Ski Resorts have gotten very creative; a ski and stay package without any other thrills is still available but more often than not, ski packages include other options than the standard lift tickets and lodging. Packages can also include breakfast and dinner options, a day of snowmobiling in the area, spa treatments, art galleries, airport shuttles, and more often than not these days, lift tickets that are valid at more than just one ski area. Resorts will often also offer a personal guided mountain tour for your group followed by a guest wine and cheese party, all part of the Idaho ski package. Suffice to say, packaging a winter ski and snowboard trip is typically the best way for one to save money plus have access to other value-added goodies at a discounted rate.
A ski and stay package can also be a tad more exotic in what is included, or can be added later by the Guest Service staff at the destination. Local businesses and activity vendors will often join forces with the local resorts to offer special rates, simply for the exposure and marketing value in having their place of business highlighted in information distributed to potential visitors. A great example of an attraction that could definitely be viewed as unique; a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole.
Ski and Stay Package at Teton Springs Lodge
Guests staying at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa can venture over to Jackson Hole, from mid December through early April, and take a sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge, one of the first big game refuges established in the United States. It’s conveniently located on the outskirts of this eclectic town and presents a truly eye-popping wildlife viewing opportunity. Each winter approximately 7,500 elk migrate here, their favorite wintering grounds, as visitors are treated to an up close and personal visit with the majestic animals as they feed on the valley floor. It’s definitely worth taking a break from the slopes to see these incredible animals in their natural environment.
The National Museum of WIldlife Art – Come See the Elk
Another non-traditional element in this area’s ski package’s could also include a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, located directly across the highway from the National Elk Refuge. This museum is truly worth a serious look from any art lover and anyone who appreciates western culture. It’s a true testament to preserving wildlife art in America and visitors are routinely treated to an internationally acclaimed collection with special exhibits roving in and out throughout the year. The National Museum of WIldlife Art should be on any visitor’s agenda. Special children exhibits also make it a fun and worthwhile activity for the kids. Private guided tours can be arranged and this insures an optimum experience, an up-close-and-personal view of world-renowned western wildlife art as your expert guide directs you through this incredible facility.
Skiing and Playing at Teton Village and Grand Targhee
Most Teton Springs guests on these types of winter vacation packages clock the majority of their ski time on the slopes at Grand Targhee. However, many will opt to ski and snowboard the famous slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, at least one day. Everyone visiting this Yellowstone-Teton region needs to sample this mountain, in all its vastness and rugged splendor. Leaving your suite or deluxe mountain log home at Teton Springs, it’s a beautiful drive over Teton Pass, stopping for photos at the summit. The first town you reach is Wilson, Wyoming. A hearty breakfast at Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, situated in the center of this quaint village, is practically a rite of passage.
The ski resort is located on the Teton Village Road outside of Wilson. Unique shops and a variety of interesting restaurants dot the landscape at the base of the slopes. After exhilarating runs down infamous Rendezvous Trail, the Hobacks, Casper Bowl and the Expert Chutes, take a quick trip into the town of Jackson, if you have an ounce of energy left that is. Or, you may just need to schedule this excursion for another day. It’s impossible to take in Jackson’s considerable western charm with just a short jaunt. The attractions are many, not to mention the shopping. Ah, the shopping. Well, maybe one full day in this town won’t be enough. Maybe a shop & stay is the next package!