Moose Creek Ranch Blog
Mike and Jenna hail from the Midwest and had their hearts set on a wedding in the mountains from the moment they got engaged. When they planned a trip out to Jackson Hole to hunt for the perfect venue, they only had to visit one and their hearts were won. Moose Creek Ranch provided the perfect setting for Mike and Jenna’s wedding. Wide open skies, tall summer grass and a big beautiful barn set the tone for the day. Family and friends flew all the way from Wisconsin to witness their union and were awed by the surrounding mountain vistas. A ceremony by the creek led to a summery outdoor dinner complete with a BBQ buffet. Guests danced the night away in the barn and enjoyed a gorgeous golden sunset that only the wild west can provide.
(Courtesy of Amy Galbraith Photography)
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Everyone’s go-to source for outdoor news, Forbes Magazine, has once again put Grand Targhee Resort on its list of the top ten ski resorts in North America … at number nine.
With insights such as noticing that Targhee isn’t as steep as Snowbird and that we don’t have the amenities of places like Vail (shocking, right?), the magazine ranked GTR just above Park City Mountain Resort and below Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Snowmass (which were scored as one resort.)
The review also perfectly describes the town of Driggs as, “once a typical western outpost of small, single-story aluminum-sided houses populated by a mix of hardcore outdoor people and Mormon families who had been around for a couple of generations.”
Oh, and they offer plenty of powder-day tips.
“Just make sure you’re skiing fast enough to get those critical face shots that fill up your wide-open mouth and nose.”
To be fair, the rankings are done by ZRankings, not by Forbes, and take in a ton of factors to arrive at a cumulative score called the PAF or “Pure Awesomeness Factor.” Aside from that overall rating, you can look at the specific factors that make up the PAF, like snow.
A much different picture emerges by looking only at the snow scores, and not the entire rankings. Based on snow score alone, Grand Targhee jumps from ninth to fourth with a 92.4.
For the holder of the top spot, and our dear neighbor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, looking only at snow knocks them off their golden perch at number one all the way down to 28, with a snow score of 72.4.
In short, the ranking won’t come as a shock to anyone who has lived in the valley for over a season: our snow is amazing but we don’t have a Gucci Store downtown or a five-diamond restaurant hiding next to the Kwik Way.
And that awesome pow is made all the sweeter by the fact that crowds that flock to Summit County, Colorado aren’t present here in Wyoming. A fact that makes some valley residents wince every time an outlet like Forbes Magazine lets the rest of the world in on our secret.
Our second of three winter weddings this week at Moose Creek Ranch .
Last weekend was a destination wedding and this week is a local Victor resident.
The pictures from these weddings are yes cold to take but at the end of the day something really special and beautiful to hang on the walls. There is something so pristine about the cold and the white snow. The images of the couples are so clear with no visual noise in the background.
Local vendor – Dining In Catering, Bill Boney is on deck today for the food.
The lodge is decorated with a hint of lavender in the floral arrangements and in just a bit I will start a fire in the main Lodge room for the guests as they arrive to take the chill off.
Here are a few examples :
500″ Snowfall Avg.
2270′ Vertical Drop
$75 Adult Ticket
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With an endless variety of luxury camping sites all over the world, glamping is a trend that can appeal to virtually all types of travelers. Here are a few reasons why you should make your next trip a glamping trip.
It’s Ecologically Friendly: With glamping, less is more. Whereas energy and materials used in the construction and management of a small hotel are quite high, in many cases glamping accommodations take advantage of surrounding elements of nature.
You Can’t Get Any Closer to Nature: Glamping lets you connect with and experience nature in an unforgettable way. Escape from the loud, impersonal city. Take a break from the busy suburbs. Glamping provides an opportunity to relax and recharge when life becomes hectic.
Driggs, Idaho named one of the top ten in Idaho
As tourists flock to Jackson, Wyoming, every summer to experience the Tetons, Driggs, on the other side of the mountains, offers an alternative and equally incredible homebase…minus the crowds. And with access to both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, Driggs is an amazing spot for skiers and snowboarders: Grand Targhee Resort, just 20 minutes from downtown, has a laid-back, family-friendly vibe and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain. It’s also the first resort in the country to offer fat biking — winter mountain biking on snow-covered trails. And in the summer, the mountain hosts the three-day Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival.
Driggs is also home to the headquarters of the National Outdoor Leadership School. One of the leading outdoor education centers in the country, NOLS has a massive range of Teton Valley adventure itineraries to choose from, including backcountry splitboarding, backpacking, and rafting.
Downtown, pull up your rig and head back in time at the Spud Drive-in Theater, sample local cheeses at the Teton Valley Creamery, or sip on potato vodka at the Grand Teton Distillery. For the best views of the region, take a scenic flight with Teton Aviation or a hot-air balloon ride with Teton Balloon Flights.
I just had my wedding here and OMG…I could not have wished for anything more. Our 75 guests had freedom to roam and enjoy all weekend. We had bonfires every night, BBQ at our leisure. We rode horses, got to learn about bears, and used it as a jumping off point for scenic float trips and whitewater rafting. A perfect fit for all age groups and the most fantastic escape from real life that we could ever hope for!! No bugs, no crazy weather, thank you Jeanette and the amazing crew at Moose Creek Ranch for making my dream wedding a reality! Much love, see you again soon!
Camping Versus Glamping Tutorial Camping Step 1: Ascend a ladder into the attic to retrieve and dust off your camping gear. Check flashlight batteries. Look for spiders in your sleeping bag. Load the car with camping paraphernalia. Glamping Step 1: Pack suitcase. Put in car. Camping Step 2: Arrive at campground. Unload contents of car onto dirt. Pound tent stakes. Hope tent pops up. Roll out dusty sleeping bag and set up camp stove. Glamping Step 2: Arrive at glamping site. Walk into a spacious tent on raised wooden decking and sprawl on pillow-top bed for nap. No spider check necessary. Camping Step 3: Hope it doesn’t rain causing campsite to turn to mud. Hope temperatures don’t drop below freezing. Hope you can sleep on the hard ground. Glamping Step 3: Hope it rains because you love the pitter patter of drops on canvas. Hope temperatures drop so you can fall asleep to the crackling of the wood burning stove. Camping Step 4: Exhausted from rough nights on the ground twisting in sleeping bag and freezing, break camp and pack car with gear muddy from rain. Arrive home, unpack, and clean gear and car. Glamping Step 4: Relaxed and rested, pack suitcase with promises to return soon. Drive home. Unpack bag. Is glamping really that simple? It is but expect to pay for its convenience. Glamping in tents, tepees and Conestogas range in price from as little as what you’d pay for a night at Motel 6 up to rates charged at a Four Seasons hotel. More amenities equal higher prices. For under $100 a night you can enjoy a basic tent or tepee with a camp cot. For $200 to $400, you can sleep in a spacious safari-style tent in a king bed with luxurious bedding, a flushing toilet and running water, nightstands, table, chairs, and dresser. Here are four local glamping sites worth their weight in canvas, each with its own unique feel and landscape: vast desert, remote river, lakeside and ranch country.
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