To the delight of skiers who are overly fussy about snow conditions, Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming delivers the goods! Since opening their beautiful slopes to anxious skiers in December 26, 1969, with the Bannock & Shoshone chairlifts, Targhee earned bragging rights immediately the moment the lifts propelled skiers to the top of Fred’s Mountain. This Wyoming gem can easily boast having some of the most consistent powder-filled slopes in North America year after year. Grand Targhee sits on the western slope of the Grand Teton Mountains and frequent storms slam into these massive granite slabs of rock that rise 13,700 feet into the atmosphere. Targhee’s season typically kicks off Thanksgiving weekend and continues well into spring. At the end of any given season, the snow stakes measuring the white gold inevitably tops an average of 500” inches total snowfall.
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa guests enjoy an easy trip to Grand Targhee, traveling north through Victor and Driggs
If it’s a powder day at Targhee, a frequent occurrence, most will likely bypass the many coffee and breakfasts stops along the way in these quaint towns that project a genuine western hospitality vibe. After all, there’s plenty of options at the resort to refuel before hitting the slopes. You’ll know you’re close to reaching the resort as you leave Idaho and cross into Wyoming, the Cowboy State. Heading further up the Targhee road you’re treated to the jaw-dropping view of the Grand Teton peaks. It’s difficult to imagine a more spectacular view in the Northern Rockies.
Nestled at the base of Fred’s Mountain, Targhee’s easy-to-maneuver charming base village sits at 8,000 feet
In no time, the Dreamcatcher Chairlift drops you at the summit at an impressive 10,200 feet where the panoramic views reaching all the way into Yellowstone National Park take your breath away. Regardless of ability level, Targhee ensures a variety of trails to suit all ability level. While 70% of Targhee’s slopes are rated intermediate in difficulty, there’s no shortage of tree skiing, wide-open bowls and other quality advanced trails to challenge even the most proficient snow slider. Beginners in the group will also be delighted with Targhee’s gentle slopes typically manicured to perfection. The commitment to families is a priority Targhee’s owners take seriously at this Teton Valley resort with slices of the lower slopes dedicated to their sole enjoyment. Kids will instantly gravitate to a magical area where they’ll slide through Giant Aunt Hills, Alley Oop Alley, the Eyeball Forest, and the Bat Cave.
High Mountain Heli-Skiing at it’s best
For skiers and snowboarders whose primary interest is pursuing untracked snow, Teton Springs Lodge & Grand Targhee serve up the optimum vehicles for deep snow satisfaction. The gold standard for a day of gliding run after run on untracked powder skiing is of course is heli-skiing. Teton Springs teamed up years ago with the iconic Jackson Hole based heli-ski operation, High Mountain Heli-Skiing. This partnership offers the ultimate heli-ski packages with unsurpassed convenience. On this heli-ski adventure you’ll experience skiing and riding in some of the west’s most rugged and spectacular backcountry terrain. High Mountain Heli-Skiing, undoubtedly the premier heli ski operation in the entire region, has been guiding in the Teton and surrounding mountains for over 47 years. On a High Mountain Heli Heli-Skiing/Teton Springs Lodge Package you’ll simply step outside your deluxe Lodge Suite accommodations and board the chopper.
The perfect day of playing in the snow
Grand Targhee Resort offers their own version of the perfect day skiing the lightest, driest snow with their Snowcat Adventure Tours. Since 1987, Targhee has served up the optimum powder experience with a trip to adjacent Peaked Mountain. You’ll load up in the base area of Targhee’s village and head over to Peaked, just beyond the lift served boundary. On Peaked, the wide-open slopes and bowls are complimented with some of the best tree skiing found amidst the plentiful aspens on the lower third of this high-altitude terrain.
Winter visitors revel in the luxury, affordability and genuine friendliness of Teton Springs Lodge, coupled with the quaintness, spectacular scenic views and authentic western feel of Grand Targhee. And your adventure in the Tetons doesn’t end when the ski boots come off. Back at the Lodge, the staff at the Lodge’s Stillwaters Spa is ready for your deep tissue massage. I’m confident the term “perfect day” applies to this winter vacation!