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CELEBRATE THE 5TH ANNUAL TETON VALLEY GREAT SNOW FEST JANUARY 23 – 31, 2016

Posted on: January 18th, 2016

COME OUT AND PLAY !!!

 

5TH ANNUAL TETON VALLEY GREAT SNOW FEST JANUARY 23 – 31, 2016
CELEBRATE SNOW!
Skijoring, Snow Sculptures, Wintersports Clinics,
Parties, and More!  
The 5th Annual Teton Valley Great Snow Fest is almost upon us! The two-weekend festival kicks off this Friday, Jan 23rd with an opportunity to “stomp” snow for the Snowscapes sculptures, followed by a Backcountry Film Festival in the evening. The pinnacle event of the first weekend is Skijoring, a favorite high-octane spectator showstopper. Anyone is welcome to sign up as a skijoring competitor–even kids–because we can match you with the right horse for your division. Or, just bring the family to watch the escapade as ski culture and cowboy culture intersect. Then drop the kids off with a babysitter and join us at the Knotty Pine for a boot-stompin’ Calcutta Party.

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER FOR SKIJORING & YOU COULD WIN A GRAND TARGHEE SEASON PASS (PLUS IT’S A HOOT!)

The 2nd weekend showcases the Snowscapes Snow Sculptingcompetition in which snow transforms into art right before your eyes. Vote for your favorite Snow Sculpture for the People’s Choice Award, or get glammed up for the “Snow Ball”. And, be sure to check out the Eukanuba Stagestop Dog Sled Race, the nation’s oldest race in the county. These are must-see events!

But it’s not just about these bigger events.  There is literally something for everyone including: a Snow Plane exhibition, a Nordic Ski Race, a XC Wildlife Tour, tubing or ice skating, a Moose Hockey Exhibition Game, and kids activities in the Geotourism Center.

Plus, you can SIGN UP FOR CLINICS that showcase the best of what Teton Valley has to offer in the winter. Wintersports clinics include : Avalanche Awareness, Backcountry Skiing, Skate Skiing, Women’s Only Skate Skiing, Targhee Powder Ski Camp, and a Fat Biking Clinic.   

Visit www.tetonvalleyfoundation.org/greatsnowfest for details

See you at the festival!

Erica Linnell
Executive Director
Teton Valley Foundation
Thanks to our major sponsors!

TETON VALLEY CHAMBER  *  CITY OF DRIGGS  *  TETON COUNTY IDAHO  *  RAD CURBSIDE  *  GRAND TARGHEE RESORT  *   TETON VALLEY HOSPITAL  *  VICTOR HEALTH CLINIC  *  HARMONY DESIGNS  *  TETON DISTILLERY  * PEAKED SPORTS  *  TETON ARTS COUNCIL

Friday, Jan 22
Targhee Powder Camp
Snowscapes Snow Stomping
Stomper’s Happy Hour
Skijoring Registration
Backcountry Film Fest
Teton Geotourism Center
Saturday, Jan 23
Avalanche Awareness Clinic
Targhee Powder Ski Camp
Spud Chase Nordic Race
Snowplane Exhibition
SKIJORING COMPETITION 
Knotty Pine Calcutta Party
Sunday, Jan 24
Targhee Powder Camp
Kids Winter Craft Activity
Fat Bike Clinic & Demos
SKIJORING COMPETITION 
Friday, January 29
Nordic/Skate XC Clinic
Backcountry Skiing 101 Clinic
SNOWSCAPES SCULPTURES
Saturday, January 30
Backcountry Skiing 101
Stagestop Dogsled Race
SNOWSCAPES SCULPTURES
Kids Winter Craft Activity
Mushers’ Meet & Greet
Snow Ball V
Sunday, January 31
SNOWSCAPES SCULPTURES
XC Ski & Wildlife Viewing
Women’s Skate Ski Clinic
Kids Winter Craft Activity
Targhee Tubing & S’mores
Ice Skating Kotler Ice Rink
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Grand Targhee listed at a Top 10 Ski Resort in the nation

Posted on: December 30th, 2015

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.

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Winter Weddings abound at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho

Posted on: December 27th, 2015

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.

 

 

 

 

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Ski Season is here all around Moose Creek Ranch –

Posted on: December 4th, 2015

Here are a few examples :

 

Just a short drive east from Driggs, Idaho, you’ll find Grand Targhee Resort piling up powder high on the west side of the Grand Tetons. Its variety of stunning terrain is diverse enough to accommodate everyone from beginners to all-out experts. Then, at day’s end, there’s slopeside lodging and plenty of après ski dining and entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy.

Stats

Driggs, ID
500″ Snowfall Avg.
2270′ Vertical Drop
2602 Acres
92 Named Runs.
5 Lifts
$75 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks
10% Beginner
70% Intermediate
15% Advanced
5% Expert
 Food and Drink
 Slopeside Lodging
 Equipment Rentals
 Skiing Lessons
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Thoughts of Summer in the Tetons sometimes start in the Winter

Posted on: November 24th, 2015

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.

 

 

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Well we knew this all along along right !!!

Posted on: October 26th, 2015

Driggs, Idaho named one of the top ten in Idaho

DRIGGS

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.

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Sweet New Wedding Review Moose Creek Ranch Victor, Idaho

Posted on: August 31st, 2015

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!

 

 

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Zions Bank Community Magazine – Glamping Article

Posted on: August 20th, 2015

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.

 

This is the section that specifically talks about our venue !!!!

