Spring Creek Ranch featured in the Idaho State Journal

The Idaho State Journal highlights Spring Creek Ranch as a premier Jackson Hole winter getaway provider:

“Sitting in the horse drawn sleigh, swathed in wool blankets, we marveled at the spectacular view of Jackson Hole below us. To the west, multi-colored lights of the town of Jackson, Wyo., sparkled in the cold crystalline night framed by snow covered mountains. Coyotes yipped and howled. It is a signature Western experience with magnificent views and a sleigh-ride route that overlooks the crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system, the National Elk Refuge…” Read more

You Need Romance. You Need a Sleigh Ride.

Listen up, men. Valentine’s Day is important. We all just survived the holidays. Let’s be real. Chances are the woman in your life took care of all of the scheduling, gift buying (or at least all of the wrapping), food prepping and general holiday organizing. This beautiful creature just pushed herself to the absolute limit to create a festive spirit and memories of a lifetime. She is exhausted and wants some romance. This is why the greeting card industry got away with creating this holiday known as Valentine’s Day. They suggested we all celebrate love and romance and exhausted women everywhere clung to the idea with a vengeance. Holidays are exhausting. Winters are long and cold. Save yourself some trouble; give yourself over to the idea of Valentine’s Day. Plan some romance.

Ok. Had to lay the smack down. Sorry, I’m not sorry. Now, here is a simple solution for your romance deficit.

Sleigh rides are powerfully romantic. I once contemplated marrying a man after he took me on a sleigh ride at Spring Creek Ranch. We had been on a few dates. I was pretty sure that he really liked me; after all, he was taking me on dates that included big romance. Example A: the sleigh ride. I was pretty sure I wasn’t that into him. I was 24 and just didn’t feel it. What can I say? Love is a fickle beast.

I agreed to the date but was already planning my exit strategy. I was deciding between, “I really like spending time with you, but I don’t see a future here…” and “I’m busy next week and the week after that but… maybe we could hang again next month.” My 24-year-old self was not my best self.

Something about the sleigh ride though started to shift my thinking. It was so quiet. The blanket was so warm. The horses were so majestic. The view was so breathtaking. The setting was so intimate. I don’t really know how the sleigh ride was so magical and romantic but it was. We followed it with dinner at the Granary. The views, watching the sunset over the Tetons, kind-of clinched the deal.

My date was no longer a guy I was about to ditch. He was my new romantic hero. He was a man who knew how to treat a lady right. I started thinking about a future with him, and that night, the future looked good. Sure, our chemistry was only so-so and we had very little in common. None of that mattered because the romance of the evening was so strong.

We ended up going on a few more dates, none of which included a sleigh ride and the relationship fizzled. Sleigh rides are not a magical cure-all. They are extremely romantic though. If they can make me contemplate a marriage to a man I didn’t even get along with that well, imagine what they can do for people who really like each other?
Good luck, men.

Snowshoeing!

I’m semi-notorious for my love of snowshoeing. Somehow a rumor has even been started around town that I’m into “extreme snowshoeing.” While I don’t know exactly what “extreme snowshoeing” is, I’m definitely an enthusiast. With so many adrenaline pumping winter sports like skiing and snowboarding stealing the spotlight in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I think snowshoeing is being overlooked and under-rated. I first discovered snowshoeing after a skiing injury and even though I’m back shredding on skis, my love of snowshoeing remains. Here are my top 5 reasons why snowshoeing is awesome and you should add it to your winter sports roster.

1.) Peace and Quiet.

In Jackson, you can experience a level of silence and stillness in nature that is practically going extinct in this busy and buzzing world. I love skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or speeding along on a snow mobile but they don’t offer the type of meditative silence that can be found when snowshoeing.

2.) Cardio.

Snowshoeing is a great workout but it also doesn’t have to be strenuous. Depending on the depth of snow you choose to walk through, it’s either an incredible cardio workout or a light walk. Unlike hiking or skinning up a mountain to go backcountry skiing, snowshoeing is an easy, low-risk way to get a cardio workout during the winter. Also, you don’t need miles and miles of terrain to cover, unlike skate skiing, because you won’t be covering more than a few miles to get your workout.

3.) Anyone can do it.

Snowshoeing is great for people of all ages and activity levels. As they say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. I always take my out of town guests on a snowshoe because it’s a low-key adventure. Usually after a few days of skiing in the Village, my guests are ready for a break and looking to explore more terrain. Snowshoeing is easy on the body but can get you to some great vistas. If you want to come to Jackson to ski but the rest of your group isn’t as athletic, a day of snowshoeing is a great compromise. Everyone can get outdoors and enjoy the beauty without any complications or complaints.

4.) Conversation.

The peace and quiet of a snowshoe adventure also means that it is a great time to chat with friends. Side by side, walking through the snow, you have a chance to really talk to your companion, unlike a lot of other winter sports. Snowshoeing is the hiking of winter. The simplicity of the activity means you can focus on your talk or the beauty around you. This is why snowshoeing is one of my favorite friend-date options.

5.) Wildlife.

Guided snowshoe treks with naturalists, like one offered as Spring Creek Resort, are a great opportunity to learn about the wildlife of Jackson Hole and their winter habits. An expert can help you find animal tracks and explain the animals winter behaviors. You may even spot a moose or two!

Jackson, WY: A Destination on the Rise!

