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HO HUM – ANOTHER MAJOR SNOW STORM PELTS THE TETONS!
Almost everyone I know is fascinated, if not consumed, by all things weather. Personally, I never take weather for granted in this Yellowstone-Teton area. I’ve been here long enough to know that even the old timers miss the mark on what’s ahead of us in any given year. Patterns change on a dime and the Farmer’s Almanac isn’t always spot on (sorry granny!). No, predicting weather is definitely not a sport for the weak and Teton Valley residents take this stuff very seriously. Farmers need the moisture and water, albeit frozen, happens to be a key component for all the fun things we love to do. Snow in the winter means long, meandering runs in knee-deep powder at neighboring Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts, a day of blissful heli skiing, or, a day in the backcountry with a friend or two earning every turn.
Another thing I don’t do is worry much about the winter weather in the Tetons, despite the predictions. While I don’t take it for granted, snow in Teton Valley is something I count on, like paying my taxes. This year is no exception. Sure, it was a tad slower in coming, at least in the quantities we’re accustomed to. But the record speaks for itself. Both of our resorts were open in November and offered a full menu of services including vast swatches of lift served terrain early in the season. Other ski areas across the country didn’t fare so well this year; many limped along with limited runs for the taking and some didn’t even open at all. It was a shock to skiers and snowboarders across the west. After all, this was supposed to be another La Nina year. Everyone counted on a repeat performance of 2010-11, with even more snow for the taking, and everyone just knew that previous snow records would topple. Didn’t happen quite that way for many.
The White Gold Has Fallen
However, this mid-January storm has thankfully given many areas in the Rockies something to celebrate. I’m always happy when all ski areas prosper. I know what it means to the psyche of skiers and snowboarders everywhere and these resorts are often the major economic engine for many small Rocky Mountain towns.
Teton Valley is one of those places and we sure appreciate how the success of Grant Targhee is tied to our own. Well, this little gem in the Tetons is once again taking care of business – 25" of the white gold has fallen at Targhee in the last 72 hours and there’s no end in sight. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is counting their blessings as well with over 36" of new stuff hitting their formidable slopes in the last few days.
This storm is packing a mean punch and that means powder galore and a January of old.
All good things come to those who wait.
The Place to Stay While Skiing Targhee or Jackson Hole
It’s not lost on our guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa that proximity to both resorts is also heavenly, about a half hour drive to both these Wyoming classics. Nice to have choices. Not only are Targhee and Jackson Hole leading the pack this winter on snow totals but they also happen to offer the best of the west in terrain, services and genuine western hospitality. And, if snow wasn’t enough, Teton Springs is offering an unbelievable value with their ski and lodge package. Spend a day on Targhee’s snow laden slopes and rest your head in a deluxe lodge room at Teton Springs. Now, that’s a winning combo!
The Perfect Winter Getaway Packages
Now that we’ve officially confirmed that the snow in the Tetons is unrivaled, it’s time to reach for that ultimate brass ring of mouth-watering experiences – Heli Skiing in the Jackson Hole and Teton Valley areas.
The backcountry is now ripe for the taking! The folks at High Mountain Heli Skiing are prepared to pick you up at Teton Springs, and this new snow, measured in feet not inches, is making this the exceptional 2012 ski and snowboard adventure. Check out the deal at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. This Winter getaway package just happens to include 305,000 acres of terrain in the Tetons and surrounding mountains.
Spoil Yourself at the Teton Springs Stillwaters Spa & Salon
As if schussing down these slopes wasn’t enough incentive to make a trip to Teton Springs….the resort’s Stillwaters Spa & Salon is giving us another compelling reason to make the trek to Victor, Idaho now, especially now while the deals are hot.
One of their specialties is the Hydraquench. This rich, moisturizing treatment is a delight any time of the year but I find this particular slice of heaven almost a necessity during the dry winter months. For a totally ooh & aah experience…
One Hour Hydraquench Body Treatment
- 2oz Body Butter and Body Brush for home use with take home instructions for dry brushing
- $100….a $135 value (a 25%savings!)
Here’s what they say: The Hydraquench Treatment is our signature three-in-one body wrap. Your skin is gently buffed with a soft dry brush; you’re then slathered with moisture rich shea butter and gently wrapped in a warm herbal cocoon. While wrapped, you are pampered with a warm stone foot massage, a cooling stone facial massage and stress relieving neck work. Heavenly!
