I am planning a ski trip for a group of 6-8 guys in early January and was hoping I could get some feedback on Grand Targhee Resort. The first thing that got me looking at GT was obviously the snow, but I also like that it has small crowds and its relatively cheap compared to the bigger destination resorts. We are advanced to expert skiers, we like a challenge, but we don't need truly extreme terrain to have a good trip (like whats available at Jackson for example). As a reference last year we went to Big Sky and although we enjoyed Lone Peak, we could have stayed plenty busy without it. My question is whether GT offers enough lift accessible terrain to keep us busy for 3-4 days? If we did GT we would most likely ski 3 days and either do the Snowcat skiing one day or drive to Jackson for a day.
My concerns are the relatively small acreage, the lack of advanced terrain and the overall steepness of the mountain. I've seen some people describe GT as mostly an intermediate mountain with blue run type slopes. Some people go as far as to say there really isn't enough slope to keep speed on deep day unless your willing to hike.
We have done Steamboat before and even though it is not a super steep mountain it kept us engaged with the few steep areas it did have, its expansive trees and its big acreage. I will say we did get a little bored at Northstar by the third day, but the fourth day we got a couple feet of snow and then it was a blast in the trees. We have gone to some of the smaller Tahoe area places (homewood, Sugar Bowl, Alpine) but never spent a whole trip at one of those places, and never one with just 4 lifts!
Any comparisons would be really helpful, I've skied Breckenridge, Big Sky, Tahoe area, Alta/Snowbird, and Steamboat.
Thanks in advance for any advice!