Contrary to what so many avid skiers and snowboarders think, winter luxury resorts are not all located in Colorado, or even Utah. Yes, there are others, but Vail Aspen and Deer Valley would probably be on the tip of everyone’s tongue if asked the question, “Name the top luxury winter resort in the United States.” Everyone has their own perception of what defines a “luxury” resort. The five star properties at Aspen, Vail and Deer Valley certainly qualify in the quality of accommodations category, coupled with the expectation of impeccable guest service and built in amenities. Then there’s the restaurants at these resorts, the eateries featuring famous chefs, that more often than not will eventually show up on reality T.V.
Idaho can also claim their share of winter luxury resorts
Sun Valley may be the most obvious, literally the grand dame of Idaho’s resorts given its rich history. Sun Valley opened its doors in 1939 and so can easily lay claim to being the first true destination ski resort in all of North America. There was nothing humble about its beginnings. After all, then Union Pacific Railroad Chairman Averell Harriman, was determined to find the perfect spot for a grand American Ski Resort. Europe had their share of ski areas, especially in the magnificent Alps, but Mr. Harriman was convinced the american skier was hungry for a luxury resort on US soil. Thus, Sun Valley was born, and what a boost to this undiscovered part of Idaho.
Sun Valley catered to the stars from the onset, attracting the rich and famous from across the country and Europe. Olympic skater Sonja Henning starred in “Sun Valley Serenade” here in 1941, giving even further credence to Sun Valley’s tendency to cater to Hollywood’s elite. However, there’s a relatively new, by Sun Valley standards that is, Idaho luxury resort that is beginning to overshadow all other properties in the Gem state.
Eastern Idaho’s Popular Winter Luxury Resort
An eastern Idaho resort that can easily claim luxury status is Idaho’s Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, one of Teton Valley’s flagship resorts. This full service condo hotel opened in 2007, encased in the tranquility and beauty of the 780 acre Teton Springs Resort. Simply put, it’s elegant, and boasts 51 rooms, some of which are one and two bedroom suites. Through the years since opening, Teton Springs Lodge & Spa has been recognized by the State of Idaho and US News and World Report for its excellence, accolades resulting from the optimum source, guest reviews.
In addition to the well-appointed rooms and superior guest service, the powerful endorsements from guests can also be attributed to the lovely Stillwaters Spa & Salon, conveniently located on the first floor of this property. The spa features any and all services one would expect at a resort spa. This 5,000 square foot facility is a peaceful and tranquil place, offering a unique reprieve from the winter adventures one will undoubtedly engage in while in Teton Valley. A sampling of activities in this Rocky Mountain region include; heli skiing, cruising the slopes at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts, wildlife safaris in Grand Teton National Park and snowmobile trips into Yellowstone National Park. It’s difficult for any luxury resort to rival these dynamic excursions.
Teton Springs Resort’s place in history is sealed for another reason. Byron Nelson, considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest golfers, designed two golf courses on what was previously rich agricultural land. The 18-hole Headwaters and the par 3 courses have been nationally recognized for their excellence. The sheer quality of the accommodations, coupled with this world-class golf facility and winter recreation, easily puts Teton Springs in the luxury resort bracket, in all seasons.