Grand Targhee Ski Resort Review
Picture this. It has snowed a respectable 30cms of blower, light, powder snow overnight. There’s not a breath of wind. Visibility is good. The blue sky and sun are winning the battle with the clouds. You’re at the start of the Grand Targhee lift line, because being a savvy ski bum, you stayed on the mountain. You nervously look back at the lift line as it builds to................... about 150 people. That’s it! You’re competition for hundreds of hectares of POW is a measly 150 punters. Welcome to Grand Targhee - freshie land!
Grand Targhee ski resort is a powderhounds paradise. Sometimes seen as the poor cousin to nearby Jackson Hole
, Grand Targhee is by no means underprivileged. Sure the ski terrain at Grand Targhee isn’t as extreme as its well known neighbour, but more importantly Grand Targhee has got more of the white stuff, with over 13 metres of snowfall annually. Targhee is on the opposite side of the Tetons, the western side, which traps the snow from the massive storms that travel eastward from the Pacific. More powder is dumped on the western side than the Jackson Hole side. Fantastic!
Where is Grand Targhee?
Grand Targhee is right on the border of Wyoming and Idaho (officially it’s in Wyoming). The town of Driggs Idaho is only 19km (12 miles) away from Grand Targhee, and Jackson and Idaho Falls airports are both approximately 90 minutes driving time away from the resort. There are shuttle buses from the airports, as well as to and from Jackson Hole.
Grand Targhee is ideally located to include on a road trip ski extravaganza of the USA. Jackson Hole
is just down the road, Sun Valley
is about 5.5 hours away, Big Sky Montana is 3 hours away, and Salt Lake City
and the surrounding Utah ski resorts
are about a 5 hour drive. The magnificent Yellowstone National park is a half day up the road as well.
Grand Targhee Ski and Snowboard Terrain
You’ll love Grand Targhee, because you can ski every inch of it. The Grand Targhee ski area
is over two mountains – Fred’s Mountain and Peaked Mountain, totalling 809 hectares of lift served skiing and boarding. The resort is basically powder bowls, light trees and gorgeous glades. There is plenty of intermediate terrain (70% of the on-piste terrain) consisting of beautiful cruisers and lovely corduroy (and powder when it snows). This is a great place to learn to ski powder because many of the areas aren’t too steep, and considering there are no crowds, there are stacks of opportunities for fresh lines.
Lift capacity is not an issue either with two of the lifts being high-speed detachable quads. Cat skiing provides even more terrain with another dedicated 405 hectares of powderhound heaven.
The Powderhounds have awarded Grand Targhee with 5 out of 5 powder paws. This is a coveted prize that is not provided without good reason! Factors that impressed the Powderhounds include the variety of backcountry and in-bounds terrain, the quality and quantity of powder, and a lack of crowds that means more freshies for powderhounds. See our Powderhounds ski resort ratings
for more information.
Grand Targhee Lodging and Facilities Grand Targhee lodging
is limited to only a few hundred pillows across three lodges (guess who gets all the freshies when it dumps!). The accommodations are conveniently located with super easy access to the slopes.
The village is not party-central (the exception being après at The Trap Bar with the poor sods not staying on the hill). Consequently this is a resort well suited to dedicated skiers and families of skiers. The village has enough dining facilities to fulfill your needs and only limited shopping facilities – who came here to shop anyway!?
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Why Ski or Snowboard at Grand Targhee?
If you’re in search of a great powder skiing resort location, then Grand Targhee is an absolute MUST DO on your list of places to visit. Grand Targhee has amazing snow – deep, light, consistent powder. The resort also has gorgeous scenery, fun terrain, great backcountry access, cat skiing and very few people. As an added bonus, it’s also an inexpensive place to visit. Get here before the hordes discover it. Word is that there is a large development occurring here in the next few years which could spell a major change for this little piece of heaven. Go now. What are you waiting for?!
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