 

Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho Each of Moose Creek Ranch’s five glamping tents is tucked into its own secluded spot among willow bushes and trees along Moose Creek. “You can’t see the tent next to you, which is nice,” says Jeanette Beard, manager of Moose Creek Ranch. Located in Victor, Idaho, in the CaribouTarghee National Forest, the ranch is 22 miles from Grand Teton National Park and 65 miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. “The area is perfect for glamping,” Beard says. The 12-by- 14-foot tents are up from mid-May to mid-September and feel spacious. “You don’t feel like you’re camping. Each tent has a queen bed with a warm Ralph Lauren comforter, battery operated lanterns, a wood stove, private fire pit and sitting porch with a covered fly where you can relax and read a book rain or shine. It’s right by the creek and very peaceful.”

Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho Each of Moose Creek Ranch’s five glamping tents is tucked into its own secluded spot among willow bushes and trees along Moose Creek. “You can’t see the tent next to you, which is nice,” says Jeanette Beard, manager of Moose Creek Ranch. Located in Victor, Idaho, in the CaribouTarghee National Forest, the ranch is 22 miles from Grand Teton National Park and 65 miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. “The area is perfect for glamping,” Beard says. The 12-by- 14-foot tents are up from mid-May to mid-September and feel spacious. “You don’t feel like you’re camping. Each tent has a queen bed with a warm Ralph Lauren comforter, battery operated lanterns, a wood stove, private fire pit and sitting porch with a covered fly where you can relax and read a book rain or shine. It’s right by the creek and very peaceful.”

“Moose Creek Ranch offers the perfect weekend getaway,” says recent visitor Kim Woodbury of Bountiful, Utah. “My friends and I enjoyed the serene and calm setting nestled in the beautiful mountains. We loved how close it was to great restaurant options and activities in Victor, as well as in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.” Woodbury recommends trying the food at one of the 24 amazing restaurants in Victor, including the Yellowstone Burger at The Brakeman American Grill or The Philly at Scratch. Another recent guest said he loved sitting on the deck of his glamping tent enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. “I could even see the old trails from the original ski resort nearby,” he said. “And the drive in over Teton Pass was spectacular.” According to Beard, one reason glamping has risen in popularity is because many people want a more minimalist lifestyle, which glamping offers. “It doesn’t have a big impact on the environment or their budget,” she says. The two newly built bathroom facilities have electrical outlets since the resort has become very popular for weddings, and guests want to get ready for the big event using their blow dryers and curling irons. Glamping guests have full use of the renovated lodge, including Wi-Fi, a pool table, TV, communal fire pit, horseshoe pit and lawns. Glampers can use the charcoal barbecues or dine out in Victor or Jackson. Now in its third season offering the glamping tents, the ranch also has accommodations in its eight cabins with kitchenettes (sleeps two to four), two luxury rendezvous cabins (sleeps two) and ranch house (sleeps 10 to12), plus offers RV hookups. The least expensive option is a glamping tent at $100 per night. “It’s interesting to me that a lot of our brides and grooms choose to stay in our glamping tents instead of our more luxurious accommodations,” Beard says. “And they love it!” Wedding parties can use the spacious lawn by the creek for outdoor ceremonies and dinners or move to the historic barn decorated for parties complete with electricity, a large wood stove, bar area and catering staging. The lodge provides nicely decorated bride and groom dressing rooms and is next to the lawn designated for wedding ceremonies. While weddings have become increasingly popular at Moose Creek Ranch, the lodge has a great space for family reunions or corporate retreats. The large banquet hall can accommodate 150 guests and has a modern caterer’s kitchen.

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Lodge Fireplace RoomHappy Couple Moose Creek RanchRelaxing outside a Moose Creek Luxury Tent

Join us on a horse back ride here in the Tetons while you visit

Join us on a horse back ride here in the Tetons while you visit

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A Recent Review from one of our Air BNB Bookings

Posted on: June 27th, 2015

“The ranch and house are in a great location to explore the Tetons. The house was very comfortable and clean. Was perfect for our large family. Jeanette was an excellent host and made sure we had everything we needed. ”

J Huh –

These folks were passing thru on a tour of the Tetons and were great to host. It is always a pleasure to see people so pleased with what we offer and we try to keep our customer service and care of the grounds a priority.

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Get you Rib or Chicken order in ASAP !!!!

Posted on: June 15th, 2015

Dear Friends,

Just a heads up, Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho is in need of your RSVP for their Father’s Day Dutch Oven Dinner Show featuring Mary Kaye. Here is the information. Please let them know as soon as possible. Thank you.

Brad @ mary-kaye.com

Father’s Day Concert @ Moose Creek Ranch

Sunday, June 21 @ 4:00 PM

2733 East 10800 South, Victor, ID

This is a beautiful location just over the hill from Jackson Hole. It is a dinner concert and will include The Kaye Sisters. For tickets contact Jeanette at info@moosecreekranch.com. Very much a “Picnic Setting” so bring your lawn chairs, or spread out a blanket, or you can sit at the picnic tables. RSVP as soon as possible for Dutch Oven Dinner head count.

Food will be served at 4 PM, Concert starts at 5 PM. Price is $32 per person for dinner and show and $16 for just the concert, children 10 and under only $10 total for both.

Professionally Catered Menu: Dutch Oven Ribs or Chicken (Please RSVP Your Choice) Fresh Baked Rolls w/ Butter Lemonade or Homemade Root Beer Baked Beans Steamed Veggies…that are out of this World! Homemade Peach CobblerRibs Or Chicken - What willl it be ?

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