One of the first ski resorts in the Northern Rockies to be creative and develop dynamic and affordable Idaho Snowboard Packages was Grand Targhee Ski & Summer Resort. Many traveling to this destination assume they are patronizing an Idaho resort. It’s easy to be perplexed as there have been many mixed messages, especially back in Targhee’s early days as a destination resort, insinuating that Grand Targhee is indeed an Idaho resort.
Confusion aside, the simple fact remains that geographically this gem of a resort definitely sits in the neighboring state of Wyoming. However, it’s almost a technicality that Targhee, whose address is listed as Alta, Wyoming, is not officially in Idaho given that the main access to this powder paradise, literally the only paved road leading in and out of Grand Targhee, is thru Driggs Idaho. In fact, the official address for Grand Targhee for years and years was “Alta, Wyoming, via Driggs, Idaho.”
Idaho Snowboard Packages – Targhee, Kelly’s, Pomerelle…
Given that Teton Valley, Idaho, has always considered Grand Targhee a Gem State property (state lines notwithstanding), the Boise, Idaho Tourism office promotes Targhee’s Idaho Snowboard Packages on the same winter ski and snowboard map that includes Sun Valley, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, Bogus Basin, Schweitzer, Brundage, Pomerelle, Pebble Creek, Soldier Mountain, Lost Trail and Kelly Canyon. Being located on the border of these two states gives Targhee a distinct and somewhat unusual advantage.
Like the winter sports promotional arm in Idaho, tourism officials in Cheyenne, Wyoming naturally also promote with gusto, skiing, snowboarding, and all winter sports in the Cowboy State. Topping the list of reputable resorts in their stable is none other than Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort. In fact, Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts are considered the top two ski resorts in all of Wyoming; these two ski and snowboard havens lend significant credibility to the Wyoming winter sports scene.
Nothing Like the Teton Valley for Snowboarding
There’s only one year-round Teton Valley, Idaho, resort that promotes the full array of winter recreation available in this area and that’s Teton Springs Resort, located in Victor. While Idaho’s skiing and snowboarding packages are also offered at other charming, often family owned Teton Valley hotel properties, Teton Springs is the only full-service resort in this eastern Idaho location that also offers winter activities on site.
Snowboard packages for Idaho resorts are particularly popular and this may surprise some as Teton Springs is perhaps better known as a premier golf destination, as their Headwaters Golf course was designed by the golf legend Byron Nelson. And anglers flock to Teton Springs during the spring/summer & fall months to fly fish on the world-renowned rivers nearby. However, the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers a full menu of winter adventure packages like heli skiing, and snowmobile excursions into the Big Hole Mountains. Guests can step outdoors from their accommodations and take a leisurely cross-country trek or snowshoe into the adjoining Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Snowboarding and Grand Targhee
Despite all of the dynamic winter activities one can sample in this Yellowstone-Teton region, it’s the snowboarding packages, particularly those that include riding at Grand Targhee, that prove the most popular, especially with families. There are many reasons snowboarders can’t resist the riding available at Targhee. There’s the snow. Soft, forgiving snow, and lots of it, puts Targhee in a snowboarder’s crosshairs for the best places to ride. And, floating through this lightest, driest snow in North America on a snowboard ends up spelling nirvana for the many visitors descending on this resort every year.