Grand Targhee Lifts & Terrain

Grand Targhee Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded
Grand Targhee Trail Map
  • Vertical (ft)
    7,650 – 9,920 (2,270)
  • Average Snow Fall
    500 inches
  • Lifts (5)
    2 high speed quads
    1 quad
  • Ski Season
    mid Nov - mid Apr
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 95
    Size – 2,602 acres
    Beginner - 33%
    Intermediate - 37%
    Advanced - 25%
    Expert - 5%

Grand Targhee Ski and Snowboard Terrain

You’ll love Grand Targhee ski resort because you can literally ski every inch of it. The only exception is a band of cliffs running along the side of Peaked Mountain. Open high alpine blends into well spaced pines and tighter aspens. Whilst there is not a lot of terrain that will scare an expert, it doesn’t matter, because when you’re skiing powder, you’re in the happiest place in the world. With 800 vertical metres, 13 metres of annual snowfall, 2,000 acres inbounds, 600 acres cat serviced terrain and limitless accessible backcountry, there’s plenty to keep powderhounds very happy.

One of the great things about Grand Targhee is its attention to little details like producing a daily trail map. As it is new each day, the map not only includes all of the trails, but indicates daily groomed runs, recently groomed runs (more than 1 day ago), snow depth info, a weather report and forecast, plus info on daily specials and savings. It’s a very handy document and something that other resorts could take up.

Grand Targhee Lifts

There aren’t many lifts at Grand Targhee, but it doesn’t matter. Four chairs and one magic carpet carry you wherever you need to go on the hill. More lifts are planned for the future including one to the top of Peaked Mountain in the current cat skiing area, but that is a story for someone else to tell. Two chairs, Dreamcatcher and Sacajawea (try saying that after a few brews) are express quads and cover 85% of the terrain. A fixed quad, the Shoshone, services a separate beginner area. An old classic double chair, the Blackfoot, covers some lovely stashes and tends to be quieter than the quads.

Lift Tickets

Considering the quality of the powder and on piste skiing at Grand Targhee, the lift tickets are cheap as chips (or fries...), which is fantastic news for ski bums – yee har!

Grand Targhee Snow and Weather

It snows a lot at Grand Targhee. At the risk (very slight) of being proven wrong, there is no such thing as a bad snow year at Grand Targhee. With an average of 500 inches plus a year (on par with Niseko and some of the Utah ski resorts), the reason to come is powder and lots of it. With plenty of trees on the hill, even on poor visibility days, the skiing is superb. As with all USA ski resorts, there are plenty of sunny days. One of the main reasons to stay overnight at Grand Targhee is to fully experience one of their legendary afternoon blizzards when all the day trippers are gone and a foot of powder piles up in an hour. Ahhh, such lovely weather.

For the Beginner

One lift, the Shoshone, and a magic carpet, the Papoose, are dedicated to beginners. Beyond that, a journey up the Dreamcatcher will see you near the summit of Fred’s Mountain. From there, the Teton Vista trail leads you past glorious views of the Grand Teton and into the valley between the two main peaks, returning a couple of miles later to the base area. Beginner legs will be due for a rest afterwards as it is a long way down.

Intermediate Ski and Board Terrain

EVERYWHERE is good. Point the plank/s, get the tears in your eyes from the speed, get afternoon face shots from the powder on the ‘groomed runs’, and learn to ski trees in pristine conditions. Some of the best intermediate groomers are Crazy Horse and Wild Willie off Dreamcatcher, Chief Joseph Bowl off Blackfoot, and Bird Woman off Sacajawea.

If you want to learn to ski powder off piste or in the trees, start off between the South Street and Sweetwater runs in the lower Dreamcatcher area. In the Sacajawea area, a lot of the tree skiing in the advanced Quiver glades is within reach of strong intermediates.

For the Family/Kids

Massively family friendly due to its compact base area and uncomplicated lift system, the terrain, snow quality, people and staff are good enough to just let the kids run riot on the slopes. Around the Shoshone chair and Papoose magic carpet, a range of fun trails are set up specifically for younger kids. The resort even produces a special kid’s trail map.

For the Shredder

Park junkies can get their fix here at a small park located off the Shoshone chair. Otherwise play on the cliff bands through the gates to the skiers’ right of the Sacajawea chair. Alternatively, the Ladies Waist run under the Dreamcatcher chair is a long natural half pipe perfect for messing around on.

Advanced Skiing

The great thing about Grand Targhee for advanced skiers is what is NOT listed on the trail map. Whilst named advanced runs like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, plus the chutes below the Happy Hunting Ground and the Quiver glades are all great, it’s the spaces between the runs where the real action is. Exploring between the trails is the key to prolonged advanced enjoyment.

If you want to be nearer to the Lord, take a little walk up Mary’s Breast (or Mary’s Nipple) and ski in the bosom of Mary. You can choose between trees or bowl or a little of both. This does get closed sometimes due to avalanche danger, but if it’s open it’s worth the small walk.

Expert Ski and Snowboard Terrain

One word here for the expert – CLIFFS. Some of the most huckable cliffs in the land are at Grand Targhee. The world record was set here in 2006 with a 245 foot leap of faith. (He wasn’t even wearing a helmet!) A walk above the Sacajawea chair will show you the extent of his craziness. Some of the cliffs are not for the faint hearted; others are easier than they look. Scope them out from the other side of the valley on Fred’s Mountain. The cliffs are easiest through the gates near the top of the Sacajawea chair and get progressively more ‘interesting' as you climb towards the peak of Fred’s Mountain.

For the Powderhound

Here are a couple of tips for the powderhound. Firstly, stay on the mountain and be first in the lift line – not that hard really. Freshies will last long into the day and the next day if you search a little. Secondly, it can snow heavily at Grand Targhee at all times of day. In the afternoon, the number of skiers on the slopes drops dramatically. When it snows, these afternoons can provide some of the best powder skiing of your life. Stay a few days longer and check out the backcountry skiing or cat skiing for more great freshies.