Monday, November 3, 2008

Ecological Mountain Architecture: Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole

The Hotel Terra is located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's (JMHR), Wyoming. The Hotel offers easy access to the ski area via the new tram. The lift delivers skiers and snowboarders from the base in Teton Village to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain giving access to 2,500 acres of terrain in the center of the famed Teton mountain Range in less than nine minutes.
The first in a collection of green hotels launched by the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole offers the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, combined with environmentally sustainable building and operating practices. Recently awarded with the LEED certification, the Hotel ensures that it meets environmentally sustainable building and operating practices for everything from water conservation and energy efficiency to the building’s 100 percent eco-shake shingles (innovative roofing material composed entirely of recycled cellulose fiber and reinforced vinyl).
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
In 72 high-end rooms—ranging in five different types of rooms from studios to a three-bedroom suite—the outdoor connection comes via a nature-inspired color palette and energy-efficient windows with mountain views. On the creature comfort side, sustainability is encouraged through details such as custom-designed Terra Beds with all-natural mattresses; organic cotton sheets, robes and towels; low-flow water fixtures; a Zuma Airbath jetted tub; and fair-trade organic coffee for your morning cup.
For après-ski rejuvenation, Chill Spa includes 6 treatment rooms with vaulted ceilings, including a couples treatment room with mountain views, a deep soaking jaccuzzi , and gas fireplace. Hotel Spa also offers the Sky Lounge for pre and post treatment relaxation, complete with a floor to ceiling picture window with some of the very best views in Jackson Hole. Guests can also take in the big mountain skies in the outdoor rooftop hot tub at Chill Spa. The state of the art spa treatments feature Eminence Organic Skin Care, incorporating handpicked fresh ingredients, hand mixed with pure waters from a thermal hot spring lake containing rare minerals and elements.
To complete the Eco-Experience, Terra Café is dedicated to organic ingredients and healthy alternatives.