Resort Guide 2018: West #20
Nestled in the western slope of the Teton Range, Grand Targhee remains infamous for deep snow throughout the season. Eastbound Pacific storms back up against the Tetons and unload on Targhee, sometimes making visibility an issue, but the minor inconvenience is well worth it for constant refreshes of the fluffy stuff.
When the clouds do break, the scenery is unreal, and the surprisingly uncrowded slopes can feel “like having your own ski area.” While Targhee’s neighbor on the other side of the Tetons, Jackson Hole, scores higher for extreme terrain and challenge, Targhee offers an inclusive set of wide-open runs, tree trails, and challenging bowls for all abilities, making it a “great family hill with a local feel.” Lodging, dining, and après on the mountain are limited, but the deep snow and excellent terrain keep Targhee one of the “best-kept secrets in the U.S.”
Hit the Sacajawea lift early in the day to set first tracks down Pierre’s Hole and duck into the trees through the Wachabe Woods. Need more access to fresh turns? Get on- board for the guided snowcat adventures off the same lift.
The Royal Wolf, tucked away in nearby Driggs, is a little gem. Stop in for a home-cooked meal or good convo at the bar.
Check out the Trap Bar & Grill for some live music and a plate of Wydaho nachos: cheesy waffle fries topped with veggies and salsa.
Hit Grand Targhee Snowcat Adventures for untracked freshies adjacent to the slopes.