Please mention this special at time of booking! Offer good through January 30th.
Don’t waste another minute just dreaming about the perfect ski trip; call the nice folks at Teton Springs now, where the options are plentiful – just like the snow! See you in the mountains! 1-877-787.8757
SKIERS, SHOPPERS AND KIDS All HAVE PLENTY TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Sometimes when we wish for something hard enough, it really does come true. This time it’s a simple request for a snow season like last year. Teton Valley had one of those over-the-top winters in 2010-2011. Grand Targhee reported close to 600"of snow during their operating season, and then mid April arrived. The lifts stopped, as did the resort’s impressive count on daily snow accumulation. When all was said and done, it was guesstimated when Targhee reopened in June that well over 800 inches had indeed fallen at the resort November thru June. So, many ask, why do our local resorts hit the stop button come spring in those magi al years when it’s obvious winter is steadfastly hanging on?
It’s a natural phenomenon really. Spring signals a time when our thoughts naturally turn from snowsports to other outdoor pursuits readily available in this amazing Yellowstone-Teton area. After all, all that snow turns to water and water flows into the rivers and rivers are where the fish live. You get my drift. When we’re not hunting the big browns still dazed from their long winter nap, we dust off the mountain bikes and lace up our running shoes. There are plenty of cool trails on the valley floor when the grass finally decides to break free and the days are longer, and the brilliant sun once again warms our soul. We have many fun and affordable Winter Package Deals for the family!
Oh, but I do digress. It’s only November and we already have lots to look forward to this holiday season. Storms continue to roll directly over the Tetons dropping impressive quantities of white gold, and that means turning the boards downhill and not the kind of turns that one potentially has to work for this time of year. The lifts will go round and round at both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole (November 25 & 26 respectively) proving that the local prediction for a glorious repeat of La Nina is true. It appears she is indeed back, with vengeance, and winter aficionados are once again dancing in the streets.
TETON SPRINGS IS CELEBRATING TOO! – Here’s a Lodge & Spa package that is guaranteed to kick start your winter season into high gear. On this package your spacious and well designed suite is practically free!
Valid now thru December 16th:
Kick Start Winter Package
- Stay 1 night in a Luxury 1 Bedroom Suite
- 60 min Spa Treatment per person
- Day access to the Stillwaters Spa including free use of:
- Eucalyptus Infused Steam Room,
- Relaxation Lounge with complimentary tea
- Hot Tubs
- Full amenity Locker Room facilities
- Gourmet Breakfast basket
Only $129/person (based on double occupancy) does not include $5.00 per person resort fee or sales tax.
A day or two relaxing in one of these comfy and totally buffed out suites (complete with fireplace!) with friends and family would be a welcomed reprieve from anyone’s hectic holiday season and now the brass ring is also there for the taking – resort skiing that starts Thanksgiving weekend.
If sliding downhill isn’t your thing but a brisk "walk" is, strap on a set of snowshoes and fill those lungs with beautiful clean Teton Valley air while taking in the sights. Or, take a relaxed ski excursion with grand views gliding up Teton Canyon, followed by your well deserved, 60 minute muscle relaxing massage, by one of the many terrific technicians at the Stillwaters Spa.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is what I’m personally looking forward to – the Third Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. This is a terrific event with Santa hanging out most of the day, and a great chance to find that unique Christmas gift crafted by one of Teton Valley’s own. And, whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the Stillwaters Spa for the free paraffin hand wax treatment. Ooh la la.
- 9-11 PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST AT THE HEADWATERS GRILLE $4/adults, $2/kids 6-12, 5 & younger FREE
- 9-4 FREE HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW - Featuring dynamic art & jewelry by local artists
- 10-2 SANTA VISITS & FREE PICTURES! Santa hears Christmas wishes from kids of all ages and FREE pictures taken with Jolly Old St. Nick!
- 10-5 OPEN HOUSE AT THE STILLWATERS SPA – discounted Holiday Gift Packages, Spa Gift Certificates wrapped and ready for under the tree & complimentary paraffin wax hand treatments from 2-4
- 11-3 FREE CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS CRAFTS – browse the craft fair while your kids create their own handmade ornaments!
