Astronomy Night at SCR

Astronomy nights are back! Don’t miss out on the chance to view galaxies, star clusters, and planets with Spring Creek Ranch’s Naturalist Department and Wyoming Stargazing’s Dr. Samuel Singer. You might even see shooting stars, sun spires, and the northern lights through a large collection of telescopes and the latest astronomy software available on your smartphone!

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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!

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.

The Coolest Guy in Jackson

Jackson is full of really cool people. You can easily run into pro snowboarders like Travis Rice or celebrities like Harrison Ford. In my opinion though, the coolest guy in Jackson is the bassist Bill Plummer. Lucky for Spring Creek Ranch guests, he’s easy to track down because he plays at the Granary on Friday nights.

Plummer is the sort of guy who whispers follow. Every time I see him play, someone is leaning over to me whispering, “that guy played with the Rolling Stones,” or “that guy played with the Grateful Dead.”He’s been playing jazz since his elementary school days in the 1940s and it seems like the man has played with everyone. I’ve always wanted to corner him on one of his breaks during a set at the Granary and get an in-depth conversation going. I mean, the man was in the studio with the Rolling Stones as they recorded the album “Exile on Main St.” He’s got to have some incredible stories floating just below the surface of his cool jazz persona. I always say hi. I believe I’ve even attempted some prying phrases, like, “wow, so, you’ve played with everyone!?” The thing is, they guy is just too darn cool. The idea of pushing him for information on musical greats makes me feel like a band geek.

I’ve noticed a trend in really cool people over the years. People who have absolutely fascinating lives always seem to be fully immersed in the present moment and not all that interested in spending hours reminiscing about their fascinating past. This is probably what has made them so successful. They keep moving forward, working, looking ahead and, therefore, their life is always becoming more interesting. New great things are always in the works because they don’t spend a ton of time dwelling on the past.

So, as I’m asking dopey, subtle questions, trying to get Plummer to spill his juicy stories to me, he’s just being a normal, cool guy. He’s talking about the night, the weather, the audience, and the music. He’s talking about Pam or Keith Phillips or any of his other fellow musicians on the stage that night. He’s being so fricken cool as everyone geeks out around him.

Here’s the basic scoop. Plummer has played with Willie Nelson, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Quincy Jones and Tony Bennett. That is list is just some highlights from a long, long list. He’s studied with Mony Budwig, Herman Reinshang, the principal bassist for the New York Philharmonic, and Ravi Shankar’s school for Indian music. He was constantly learning. In between all the learning he was consistently working, something that he says was easy to do in those days. He went on the road with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and flutist Paul Horn. He was part of the groups Hindustani Jazz Sextet, Cosmic Brotherhood, Jazz Corps, Gas Food and Lodging, Wild Rose Ramblers, and Spanky and Our Gang. He also played with Tony Bennett’s band, usually at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. The man was busy!

Now, he lives in Felt, Idaho and plays at the Granary where we are all lucky enough to get to hear a true music aficionado. I’m not cool enough to do it but somebody needs to sit Plummer down and get all the gritty, behind the scenes stories out of him.  I’ve tried. I can’t. Please, one of you cool people, go to the Granary on Friday night and find out all the insider information for me and report back. I know there are some really good stories to be heard but I’m not cool enough to procure them.

Spring Sightings Gallery

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Spring is a wonderful time for watching wildlife. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are less busy, animals are moving around and coming out of hibernation, or returning from their “winter homes.” Check out the below gallery of some of … Continue reading

Spring Skiing And Sledding

Stay at Spring Creek Ranch for a few of Jackson Hole’s speedy spring events like the World Championship Hill Climb Town Downhill Ski Race.

Join us March 22nd – 25th for the 37th Annual Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Cheer on your favorite snow mobiler as they carve their way up the 1,500 vertical feet of Snow King Mountain on 500-lb. “Sleds”. Spring Creek’s Hill Climb package will allow you to take part in the exciting festivities of the Hill Climb and then escape the 10,000-people crowds by coming up our own hill overlooking the Tetons for your relaxing stay.

The Jackson Town Downhill on March 17th features the heart-throbbing Mini-Hahnenkamm course on Snow King Mountain (aka the “Town Hill”) with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The ski and snowboard event is the local Ski Club’s way of recognizing that skiing – and ski racing – is truly a lifetime sport. Jackson Hole is one of the last places in the county to organize and support a non-sanctioned downhill race. This community favorite draws over 100 competitors and 500 spectators.

Whether you compete or not, this event is fun to watch from the bottom, chairlift, or the top. Spring Creek is the perfect place to stay since it’s close to the action, yet located high above the crowds in town. Find the spring special that’s perfect for you! Call today to learn more about spring packages and specials (800) 443-6139.

Landscape Photography in the Tetons

Jackson Hole is famous across the planet as one of the best locations for wildlife and landscape photography. Our naturalist programs make the most of this by offering photo safaris twice per week throughout the year. This week, we explored Grand Teton National Park with cameras, tripods and lenses to find historic barns, abundant wildlife and expansive mountain views. Taking advantage of our Spring wildflowers, we took a 20-minute walk to find this meadow of daisys with the majestic Teton range providing the perfect photographic backdrop (seen in the image below).

Jackson Hole Landscape Photography