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Grand Targhee, Wyoming Hot

targheeGrand Targhee resort is located on the Wyoming border, outside of Driggs, Idaho, on the west end of the Teton Range. It’s 42 miles northwest of it’s more famous counterpart, Jackson Hole and only accessible through Driggs.

At its highest point, the resort stands exactly 10,000 feet tall and offers over 2,500 feet of vertical skiing. This vertical is spread out over 3,000 acres—600 of which are rugged, reserved for cat skiing. Positioned at such a high altitude in the northern United States, Grand Targhee gets 500 inches of prime, dry powder dumped on it each year, thus the resort is only forced to make 5% of its snow.

The resort offers a full range of services. Youth and Adult Ski schools are available everyday as are private lessons. For cross-country skiers, Nordic trails are made available at the base of the resort. Additionally, Grand Targhee offers an extensive cat skiing service. For $199 cat skiing experts will take you to the 600-acre reserve of fresh powder where intermediate and advanced skiers can take their experience to the next level with technically difficult runs that offer a 2,200 foot vertical. For non-skiers alternative activities are offered like sledding, sleighride dinners and dogsled tours.

There are three lodges only steps from the chairlifts that offer a variety of rooms for a variety of budgets. Rooms at the resort range from about $125 and up.  Additionally, Driggs presents many housing options including hotels and motels. For large groups there are many options—the city offers numerous condominiums and ski houses for rent.

Mountain Stats:

  • -Annual Snowfall—500”
  • -15% of runs are considered ‘expert’
  • -5 lifts
  • -Longest Run—2.7 miles
  • -Highest Elevation—10,000 ft.
  • -Lift Ticket—Adult: $69, Youth: $29, Child: Free, Senior Citizen:  $44

 

While Grand Targhee may not have the name recognition that it’s next-door neighbor Jackson Hole has, it is a very appealing option for avid skiers in the Wyoming area. The resort comes with some of the nations best ‘champagne’ powder and is full of options and variety for experts, beginners and non-skiers.

 

-Max Selim

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