- Noon-3 ROCKIN’ DOGS & ICE CREAM – selling specialty dogs & treats
Now that you’re in a festive holiday mood, book your Christmas stay at Teton Springs while their generous lodging offer is still available, we have tons of very affordable and relaxing Winter Package Deals. Ah, it is truly beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Call 877.787.8757 for reservations and information
We grudgingly give up our summers here in the Tetons where the days are endless and inevitably turn into star filled crisp evenings. This is a place where air conditioning simply means cranking open your window a tad wider. Basically, the summer weather is glorious, just about all the time, and even the news worthy natural disasters are dreadful occurrences that only seem to happen somewhere else. It’s easy to understand why so many people call this Yellowstone-Teton area their favorite summer destination. After Labor Day, things tend to quiet down, families have wandered home and the optimum September weather and wide-open & uncluttered roads lure those fortunate enough to embrace the adventures that beckon. I spoke of one such journey in the past but it’s definitely worth another look.
Yellowstone Park – The Nation’s Finest
Yellowstone National Park is especially enchanting this time of year. The sun glistens on the mountain peaks and it’s prime wildlife viewing season. Wolves are busy teaching their young to hunt while the bears fill their bellies in anticipation of their upcoming hibernation. The elk are in rut and if you’ve never heard an elk bugle, well, it’s a sound truly found only in nature. It’s eerie and surreal and something you won’t soon forget. There are a few ways to reach our first national park from Teton Valley but I’m going to recommend you take your time getting there and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. After all, isn’t that the reason for visiting this land of towering mountains, wild and scenic rivers, rolling sand dunes and fertile open space that seemingly stretches into forever. This is the "off-season," right, so stop, look and listen along the way. You may be amazed at what you’ll find.
The Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop Road is one of America’s most spectacular scenic driving experiences and it’s a worthy journey.
Staying at Teton Springs Resort – Fun for Everyone
You’ll begin your road trip in Victor, with a delightful stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa where the pool is heated, the golf magnificent, the food scrumptious and the fish hungry in one of this resort’s many private lakes and ponds.
And the Spa, well; you may just want to consider hanging around for a few days at this property before rushing off anywhere.
I personally recommend the hydraquench body wrap, a signature treatment at the resort’s Stillwaters Spa & Salon. You’ll leave Teton Springs feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and more than ready to begin your journey into wild and scenic Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
The Grand Teton Loop Tour takes you north through Teton Valley, an area famous for its potatoes, but also its rich history of explorers, trappers, fur traders, mountain men and Mormon pioneers. Modern day "explorers" take delight in the incredible recreation afforded them here, in just about any season. As you head into Ashton, Idaho, take a break at the Trails Inn for some of Idaho’s best open-faced chicken fried steak. Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, next on the agenda, are two of the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the West and both are easily accessed from the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway.
Fishing, Sightseeing, Bears and Wolves
Hope you have your fly rods packed and ready to cast, the famous Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is just steps away and September fishing is on fire!
The town of West Yellowstone is a major gateway into Yellowstone and deserves a look. It’s home to a cool museum, unique and funky shops and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center. Give yourself plenty of time in Yellowstone National Park with its 2 million acres to explore, 300 geysers and 10,000 geothermal features. Hope you packed your hiking boots!
It’s a seamless journey from Yellowstone into Teton National Park and the sage filled landscape of this national treasure is a startling contract to the jagged peaks of the Teton Mountain Range. Over fifty miles of Snake River winds through the park and hiking and walking trails are plentiful and all afford staggering views of the Teton Mountains. Dotted with numerous sparkling lakes and incredible wildlife viewing, this could easily be your favorite stop and for that extra "wow factor," stop at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor center.
Jackson Has Something for Everyone
The town of Jackson, Wyoming, is an optimum place to end your official driving tour. This gateway-to-the-parks iconic western town certainly sees its share of summer visitors but gives post Labor Day stragglers all the room they need. There’s a staggering array of shops (more than just cowboy hats & boots!), great dining and entertainment, world-class museums and art galleries and a dizzying array of outdoor activities. And, if you happen to be in town during the 27th Annual Fall Arts Festival September 8-18, that’s even more reason to extend your stay at Teton Springs. You’ll want more than one taste of this internationally acclaimed event and it’s only a 25 mile commute to Jackson from your accommodations at the Lodge at Teton Springs Resort.
You’ll be pleasantly exhausted after your Grand Teton Loop Tour. The nice folks at Teton Springs will tuck you in.
Call 208-787-7888 for fall Lodge specials and upgrades to one and two bedroom suites. Or, sample one of the resort’s deluxe log mountain homes and check out all our amazing fall get-away packages!