Grand Teton Lodge Company Highlights | March 2016
 
Grand Teton National Park is the destination of a lifetime, with its signature skyline, lush green valleys and sparkling lakes. Nothing places visitors closer to the beauty than staying inside the park boundaries at any of Grand Teton Lodge Company’s four distinctive properties to suit everything from weddings and honeymoons, to multi-generational road trips and adventurous getaways to meetings and conferences: Jenny Lake Lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village, and Flagg Ranch Company at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins.
 
GTLC’s properties complement the natural beauty of Grand Teton National Park and position visitors for experiencing every detail. With options ranging from simple to elegant, visitors can pitch a tent, hook up an RV, rent a private cabin, or check into a luxurious AAA four-diamond resort. No matter the choice, guests will spend less time traveling and more time enjoying the park’s full menu of activities, like sightseeing, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, boating, climbing, horseback riding, photography, or simply relaxing in the splendor of the park. www.gtlc.com
              
Every Kid in a Park| GTLC leading the way in opening the outdoors for kids in America
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Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC) continues its commitment to supporting the national Every Kid in a Park initiative by hosting National Park Service Deputy Director Peggy O'Dell and, for the second year, the fourth grade class of Donald D. Stalker Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Blackfoot, Idaho, May 25-27, 2016. Announced by President Obama last year, the Every Kid in a Park initiative aims to engage and create opportunities for every fourth grade student across the country to connect with and have a meaningful experience in a national park.
 
During the overnight field trip to the Tetons, the students will be guided through a curriculum presented by Grand Teton National Park rangers and GLTC staff to gain a true appreciation for the Park’s flora and fauna, as well as camaraderie and recreation in the great outdoors. GTLC will be providing transportation, lodging, meals, activities and educational programming. Every Kid in a Park is part of the National Park Service’s Centennial campaign, which aims to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation.
 
*Potential interview opportunities:
  • Peggy O’Dell, Deputy Director, National Park Service
  • Brandee Hewatt, Principal, Donald D. Stalker Elementary
  • Alex Klein, Vice President and General Manager, Grand Teton Lodge Company & Flagg Ranch
 
National Park Service Centennial | 100 Years of Creating Memories
 
2016 marks the National Park Service Centennial, kicking off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.
 
http://www.nationalparks.org/sites/default/files/kcfinder/images/centennial_npf_logo_web.jpgAs one of the most photogenic locations in the world, Grand Teton National Park is the premier destination to hone in on photography skills. This year, Jenny Lake Lodge will be offering a photo workshop in June for guests looking to focus on photographing their experiences and celebrating the centennial. Beyond photography, guests staying at one of GTLC’s properties can partake in a variety of activities and experiences ranging from wild and scenic rafting on the Snake River, horseback riding, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing, and kayaking among others within the Park.
 
Fourth Graders offered Camping Experience by GTLC | Coleman to outfit five campsites for fourth graders and families
 
Grand Teton Lodge Company in encouraging all local fourth grade students to visit Grand Teton National Park with their families by offering five completely outfitted campsites for 30 days beginning Friday, June 10. GTLC is providing the campsites, free of charge, as well as firewood and s’mores, while Coleman Company, Inc. is Coleman is donating camping supplies – tents, sleeping bags, lanterns and more – for each campsite. Coleman is also donating equipment for the Donald D. Stalker Elementary fourth grade class during their trip to the Park in May. The additional campsites can be reserved by calling (307) 543-3100. Additionally, park fees will be waived for fourth graders and their family by the National Park Service.
 
What’s Cooking’ in the Tetons? | Not your traditional National Park cuisine
 
From delectable fine dining at the casually elegant Dining Room at Jenny Lake Lodge, to a relaxed meal at the ‘50s style Pioneer Grill in the Jackson Lake Lodge, to a grab-and-go bite to quickly get you outdoors, Executive Chef Josh Conrad and his staff at the Grand Teton Lodge Company make sure they are not upstaged by the scenery—their carefully prepared menus demand as much attention as the spectacular surrounding vistas. A dining experience at Grand Teton Lodge Company will reflect the best of regional tastes and the best views in the valley of the Teton mountain range.
 
Executive Chef Josh Conrad creates healthy menus from sustainable and local fare, including a new state-of-the-art greenhouse, Vertical Harvest, located in nearby Jackson. The menu offers a variety of sustainable, organic, free range, hormone-free meats and sustainable fish/seafood through the guidance of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. Conrad also offers organic, pesticide-free produce, some locally grown. GTLC coffee is shade-grown Rainforest Alliance Certified. Enjoy dining selections available at 10 Grand Teton Lodge Company locations.
 
The Park that Packs a Punch in 310,000 Acres | Voted the #1 wildlife viewing location in the nation!
 
At more than 2 million acres, Yellowstone is the fourth most visited national park and is known for its spectacular wildlife viewing and preserved natural wonders around the world. But did you know that Grand Teton National Park’s relatively smaller size of 310,000 acres lends itself to even more opportunities for wildlife viewing? It is more uncommon than not for visitors of this intimate and inviting park to spot grizzly bears, moose, elk, bison, wolves, bald eagles, Sandhill cranes and more. Combined with the park’s natural scenic splendors and recreational activities including 200 miles of trails for all abilities, Grand Teton National Park presents the perfect recipe for exploring the great outdoors.
 
Location, location, location! | Grand Teton National Park known as the “Serengeti of the West”
 
The proximity of Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park provides visitors with a rare opportunity to spend time at two stellar sites within easy driving distance of each other. Stunning mountain scenery, waterfalls and the Old Faithful geyser can be part of one memorable trip. Grand Teton National Park is located less than 30 minutes from Yellowstone and just 35 miles north of Jackson, Wyo. For those who prefer a road trip, it’s less than 350 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah and approximately 500 miles from Denver, Colo.
 
Grand Teton National Park Foundation | Protecting and preserving the places we love for future generations
 
At Vail Resorts, our business is to provide experiences of a lifetime in the great outdoors. Through EpicPromise, we take special responsibility in helping to conserve the natural environments and communities that surround our resorts. As the concessionaire for Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Lodge, Colter Bay Village and Flagg Ranch, Vail Resorts partners with Grand Teton National Park Foundation on projects that enhance Grand Teton National Park’s culture, history, and natural resources and to help others learn about and protect all that is special in the park. By funding initiatives that go beyond what the National Park Service could accomplish on its own, the Foundation initiates improvements, critical research, and projects that help to better connect visitors to the park, creating a stable future for Grand Teton and the experiences of those who visit. Grand Teton National Park Foundation is widely recognized as one of the strongest and most successful groups to partner with the National Park Service. To date, the Foundation has raised nearly $30 million for projects in the park.
 
Media Contacts:
J Public Relations, vail@jpublicrelations.com, (619) 255-7069 | Liz Biebl, Vail Resorts, ebiebl@vailresorts.com, (303) 404-1831
*Downloadable images available for editorial use upon request. 

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Liz Biebl

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 754-3001

Lesli Carlson

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Phone: 303-404-6472
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