I could never understand why people flocked to warm weather destinations over Spring Break. What’s so terrific about dipping your toes in the warm ocean, sipping umbrella-topped drinks by the pool and constant worry about that dreaded sunburn? Well, I guess if I really stretch my imagination I can fathom it at some level, at least deep in my sub-conscious. Particularly this winter. Unless you’ve been hibernating like Yogi the Bear the past few months, you know that very few Americans have escaped the wrath of Mother Nature. Even those safely nestled in the Deep South have experienced the shock and awe that come with finding yourself in a full-on blizzard. These guys don’t know what a snow plow is; have never owned a shovel and the only snowman their kids have ever known was named “Frosty.” The news was constantly filled with tragic tales of cars sliding off highways and people unable to reach their workplace for days.
While I could empathize with the angst many were feeling with every new major storm alert, these tales of blizzards sounded heavenly! It’s all in your perspective. We live in snow country here in the Yellowstone-Teton region. Our panic-button-pushing time comes when days pass without a winter storm or at least the promise of one. When Spring Break time arrives we are gloriously surfing a different kind of wave, the Teton Reef. As I speak, we’re in the throes of another amazing storm front trashing up against the Teton Mountains. While storms like this bring other regions to their knees, well, we’re simply reveling in the knee-deep powder.
For my money, March, and even well into April, is the best time to visit Teton Valley. Statistically, lots of new snow during this period is continually added to the charts but spring is definitely in the air. Days are longer (perfect for that après ski umbrella drink!), sun is warming (you’ll still take on that glorious bronze God/Goddess look, only with different tan lines!) and the sky takes on that cobalt blue hue that is as dramatic as the scenery itself. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a neighbor to the east has already reached 350” of snow this season and Grand Targhee, our hometown ski area, is mere inches away from hitting that same mark. It appears both resorts will easily top their 500” average snowfall this season (we love it when snowfall records are broken!). So, you can see there’s plenty of incentive to spend your much-needed Spring Break at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time around.
The fact that this luxury eastern Idaho resort sits perfectly perched between the two Wyoming ski & snowboard giants is only one of many reasons. The value is also there. The nice folks at Teton Springs are filling their 52 room lodge over President’s Weekend with their value-packed “buy three nights and your fourth is absolutely free!” and have decided to extend this generous deal over Spring Break as well. It even gets better; the free night applies not just to the lodge rooms but to the one and two bedroom suites and the 3, 4 & 5 bedroom Luxury Mountain Log Homes that border this exquisite property. And whatever you do, visit the Stillwaters Spa at Teton Springs; their treatments and guest service easily rival any spa experience found in a resort destination.
Getting here is easy. Fly into the Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls Airport and Teton Springs is a mere skip, hop or jump (short drive too!) from both. World-class skiing is just one of the many delightful activities that you and your family will enjoy while visiting this extraordinary area.
When you do take that break from surfing the big white waves at Targhee be sure to check out the 5,000 wintering elk still taking up residence at the Nation Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole; you won’t see this phenomenon on any silly beach!