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Archive for category Snow-shoeing
Going back, way back, to the late 70′s in fact, one would see Grand Targhee bumper stickers adorning just about every vehicle in Teton Valley, sporting the slogan “Snow from Heaven Not Hoses.” It was a time in North America when just about every resort was forced to install expensive snow making systems, simply to ward off an early season business bust. It would be years later when even powder king Grand Targhee took baby steps and installed a few snow guns. It was a meager investment really, with snow making restricted to their beginner hills at lower elevation, although some would argue that a base area at 8,000 feet is hardly lower elevation. This insurance policy, if you will, pretty much guaranteed November turns. Frankly, it’s a shame they spent the money.
This season Mother Nature has once again treated our guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa with the early-season goods. So, I would venture to guess that Targhee‘s snow-making machines have pretty much remained idle this season as they have most years, simply gathering dust as their throttle switch remains in the “off” position. After all, Targhee does average 500″ of snow each year. In addition to the real white stuff, there’s basically nothing artificial about this resort sporting Teton views, a quaint base village, and long, sweeping slopes that are considered near perfect for every level snow slider. Guess that explains why Grand Targhee has most recently received a nod from Forbes Magazine, named in the “Top 10″ list of ski resorts in North America.
Speaking of accolades from Forbes, our other notorious neighbor to the east, the Wyoming giant Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is only 22 miles from Teton Springs and was designated the “Number One” resort in the country. There’s nothing like good neighbors!
The folks who built Teton Springs Resort obviously appreciated that an idyllic location in the heart of Teton Valley, would spell success on many fronts. The award-winning Headwaters Golf Course anchors this 800 acre property but that’s only one chapter of this story. Teton Springs is a year-round resort and visitors quickly discovered that a winter visit to this Yellowstone-Teton region is equally as magical to summer trips here, when there’s almost too much to do, if that’s possible. Snowshoeing in the Teton Valley is some of the best in scenery in the country!
If you’re a guest in one of the deluxe Lodge rooms or suites, or staying in one of the Handpicked Homes scattered throughout the resort, you simply need to step outside your accommodations to revel in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Northern Rockies. The Headwaters Golf Course is transformed into a groomed Nordic track and snowshoe treks into the adjoining Caribou-Targhee National Forest are but a few of the activities onsite. The other distinct plus to booking a winter visit to Teton Springs is affordability, with a capital “A.” You simply won’t find more elegant accommodations in Teton Valley at the reasonable rates offered by these folks, in both the Lodge and the ultra deluxe Handpicked log cabin Homes.
A nice finishing touch to a day of exhilarating time outdoors is a trip to the Stillwater’s Spa & Salon. My favorite treatment this time of year, after an exhausting day of making perfect turns on Targhee’s rolling landscapes, is the Hydra Quench. Ah, we’re literally talking heaven on earth. So, ditch the ho-hum sweater or scarf gift idea this year and treat the person you love with a visit to this very tranquil place. There are plenty of holiday specials at the Spa, including their new discounted Gift Cards. Now that’s a gift worth giving!
Given this early season snow, it’s also worth mentioning, again, the heli ski operation at Teton Springs. Wipe the sleep from your eyes and stumble out to the waiting chopper, literally steps from your Lodge room. It shouldn’t be this easy to access over 305,000 aces of the most incredible terrain in the Tetons and surrounding mountains but it is. And, it looks very promising given the current snowfall that we’ll be hearing those delightful words, “all aboard” sooner than later.
See you in the Tetons!
Whew, not sure about you, but I am relieved the holiday season is just about over. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas and the aftermath, but I am so ready to give up the sugar cookies and the endless supply of homemade bon bons. Thank God there was never a fruit cake in sight! Most of us over indulge this time of year, and that’s o.k. Goes with the territory. But now it’s time to step back from the buffet table, embrace a new year and maybe even get serious about what makes winter in Teton Valley so darn appealing.
Across the globe in every language imaginable, people have made the quintessential New Year’s resolutions, to perhaps eat healthier, manage stress better, lose weight, squeeze in more “me time,” and probably the grand daddy of resolutions, exercise more. Sounds like a visit to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is in order! At some level or another, all of these pledges we make to ourselves could be clicked off, in the most pleasant non resolution way I would add, at this very intimate and extremely beautiful hotel in Victor, Idaho.
Plenty of winter recreationists’ jump started their 2014 resolution to exercise more with a pre New Year visit to Teton Springs. Hotel and cabin guests took full advantage of the resort’s Idaho ski packages in November and December, when Grand Targhee held true to their pre Thanksgiving opening. In fact, conditions at both our home resorts, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, reported the best snow conditions in the west early on and still lay claim to total snowfall to date in the northern Rockies. So what else is new?!
Some of the Best Snow Trails for Snow-Shoeing and Cross-country Skiing
The best winter vacations no doubt include skiing in virtually every discipline, and, it doesn’t hurt that Teton Valley has to be one of the country’s most stress free environments. At Teton Springs, well, there’s absolutely nothing frantic about the pace at this cozy low-key resort. With the stunning morning light illuminating the Big Hole Mountains, a brisk ski on the resort’s groomed Nordic track is the perfect way to start one’s day. Sure, you may run into the occasional moose out for a morning stroll, but you’ll virtually enjoy the solitude we are often denied in our everyday lives. And, if variety truly is the spice of life, check out the myriad of groomed Nordic trails that envelop Teton Valley, courtesy of our friends at
Teton Valley Trails & Pathways.
Heli Skiing, Snowmobiling, and Many More Snow – Fun Activities Across the Teton Valley
To take it a step further, a day of skiing the best powder in the west with the stunning Teton Mountains as your backdrop is a day of heli skiing; this could very well be the most precious “me time” imaginable. Wake up in one of the deluxe suites at Teton Springs, then mosey on out to the heli pad, just steps from your room. You’ll be hard pressed to ever find a heli ski package more affordable and totally hassle free. Now, that’s a New Year’s resolution worth making.
Stay in a Beautiful Log Cabin with your Family or Friends
Booking one of the luxury mountain log homes at Teton Springs seems to be the most popular way to go when looking for the optimum Idaho snowboard packages. Your options include a three, four or five bedroom cabin, tucked in the shadow of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The only problem is; you may never want to venture out of this pad. The great rooms are just that, great, with custom designed furnishings reflecting the area’s chic western flavor. Kitchens are commercial grade, for those so inspired. The deck wrapping the cabins beacons after an unforgettable day in the mountains. Kick off your boots, uncork Idaho’s best chardonnay and savor this moment. This is what every vacation should feel like.
There’s another compelling reason to visit eastern Idaho in January; Teton Valley kicks off the New Year with their annual Great Snow Fest. Slated for January 16-20, the businesses celebrate Martin Luther King with a dynamic line-up of fun activities for the entire family. The snow sculpting contest has been nationally recognized but the most exciting event is the NASJA sanctioned skijoring contest. You’ll never look at cross country skiing the same way again. For visitors to the valley, the perfect way to see this glorious place, get the heart rate up, and enjoy a close to the weekend’s events is the wildlife ski tour with the Teton Regional Land Trust. Book a deluxe lodge room at a special Snow Fest rate of $129.00 per night. You’ll need to call the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge for this special offer.
Celebrate New Year’s at Teton Springs and click off those resolutions in style! CALL 877.787.8757 AND VISIT www.TetonSpringsLodge.com