The Other Side of the Mountains
July/August 2007 Issue of Pilot Getaways by Crista V. Worthy
…Teton Valley Cabins rents cozy log cabins surrounded by cottonwoods just east of Driggs, convenient to hiking, biking, and ski areas.”…
Home away from Home
Teton Valley Cabins give commuters commune
January 11, 2007 Article in Teton Valley News By Tim Ruland, special to the TVN
Living in Pinedale, WY, I am just one of the hundred or so “weekend warriors” from outside the valley who brave Teton Pass every weekend to reap the great snow conditions and amazing terrain of Grand Targhee Resort.
Last season, I was lucky enough to crash at my girlfriend’s father’s house in Victor on Friday and Saturday nights, riding all day and lounging in a hot tub all night, taking full advantage of the amenities offered to me. Unfortunately, after finally buying an unrestricted pass this season, said girlfriend’s father turned into a snowbird and is now in Arizona doing whatever it is people do in Arizona and his house has long since been winterized.
Knowing absolutely no one in the valley, this presented us with a problem: drive back and forth over the pass from Pinedale to Alta (sometimes a sketchy three-and-a-four-hour venture) or find a new place to call home on the weekends in the valley.
It was with much persistence, and internet savvy, that we found Teton Valley Cabins (TVC), a reasonably priced (especially compared to Jackson) group of cabins just up Ski Hill Road.
For the past month we have called TVC our new weekend retreat. We have had no problem whatsoever booking cabins and each week is a new experience, not to mention a memorable one.
TVC offers everything: seclusion, scenery, privacy, and yes, even a hot tub. After long powder days I can lounge in the bubbles with my girlfriend making plans to rise early and get fresh tracks the next morning (this has yet to happen) or, after sunny groomer days, I can forget about the icy conditions and sore wrist with a decisive win over the girlfriend in Monopoly (TVC offers a number of complimentary board games).
When not feeling like a soak, or a board game, I can just zone out to the tube as TVC is fully equipped with satellite TV in every cabin. Either way, every week is its own experience as all cabins feature a different layout, but the same amenities: coffee pot, soft bed, and most importantly, a warm heater to dry out the mittens.
“The best part [of managing TVC] is meeting all the different people from all over the world who come here. And it’s nice to be able to stay home and spend time with my son,” says TVC Innkeeper Ray Walker who, with wife Tina and son Tarran, live in the cabin’s office and oversee almost all of TVC’s daily operation, along with full-time staffer Carolina Contreras.
“This is the ideal job,” Ray adds, “and I get plenty of time to head up to the mountain.”
A group of [local] business partners dubbed Vertical Investments, purchased the cabin/lodging business last year (General Manager is Lisa Ridenour, the Walkers serve as on-site managers). The lodge originally opened in 1992 under the name Intermountain Lodge.
The Walkers admit that upkeep of the cabins is trying at times but well worth the hard work. Aside from catering to valley commuters like myself, the Walkers also provide housing for Grand Targhee employees (TVC currently houses 12 GT employees).
Aside from the mountain employees, weekend warriors and the ever-present valley drifter, TVC also caters to horse enthusiasts in the summer, being the only lodge of their type to offer horse stables in the summer months.
“We’re really looking forward to the craziness of [our first offical] summer, “ Walker says, adding that TVC will be a refuge for honeymooners, tourists, backpackers and fishermen who will replace ski bums and those flocking to the area for snowmobile races.
A Jackson Hole/valley native, Walker looks forward to growth and influx in the area, but hopes this modest group of cabins will provide sanctuary for those who wish to reap the rewards which the area has offered for centuries.
“Best bargain we have found in Teton Valley! Quiet, convenient location. We’ll be back. You can quote me on that.” ~ Wayne Moss, California
“The accommodation’s were superb and the hot tub was a great way to end the day after an awesome day of fishing the Henry’s Fork. I would highly recommend Teton Valley Cabins to any one staying in the Driggs, ID area.” ~ Chris Marcoux, Maine
“When we next return to Driggs, Idaho I will look forward to staying at the Teton Valley Cabins. It was a delightful time for us and I thank you for maintaining such a nice property at such reasonable rates.” ~ Bill and Beverly Carlson, California
“We absolutely LOVED our visit at your cabins. The staff was wonderful, the cabins clean and the experience wonderful! Thank you so much! We give you a 5 for sure!” ~ Karen Trefry
“We received plenty of help and directions from the staff. The cabin was kept clean, and the laundry facility was a big plus!! Thanks for a great time.” ~ Carobeth & Jack Bennett
“I found the manager to be very helpful and very accomodating and the location to be quiet, restful, peaceful, and accessible to Jackson, WY and the Grand Targhee Resort. Loved the town of Driggs.” ~ Deborah Shelton, Texas