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Grand Targhee--worth a day trip from Jackson?

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Hi, will be visiting Jackson Hole for the first time March 16-23. Considering a day trip to Grand Targhee. Any thoughts on skiing Targhee vs. JH that time of year? Is there a daily bus/shuttle that runs from Jackson to Targhee? Any and all info greatly appreciated.

BTW, I'm a first-time visitor to this Forum, what a great source of information. Thanks especially to Bob (can't remember his last name) for the detailed guide to skiing Jackson Hole. I've already printed and emailed it to my friends on this trip. Can't wait to get there!

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I did the Targhee trip one day during a week at JH. It dumped, but the visibility was awful. My impression of Targhee is great snow, but very flat. I'd love to take my wife there to help with her confidence in powder. I liked the homey, unpretentious vibe, particularly after the testosterone fest at Jackson. And I found the drive to be interesting (we even saw a moose along the way). But, did I mention the flatness?
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There are buses that leave from Jackson and Teton Village that will take you over to Grand Targhee which includes a lift ticket. We have been going to JH every year for the last 7 seven years. My friend Tony and I decided to go to Grand Targhee one day. It was a great day with about 5 inches of new snow and good visibility. We liked Grand Targhee and glad we went but we have not been back.

I have no idea what Grand Targhee will be like that late in the season. A lot of JH faces south which has a tendency to soften the snow up a tad in the afternoon on warm days. Ask the question does Grand Targhee have more north facing trails?
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Thanks especially to Bob (can't remember his last name) for the detailed guide to skiing Jackson Hole.

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Bob Peters, maybe?

Could you (or someone) please post the link to that report? I'd really appreciate it: I'll be Jackson/Targhee from 3/12 to 18. Thanks
post #5 of 12
I don't think GT is all that flat. Maybe compared with Jackson Hole - yes.

Is GT worth a side trip? Very much indeed! Even if it's foggy (a very good probability), there is some great tree skiing to help keep your perspective in. Plus, if JH gets 6 inches of freshies, GT gets a foot. A fair amount of GT faces southwest, but drop into the Good, Bad, and Ugly if you still want powder that late in the year. I was there Feb 1-4, and am still basking the powder glow (the catskiing day was the best day of skiing I've had in 35 years).
post #6 of 12
There is a daily shuttle from Jackson to Targhee. It's a great mountain!
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I did the Targhee trip one day during a week at JH. It dumped, but the visibility was awful. My impression of Targhee is great snow, but very flat. I'd love to take my wife there to help with her confidence in powder. I liked the homey, unpretentious vibe, particularly after the testosterone fest at Jackson. And I found the drive to be interesting (we even saw a moose along the way). But, did I mention the flatness?
Prickly, not sure I'd call Targhee "flat". An intermediate hill, yes. But here's a run that's 45 degrees in steepness, with 40-70' cliffs. The entire Peaked ridgeline is open every year.

Here's 2 pics of a line HB Jr. skied a couple of years ago at age 11.

The first photo shows the entire line. He and I came off the ridgeline that's up and to the right of his hand (climber's right). We then skied the fall line to the spine where his glove is, and skied the spine down, and exited skier's right (hidden by his hand).





The second photo shows the line from the bottom. It starts on the ridge line, skiers right of the trees you see on the skyline. You then ski down to the spine, hop back and forth on both sides, and then exit into the chute, skier's right.





And the link to the thread on Targhee and steep skiing http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=40421

mcs33444, you should go. Who knows what the weather will be.

HB
post #9 of 12
The shuttle is called the Targhee Express.

While most of the mountain is not monster terrain, there's enough steepness to keep most people satisfied even without heading to the cliff band. It is definitely a favorite of mine...
post #10 of 12
Went for the 1st time this season and was lucky enough to have the most excellent skiers Harkinbanks and Harkinbanks Jr show us around the whole mountain and it's most definitely worth a couple days.
post #11 of 12
I love Targhee. You get some huge dumps there, and powder skiing isn't trampled by masses in an hour. Lots of snow - few people.

That said, Targhee doesn't have the adventure terrain, and scale of JH. JH rules North America in that regard (at least until Revelstoke opens).

I'd definitely slot a day at Targhee, especially if you have a group of diverse abilities. At Targhee, everyone can ski powder.
post #12 of 12
Hey, listen, didn't mean to trash Targhee. Dug the snow, dug the vibe. Very Whitewater. Would definitely take the wife. Maybe wouldn't take my hairball friends from Rosland or Alagna, but whatever. It's neither gnar nor K-Nar, but that's not all bad.
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