If you’re in search of a laidback ski vacation with virtually guaranteed powder, then Grand Targhee should be top-of-mind. Grand Targhee is located in the heart of the Teton Mountains, and experiences a whopping 500 inches of legendary powder a year. Grand Targhee consistently ranks as one of North America’s top resorts for powder hounds; in fact SKI Magazine once called it “A place that dumps.”
Grand Targhee sits on the border of Wyoming and Idaho, on the western side of the Tetons—opposite from Jackson Hole. Targhee is situated in an ideal powder vortex, and traps the Pacific snow traveling east. This hidden gem rarely sees crowds or extensive lift lines, and its close proximity to Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Big Sky and Salt Lake City, make it a great stop for a road trip.
The resort is just 12 miles from Driggs, Idaho, and a quick 90 minutes from Jackson Hole airport and Idaho Falls airport, making it an incredibly accessible ski vacation. Those on a budget looking for uncompromised on- and off-mountain quality will be pleasantly surprised on a Grand Targhee ski vacation. While the resort still retains its cool, blasé vibe, Grand Targhee has experienced some recent upgrades, including a new access road and new detachable quad chairlift, which accesses an additional 500 skiable acres on Peak Mountain, and brings Targhee’s total to 2,602 acres.
The Western is the hub of a Grand Targhee ski vacation, and features two incredible lodge options: Sioux Lodge Suites, Teewinot Lodge and Targhee Lodge, both of which have experienced recent remodels. Walk right to the lifts, restaurants, shopping, ski rental shops, and everything you need right from your lodging accommodations. Other lodging options in Grand Targhee include vacation home rentals, ideal for families or large groups, which are conveniently situated near shuttles or within walking distance to the lifts.
Grand Targhee skiing is spread over two mountains: Fred’s Mountain and Peaked Mountain. The terrain features everything - powder bowls and well-spaced, intermediate glades to tight, technical trees. Intermediates will be pleased to learn that 70 percent of Grand Targhee’s terrain is meant for them. There’s nothing like Grand Targhee’s fresh corduroy after an overnight snowstorm. More advanced intermediates or those looking to try powder skiing will love Grand Targhee. Crowds are minimal at Grand Targhee so it’s easy to find fresh tracks, and none of the runs are too steep. Expert skiers and snowboarders looking for adventure will rejoice in Grand Targhee’s cat skiing, sidecountry and backcountry skiing options.