When two of its greatest strengths are Value and Snow, it’s a wonder that Grand Targhee isn’t the continent’s most-visited resort. After all, what skier doesn’t want to schuss abundant powder on the cheap? But alas, this mom-and-pop resort is still a true hidden gem.
Located an hour’s drive west of Jackson Hole over Teton Pass, Targhee pleases its fans not only with affordable skiing and great snow (more than 500 annual inches, typically), but also with laudable scenery, the resort sitting beneath the backside of the Tetons as it does. Offering an uncrowded alternative to the touristy hub of Jackson, Targhee is unpretentious, with a great local vibe that makes everyone feel like family.
And the skiing. Well, it’s varied, from the rollicking Kids Fun Zone off the Shoshone Lift to the notoriously steep wall of chutes, such as Pink Slip and Toilet Bowl—found off of the Sacajawea Lift—to the playful tree skiing of Painted Pony on Mary’s Nipple Peak. The mountain’s nearest town of Driggs, Idaho has an authentic atmosphere with affordable lodging and shuttle service between town and the resort. If you find yourself there after dark, stop into Teton Thai for spicy Pad Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice, and warm sake shared among friends. The way skiing was meant to be. - Jessi Hackett
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VALUE Teton Valley Cabins are a 20-minute drive from the slopes and one of the coziest, yet affordable places to sleep in Driggs. Individual, rustic cabins come complete with mini- kitchens, friendly staff, and a country feel, plus you’ll save money and experience the charm of life beneath the Tetons.
LOCAL FLAVOR There’s no place like the Trap Bar & Grill, at the base, for beers on tap, great Bloodys, and world-famous Wydaho Nachos.
SNOW On a storm day: Hit the trees off the Blackfoot chair, which hold snow despite windy conditions. A couple days later: Hike Mary’s Nipple, a wide-open bowl accessible via a 20-minute walk off the Sacajawea chair.
DINNER SPOT 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.