5 outdoor versus 5 indoor things to do while exploring Teton Valley

06 Dec 2023

Winter shines, inside and out in Eastern Idaho

Winter/Spring 23-24

Written By: Heather Jarvis | Images: Visit Idaho and Courtesy Teton Aviation Center

Although traditionally called the “quieter side” of the Tetons compared to Jackson Hole, Teton Valley is growing in popularity, and for good reason. With its breathtaking views, abundance of outdoor recreation, and quaint town life, there is something for everyone in Eastern Idaho.

Just like Jackson Hole, Teton Valley shines in the winter, but you don’t have to be a powder hound to enjoy the offerings. We’ve compiled a list of five outdoor plus five indoor activities to keep the whole family entertained while exploring the western side of the Tetons.

OUTDOOR

1. Nordic ski, snowshoe or fat bike the trails There are plenty of free and paid multi-use trail systems throughout Teton Valley to get the heart pumping, whether on skis, fat bikes or snowshoes. Teton Valley Trails and Path- ways maintains numerous multi-use trails, or access routes at Teton Reserve, Sherman Park or Driggs Nordic Trail. Grand Targhee Resort also offers 15 kilometers of mostly groomed trails for classic cross-country and skate skiing. There are plenty of outfitters in the area for rentals or guided tours. 2. Take a lesson at Grand Targhee Resort Build your confidence on the slopes with Grand Targhee’s Ski & Snowboard School, or send the kids while you take some time for yourself. The school has a range of packages from beginner to advanced. Go to grandtarghee.com for more information. 3. Discover paradise by snowmobile Explore the snowy paradise of Teton Valley by snowmobile. Take a tour through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest or check out the awe-inspiring Mesa Falls on a guided adventure with Teton Valley Adventures. Book online at tetonvalleyadventures.com. 4. Dip into some hot springs Finish up a day of skiing or riding with a long soak in area hot springs. About half an hour northwest of Driggs is Green Canyon Hot Springs, featuring an indoor warm pool, outdoor hot pool and a cold plunge pool. Another option, Heise Hot Springs, is about 45 miles from Victor, heading toward Idaho Falls. This location features a natural mineral hot spring kept at about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, along with a warm pool kept at about 92 degrees. An hour southeast of Driggs in Wyoming is Astoria Hot Springs, featuring five pools of differing temperatures. 5. Enjoy a sleigh ride dinner After a long day of exertion, join Linn Canyon Ranch for a winter wonderland dining experience. Warm drinks will be served before boarding a horse-drawn sleigh for a tour of the ranch. Upon return, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before being seated at a private table in its historic lodge. Advanced reservations are required. Go to linncanyonranch. com for more information.

INDOOR

1. Stroll the shops Whether you’re looking for some new outdoor gear or just want to browse the boutiques, the cities of Victor, Driggs and Tetonia have plenty of unique shops to choose from. 2. Catch a play at Pierre’s Theatre The beloved theater formerly known as Pierre’s Playhouse in Victor has over 70 years of history inside its walls. Reopening in 2021 under new own- ership, Pierre’s Theatre offers household favorites, such as the annual performance of “ACT Foun- dation’s Christmas Carol.” For a list of upcoming events, go to pierrestheatre.com/calendar. 3. Visit the Warbird Airplane Museum Collection The Teton Aviation Center houses an impressive collection of war planes within its museum. The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and can be viewed anytime the café is open. Scenic flights are also available to those looking to take to the skies. The aviation center is located at 253 Warbird Lane in Driggs. 4. Dive into history at Teton Geo Center Learn about the history of Teton Valley and its many activities at this free museum in Driggs. View comprehensive exhibits, engage in the area’s cultural heritage, and learn how to protect and pre- serve our forests, rivers, wetlands and farmlands. The Teton Geo Center was a grant-funded project by National Geographic. Its winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The center is located at 60 S. Main St. in Driggs. 5. Take a tour at Grand Teton Distillery Grand Teton Distillery is a family owned and operated craft distillery in Driggs. Its premium vodkas and whiskeys are made entirely from local and regional ingredients, including the famous Idaho potatoes. Tours are offered every hour for $5 per guest 21 and over (under 21 is free), and can be easily booked on its website at tetondistillery.com. n

DON’T MISS EVENTS

12th Annual Driggs Snowscapes: The Art of Sculpting Snow Sculpting Days: Jan. 15-19, 2024 Community Block Party and Snowscapes Voting Day: Jan. 20, 2024 downtowndriggs.org/snowscapes Driggs Snow Ball: Jan. 19, 2024, downtowndriggs.org The Grand Showdown: Teton Valley Skijoring Feb. 24-25, 2024, tetonskijor.org
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