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Come visit Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho Home of some of Snowscapes Events and a Proud Sponsor

Posted on: December 17th, 2014

Dear Friends of Snowscapes:

Hello and happy winter!

We are today officially one month away from block making & snow stomping to get the 2015 Snowscapes underway!

This year we had a great response from interested artists and teams wanting to sculpt snow here in Downtown Driggs. There are some great sketches and ideas from this talented group and we are all looking forward to seeing what is in store! Many of these artists have sculpted here in Driggs before and will no doubt have great works again this year.

The Downtown Driggs Community Association, along with major event sponsors Huntsman Springs, Grand Teton Distillery, Teton Arts Council, Harmony Designs and Barrels & Bins, is proud to announce the 2015 field:

  PARTICIPATING TEAMS

  • Bullshirters, Victor, ID – That Snow Bull. Captain Doug Cassidy – Sponsored by Guchiebirds

  • Team Rotary, Driggs, ID – Under Advisement. Captain Bob Heneage – Sponsored by Allstate of Driggs

  • Snow Be Doo, Victor, ID – Daughter of Earth and Sky. Captain Greg Geffner – Sponsored by Sage Realty

  • Who S-nows, Driggs, ID – The Monolith’s Alternate Reality. Captain Ramon Olmedo – Sponsored by Heron Glass

  • Chefs of Victor, Victor, ID – Sorcerer. Captain Michael Hoffman – Sponsored by Teton Thai

  • North Fremont Dreamers, Ashton, ID – TBD. Led by Art Teacher Janine Davidson – Sponsored by The Wardrobe Co

  • Team Oregon, Welches, OR – Snow Geese. Captain Leon Laucirica – Sponsored by Corner Drug

  • Bonners Ferry Carvers, Bonners Ferry, ID – Celebration Dance. Captain Lee Harris – Sponsored by Grand Valley Lodging

  • Team Bumann, Gardiner, MT – To Ski or Not to Ski. Captain George Bumann – Sponsored by High Peaks Physical Therapy

  • North Idaho Snow Sculpting, Kellogg, ID – The Release of Peace. Captain Barb Dunham – Sponsored by Jorgensen Associates

  • Team Wyoming with The Three Wise Guys, Laramie, WY – TBD. Captain Alison Arnold – Sponsored by Liquor Market

  • Kids Zone & Community Block – Citizens of Teton Valley Collaboration – Sponsored by Peaked Sports

You can send the splendor of Snowscapes through the mail! Great greeting cards from images of last year’s sculptures are now available. See attached flyer for the images selected for this year’s card packs – ten beautiful shots from the 2014 sculptures. Cards available at Driggs City Hall or online at www.driggssnowscapes.org (US Shipping Available).

There are lots of great ways to get involved with this year’s Snowscapes from Snow Stomping, Volunteering, donating musical or culinary talents, or bragging about this great community event on Facebook. Please visit our website www.driggssnowscapes.org or e-mail Lauren at events@downtowndriggs.org to learn more about getting involved.

Remember that Snowscapes is one cool part of the Teton Valley Great Snow Fest – two weeks of awesome activities celebrating winter and fun! Visit www.tetonvalleyfoundation.org/greatsnowfest for information on all the Snow Fest Events.

Snowscapes Calendar:

January 16th

Snow Stomping 2 pm – 6 pm

January 20th-23rd

Sculpting Days – view the sculptors at work!

January 24th

Snowscapes Judging & Display Day!

Kid’s Activities, Igloo building hosted by NOLS and winter sports vendors add to the fun on Saturday.

Official Judging 9 am
People’s Choice Voting 9 am-5 pm
Awards Ceremony 6 pm

Stay for the 4th Annual Driggs Snow Ball, 7-10:30pm

January 25th

Finished Sculptures on display
Teton Science Schools Kids Winter Ecology 12-4
Teton Geotourism Center open 12-5

Stay tuned to Snowscapes happenings on Facebook.com/DriggsSnowscapes and see you all soon!

Lauren Bennett

Event Coordinator

Downtown Driggs Community Association

events@downtowndriggs.org

www.driggssnowscapes.org

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Moose Creek Ranch is having a great winter season – Happy to share some warm up the family tips !

