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Tough to Leave Teton Valley for Spring Break When the Lifts Still Turn Round and Round! I took a cruise once many moons ago. It was a family celebration for my dad’s 70th birthday and it was a short jaunt of three nights on the ocean. That was plenty. I had a blast with my dad and siblings but it seemed like waiting for the next extraordinary buffet was the daily highlight. My friends have since tried to entice me over the years to book a longer spring break trip on one of the newer and massive cruise ships. I’ve never taken the bait, for a variety of reasons.
I’m not knocking the cruise vacation per se as most are probably magnificent journeys with exotic warm weather beachy places thrown in. Just not for me. My key concern is the fact that these floating cities seem to break down, a lot, leaving the huddled masses hungry, thirsty and frustrated. Not to mention floating aimlessly at sea sometimes for days on end. Or, maybe you get lucky and you don’t suffer mechanical difficulties, just lower GI ones, from some intestinal super bug that at the speed of sound takes passengers and crew hostage.
Spring Break in the Teton Valley
Springs break at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is definitely the best option for the winter sports enthusiast dedicated to squeezing in a few more quality days on the snow.
After all, Grand Targhee will accommodate this need for carving perfect turns on pristine and freshly groomed slopes deep into April. And, it’s no coincidence that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is offering a FREE night when you book two over Spring Break. Why this generous offer when this boutique property is already so popular in all seasons? Well, they know from personal experience that a few days of spring skiing in the Tetons just never prove to be enough, and, the folks at Teton Springs are simply experts at wanting to spoil their guests, check out our Winter stay and play packages. Guess that’s why their visitor ratings on TripAdvisor.com are always so sky high and the lodge was recently voted "The Best Hotel in Idaho" for the second straight year!
Luxurious Mountain Log Homes – Skiing & Lodge Vacation
Their generosity doesn’t limit you to the lodge & suites on this deal, the luxurious mountain log homes are also included in this offer. If this getaway needs to be a quick trip, there’s always the one night lodge & ski combo at the Lodge with a gourmet breakfast basket delivered to your room.
There’s also a myriad of backcountry terrain in this neighborhood if an early morning trek at sunrise with the Tetons in full view is your thing for spring or, a warm afternoon jaunt in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest when the rising temps transform the bowls and glades into a corn snow fest.
Relaxing at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon
There’s no doubt, a spring skiing vacation is so much more civilized. Most days in late March & April, it’s best to sleep in, enjoy a light breakfast and let the staff at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon work their magic with a Deep Tissue Massage and/or a treatment designed to sooth & lubricate dry winter skin. There’s rush in hitting the slopes early this time of year, unless it’s a powder day of course.
Normally as old man winter relaxes his grip, you’ll want to wait until the high altitude snow softens under the Rocky Mountain sun and your boards glide effortlessly over the vast collection of runs on Targhee’s two mountains.
Spring Skiing and Eating Well
Spring skiing also means leaving the down-filled parka behind; this is vest wearing weather with tall cold beverages savored on the deck at cocktail time. You’ll arrive back at Teton Springs in time for the dinner bell (winter hours – Thurs thru Sunday 5:00-9:30).
The Headwaters Grille at Teton Springs Resort is serving up some scrumptious dishes from their new menu and they’ll start you off with Chef Jordan’s amazing crab cakes or classic Calamari. If you’re around at the end of March, the Headwaters Grille is serving their famous Easter Brunch. Make those reservations early; this is easily of one the most beautiful locations in Teton Valley to celebrate Easter Sunday (208.787.8130).
So, grab some friends and head for the hills. Unlike a cruise to the islands, you’ll never get seasick on this spring break adventure!
Whew, the holidays are finally over. The hangovers from too much shopping, too much food and too much libation are well behind us. Now we can settle down to the real business at hand, getting back to playtime in the mountains. The folks in Teton Valley, Idaho truly know how to embrace winter. Yessiree, the hearty locals in this Yellowstone-Teton community never wince when the weather forecast calls for yet another foot of new snow overnight.
They simply zip up their parkas, lace up their boots, fire up their snow blowers, and get busy. When the driveway is cleared they inevitably put a call into their employers, invoke their powder clause (always negotiated at time of hiring), and head out to the slopes.
It’s easy passage to two of the local and premium ski and snowboard resorts in North America, Grand Targhee or Jackson Hole ski area where once again the snow numbers are huge, just like the mountains. Ho-hum, it seems that almost every day is just another powder filled day in the glorious Tetons. But, something else is about to happen in this neck of the woods. A big celebration is on the horizon and Teton Valley is humming with anticipation.
The local Chamber of Commerce and other valley nonprofit organizations in the picturesque towns of Victor, Driggs, Tetonia and Alta are busier than the Christmas elves were just a few short weeks ago. Valley wide, volunteers are putting all systems in place to welcome residents and visitors alike to join in the valley’s biggest winter extravaganza. “The Second Annual Great SnowFest” is coming to town January 18-21. The diverse laundry list of activities scheduled all pay homage in their own way to the snow gods that bless this place year after year. So, it’s definitely smart to plan that family ski vacation during this valley wide event.
A sample of what festival goers will be treated to: snow sculpting, luge demonstrations, winter wildlife ski tours, snowshoe & snow bike races and my personal favorite, skijoring. Visitors will be stepping into the Cowboy State as well for the festivities and outsiders often ask; how can one event logically be held in two different states? It’s the same question staff at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa often get asked about resort partner Grand Targhee, “where exactly is this powder Mecca, Idaho or Wyoming?”
