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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!
IT’S OFFICIAL – WINTER HAS ARRIVED IN THE TETONS!
The snow is flying and in a few short weeks we’ll be headed to the local resorts for another season of powder skiing in the Tetons! Both Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts are planning on a Thanksgiving Weekend kick-off, and to add to the celebration, we’re offering our Thanksgiving Escape Package.
Create a new family tradition at Teton Springs! Stay 2 nights and your 3rd night is on us! Fix all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes in a luxury log mountain log home, or in a deluxe one or two bedroom suite.
And, it’s never too early to book your winter heli ski adventure! High Mountain Heli is gearing up for another glorious winter, offering 305,000 acres of skiable terrain in the Teton and surrounding mountains. Realize your dreams this winter at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa!
Enjoy the holidays with Family & Friends in one of our Luxury Log Homes!
Call today – we’ll help plan your Winter getaway to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa!
Strap on Those Boards and Rejoice – Winter is Finally Here!
This particular resort has a proven track record, and come November, Targhee will typically be the first in the region to offer snow sliding in the Tetons, the true gem of the Rocky Mountains. The Grand Tetons, these truly spectacular and massive slabs of granite, are not just another pretty face. The snow gods winter here, in the shadow of these majestic peaks, and they put out the welcome mat early in the season.
Decades ago, the Friday after thanksgiving was designated as Black Friday, a definite misnomer in these parts. Everyone knows Black Friday marks the official start of the crazy Christmas holiday shopping race and it’s turned the retail world, and their customers, into crazed consumers.
Think about it, who’s silly enough to set the alarm for 2 a.m. (or earlier), just to show up at 4 a.m. (or earlier) to wait in line at Kmart or other box stores simply to have first dibs on the hottest Christmas toy or gadget?
This is another testament to the joy of living in, or visiting, Teton Valley. There’s no super-size stores blocking our spectacular views and the mom and pop retailers here would never dream of opening their doors in the middle of the night. After all, we all need our rest; it’s White Friday at Grand Targhee.
Shopping in the Teton Valley
Yes, shopping is necessary, but let’s keep our priorities straight and shop at home. For both locals and visitors spending the Thanksgiving holidays at Teton Springs Lodge and Spa, there are options galore right here in Teton Valley. If outdoor gear tops the list for Santa, the goods are plentiful. The Victor Emporium in Victor, famous for their huckleberry shakes, also stock their shelves with the latest in sport accessories, fuzzy fur lined shoes and fleece pieces.
Then it’s off to the Mecca of ski and backcountry gear, Driggs, Idaho, where stops must include a look see at Peaked Sports and Yostmark Mountain Equipment. No need to set that alarm, even on Black Friday these guys remain civilized and stores open at 9!
The Teton Valley Winter Holiday Festival
Santa is front and center at the 10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & LIGHT PARADE hosted by the City of Victor and Teton Springs Resort Saturday December 1. This event highlights small town living at its absolute best (complete with turkey bowling!). The day is chock full of fun activities throughout Victor, fueled by a hearty pancake breakfast and Holiday Art Show at Teton Springs. Kids can plead their case with Old Saint Nick, complete with a free picture marking the occasion. Mom will enjoy a wide variety of unique treasures created by local artists with nary a super store in site.
Relax at the Spa, Eat Great Food, Enjoy a Fun Skiing Stay and Play Package
The Stillwaters Spa at Teton Springs is unequivocally the nicest spa facility in eastern Idaho and being in the holiday mood, offer incredible specials thru November.
And, who in their right mind wouldn’t find total pleasure receiving a hydraquench, yummy facial or deep tissue massage gift certificate under the tree? Or, the promise of the latest chic haircut by Jill, Julie or Nicole? These are gifts truly worth opening on Christmas Day!
No one does Thanksgiving dinner better than the Headwaters Grille and for those sticking around to ski, the NFL Sundays at the Grille spell pure glee for football fanatics. Stay and ski packages reward snow seekers with a FREE night at the Lodge when you book two over this pilgrim inspired holiday. Now that’s Black Friday at its best.
Tis the season, especially for those memorable winter family vacations in Teton Valley. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.