Posted on: December 16th, 2014
Good Recipes to warm the body and soul

Good Recipes to warm the body and soul

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A Great Wedding Review post on “The Knot”

Posted on: November 19th, 2014

We looked at five different ranches/spaces with barns in the Jackson Hole/Victor area, and fell in love with Moose Creek Ranch upon first glimpse. The grounds alone are enough reason to tie the knot at this ranch–and make for insanely amazing photo opps. The other sites we looked at required tents, bathrooms, electricity, etc. and MCR did not. It’s setup for weddings and large parties as is. The barn is already decorated (it even has an amazing wooden bar and hay bales for inside seating), and the property alone is just stunning. With the rental of this venue, you are able to block out lodging for your guests and use the entire property and it’s amenities. They have chairs, picnic tables, chalkboards and other odds and ends for use that cut down on the rental costs. Best part yet is that you aren’t tied down to specific vendors and are allowed to bring in your own bartenders and alcohol (which is huge if you’re on a budget like we were). And last but not least, the owner (John) and property manager (Jeanette) went above and beyond in helping us make sure we had the best weekend ever. They even helped with setup, which was very kind. If you’re looking for a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding, MCR is a FABULOUS option!

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Crisp Chilly Day for a Winter Wedding at Moose Creek Ranch –

Posted on: November 17th, 2014
Winter Wedding Complete with a Carriage

Winter Wedding Complete with a Carriage

 

 

Destiny and Shane Richins picked a cold day at Moose Creek Ranch to celebrate their wedding -

 

Destiny arrived via a White Carriage pulled by two Black Horses – ” Thelma and Louise ” – following a ceremony in the barn the wedding moved over to the Lodge where they all warmed up with hot chocolate and a warm meal -

 

Following that they returned to the barn and danced the night away !!!!

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Such a beautiful day here at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho for a wedding

Posted on: August 17th, 2014
Easy to see that they are so in love

Easy to see that they are so in love

 

They captured their first look before heading over to Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho for their ceremony and festivities – their guests were wowed and quickly understood why Nicole and Erik brought them to the Tetons to celebrate .

 

They hiked, they biked, they horseback rode , they fly fished – you name it they all did it.

Fair to say we will see many of them back to this West Slope of the Tetons that we all hold so near and dear.

Thank you Nicole & Erik and their families and friends for reminding us what a beautiful place we live in.

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Just found this great review about us on “From the Knot – The Wedding Channel.

Posted on: July 19th, 2014

Just found this great review about us on “From the Knot – The Wedding Channel.

 

 

 

We looked at five different ranches/spaces with barns in the Jackson Hole/Victor area, and fell in love with Moose Creek Ranch upon first glimpse. The grounds alone are enough reason to tie the knot at this ranch–and make for insanely amazing photo opps. The other sites we looked at required tents, bathrooms, electricity, etc. and MCR did not. It’s setup for weddings and large parties as is. The barn is already decorated (it even has an amazing wooden bar and hay bales for inside seating), and the property alone is just stunning. With the rental of this venue, you are able to block out lodging for your guests and use the entire property and it’s amenities. They have chairs, picnic tables, chalkboards and other odds and ends for use that cut down on the rental costs. Best part yet is that you aren’t tied down to specific vendors and are allowed to bring in your own bartenders and alcohol (which is huge if you’re on a budget like we were). And last but not least, the owner (John) and property manager (Jeanette) went above and beyond in helping us make sure we had the best weekend ever. They even helped with setup, which was very kind. If you’re looking for a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding, MCR is a FABULOUS option!

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Nicole Gets Hitched: It’s All in the Details – at Moose Creek Ranch Victor, Idaho

Posted on: July 10th, 2014

Nicole and Erik will be married at Moose Creek Ranch this August – check out her Pinterest and web pages as she has invited us to follow her journey.

 

Brideside founder, Nicole, is getting married! We already know where she’ll tie the knot andwhat her bridesmaids will be wearing, but now it’s time to get down to business on the planning. So we chatted with the fabulous Emily of mStarr event design to get the details of the big day. Here’s what she shared:

The setting for the wedding speaks for itself…rustic, organic, “western”…but Nicole + Erik expressed that they didn’t want anything to feel too country western. Once Nicole found her dress {stay tuned for the big reveal on that!}, it was clear that we needed a little glitz and glam in the decor as well. So I landed on their theme: rustic glam, whimsical country, organic romance. We’re able to take advantage of the beautiful western features of the venue, while still providing a lovely + celebratory atmosphere for the guests.

