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The Season of Giving and Playing is Upon Us

Happy Holidays from Teton Springs Lodge & Spa! The staff at this boutique property has wasted no time in celebrating the waning days of 2013, mostly by getting out and sampling what they sell. What’s not to like, when part of your employment orientation includes skiing at Grand Targhee, snow biking, back country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Yes, it’s true; everyone who works at the lodge & spa is encouraged to personally experience the extraordinary amenities found at Teton Springs, voted the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” (US News & World Report 2012 & 2013). So suffice to say, a critical line item in the job description encourages staff to sample the endless array of recreational activities that visitors can expect to experience, not only at Teton Springs, but throughout the entire Yellowstone-Teton territory. Tough job, but somebody has to do it.

It’s easy to understand why this gracious property in quaint Victor, Idaho, is inundated with applications when any position becomes available. Staff learns pretty quickly that the core brand message defining this business is the environment, how to see it, smell it and embrace it. For everyone the experiences are different, but the magic is the same. Time spent in this special place, with jaw dropping mountain vistas and the earth covered in white, can truly be life altering for guests and staff alike.

Sleigh Rides, Elk, Snow Biking, Tons of Winter Activities

Every day visitors wake to the promise of a new adventure. Maybe it’s an early morning ski into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest that surrounds Teton Springs, a sleigh ride thru an elk preserve in Victor, or a romantic dinner at neighboring Linn Canyon Ranch as the sun sets over the Big Hole Mountains.

Another excursion I strongly recommend is a back country ski tour. The folks at our favorite all-things-adventure retail shop, Yostmark Mountain Equipment, are the experts in showing off “for locals eyes only,” off-the-beaten-path terrain in and around the Teton Mountains. Not an expert skier, don’t have to be. Yostmark specializes in tours and equipment for all levels as well as both fashionable and technical winter clothing. No such thing as winter doldrums here.

Safe to say, the savvy traveler is quickly discovering that Teton Valley is a place not simply to be savored during the summer season, or, that winter is just about the skiing, as good as it is. Truth be known, winter season easily rivals that of summer for things to do, and, as the snow settles over the valley, with it comes a total sense of serenity. It’s peaceful and spectacularly beautiful.

Relax and the Stillwater’s Spa and Salon

For everyone, a reprieve from the elements is in order, and the Stillwaters Spa and Salon at Teton Springs is the place in Teton Valley to pursue complete indulgence, or, get the best hair cut of your life. Simply stated, this staff is good! Resort guests are continually blown away by the quality of this facility and the spa is also a local’s favorite gathering spot for treatments and pampering.

There’s no better place to celebrate a special occasion, or simply a ladies night out, than the intimate, friendly and relaxed Stillwaters Spa. And, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift that your loved one will never have to return, consider a Gift Card from the Stillwaters Spa.

You Heard it… Golfing!

Speaking of holiday cheer, be a true hero by surprising your special girl or guy with the ultimate Christmas prize – the gift of membership to the award-winning, Byron Nelson designed, Headwaters Golf Club. WOW -this would truly be the gift that keeps on giving year after year!

January 1 is within sights, and a repeat theme in New Year’s resolutions for many of us is a renewed commitment to physical fitness. It’s easily within our reach in Teton Valley. See you in the mountains!


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Skiing Knee Deep Powder with Blue Skies

Skiing Knee Deep Powder with Blue Skies in the Teton Mountains let’s hope this isn’t just a dream!

News of the recent epic snowstorm in New England, and the destructive aftermath, has really been monopolizing the airwaves lately. This latest weather episode to rock the northeast was significant, no doubt about it. However, it always makes me smile when the national news covers this stuff for days on end. Here in the Tetons, an overnight storm dropping 24" of what the locals call "white gold" barely causes a stir. Of course, Teton Valley doesn’t in any shape or form resemble Boston Massachusetts or, any other American city for that major.

One obvious distinction that separates this relatively tiny hamlet of Teton Valley, Idaho, from anywhere USA, is the fact that heli skiing packages are available at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, which sits nestled off Highway 33 in the south end of the valley. This boutique hotel is the centerpiece of the Teton Springs Resort and offers year-round visitors amazing activities. Winter guests delight in the hotels varied mix-and-match ski and stay packages, including the grand poobah of ski packages – that of heli skiing.

If a day of glorious turns in knee-deep powder, with deep blue skies overhead, mind-blowing Teton Mountain scenery and no lift lines appeals to your sensibilities, then heli skiing should indeed be on the agenda. High Mountain Hel Ski is the premier (and only) heli ski operator in the Tetons and Teton Springs couldn’t ask for a better partner in taking to the skies.

If a family ski vacation is on the docket, perhaps it’s a spring break trip. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa specializes in winter family vacations. The three, four and five bedroom mountain log cabins are luxurious in every way.

Guests are always pleasantly surprised just how affordable these places truly are, especially when they step foot into of these buffed-out cabins. Each home is unique, has literally everything you could possibly need, and more. They’re simply perfect for the family, and, roomy enough that friends can join the party too!

