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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Season’s First Snow Gets Hearts Pumping in the Valley

Posted by admin in fishing south fork snake on October 6th, 2014 12:58 pm

Last week’s heavy rains and cooler temps didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. For ski and snowboards enthusiasts, it only means one thing. Snow in the Teton Mountains was almost a sure thing. And indeed it was. But not so fast. It’s still Indian Summer, the snow was restricted to the higher elevations and we have lots of outdoor activities to pursue before waxing the boards and pulling out our parkas. But early snow is still encouraging, and reassures what we already know – if any place on earth will soon boast the best snow in North America, it’s right here in Teton Valley.

But first things first. Water levels keep dropping on the South Fork. Avid fly fishermen look upon this as a late season gift and a chance to net the big rainbows and browns we’ve been gunning for all season. We’re enticing these beauties using a mixture of blue winged olives, hoppers and droppers and whatever we’re lucky enough to catch, we’re happy to release back into this amazing river. After all, we’ll be back next spring to try our luck at snagging them again. The weather is currently perfect for a day on the Snake, with clear, crisp days and the cottonwoods hugging the banks ablaze with magnificent autumn colors. You still pass the occasional drift boat but the solitude on the South Fork is palpable; everyone who loves to fish should experience
an outing on the river this time of year. Our partners at sister resort, South Fork Lodge, will set you up with a guide
who knows every nook and cranny of the South Fork, undoubtedly one of the best tail water and dry fly fishing spots in the Northern Rockies.

Golfing on the Headwaters course at Teton Springs Resort is equally as enchanting this time of year. The staff at Headwaters will begin their tedious process of putting the 18 hole and Par 3 short course to bed in mid to late October so there is some urgency to drop everything, pack up the clubs and head to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. This private award-winning course extends playing privileges to lodge guests and this time of year the Stay & Play Packages make this links excursion a no brainer. You’ll be shedding your light jacket by mid morning and expect a sensory extravaganza as you cruise from hole to hole. The aspen tress embracing this course are dressed in their best gold and yellow hues, under bright blue skies, with every tee box affording an unobstructed view of the Teton & Big Hole Mountains.

The food and beverage folks are also not missing a beat these days and continue to wow with their scrumptious selection of new food options for lodge guests and day trippers to the resort. Before heading out to the first tee or that morning hike, grab a steaming cup of java and a homemade pastry or “quiche of the day,” at the recently unveiled Sage Café, located on the first floor of the Lodge. You can visit the Sage 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. The Range at Teton Springs is still the locals’ favorite place to gather in the evening, with its creative menu and cozy, intimate atmosphere. Open now Wednesday thru Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and while you’re there, be sure to sample one of Idaho’s best chardonnay’s.

A ride over to Jackson Hole is another favorite past time for our guests this time of year, whether it’s for a leisure stroll along the dike of the Snake River, a hike in Grand Teton National Park or a few hours well spent in the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Nothing beats the hiking in the Teton Valley and Jackson Hole area!

However, many I suspect make the quick drive over Teton Pass with shopping on the brain. Smart move. This time of year the retail stores circling the Town Square are looking to trim down their inventory and they’re ready & willing to wheel and deal. Definitely the time to scoop up that pair of one-of-a-kind cowboy boots, turquoise gem or western art.

It’s now off to the resort’s Stillwater Spa & Salon to put the finishing touch on any great day in this Yellowstone-Teton region. Special offers on various treatments and products are filling the incensed infused air in this peaceful and lovely facility.

We’re excited thinking about another snow-filled and dynamic winter. But first, join us as we celebrate and bid adieu to the waning days of another glorious summer & fall season at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa!

