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Snowflakes, Snowcats, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding… Teton Valley Welcomes the Official Start of Winter!
I love being in a place where there is a clear distinction for when the seasons change. Four times a year it’s almost as if we’re treated to a sense of new beginnings, fresh opportunities, a different set of clothes, other toys! It’s not this way for everyone, or everywhere. The transition from one season to the next, like when fall ends and winter begins, doesn’t necessarily mean much more than a date on the calendar to most folks. Given it inevitably happens right before Jolly Old Saint Nick arrives with the promise of goodies for all doesn’t help. Talk about some heavy competition. However, the arrival of winter always meant something special to me, but I’d venture to say that in general, the official start of winter just doesn’t warrant much fanfare.
I always thought that winter made its grand debut on December 21st. It was something that I just counted on, never questioned, and always celebrated. However, it can actually fall on the 22nd, as is the case in 2011. I can adjust. A day here or there certainly doesn’t really have much effect on weather in the northern Rockies. And, one could easily say the seasons get a tad muddled here in the Tetons more often than not, a place where it’s not all that unusual to see snow in July, and temps in November that begs golf attire. If you’re a golfer, don’t get too excited; the promise of November pars and tee times tend to be very short lived.
Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Winter typically arrives with vengeance in the Tetons. That’s why so many flock to eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, and in particular, Teton Valley. It’s a magical place where the amount of snowfall annually is almost as legendary as the magnificent mountains in this Yellowstone region. This year is no different. November delivered on the promise of big snow for the 2011-12 season. Both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts opened by Thanksgiving weekend after a huge weather front dropped copious amounts of the beautiful white stuff. Even better, Teton Springs Lodge is located between Targhee and Jackson Hole! Turkey dinners were gobbled with one foot out the door; skiers had been patient and now they would rather taste their rewards. Online snow reports for Jackson Hole can be viewed online.
There’s no looking back. Targhee was also able to open more terrain and all their lifts by mid-December and the snow is once again piling up. This is an impressive feat indeed given the short supply of December precipitation in general throughout the Rockies. Many ski areas are sadly still anxiously waiting for the skies to open over their particular resort. It will happen, it always does.
So, it’s apparent once again, the Tetons rock! Both Targhee and Jackson Hole blaze the way into winter with typical aplomb and I note, with more notoriety than usual. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was recently named the "Top Ski Resort in North America" by Forbes Magazine – wow! Everyone at Tetons Springs Lodge & Spa is more than proud to call this magnificent place our neighbor!
Anyone for an Amazing Heli Skiing Adventure?
For those girls and boys who were very, very good this past year, perhaps a heli ski trip, with 305,000 acres of primo terrain in the Tetons included, was found under the tree. http://www.heliskijackson.com/ (batteries included!) Teton Springs Lodge & Spa has again joined forces with High Mountain Heli-Skiing to offer this once-in-a-lifetime powder ski experience. The chopper picks you up in Teton Springs Resort, just steps from the Lodge or luxury mountain cabin. It appears that exemplary service and snow go hand in hand at Teton Springs!
Snowmobiling at it’s Best!
For those who want to experience the exhilaration of swooshing thru the fluffy POW can spend the day on the back of a snowmobile. Taking a sled into the backcountry is a terrific alternative to strapping boards on one’s feet. You’ll still get the adrenalin rush, view wildlife in their winter environment, all while enjoying spectacular scenery. In keeping with Teton Valley’s reputation as the recreation capitol of the west, snowmobiling gets top billing. The folks at Teton Valley Adventures will even pick you up at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and you’re off for a snowmobile experience of a lifetime!
Don’t Forget to Pamper Yourself at Stillwaters Spa
You won’t have to travel far; you can enjoy miles of snowmobile trails in the Big Hole Mountains just minutes from the lodge. This terrain is well suited for the family new to the sport or for the seasoned rider looking to conquer new terrain. You’ll be back in time for that deep-tissue massage the resort’s Stillwaters Spa is famous for!
