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Archive for category Holiday Happenings
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.
I could never understand why people flocked to warm weather destinations over Spring Break. What’s so terrific about dipping your toes in the warm ocean, sipping umbrella-topped drinks by the pool and constant worry about that dreaded sunburn? Well, I guess if I really stretch my imagination I can fathom it at some level, at least deep in my sub-conscious. Particularly this winter. Unless you’ve been hibernating like Yogi the Bear the past few months, you know that very few Americans have escaped the wrath of Mother Nature. Even those safely nestled in the Deep South have experienced the shock and awe that come with finding yourself in a full-on blizzard. These guys don’t know what a snow plow is; have never owned a shovel and the only snowman their kids have ever known was named “Frosty.” The news was constantly filled with tragic tales of cars sliding off highways and people unable to reach their workplace for days.
While I could empathize with the angst many were feeling with every new major storm alert, these tales of blizzards sounded heavenly! It’s all in your perspective. We live in snow country here in the Yellowstone-Teton region. Our panic-button-pushing time comes when days pass without a winter storm or at least the promise of one. When Spring Break time arrives we are gloriously surfing a different kind of wave, the Teton Reef. As I speak, we’re in the throes of another amazing storm front trashing up against the Teton Mountains. While storms like this bring other regions to their knees, well, we’re simply reveling in the knee-deep powder.
For my money, March, and even well into April, is the best time to visit Teton Valley. Statistically, lots of new snow during this period is continually added to the charts but spring is definitely in the air. Days are longer (perfect for that après ski umbrella drink!), sun is warming (you’ll still take on that glorious bronze God/Goddess look, only with different tan lines!) and the sky takes on that cobalt blue hue that is as dramatic as the scenery itself. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a neighbor to the east has already reached 350” of snow this season and Grand Targhee, our hometown ski area, is mere inches away from hitting that same mark. It appears both resorts will easily top their 500” average snowfall this season (we love it when snowfall records are broken!). So, you can see there’s plenty of incentive to spend your much-needed Spring Break at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time around.
The fact that this luxury eastern Idaho resort sits perfectly perched between the two Wyoming ski & snowboard giants is only one of many reasons. The value is also there. The nice folks at Teton Springs are filling their 52 room lodge over President’s Weekend with their value-packed “buy three nights and your fourth is absolutely free!” and have decided to extend this generous deal over Spring Break as well. It even gets better; the free night applies not just to the lodge rooms but to the one and two bedroom suites and the 3, 4 & 5 bedroom Luxury Mountain Log Homes that border this exquisite property. And whatever you do, visit the Stillwaters Spa at Teton Springs; their treatments and guest service easily rival any spa experience found in a resort destination.
Getting here is easy. Fly into the Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls Airport and Teton Springs is a mere skip, hop or jump (short drive too!) from both. World-class skiing is just one of the many delightful activities that you and your family will enjoy while visiting this extraordinary area.
When you do take that break from surfing the big white waves at Targhee be sure to check out the 5,000 wintering elk still taking up residence at the Nation Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole; you won’t see this phenomenon on any silly beach!
THE NEW YEAR IS ONE FILLED WITH HIGH ALTITUDE ADVENTURES IN THE GRANDEST OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS!
The United States Census figures were just released and it seems that our nation has experienced the slowest growth since the Great Depression. Lots of reasons for this I imagine, some obvious, some not. However, I wasn’t surprised to see that Idaho was one of only three states in the country that experienced more than 20% growth during the past decade. Wyoming, our great neighbor to the east, also posted a healthy growth of 10 to 20%. Can’t say I’m surprised. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to live, and more importantly play, in this glorious Yellowstone-Teton region? Guess the secret is out.
Anyone who is a snow report junkie, like yours truly, knows that the Teton Mountains have been blessed this winter. No, that’s not all that unusual. This area usually tops the charts when it comes to total annual accumulation. We’re use to getting our hopes up that Thanksgiving will serve up delicious turns from summit to base in addition to that traditional turkey and pumpkin pie dinner. Getting the cob-webs out of our ski boots in November just means more precious time to savor the adventures that come in all flavors in our high elevation-cured powder. Now, is it any wonder that Idaho and Wyoming both experienced double digit growth in this year’s census?! Seems folks visit our area for that customized outdoor adventure and their next cell call is to the moving company.
Image Courtesy Grand Targhee and Powder Day Photography.
Grand Targhee Resort opened their lifts early this year and just keeps cooking. At last glance their snow stake topped 220 inches thus far for the season. Somehow I don’t think hitting their annual 500 inches will be a problem. But now is bonus time for other reasons. Now that the holiday rush is over, visitors can really savor the quiet time, and on any given week day have the slopes virtually to themselves. You can literally get a feel what it means to be a “local” this time of year and save money to boot. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers a killer one night package with lodging in one of their deluxe hotel rooms, breakfast in the charming Headwaters Grille, and a lift ticket to this powder wonder for only $135 per person per night. On this package you can string as many nights together as you like and this offer is even valid during Martin Luther King and President’s holiday weekends. Why would you go anywhere else!
Hard to believe but there are other compelling reasons to stay at Teton Springs during the throes of winter season. Here’s one to note. Teton Valley Adventures will pick you up at the lodge and within minutes you’ll find yourself snowmobiling in some of Idaho’s most pristine and spectacular backcountry. Not a sled head – not to worry. There’s plenty of terrain well suited for the neophyte and that includes kids too. Their guides were born and raised in Teton Valley and know every inch of the luscious mountain terrain that awaits you. Talk about a Rocky Mountain high! A day trip to Yellowstone National Park is also on their agenda. There’s really no adequate way to describe how magnificent it is seeing the nation’s first national park when it’s under a blanket of white
For a more mellow day at Teton Springs Resort, strap on the cross country skis for an exhilarating spin around the groomed tract followed by a steam bath at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. You’ll need some down time; tomorrow promises new discoveries. I can’t wait to see what the census brings next time around for Idaho & Wyoming! Will you be counted as one of our own?