Think it’s safe to assume that most travelers thinking of visiting the Rockies, in particular the magnificent state of Idaho, will more often than not set their sites on Idaho as a summer destination. Actually, an Idaho winter vacation can really be the most rewarding and provide the visitor unique adventures unlike anything they may discover elsewhere. Options for rich experiences are plentiful here as there are eighteen ski and snowboard resorts to choose from and winter vacations Idaho style typically means lots of snow and generally more elbow room, both on and off the slopes. Mother Nature graces this state, known more for its delicious potatoes than its skiing, with beautiful, light powder which blankets the mountains from the tip of the state all the way to the southeastern corner. Of course, anyone who consults an atlas will soon realize that visiting the eastern portion of Idaho means landing smack in the middle of Yellowstone-Teton Territory.
An Idaho Winter Vacation at Teton Springs
One of the best winter vacation destination that simply can’t be overlooked is Teton Springs Resort. Tucked into the eastern corner, and practically sharing a border with wild, wonderful Wyoming, Teton Springs offers year round vacation seekers world-class recreation opportunities and resort amenities to match. Winter is truly magical here and Teton Springs close proximity to Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts give skiers and snowboarders easy access to the best conditions and raved about slopes in North America. Getting here is also easy for destination guests, with more than one airport to choose from and major airlines setting their wheels down at both. Idaho Falls Regional Airport and Jackson Hole Airport are approximately an hour’s drive of Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
Simply driving from either airport to Teton Springs adds to the adventure
The sense of arrival flying into Jackson Hole sets the tone for what promises to be a trip of a lifetime. The Teton Mountains are in full view as you land in the country’s only airport located in a national park, and that’s Grand Teton National Park. Driving from the Idaho Falls Airport is just as spectacular as you’re treated to eye-popping views, agriculture rich pastures and wide open landscapes as far as you can see as you head east. Don’t miss the scenic overlook between Idaho Falls and Swan Valley as you travel on Highway 26; the views of the mighty South fork of the Snake River are definitely worth the stop. Closing in on Swan Valley you’ll cross the South fork of the Snake River, this time up close and personal. If a comfort stop is in order, be sure to pull into the Rainey Creek Country Store. This charming establishment has been a cornerstone for this small community of Swan Valley for many years and offers more than the typical rubbery pizza and truck stop coffee found at most gas stations/convenience stores. This country store is famous for their square ice cream cones which are served year round. You’ll also find an eclectic array of pure Idaho souvenirs typically not found in other local retail outlets, especially the locally grown huckleberry products.
You’ll then proceed east on highway 31, with only 21 miles to go before reaching Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in Victor, Idaho. This final stretch of travel also provides the eye candy so prevalent in this part of the state, sprawling ranches and fields of grain nestled below towering mountain peaks. Once you’re at the top of Pine Creek Pass, it’s just a matter of minutes before you’re pulling into the Teton Springs Resort complex, your final destination for a winter vacation of a lifetime. Heading down off of the pass the first glimpse of the majestic Grand Tetons is in full view. It’s a telling preview of just how spectacular this trip will be.