Teton Springs also lists Grand Targhee Resort as a partner in winter recreation, and, the last time I checked the measured snow depth at Targhee was the deepest of any area in the entire country. Not unusual for this Teton valley snow Mecca; they always post the big numbers!

There’s still plenty of time and winter left to book family ski packages to Teton Springs, with deals that include a complimentary night in the lodge, or in one of the sweet log cabins.

There’s Nordic skiing on the resort’s track, door-to-door guided snowmobile trips to Yellowstone National Park, snowshoe treks into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. That’s just for starters. There are many Winter family activities in the Teton Valley and close by.

The atmosphere is homey and relaxed the staff genuine and this entire property screams quality. Guess that explains why Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was recently named the "Best Hotel in Idaho" by U.S. News & World Report for the second straight year. The final decision after reviewing over 2,000 luxury hotels in the United States was made by travel industry leaders and hotel guests. There’s no doubt these guys got it right – you be the judge.

Call Teton Springs today for your winter dream vacation – toll free: 877.787.8757, visit


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The Promise of Powder Snow that Keeps us Awake at Night

Let others dream of sugar plums this holiday season – It’s the promise of powder snow that keeps us awake at night!

I stuck my neck out pre-Thanksgiving predicting that Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort would undoubtedly be open for skiing before any leftover turkey was consumed. It wasn’t really a huge gamble at all when you look at the track records of these areas, particularly Grand Targhee. Historically Targhee, the powder Mecca of the Tetons, has welcomed snow sliders of all varieties by Thanksgiving. This has pretty much been their annual story going back 40 plus years ago when they first cranked up their shiny new Bannock lift. So, betting on these two Wyoming areas to beat most Rocky Mountains to the punch is an oddsmaker’s dream.


The Snow is Here – Teton Village and Targhee are Popping!

We always hear the adage that location, location, location dictates the success of any given business. It’s logical. Teton Springs Resort is testament to how true this popular expression really is. Teton Springs attracts visitors from all over the world for many reasons, but the location card is one we proudly play, and, with good reason. Most of the year we’re focused on our favorable proximity to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and literally the best fly fishing rivers in North America. We also have the cool town of Jackson Hole and the incredible “Top 10 Most Scenic Drives in North America,” leading travelers from our resort gates and heading north. This road trip thru Teton Valley sports the best and most dramatic views of the Tetons and visitors have almost too many choices on where to stop in eastern Idaho before they even reach Yellowstone. Harriman State Park and Mesa Falls are a few examples that are a must for any itinerary.

Location, location, location has equal significance for guests visiting Teton Springs Lodge & Spa during the winter season. Situated literally half way between Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole resorts, guests can be sampling the slopes of both these terrific Wyoming resorts within a half hour of leaving their comfy Teton Springs lodge room or deluxe mountain log cabin. The illustrious Jackson Hole ski area has another reason to be boastful this year, having just been ranked the #1 ski resort by the illustrious Forbes Magazine. Not to mention both resorts are currently showing a hearty 50 inch plus snow base at their summit snow stakes. Yes, fat powder-cruising skis and freestyle snowboards should definitely be on everyone’s Christmas list for Santa this season!

Teton Springs is the Perfect Stay and Play Luxury Hotel

Teton Springs isn’t waiting for Christmas to dole out a few gifts of their own. There are specials galore at this gorgeous Victor Idaho property to jump start that family ski vacation. Pressed for time getting ready for the holidays – start with a one night ski package. It’s the perfect time to see for yourself just how good skiing is in the Tetons at the moment.

Eat Well While Visiting the Teton Valley

Your evening will be perfectly capped off with a relaxing soak in the lodge hot tub followed by a great meal at the Headwaters Grille (Thursday thru Saturday). The folks at the Grille are feeling the Christmas spirit too – their “two for one” on all dinner entrees has been extended through December 15, regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice!

Christmas, ‘tis the season where hotels typically don’t offer any deals. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa doesn’t adhere to those rules. You can book a one-bedroom suite for $199 a night that’s valid from Dec 20-Jan 3. Seriously, I wouldn’t drag my feet on this one!

Most skiers dramatically feel the effects of that first day on the slopes. The screaming thighs & aching back; it’s simply a rite of passage we all have to endure each year. I also think it’s just nature’s way of reminding us just how lucky we are to be doing something we love, and, in such a magnificent place. So, before heading back to the slopes for another day of pure bliss, wobble into the Stillwaters Spa for a deep tissue massage. This time, don’t plan on leaving the table for 90 minutes; the spa now is offering a 90 minute massage for the 60 minute price. Another early Christmas gift from Teton Springs.

Staying at Teton Springs – Relaxing after Hitting the Slopes

It certainly feels like now is the time to book your ski and stay packages at Teton Springs. The holidays are right around the corner, and with the snow that continues to blanket the mountains at the Jackson Hole ski area, and our very own Grand Targhee, you’ll want to secure your spot soon at Teton Springs. All accommodations are guaranteed to please but the suites are particularly inviting this time of year with their cozy gas fireplaces and enough square footage to host even the extended family. Ski vacations are special here. So are the rates.


May your spirit be as light as the powder snow this holiday season!

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