday cheer, be a true hero by surprising your special girl or guy with the ultimate Christmas prize – the gift of membership to the award-winning, Byron Nelson designed, Headwaters Golf Club. WOW -this would truly be the gift that keeps on giving year after year!

January 1 is within sights, and a repeat theme in New Year’s resolutions for many of us is a renewed commitment to physical fitness. It’s easily within our reach in Teton Valley. See you in the mountains!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM TETON SPRINGS LODGE & SPA!

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Thanksgiving 2013 in Teton Valley

Posted by admin in Winter Skiing Packages on December 5th, 2013 12:22 pm

Thanksgiving 2013 in Teton Valley was once again filled with glorious time honored traditions, including powder skiing at Grand Targhee. No surprises there. This place can easily claim bragging rights to having the lightest and driest snow in the country. Every Subaru that has graced the highways in Teton Valley, going back to the early 70′s, has proudly displayed one of the resort’s infamous bumper stickers. My personal favorite for years was “Grand Targhee, Snow From Heaven, Not Hoses.” Given that Targhee’s base sits at 8,000 feet, a Thanksgiving Weekend season opening, or even cranking up the lifts pre turkey day, was never much of a stretch. Targhee is typically the first ski area in the region to open its doors and everyone else is always playing catch up to what locals refer to as “The Ghee.” It’s not just the quantity of snow that sets this Wyoming gem apart from its competitors; the
quality of Targhee’s snow is legendary. It was always the real deal at Targhee, no snow guns to maneuver around on their slopes. Targhee did eventually add a few snow guns, limited to their lower beginner slopes. It hardly counts as snow making and is so anticlimactic; Mother Nature handles the job pretty darn well for this boutique resort.

Best Skiing and Snow in the World – In Teton Springs Lodge’s Backyard

You don’t have to take my word for it just how grand this Grand Targhee truly is. They’ve enjoyed glowing testimonials from the top ski writers in the country going back to their opening day in 1969. Most recently, they were rated number 8 of the Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States by Forbes Magazine (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Springs neighbor to the east was rated #1!) Not too shabby.

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa enjoys a great relationship with the award-winning, yet totally laid back Grand Targhee. Ski packages with Targhee keep Teton Springs hopping from November thru March end, and, they share something else – star power.

Teton Springs has also been recognized on numerous occasions by the hospitality industry and recently voted the “Best Hotel in Idaho” in 2013 by US News & World Report (two straight years in a row!). There’s definitely a theme here, the best in the West right here in unassuming Teton Valley – Targhee’s snow from heaven and heavenly accommodations at Teton Springs.

Anyone Up for Heli-Skiing?

Speaking of ultimate powder turns, and regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice, heli skiing should be on every skier and snowboarders’ wish list this Christmas season. High Mountain Heli Skiing is back at Teton Springs and their chopper is ready to take to the skies in the Tetons and surrounding mountains. There’s over 305,000 acres out there in the wild blue yonder so you may want to consider two days of flying high with the best heli crew in the Rockies.

 

Victor Christmas and Winter Festival – Come See Santa

There’s a chance to talk to Santa about all things powder and more at Teton Springs Resort on Saturday December 7. In partnership with the City of Victor’s Holiday Festival, Teton Springs Lodge & Spa host their annual Holiday Art & Gift Show from 11-4 with Old Saint Nick himself on property from 11-3. It’s a chance to rub elbows with some of Teton Valley’s most original artists and pick up affordable & unique gifts for the entire family, including Spa gift cards.

The spa staff is also on hand to rub yours; enjoy a free paraffin wax hand treatment while the kids flock to the ornament making booth, but only after their free picture with Santa. The Headwaters Grille will serve up a delicious soup and sandwich special, and trust me; you’ll need your strength!

The City of Victor offers up
a daylong menu of activities including a festival and light parade complete with evening fireworks. The turkey bowling friendly competition on Victor’s Main Drag is always good for a belly laugh or two, and a chance to bring home Christmas dinner.

Relax, Warm-Up, Enjoy the Stillwaters Spa

We all know the holiday season is a time for joy but it can also be stressful and physically draining. The Stillwaters Spa is doing everything they can to help folks stay calm, cool and collective in December and the offers are terrific. Indulge in a facial special or perhaps a yoga class with girlfriends in tow. Top off a glorious day at Stillwaters with a gal pal party in the warm and intimate Sage Café. Cricket at the Spa can make all the arrangements for you; it could very well be the most relaxing get together of the holidays.

As the NFL playoff season heats up, there’s no better place to watch the action then the resort’s Headwaters Grille. They have every game, every Sunday. Chef Jordan will make sure you’re well fed!

Call the nice folks at Teton Springs to book your winter getaway. Enjoy the turns! 208.787.7888

p.s. Grand Targhee has picked up 19″ of fresh in the last 48 hours!

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