There’s still time to book holiday reservations at Teton Springs. Fortunately they’re still feeling the Christmas spirit and offering 20% off holiday lodging. Given the snow at these local resorts demand will be high – so book now. After all, winter is officially here; doesn’t matter what the silly calendar says! Check out our affordable Winter Getaway Packages.
O.K., I’m taking some liberty with the words to that terrific tune sung by Nat King Cole many moons ago. Winter in the Yellowstone-Teton area is anything but lazy, but it is absolutely crazy, crazy good that is! Do people truly realize the sheer magnitude of our personal playground?! This entire Yellowstone-Teton area is there for our taking. To offer some perspective, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks together total more than 2.5 million acres. Yellowstone Park alone has more acreage that the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Granted, summer and fall seasons present the opportunity to sample a lot more of this area, particularly the backcountry, than say winter. Still, the possibilities for adventure are virtually endless in every season, and all in our very own backyard.
October in the Teton Valley – An Absolute Dream
Personally, I’m not ready to give up these glorious fall days. October has been an absolute dream in Teton Valley. Mother Nature has been ever so kind indeed. In fact, the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs even extended their season for members and resort guests by two full weeks. That’s big! Sure, we had the reality check, around mid-October, when 2 to 3" of snow blanketed the valley floor. That’s pretty typical. I also think in some cosmic way it just happens so people at least start to think about snow tires and packing away their garden hoses. Yeah, October was a real beauty and the fall colors as splendid as I ever seen them.
Now moving on to winter, which just can’t come fast enough. It’s this interim time between seasons that can be so annoying. My snow tires are on, garden hoses secure in the shed (and sadly golf clubs too) and even the visqueen is stapled to unused doors and windows. Ah, looking at the world through opaque plastic. It’s a way of life when you live in the Northern Rockies and your whole life is about dealing with all this fabulous snow. But it’s why we’re here and why visitors come and take a peek for themselves each year. I love winter in the Tetons!
The Best Skiing in the Country is Right Here
Our local partners and friends from Teton Valley Trails and Pathways will start preparing the Nordic track at Teton Springs as soon as possible, usually around Thanksgiving. They sure groom a sweet track! Turkey day also signifies another winter highlight in our valley, the ski lifts at Grand Targhee start going round and round, or at least we hope so. This powder paradise is pretty consistent when it comes to opening its slopes on time and the highly anticipated grand opening for the 2011-12 season is slated for Friday November 24th. The other neighbor to Teton Springs is Jackson Hole Mountain resort, also known as "The Big One" and with good reason. With a solid dose of November snow they too could welcome skiers and snowboarders early. So, we’ll spend the next few weeks glued to the daily snow reports, exploring ski swaps and sport shops searching for the perfect powder skis, tele boards or snowshoes. We will be ready and we’ve got some incredible Winter Skiing packages available to choose from!
Looking for a Thanksgiving Getaway?
There’s something else to be excited about. If you book a few nights at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa over Thanksgiving weekend, they treat you to a night, yes, treat as in absolutely free! Check out some of our very affordable Fall Getaway packages. You can book a comfy lodge room, or a deluxe one or two bedroom suite, or really indulge and stay in one of the totally buffed out mountain log homes that dot the beautiful landscape at Teton Springs. They’re not only knock-out gorgeous but affordable too.
This book two nights and get one night free promotion applies to all the sweet accommodations at this resort so I would book early. At the same time I would also make my reservations for the famously fabulous traditional turkey dinner at the Headwaters Grille. If you insist on making mom’s tried-and-true cranberry stuffing yourself, that’s easy to do. You and the family can make all the fixings’ in your full-kitchen suite or private home.
Don’t Forget to Pamper Yourself While Staying at Teton Springs
There’s one more solid reason to visit Teton Springs over Thanksgiving this year. In the 5,000 square foot Stillwaters Spa & Salon, your 60 minute massage just turned into a 90 minute massage, all for the 60 minute price. After skiing all that powder, you’ll need it. I promise you.
Check out our many affordable and fun vacation and get-away packages, or give us a ring at 877.787.8757 to speak to the nice Guest Services staff. Let’s all make this a Thanksgiving to be truly thankful for; a chance to play in the snow with friends and family. Come on November!
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?