Grand Targhee: Almanac

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Getting There

Grand Targhee lies at the head of a 12-mile access road from Driggs, Idaho. From Driggs, it's about an hour to Jackson and its airport. While a car is not needed at Targhee, it is a must for side trips.

When to Go

Targhee embraces winter well into April. For the best snow, target January through March.

Sleeping In

Slopeside, try the Teewinot Lodge ($110-$150 per night). At the Sioux Lodge, rooms with kitchenettes run $162-$205. Enjoy the Teton Teepee, in nearby Alta. It offers a skiing-as-it-used-to-be milieu. Rooms start at $393. Targhee reservations: (800) 827-4433. Teepee reservations: (307) 353-8176.

Dining Out

Check out Snorkels on the way to the lifts and Skadi's for fancier fare (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The Trap Bar offers a modest menu but soulful tunes. Wild Bill's Grill is perfect for family dining.

Après-Ski

The "World Famous" Trap Bar is a kick, as is the Lost Horizon in Alta and Tony's in Driggs.

Kicking Butt

When the backcountry gates are open, it's a short hike to Mary's Nipple, where steeps and trees beckon. In-bounds, head toward Nasty Gash. The trails aren't marked, but all the lines are nicely pitched.

Kicking Back

The music at the Trap Bar isn't just good for western Wyoming, it's good for anywhere.

Activities

Travel 42 miles to Jackson, the gateway to Yellowstone Park. There the options are endless.

Don't Miss

A ski day with the Powder Cats. At $240, it's pricey, but when you are in your final hour you'll recall it as a wise decision.

Vital Stats

Skiable acres: 1,500 lift served, 1,500 snowcat skiing; number of lifts: 4; base elevation: 8,000 feet; summit elevation: 10,200 feet; vertical rise: 2,200 feet; average annual snowfall 504 inches; lift ticket price: $41; season pass price: $500. For information call (800) 827-4433.

Buying In

Teton Creek Resort is 7 miles from Targhee. A three bedroom costs $185,000. Call (800) 967-1482.

Skiers Per Acre

0.5