You know when the most popular ski trail names are Eyeball Forest, Alley Oop Alley and Bat Cave; you’ve chosen the perfect place for your family ski vacation. If this is your first winter trip to Teton Valley for your winter vacation, family skis & snowboards plied high on the roof rack, you’re immediately struck by how relaxed the vibe is just about everywhere you go. It’s sure a different pace than the busier summer season in this Yellowstone-Teton territory. Warm weather vacations are immensely popular at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa when some actually complain that there’s too much to do!
A family ski vacation here when the snow flies is one filled with endless days of sliding around on nature’s finest snow, whether it be skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. Each morning brings the promise of a new adventure with so much to explore. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa sits in the south end of Teton Valley, sandwiched between the towering Tetons on the east side and the Big Hole Mountains peering down on the lodge from the west. After chasing down the kids in Grand Targhee’s Fun Zone, grab a cup of hot chocolate. It won’t be long before they haul out the huge tires for an evening of snow tubing on Rainbow Road.
Chances are there are members of your family, or perhaps friends who have joined you on your family’s ski vacation, that are proficient in skiing and snowboarding in powder snow. These winter enthusiasts relish the thought of leaving the groomed slopes in the rear view mirror for the day. Heli skiing from Teton Springs Resort partner, High Mountain Heli, is the optimum way to experience backcountry skiing with glorious untracked snow at your disposal. Departing right from the Teton Springs Lodge, powder turn could never be more conveniently accessed!
Snowcat Powder Adventures is another vehicle for a particular group of snow sliders, created specifically for the powder enthusiast who yearns for untracked snow. In 1987, Grand Targhee decided that offering up unparalleled powder and groomed skiing on its lift served mountain, extensive as the terrain truly is, perhaps just wasn’t enough to showcase their untamed conditions and terrain on their second permitted mountain. Thus, the optimum powder experience, via a cat-skiing operation on adjacent Peaked Mountain, was created. No lifts to tote the weary skier back up the mountain on this excursion, but the folks on this trip won’t be disappointed with the mode of transportation that carries them back to the summit of Peaked Mountain. The snowcat is a unique and spirited way to access the different slopes on Peaked and also provides a needed break in- between runs.
Visitors love the serenity, an almost sense of seclusion, while on this family ski vacation at Teton Springs. However, it’s off the beaten path just enough that one feels like it’s simply you, the mountains, and this ruggedly elegant resort – in nature’s most perfect setting. Morning is spent loosening up in your suite’s double jetted, soaking those tired muscles from yesterday’s powder skiing extravaganza. Mom and dad may opt for a deep tissue, or Swedish massage at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon before heading out for another picture perfect day at Grand Targhee or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Or, perhaps a leisurely cross-country ski just step from your Teton Springs room is in order today.
I think it’s safe to say you won’t easily duplicate this winter trip anywhere else.