- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

No matter what the season, the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole offers new heights of mountain luxury.

Nestled in the skiing hot spot of quaint Teton Village, the resort is just a stone’s throw from the south entrance of Grand Teton National Park.

This area of Wyoming offers some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Teton Range and big-time exposure to the area’s wildlife.

Within easy reach of your guest room you’ll find a rich choice of activities.

In the warm-weather months, there are fly-fishing, hiking and golfing.

In the winter, the resort features convenient ski-in and ski-out access to Rendezvous Mountain, located just out back. The Four Seasons has a ski concierge who is available to simplify and assist with activity planning — everything from arranging lift tickets to booking private lessons.

Swim outdoors in the year-round outdoor pool, then unwind under the stars in a hot-spring-style whirlpool.

The 151 guest rooms are generously sized and capture the spirit of a mountain hideaway, with the generous use of natural wood and stone finishes and comfortable, residential-style furnishings. All rooms offer great views, whether of mountain or valley, and most include private balconies.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Westbank Grill, offers sophisticated plates leaning heavily toward Western fare.

“At Westbank Grill, we have created a menu that relies on quality local game, the finest beef, and fresh seafood married with local seasonal produce,” says executive chef Simon Purvis, who also oversees the resort’s Peak and Lobby Lounge restaurants.

Of course, guests can expect the attentive service for which Four Seasons is famous.

Upcoming hotel packages worth a look include a fly-fishing school, a fall photography workshop and the Have It All winter travel package.

The area is a mecca for fly-fishing, and the hotel’s director of fishing, Ryan Peterson, offers a program that starts in the morning with the basics (casting lessons, knot tying, fly tying) and then relocates to the beautiful, meandering Snake River for a guided river float trip that includes a picnic lunch prepared by Mr. Purvis.

“Of course, the primary goal is for the guests to have fun and catch fish,” Mr. Peterson says.

Photographer Ansel Adams made the Tetons famous in black and white, but in fall in full color, Jackson Hole remains a little-known secret.

Intense yellows and oranges are set against the steely gray of the Tetons and the deep blue skies beyond. This is an active time of year for wildlife as elk, moose, bear and bison traipse through the area.

A digital photography workshop running from Oct. 12 through Oct. 16 will give guests an opportunity to capture the season as seen through the lens of a Nikon digital camera.

Former National Geographic director of photography Rich Clarkson is headlining the program along with three other professional photographers.

Participants will have 24-hour use of Nikon digital cameras and lenses, the latest Apple computers and Epson printers. The workshop is ideal for any skill and experience level.

The complete Have It All winter package includes four nights’ lodging, three full-day lift tickets, three full days of ski equipment rental, unlimited dining and beverages, and unlimited spa treatments.

For rates, reservations and a detailed breakdown of special packages, visit www.fourseasons.com/jacksonhole/. The resort is about a 40-minute drive from the Jackson Hole Airport.

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, 7680 Granite Loop Road, Box 544, Teton Village, WY 83025; phone 307/732-5000; reservations 800/914-5110.

Scott Haring

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