Word is catching on! Jackson, WY is now ranked on Tripadvisor as a top 10 destination on the rise. And to be honest, it hardly comes as a surprise to us folks who live here year round. Because whether you’re exploring the bounty of trails in GTNP during the summer months, or the backcountry slopes of JHMR during our snowy winters, you’re bound to experience an adventure unlike any other. And this doesn’t go to say there’s not opportunity to unwind here as well. In fact, this remote locale is the perfect place to detach from life at home and reconnect with your surroundings. However you choose to spend your time in the majestic Tetons, you are sure to leave here with with a calmer mind and rejuvenated soul. It’s all here waiting for you at Spring Creek Ranch, so get out here and experience this wonderland for yourself! And be sure to check out Tripadvisor’s article on Jackson here.

Top 3 Lesser Known Reasons to Ski in Jackson Hole

Let me be real with you. I seriously doubt you need much convincing to come to Jackson Hole to ski. I’m not here to give you the hard sell on why you should be booking your trip to for this winter immediately. Umm… Have you seen the pictures? Did you know Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was recently voted the #1 Ski Resort in North America by Powder Magazine? There are so many obvious reasons to come ski in Jackson Hole that I’m actually going to assume you already know them.

Here are, in my opinion, the top 3 lesser known reasons why you should be massively excited about your ski trip to Jackson Hole. From a local who is in love with skiing in Jackson, here’s what you could miss out on your trip if you aren’t paying close attention.

1. You have access to a lot of experts.

Living in Jackson isn’t easy. The winters are long and the cost of housing is high. This isn’t the type of place that you just sort of accidentally end up living. Everyone who lives here full-time does so because they absolutely adore Jackson Hole.< What does this have to do with your vacation? There are ski experts everywhere.

My best advice is to talk to a Ski Host. There are Ski Hosts around most of the lifts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I’m lucky enough to know a lot of Ski Hosts and they are an invaluable resource. Most of them have been skiing the mountain for years, are great athletes and are more than happy to help you figure out the best route for your adventure down the mountain. They will be standing around in the cold looking for people to help. Get your face out of your map and talk to a Ski Host. I promise they know the killer trails that are right for your skill level.

2. Jackson is a rare breed of town and one that is in danger of extinction.

I’ve been visiting Jackson for almost twenty-five years. I’ve seen a lot of growth in that time but the true character of the town remains the same. There is a reason it’s called “the last of the old west.”Jackson is still a little rough around the edges, with the influence of cowboys, rowdy bars and wild animals still permeating the culture.

What makes it truly not to be missed though is the cozy, small-town rustic feel is blended with high-quality luxury. This is a place where you can truly unwind and enjoy the relaxed culture in comfort. This is a small tourist town with a strong local culture. Opposed to Vail and Aspen where tourism dominates, Jackson Hole remains a town with distinct character.

3. The food is really delicious.

Yeah, eating out on vacation can be chancy. Let’s be honest, resort towns are not known for the food. Resort towns are typically thought of as places where you are held captive and the food doesn’t have to be delectable. Jackson has an amazing restaurant scene with chefs who are as passionate about the food they make as the powder they ski. The concierge can point you in the right direction, but asking a local about their favorite restaurants and dishes is another surefire way to find the best food for your vacation.

Book now for free skiing

It’s almost ski season! For the rest of the world it may almost be the holiday season, but for us here in Jackson Hole, it is ski season that gets us quivering with excitement. This year is extra thrilling because winter seems to be coming early and strong. While I don’t love having my fall cut short, I’m happy to think that early snow is a sign of a powder filled winter approaching. The thought of gliding effortlessly through light fluffy powder while low clouds fill the Teton Valley floor is giving me chills.

Now, the chance to come to Jackson Hole is wonderful. The chance to ski in Jackson Hole is really wonderful. The chance to stay at a beautiful, luxury hotel that over looks the Grand Tetons and SKI FOR FREE is a wonderful, outrageous, not to be missed experience. That is exactly what Spring Creek Ranch is offering with their special called Ski Free.

You can take advantage of this special by calling, asking about the special, and booking a room between December 1st, 2013 and April 7th, 2014. The offer is not available through online booking so be sure to call (800) 443-6139. Also, the special is based on double occupancy meaning that if you book a hotel room, two bedroom condo or Mountain Villa, you will receive two 3 out of 4 day passes to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. You must book for at least four nights to qualify for the special.

As if it could get easier, Spring Creek Ranch is also making it convenient for their patrons to get their skis this year by working with Ski Butlers. When you rent your equipment from Ski Butlers, someone will both deliver and return your equipment for you and get you fitted for the right boots, skis, helmet and poles right in your own hotel room. No lines. No wait. It really couldn’t be easier.

Oh, wait. Yes, I guess it can. Spring Creek Ranch offers a door to tram shuttle service. That means that you will be picked up at your room or Mountain Villa and taken directly to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where you will be dropped off about 50 feet from the tram dock. No hassle with parking or trudging through the parking lot in ski boots. Spring Creek Ranch has it all worked out for you.

As if you need another reason to take advantage of this deal, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was recently named the #1 Overall Resort in North America by the SKI Magazines Annual Reader’s Poll. The SKI Magazine survey is the oldest and most established of its kind in the winter sports industry and voted on by actual readers, making it a top honor.

The Ski Free deal that Spring Creek Ranch is offering through the ski season is truly not to be missed. I live in Jackson Hole, have a season pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and shouldn’t really be this excited about the deal. There is no direct benefit for me but I find myself telling my friends and family about the Ski Free special because it is just that good of an offer. Come take advantage of skiing for free at North America’s #1 mountain.