Located just across the Idaho-Wyoming border in a picturesque corner of the Tetons known as “Wydaho,” Grand Targhee ski resort has some of the best snow in North America.
With over 500 inches of snow per winter “from heaven, not hoses” (as their PR slogan goes), Grand Targhee is a powderhound’s dream. Many skiers are surprised to learn that Grand Targhee receives as much annual snowfall as places like Alta and Snowbird and almost 100 inches more than its famous neighbor just east of Teton Pass - Jackson Hole.
World-renowned snow, 2,000+ feet of vertical and 2602 acres of terrain combine to make this hidden gem a resort which should top any skier’s list. Throw in stunning views of Grand Teton National Park and you’ll wonder why you didn’t find Grand Targhee sooner.
While Grand Targhee is often overshadowed by Jackson Hole, the incredible dryness and amount of snow it receives makes it a perfect choice for intermediates looking for an introduction to powder skiing or those who love to ski powder, but like to do so on more gentle terrain. Grand Targhee's wide open bowls are a great place to learn to ski deep snow.
The resort is worth a visit even for harcore skiers. While expert skiers may exhaust the resort's steep offerings in a day or two, intermediates have enough terrain to explore to be satisfied with a weeklong visit. Advanced and strong intermediate skiers alikie will enjoy Grand Targhee's expansive powder cat skiing, which offers an experience comparable to heliskiing at a fraction of the price.
Where to stay in Grand Targhee
The Targhee Lodge, Teewinot Lodge, Sioux Lodge Suites and The Tower comprise what is essentially a single lodging complex. All four lodges are located directly in the base village (Alta, WY) and are ski-in ski-out. They are the only slopeside lodging in Grand Targhee and are marketed jointly as Grand Targhee Resort Mountainside Lodges.
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Updated for Winter 2014-2015 - David B. Cronheim