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Spring Break Surfing the Perfect Wave

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!

Create unique memories at Teton Springs Resort this spring. Visit www.tetonspringslodge.com Call 877.787.8757 or contact us here.

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Heli-Skiing Adventure on the Western Side of the Tetons

Skiing in Teton Valley can’t get better than this!

Heli skiing in teton valley

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa has partnered with High Mountain Heli-Skiing to provide you with an unmatched powder skiing adventure. Rest your head in one of the Lodges 52 well appointed guestrooms and suites where the only noise you’ll hear in the morning is the sound of the chopper settling down in the Lodge parking lot. Yes, it’s that convenient! High Mountain Heli-Skiing offers 305,000 acres of skiable terrain in and around the Teton mountain range. After a day of magnificent skiing, breathtaking scenery and glorious powder turns, you’ll especially appreciate a visit to the Stillwaters Spa where you can choose from a wide variety of luxury spa treatments, including deep-tissue and sports massage! Realize your heli-adventure dream this winter season at an unbelievable great rate!  Book your adventure soon. space will be very limited for this great adventure.

Image courtesy High Mountain Heli-Skiing.

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Stillwaters Spa in Teton Valley Offers Unique Treatments

THAT’S A WRAP – IN SHEER ECSTASY THAT IS!

They need to call the “Hydraquench Body Wrap” something else. The name somehow just doesn’t do justice to atreatment I recently experienced for the first time at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, located at Teton Springs Resort in Victor, Idaho. Maybe “Heaven on Earth Moisturizing Wrap,” or “I Can Now Die a Happy and Well Moisturized Woman Wrap,” or “I’ll take Hydraquench Over Botox Any Day Wrap!”

Stillwaters Spa & Salon in Victor Idaho

The moment of truth for me that I needed some serious skin help occurred a few weeks back while on a family vacation, when my sister gushed, “gosh, I love your new alligator sandals.” I was in fact barefoot. Hey, I’m not alone, right? Plenty of us have dry skin, especially those of us blessed with a high-altitude mailing address. The good news, we’re fortunate to live in, or vacation in, this incredibly beautiful mountain environment with its fabulous, humidity-free weather. The bad news, at least for some of us, this humidity-free weather.

If you’ve ever visited a Spa for any reason, chances are it was for a deep tissue or other therapeutic massage treatment. A massage isn’t even considered a luxury these days, but a necessity, like taking our vitamins or our daily walk. In truth, our massage therapist is as critical to our overall mental and physical well-being as the family doc; we just don’t always view it that way. Too bad.

The Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs Lodge is truly an escape, even from a seemingly otherwise perfect day! Listen to this passage from their brochure: “Settled within glorious, alpine surroundings, the Spa at Teton Springs Lodge is created to provide you with infinity of sensory experiences within a tranquil retreat – a place you may never wish to leave.” Therein lies the problem, you don’t in fact want to leave – ever.  In my prior visits to the Stillwaters Spa (for that massage of course), I’ve always been intrigued by the sheer number of mysterious and intriguing treatments listed in their spa material. One in particular caught my eye, the Hydraquench Body Wrap. To simplify, this is a treatment that slathers you in 100% whipped Shea Butters and then wraps you in a warm herbal cocoon. It only took me seconds after hearing Spa Manager Jen Walton describe this treatment before I was hooked. Sign me up, uh, I mean, butter me up!

I have always found the entire staff at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon to be delightful, competent and professional. One in particular, Jennifer Milloway, is the classic spa practitioner. With ten years spa experience under her belt, three of those years at the resort’s Stillwaters Spa, Jen enjoys a far-reaching reputation as a true craftsman in all things spa. She would be the one to introduce me to my first non-massage spa experience, encourage me to indulge in the senses with this particularly skin nourishing spa treatment, and the one to magically transform me from alligator girl. Sounds like exactly what the doctor would order!

I always believe in the element of surprise so I won’t give away all of the intricate details on what will happen during your Hydraquench Body Wrap but a few details are in order, and plus, I can’t help myself. You’re now in your fluffy, thick white robe and meet your therapist in the Zen Room (the name says it all!), the beautifully decorated and relaxing pre and post treatment room (remind me again why I ever have to leave here?!). In her Zen-like fashion, Jen describes the entire treatment to me, right down to the last morsel of the glorious details. Not that you’ll remember what she said. Once the treatment starts your entire life’s focus is on how terrific and relaxed you feel and neither one of you has to exchange another word (Jen doesn’t necessarily respond to your Oohs and Aahs).

In a nutshell……

  • Your treatment table is heated
  • Your arms, legs, fingers & toes are gently exfoliated with a soft, dry brush; this includes front & back (which was terrific, only an octopus can exfoliate their back!) * 100% natural whipped Shea Butter scented with lemon & almond is generously applied to arms, legs, hands & feet.
  • Your hands are comfortably folded on your chest. You’re wrapped completely in an extremely warm cotton/linen mix sheath which has been brewing, literally, in a roaster of lavender, chamomile and rosehips tea bags. A second layer of plastic is applied, to retain the heat, and a third layer, a space blanket of sorts, is snuggly tucked around your entire body.
  • You are now officially cocooned but it’s only the beginning! For the next 20-25 minutes, while your skin is absorbing this entire mix of glorious herb infused butter…..
  • A lighter oil is applied to your face and then massaged into your skin with small, ice-cold stones (remember the flat, super-smooth stones perfect for skipping….) and topped off with a soothing massage to the neck.
  • Now the attention is directed to your feet but this time the stones are larger (even better skipping stones) and warm to the touch.
  • Ah, last but not least, is a cool refreshing spritz to the face of cool lavender and bergamot, an extremely enticing smell not normally found in nature.

The Hydraquench Body Wrap was sheer heaven; it was beyond relaxing, but also very therapeutic. My skin still feels nourished days later. Which reminds me, whatever you do, resist the urge to shower immediately after your Hydraquench treatment. It defeats the purpose of allowing the lingering benefits of all these goodies from reaching deep into your skin.

Also worth mentioning – in the Stillwaters Spa your personal degree of modesty is always respected and accommodated. For my money however, less always seems better in any spa when it comes to covering up (drapes are used on those most private of our body parts).

There’s no doubt that one of Teton Springs Resort’s premier offerings is the 5,000 square foot Stillwaters Spa & Salon, providing lodging guests, and day trippers, an incredible selection of services focusing on relaxation and rejuvenation. Stop by and check out the menu; this spa is so much more than just message therapy. More importantly, everyone deserves to feel this good! Call Stillwaters Spa & Salon @208.787.7250 or toll free 877.787.8757 or you can contact them here.

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