If you love powder, and no lift lines, you will love Targhee. Powder stashes are in abundance, very reasonable lift ticket prices. Also very family friendly! Oh, and don't forget to stop at The Trap Bar and Grill when you're done for some Apres Ski!
Pros: no crowds, A LOT of snow, can find fresh tracks anywhere
Cons: nightlife is non-existant, no decent size city at base, not family friendly, foggy a lot
Forget all those advertisements about Utah. The best snow is in Wyoming. We were there for 5 days and it snowed almost every night. The funny thing is the locals don't even show up unless there's at least 10" of fresh snow because it happens so often.
This is not the place for people who like to ski groomers though. Groomed runs are practically non-exsitance. There are probably less groomed runs than there are fingers on my right hand. You get off the chair lift at the top and are basically allowed to ski down to the bottom in whatever fashion you wish. There weren't really any signs for marked runs other than the few groomers that seemed like they were created by however the gooming machine felt like driving down.
For powder hounds, this place is heaven. Because of it's remoteness, very few people come here. Most people goto Jackson hole, which is on the otherside of the mountain range, and don't get all the good snow dumps like Grand Targhee. Every day we were there, we had no problem finding untracked, or lightly tracked snow...even at the end of the day. There are absolutely no lift lines.
The only problem is that people call this place "Grand Foggy" for a reason. The snow was great, but the visibility was horrible. Most of the days, in the morning, the only thing you can see at the top is white, and the guy that's 20 feet in front of you. 10 feet if he's not wearing a bright colored jacket. You basically just have to ski down and hope for the best. Thankfully the great snow made it easy and fun, even though we couldn't see. Halfway down the mountain, the visibility clears up and the skiing becomes even better. By afternoon, it clears up a bit, but it's still foggy at the top. I didn't see blue skis once the entire week I was there.
If you're going on vacation just to ski, this place is hard to beat. If you're going on vacation to ski and also have fun when you're off the slopes, then this place may not be the best. The nightlife is non-existant. The city at the base is Driggs, Idaho and is basically just a couple restaurants and shops on a main street. We didn't care cause we were too tired every night to do anything other than sit in the hottub anyway.
If you have a season pass to any North American ski resort, then Targhee offers FREE skiing when you get lodging there. That's a $70 a day! Check their website specials for more details.
Pros: Wide open and less steep, great snow
Cons: Bus ride from Jackson Hole
Great powder day, had great visibility, defying nick name Grand Foggy (Fri 2/27/09)
Well worth the bus trip for one day from Jackson Hole, over 1 hr, use Alltran -
they incude lift ticket and ride for under $90.
Just a wide open, only moderately steep mountain.
Spent very little time on the groomers
Epic ski buddy told me there is as much skiable terrain area as at JH.
Only chair lifts, great base facilities, lookers, food, you must eat at the bottom of the hill.
Was a great last day of my wkeek trip. (Thanks Sal)
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Average Annual Snowfall: 470" (Tony Crocker)
Exposure: Mainly W, some N and S
Best time to visit is December-February, with greatest snowfall in January
On the Mountain (all are located at the base at the bottom of the Dreamcatcher lift):
Branding Iron Grill - fine dining
Trap Bar - apres-ski and lunch
Wild Bill's Grill - cafeteria
Snorkel's - pizza, beer, pool, games
Tony's Pizza & Pasta Some of the best pizza you'll ever eat, the perfect choice for that evening down in Driggs.
364 N Main St
Driggs, ID 83422
One of the best resort experiences is a Guided Snowcat Adventure on Peaked Mountain. We’ve added ten new trails off the top of Peaked Mountain. New interior gladded trails presents 1900 vertical feet of non stop skiing and riding.
Average run - 2,000 vertical feet
Sleigh Ride Dinners
Ready for an off-the-beaten path dining experience? Take a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh with an authentic cowboy. Paul Martin and his trusty steed teams Prince & Maude or Pete & Cap will provide a memorable vacation experience. Your destination is our high altitude yurt where Paul will treat your group to a western style dinner complete with local cuisine. Dress in layers for the ride can be brisk, but the yurt is warm and cozy.
Sleigh Ride Dinner Rates *Reservations are required
Snowmobile ToursExperience the thrill of riding a snowmobile in America's oldest national park. Our Snowmobile Tours are offered through Teton Valley Adventures and provide day trips through Yellowstone National Park for a close-up view of bison and Old Faithful. Other excursions include full-day outings to Mesa Falls, Cave Falls, Grassy Lake, the Big Hole Mountains and other regional attractions. Transportation is provided and families are welcome.
Yellowstone (3 snowmobile minimum) $250/day
Teton Valley (includes lunch/USFS 4% fee) $200
2nd Passenger $100
It’s no secret that we’re surrounded by world renowned and pristine backcountry terrain here at Grand Targhee Resort. With the perfect terrain for learning located within our boundaries, it makes sense that the backcountry experience here is perfect for those looking to safely explore the unique experience of heading into the wilderness on skis or a snowboard.
Rich Rinaldi at Yostmark Backcountry Tours has been guiding skiers and snowboarders in the Tetons for over 15 years, and holds a permit with the Targhee-Caribou National Forest. Looking to earn your freshies adjacent to the resort? He is the keeper of the kingdom. Join Rich or one of his professional guides for a day of adventure and exploration this winter. Book your trip at our Activity Center off of the Main Plaza, or by calling them at 307-353-2300 x1355.
Guided Backcountry Tour Pricing
Full Day: $250/person, $80 for each additional person.
Half Day: $125/person, $50 for each additional person
(Max group size is 4 for a single tour.)
GOOD, BETTER, BEST
Good: Shoulder rubs from the lifty at the bottom of the Dreamcatcher lift
Better: The spectacular view of the Grand Teton
Best: Consistent, early-to-late-season, plentiful, pristine POWDER!