Pinterest allows for easy communication with the bride and groom. By pinning a wide range of ideas that originally fit the “theme”, I could quickly tell which design + décor elements fit with their personalities…and which didn’t! The details that resonated most with Nicole were garlands made of greenery and hints of metallic and leather accents. 

 

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What a kind words posted on our Moose Creek Ranch Facebook Page and yes it is Amazing !

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014

These kind words were on our Facebook Page and I shared them here with you.

What an amazing place!

We were guests of a wedding party and loved everything about this venue…from the accommodations to the setting!!

I’d be tempted to marry my husband all over again if I could do it here!

Congratulations Moose Creek Ranch on this fantastic business you’ve created!!

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Four Seasons at Moose Creek Ranch in one day for the Esterholt/Chandless Wedding

Posted on: June 15th, 2014
Hot off the press the new Mr. and Mrs. Chandless
Hot off the press the new Mr. and Mrs. Chandless

Four Seasons in one day is not unusual in the early summer. It rained and it poured – we had sleet and hail and then at ceremony time it the skies opened up for this super nice couple from New Jersey and they had a warm ceremony surrounded by family and friends who have traveled from the east coast as well as the Salt Lake City area. Take a look on our face book page of the sweet look she had when she walked down the aisle with her brother and father, there is a special story there. I will let her tell that one.

I have to admit I was a little nervous as they booked the venue a year ago sight unseen and she did such a great job of sourcing out some of the better vendors in the area on her own that I asked her when the dust settles to write a blog entry for me on her methods and thoughts on the subject of planning a destination wedding. They arrived and said it was everything that they hoped it would be -and more –  Whew !!!!

They used Andi Hatch as a photographer who has a residence here both in Victor, Idaho as well in Marin, California  I believe – Andie blends in and gets the job done with some truly elegant pictures. Andi Hatch

They also hired a local favorite from Jackson , Pete Muldoon. A DJ who knows his music and weddings in particular.

They enjoyed fantastic food from Spoons Bistro located in the Old Railroad Depot in downtown Victor, Idaho – operated by a Husband and Wife team – Travis and Nicole – and their knowledgeable professional staff was wonderful to work with.

 

Family and Friends put together some wonderful flower arrangements and bouquets.

 

If I do say so myself the newly created team of myself, Jeanette Beard and one of her wedding guests, Char Buckley a former event planner knocked it out of the park with the execution of her vision with her decorations.

It is so nice to work with people who become friends – there will always be a connection there .

 

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News from our Trail Riding Buddies – Moose Creek Ranch is ready to take your horse back riding reservation

Posted on: May 28th, 2014
Moose Creek Ranch Riders Ready to Hit the Trail this Spring

Moose Creek Ranch Riders Ready to Hit the Trail this Spring

SNEAK PEAK! SUMMER RIDING SEASON AT DRY RIDGE OUTFITTERS
Spring News From Dry Ridge Outfitters
The horses are fattening up on green grass, sandhill cranes are prancing and bugling in the fields below the barn, and we are proud to announce the birth of two new Morgan foals. Kevin and I are ready to saddle up and ride into the backcountry. Our Wyoming and Yellowstone horseback trips begin early June and continue through mid-to-late September (weather dependent.) Reserve your spot here!

Scenic Trail Rides From Moose Creek Ranch

Along with extended day trips and pack trips, we offer 1 to 4 hour trail rides on the south end of Teton Valley, Idaho (permitted by Moose Creek Ranch). The trails pass through quaking aspen groves and lodgepole forest, and provide scenic views of Moose Creek Canyon and the valley floor. All experience levels are welcome.
We love families to join us! The minimum age for horseback riding is 6 years old. For younger children, a ride on a pony in the corral is always fun.
This is the perfect option for families, and for those guests with that unplanned, last minute desire to ride in the Tetons!

We operate at this location under Moose Creek Ranch outfitters permit.

Ride With us in the High Country

We travel through some of the most pristine and stunning wild country in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone area.

Trail Rides (1 hour-1/2 day)

 

 

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