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Fall’s Colors Arrived on a Fast and Furious Pace

Posted by admin in General on September 18th, 2014 3:31 pm

The Fall season in Teton Valley literally arrived overnight. I’m not exaggerating. I was walking around Teton Springs Resort just two days ago, taking photos for a guest from California who requested a sneak preview of what to expect on his upcoming visit. I found myself struggling to find any dramatic evidence of Mother Nature’s transformation from summer to fall, except in very small doses. However, the very next day it was an entirely different landscape. Who could not be in total awe of this annual phenomenon regardless of how many times we witness it?! It’s a given that temperatures and moisture levels dictate how brilliant our fall foliage will be. Well, we have the winning combination of both this year, judging by how gorgeous it is in every direction, from the tips of the mountains and cascading straight to the valley floor.

It’s not just the beauty of this change that nourishes; it’s something we can always count on regardless of what is happening in the rest of the universe. Something to be said for consistency. Speaking of consistency. While summer season draws to a close, exciting offers heat up at Teton Springs. It happens every year like the changing of the leaves, and; I can’t stress enough what an opportune time Sept thru mid October is to visit Teton Valley and this entire Yellowstone region.

Some of the Best Fly Fishing in the Country

With far fewer anglers in sight, even the fish on the South Fork are less wary and more likely to gulp your fly. Floating this world-renowned river after the masses have departed, not only affords the likelihood of more browns & cutthroats in your net, but overall encourages a more relaxing experience, enabling one to truly absorb the sights and sounds of eastern Idaho’s most famous fishery. Momma moose and her young stick their heads out more often as you fish the banks and the Eagles criss-cross the river, watching you watch them. Our experienced guides at South Fork Outfitters practically guarantee a successful & memorable day as you cruise the river in their drift boats, on all fronts.

There’s no doubt I’m prejudiced about the links at Teton Springs, but honestly, as a golfer, teeing it up on the Headwaters Golf Course is always a most gratifying experience even when double bogeys rule the day.

Looking for that Summer/Fall Get-away Package?

Seriously, a round of golf this time of year on course designer Byron Nelson’s last touch of magic is almost a Zen like experience. The soft, lush fairways, dream greens, 360 degree view of the mountains, and toss in the aspens dressed in their fall best, well, there’s few courses that can compare to Headwaters – anywhere, anytime, and I’ve played some of the best. With the Lodge’s Stay & Play Summer/Fall Packages going on right now, what’s to think about?! Group outings are particularly popular this time of year so grab a bunch of buddies and play golf! And, bragging rights couldn’t be sweeter than when they’re told on the patio of a luxury mountain cabin watching the sun set. Cigar and brandy anyone?!

It’s also prime hiking season with perfect daytime temps in the low 70′s and afternoon thunder storms in the mountains a distant memory. Lace up the boots and head virtually in any direction, whether you’re looking for a causal jaunt close to the resort or the hardcore, muscle burning excursion into the Tetons. The Moose Creek Trail, optimum for families, is only minutes from the Lodge with minimal elevation gain in a most spectacular setting.

Hiking, Great Food, Relaxing at the Spa

My favorite hike, bar none, is climbing Table Mountain, which departs from Teton Canyon in neighboring Alta, Wyoming. When you reach the summit, you can practically reach out and touch the west face of the Grand Teton Mountains. This hike is more of a grunt and climbs 4,000 feet in elevation but the payday once you’re sitting on top of Table Rock is well worth the effort. Set the alarm, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Range, pack some carbs and lots of water and allow yourself at least 8-10 hours up and back. The nice folks in Guest Services can give you the full run down on other hikes in our region.

A great massage is always on the agenda after any (and none!) activity and the Stillwaters Spa offer the most comprehensive spa & salon services in all of Teton Valley. It’s also a terrific time to pick up pampering products at the Spa. Sounds like a girls’ getaway weekend to me!

Given our warmer than usual September, the pool will also remain open longer this season, and another fall getaway bonus – there’s no waiting in line for the famous huckleberry milkshakes at the Victor Emporium!

There’s no time like the present to book a visit to Teton Springs Resort – pack the camera and be prepared to be impressed!

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