O.K. so a small geographic technicality does indeed put Grand Targhee snugly tucked inside Wyoming’s western border. However, Targhee was officially adopted as one of their own by the State of Idaho years ago (Targhee’s sole access is through Teton Valley, Idaho). It was the smartest thing the Gem State has ever done, other than doing the potato growing thing of course. Targhee has unquestionably become one of the Idaho resorts worth having in the stable and undoubtedly one of its brightest stars.
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is offering special rates during the Snow Fest which also magically happens to coincide with Martin Luther King weekend. Holiday or no holiday, there are no restrictions on the Lodge’s Ski and Stay Packages during this time so the entire weekend prospects just got better!
Book your winter family vacation at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa where the accommodations are deluxe, cozy, and affordable. Every visit you’ll discover something new to do and you’ll be delighted with the resort’s western charm and hospitality.
Teton Valley, home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and snow, and now, the Great Snow Fest. Why would you go anywhere else?
SPRING IN THE TETONS THIS YEAR MEANS AN EXTRA DOSE OF SUMMER FUN!
O.K. It’s not quite summer in our Yellowstone-Teton territory but you sure could have fooled me! Everything is turning on ahead of schedule this year. The amazing Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort unveiled the manicured fairways for the many anxious golfers in mid April, a whole month early. The aspens are just about in full bloom, mountain bike tires are inflated and boats are out of dry dock and heading over to Palisades Lake. Fly fishermen are particularly ecstatic given the early dry fly hatches on the nearby South Fork of the Snake and the coveted salmon fly has been spotted on the world-renowned Henry’s Fork River. This warm spring has even the bugs confused. The humming birds’ journey from their winter home is over, arriving a few weeks early to their familiar feeders in Teton Valley. It can’t possibly still be May right?! To have this much fun before Memorial Day, the official start of summer, is absolutely kooky but non-the-less something to be
savored. Fly fishing in the Jackson Hole and Teton area is looking GREAT!
There are so many reasons to celebrate a terrific spring and early summer like we’re enjoying this year. Jackson Hole is a mere 25 minutes away from Teton Springs and you’ll have this authentic western town center virtually all to yourself. Shop and eat at your leisure, and check out the numerous world-class art galleries that dot the iconic town square. Most importantly, don’t forget a stop at the National Museum of Wildlife Art situated directly across from the National Elk Refuge right outside of Jackson. This true Wyoming gem is sure to inspire and features more than 550 artists, giving visitors a detailed study in the history of wildlife through a staggering array of American paintings and sculpture. Not to mention, this museum just celebrated its 25th birthday. Now you’re ready to head to our national parks!
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
This time of year Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are particularly enticing and it’s a safe bet to say you may actually see more animals than cars heading into these national treasures. Baby bison, elk, mule deer and the hottest ticket in town, mother grizzlies with their young, are also taking in these delightful spring days with utter abandon. Wildlife is in full view everywhere in both Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Parks and the spectacular critters aren’t nearly as cautions this time of year so close viewing is possible. More good news – a seven-day Park Pass is on us! With an extra day for exploring thrown in this Memorial Day Weekend, I would book now! Check out all our Summer Packages at Teton Springs Lodge!
Back at Teton Springs lodge & Spa, you’ll be delightfully exhausted but a relaxing Happy Hour and dinner in the redesigned Headwaters Grille will definitely take the edge off (their recent Happy Hour elk brats were killer!)
Beautiful Outdoor Pool, Hot Tubs, Fountains & Scenery
The pool at the Headwaters Club is another opening early saga so lodging guests will relish a dip in the heated pool and a relaxing afternoon getting rid of that pasty winter white complexion at the pools sunning decks. There’s also nothing that puts you in the vacation mode faster than a poolside lunch. It feels delightfully decadent and the Splash Café at Teton Springs is there to accommodate.
I love this time of year at Teton Springs! The offers are plentiful for a Stay and Play golf special with re-round deals galore. You could just end up playing golf all day long and well into the night. http://www.tetonspringslodge.com/Packages/Summer-Packages.aspx
But, if you need a break from the links, there’s plenty of other things to do while waiting for the full slate of summer activities in this region to kick in. My favorite is the "90 for 60" at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. These therapists are good – so good, you’ll almost feel guilty getting a 90 minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage and only paying the 60 minute price (now through May 31 @ $115).
With body parts now perfectly aligned, you’re ready to play a leisure game of tennis, tone those muscles at the fitness center, and maybe get the rust out of your fly casting technique with practice on one of the resort’s stocked ponds.
NEW! THE CADDIS LAKE event site – While strolling the grounds at Teton Springs you also can’t help but notice a flurry of activity going on adjacent to the Lodge. Right now it looks simply like a beautiful deck overlooking the 10th hole of the Headwaters Course. That’s true, but this site will soon be transformed into a summer events center of sorts. If you have ever been to the resort during the summer months, you would have noticed our large tent set up on the grassy landscaped area in front of the lodge & spa. It was a pleasant enough location but did block the view of the mountains while you were getting your locks shortened or having a manicure in the salon. Now with the move to its new home, hopefully by Memorial Day, guests can take in the glorious western sunsets, catch the resident eagle perched nearby, or watch the anxious angler try to lure that illusive trout from Caddis Lake – all from this special place. So, if you know
of anyone getting married, you won’t find a more romantic setting to say "I Do" and what a inspiring place to hold just about any event, company retreat, or the like. The views are staggering, the cost is not. (DECK VIEW PICTURE HERE)
Spring is suddenly the "high season" in terms of fun things to do in the Tetons but it’s also the most affordable time to come. Seems crazy – seems like a must!