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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.

Skiing in Idaho - Doesn't Get any Better than this

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.

Skiing Targhee and Jackson Hole

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

Stay in Style at Teton Springs Lodge

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.

heli skiing in Jackson Hole and Targhee Area

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

Luxury Spa in the Teton Valley

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

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Teton Valley Welcomes the Official Start of Winter

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.

Aweseome Winter Getaway Skiing Packages

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

Luxury Winter Cabins

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?

Go HeliSkiing in Idaho

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. (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

Stillwater Spa in the Teton Valley

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.

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Next Up – Those Lazy, Crazy, Snowy Days of Winter

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!

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