The travel industry bombards us daily with T.V. ads, internet specials, slick magazine ads, newspaper spreads and the like, all promoting winter vacation deals. Unless the would-be traveler has a definitive idea on the perfect getaway for their family, trying to figure out the best vacation deal, winter’s perfect trip, can be daunting. The decision on where to spend one’s precious vacation time, not to mention the financial investment often required on a full-blown destination trip, needs to be thought out carefully. While there are no guarantees that any particular escape will be perfect for everyone, travel to the Teton Mountains continues to provide the ultimate dream vacation at an affordable price.
Winter vacation deals at Teton Springs Resort in Teton Valley typically kick off during the November Thanksgiving holidays. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa invites guests to celebrate this holiday by offering their best ski and snowboard packages with a local resort often sporting the best snow conditions in the country, Grand Targhee. Their most popular package is a free night in their accommodations when two nights are reserved. The “third night free” special is available in all of their accommodations, including the three, four and five bedroom luxury mountain log homes that dot this 780 acre resort.
While skiers and snowboarders can be a tad apprehensive about booking a destination trip in November, as snow conditions can be tricky for many resorts in North America, it’s not risky for skiing in Yellowstone-Teton country. Teton Springs shares this spectacular landscape not just with with Grand Targhee but also Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. These are two areas that consistently average 500” of snow a season. They both also have a snow making system for lower elevation slopes, but honestly, these snow guns are rarely turned on. Destination skiers and snowboarders will have done their due diligence on resorts in the Rockies that are able to open their doors in November and these two Wyoming resorts always bubble to the top.
The staff at Teton Springs are also experts at directing visitors to a variety of winter adventures, in addition to the two Wyoming ski treasures. Visitors who are motivated to explore this region beyond just schussing at the resorts will be so rewarded and grateful they took a break from the slopes. For years, Teton Springs Lodge has enjoyed a relationship with Brushbuck Tours out of Jackson Hole and the guides at Brushbuck have been delighting guests with amazing wildlife tours in nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Summer guests wouldn’t think of missing a wildlife tour with Brushbuck, but honestly, the winter tours are even more majestic and offer a different mode of transportation into these magical areas. And traveling to these locations in the off peak months of winter means feeling as if you have these magnificent national treasures all to yourself.
A snowmobile tour into Yellowstone National Park should be on everyone’s list of “things to do” when they visit Teton Springs. The ride into Yellowstone on a sled gives unobstructed views of the splendor surrounding you in every direction. The park’s most famous landmark in Yellowstone, Old Faithful,” is definitely on this tour and Old Faithful erupting steam clouds into the cold, crisp air is eerily beautiful and unforgettable.
Wildlife also come out of hiding much more frequently when the parks quiet down, after the roads close to auto traffic and the tourists numbers dramatically dwindle. Therefore, winter tours into the parks provide much more opportunity to view big game in their natural environment. Be on the lookout for bison, moose, elk, coyote, bighorn sheep and bald eagles. In certain areas of Yellowstone you could even be treated to a wolf sighting. The guides at Brushbuck are your best chance at having an experience of a lifetime. They also offer snowshoe tours into Grand Teton National Park with nothing to distract you but the Grand Tetons in all their glory. Save the ski slopes for another day.