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It’s Officially Winter in the Teton Valley!

O.K. it’s here folks, just as we promised. Not exactly sure how much of our famous white fluff fell in the Tetons Sunday evening, but you can conservatively double the 4-6″ that fell on the golf course at Teton Springs. It’s a promising start. And, given the more than optimistic forecast for the remainder of this week, snow sliders have something tangible to get excited about. Cold temps mingled with snow showers rule the region for the remainder of the week, giving the green light to the local ski resorts to crank up their snow making guns. Enthusiasm runs high for another epic snow sliding season.

However, it’s not like we sit around simply waiting for the lifts to turn. Certain diehards, who shall remain anonymous, are still stalking the trout that also call this Yellowstone-Teton region home. A recent trip to the South Fork proved that there’s always something meaningful to occupy our time while waiting to strap on the powder boards. For most fly fishermen, even those that profess an affinity for this sport that can easily border on obsession, bundling up and wading in the chilly waters of southeastern Idaho’s most famous river isn’t on their radar. It should be. The diehards that arrive at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time of year, with fly rod in hand, are amply rewarded for their passion. But don’t simply take my word for it; book a trip with our partners at South Fork Lodge. These folks live, breathe and guide on the South Fork year-round.

But back to the reason we can hardly contain ourselves, and that’s the upcoming promise of alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, or perhaps a snowshoe tour into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Given this recent weather change, reservations continue to pour in from savvy travelers looking to score a free night’s lodging over the Thanksgiving holidays.

And not just any ho-hum room. The spaciously designed rooms in this boutique hotel give new meaning to the term “classy,” and the guest service is top notch. It explains why U.S. News & World Report has named Teton Springs Lodge & Spa the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” 2012 thru 2104.

When we hear the word “free,” often there’s a catch, a disclaimer lurking about in small print. Not in this case; it’s literally a complimentary night when a two consecutive night stay is booked in a lodge room, deluxe one or two bedroom suite, or in one of the luxury Handpicked mountain log homes. Prepare a traditional turkey dinner in a lodge suite or home, both complete with full kitchens, and as you prepare your feast, you’ll have something pretty pleasant to gaze at thru your window – the Tetons and Big Hole Mountains.

Even I don’t mind slaving away in the kitchen with this view! And to make the holiday even more stress free, with enough advance notice, the nice folks at the Lodge will even do your grocery shopping prior to your arrival. All you’ll have to worry about is whether you can leave your comfy digs at Teton Springs to make first chair at Grand Targhee. And if making the perfect gravy isn’t your thing, there’s Teton Valley restaurants standing at attention ready to satisfy all of your culinary wishes. Check out all our Fall get-away packages at Teton Springs Lodge!

This “giving thanks” lodging special is something you can always count on at Teton Springs, our way of insuring that you’ll ring in the holiday season in style – with warm, cozy, beautiful lodging accommodations. And for a much needed break from turkey dinner leftovers, relish some quiet time in the Stillwaters Spa. Put your feet up, have a pedicure, and let yourself dream of deep powder turns. There’s no better time to begin a new tradition with family & friends.

While your thoughts drift to deep powder turns, book one of the greatest thrills in North America – a heli ski excursion with High Mountain Heli. The chopper typically takes to the Teton skies sometime in December, depending on backcountry conditions. I close my eyes and can almost hear it lifting off from the Teton Spring helipad. Good things come to those who wait.

Let the Winter magic begin at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

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It’s a New Year – Let’s Go Outside

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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Powder is Added to the Menu for This Year’s Turkey Day

Why does it take approaching the holiday season for us to ponder all that we’re grateful for? Living in Teton Valley in itself is a constant reminder of how fortunate we are. I was particularly reminded of this on a recent trip to California. When people I met along the way asked where I was from, almost everyone I encountered knew or has heard of the Yellowstone-Teton area. Some even seemed to be in awe that I actually lived here. It only served to remind me, once again, how lucky we are to wake each morning to the true splendor that surrounds us. As the holiday season approaches, we all need to give thanks for our family, friends, health and peace on this planet we all share. We also can’t help but to give a nod to the snow gods that year after year blanket this landscape with nature’s finest, in this wondrous place we call home.

 

Grand Targhee Resort – The Summit of Fred’s Mountain

You know you’re in the right place when your neighborhood ski area is Grand Targhee Resort! Perhaps not as well known as the Tetons themselves, Targhee has survived the test of time in grand style. This Wyoming gem celebrates its 45th birthday this ski season. That’s almost a half century of providing what many consider to be the best turns in the Northern Rockies, and most assuredly, the most spectacular scenery.

When you reach the summit of Fred’s Mountain with the Tetons in full view, you’ll be compelled to ask yourself, why go anywhere else. While quaint and unassuming, with a rather small base area by current mega resort standards (that’s a good thing!), the snow is undoubtedly and consistently the best in the west. And, on most days you’ll have lots of acreage to call your own. Graced with wide-open slopes and plenty of powder stashes long after the last storm has passed, Grand Targhee is a secret we reluctantly share.

 

Thanksgiving and Fall/Winter Get-Away Packages

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, a place many call the heart of Teton Valley, show their appreciation for guests every November with their Thanksgiving Escape Package. You only have to pay for two nights and the third night is on them. Just another way this special place demonstrates the spirit of giving back to their guests. This generous offering is available in the hotel’s lodge rooms and suites and 3, 4 and 5 bedroom luxury mountain log homes that grace the perimeter of this 780 acre resort. Grand Targhee is slated to open their door to the adoring public on November 22.

 

Relax After a Day of Fun and Excitement at Stillwaters Spa & Salon

The Stillwaters Spa & Salon therapists are standing at alert to help manage those early ski season muscle aches and pains, and, you’ll only pay for a 60 minute massage and they stop at 90. November 30 spells the end of this special, so again, some urgency is called for. There’s also a Yoga/massage combo special going on now thru December 25 that’s worth checking out, bring your friends!

 

Eat Like a King, Fantasy Football, Clams, Lasagna, Yummy!

If cooking up a traditional turkey dinner is a priority, I wouldn’t delay in booking a Teton Springs Lodge suite or cabin. And they make it easy; these accommodations have all the kitchen tools you will need. Just bring the bird! The Headwaters Grille at Teton Springs offers a scrumptious Thanksgiving turkey for those who would prefer slope time to KP duty. Guests can also indulge in their Fantasy Football obsession at the Grille every Sunday, together with food & beverage specials.

They’re constantly mixing it up at the Headwaters Grille, (operating during the winter season on Thursday thru Saturdays) and Chef Jordan has just announced a roll out of new Italian dinners including Clam Fettuccini, Stacked Lasagna, Spaghetti and Grand Meatballs. Of course, special Italian wines have been added to the menu to complete this culinary experience.

 

Winter Activities in the Teton Valley

Another noteworthy event to put on calendars is the Holiday art Show at Teton Springs slated for Saturday, December 7th. It’s a fun-filled day where local artisans showcase their latest art & Jewry, kids create their own Christmas tree ornaments and Old Saint Nick makes an appearance to hear the latest wishes from kids of all ages. The Stillwaters Spa gets into the game with free paraffin hand wax treatments and a chance to win a luxurious Spa Gift Basket. Both naughty and nice can enter to win. It’s all part of the City of Victor’s annual Festival and Light Parade and should be on everyone’s calendar. Happy Holidays from your friends at Teton Springs!

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