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Archive for category Snow in Idaho
March in Teton Valley, Idaho – In Like a Lion, Out Like a Bigger Lion! Here in Teton Valley we rarely experience a March that fits the saying, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Thank goodness. The month of March in this Yellowstone-Teton territory is usually just more of the same as the months preceding it, powder days followed by even bigger powder days. However, this isn’t the norm. Most people in the great U.S. of A. celebrate the end of winter, and view this change of seasons as a time to finally get outdoors again.
There’s no doubt spring is rejuvenating – to feel the warmth of the sun on our face, watch the buds start to appear on trees, and temperatures heading in the right direction to warm winter-weary chilled bones. These same people pray that if March does indeed arrive with a roar that by the end of the month, winter is simply a distant memory.
But here in eastern Idaho, suffice to say there is definitely a genuine disdain for the arrival of spring. It’s generally accepted that in the year 2013, the waning days of winter are over and the start of spring officially begins March 20th. Official or not, die hard skiers and snowboarders in Teton Valley have the confidence in knowing Mother Nature doesn’t recognize, and certainly doesn’t respect, for what should happen with the onset of spring.
So Many Fun Winter Activities in the Teton Valley
Shifting sunlight is normally the criteria for when the beginning of spring is designated. Ah, light, it is the one component that local residents and visitors to Teton Valley alike embrace who cherish all things winter, like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and backcountry adventures. In the Teton Mountains, spring simply means longer days, and thus, more play time.
Safe to say most Idaho resorts can’t touch the terrific winter vacation packages that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers. For example, lodging in their deluxe hotel and snowcat excursions at Grand Targhee.
Thank goodness Targhee had the vision back in the late 1980′s to take a huge chunk of their most pristine mountain terrain and set it aside as a private reserve for skiers and snowboarders hungry for an affordable & quality knee deep powder snow experience. Granted, Targhee had the unique luxury of owning (well, Forest Service Use Permits in this case but that’s practically like owning) two distinct mountains in Wyoming’s iconic Teton Mountains. So, the Wyoming cowboys in charge of this unassuming and totally charming destination resort created the ultimate slice of heaven on Peaked Mountain reserved just for the cats.
They also left plenty of lift served acreage to go around. As the sun is illuminating the Wyoming sky over Targhee’s quant village, anxious skiers and snowboarders board the
snowcats and chug up to the summit of Peaked Mountain. On a clear day, the Tetons are in full view and the
vistas are staggering. That alone is worth the price of admission.
The Place to Stay While Skiing Targhee or the Teton Village
Teton Springs also offers the option of traveling a short distance across Teton Pass for a day of sliding at the Jackson Hole ski area. Or, stay put at Teton Springs; there’s Nordic skiing and snowshoeing right outside your lodge door. Simply put, there’s no other resort destination in the lower 48 that offers the variety of unique ski and stay packages and other year-round adventures than what this charming boutique hotel offers. For that dynamic spring fling and some nice spring getaway packages, the best option going is their stay two nights and the third night is FREE, in any and all resort accommodations.
Welcome to Yellowstone-Teton territory, home to easily the best skiing and snowboarding and family ski vacations in North America. Spring can wait.
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.
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