Grand Targhee Ski Resort  

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3300 E. Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414
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Overview by Dina Mishev

If it's powder that you are searching for, Grand Targhee, on the western slopes of the Tetons and an hour's drive from Jackson, is a must-visit. "Snow from heaven, not hoses" is Targhee's mantra. There is not a single snowmaking machine anywhere on the mountain and Targhee still has more snow that almost any other resort in the country. Storms traveling eastward from the Pacific often get "stuck" on the west side of the massive Tetons and dump twice as much powder there as on the eastern side of the range.

In a good year, Targhee will get over 600 inches—50 feet—of snow; in an average year, they will get 504 inches. In a great year, like '96-'97, they can get nearly 60 feet (just under 700 inches) of snow. "We really only need 350 inches to operate fully and have great powder though," said Susie Barnett-Bushong, Targhee's marketing director. "Five hundred and 600 inches a year are almost a nightmare for us. Other resorts would kill to have our snow problem, but 350 inches is really all we need." Targhee lifties that have been at the resort for decades cannot remember the last time Targhee had less than 400 inches of snow, "if ever," they say. Targhee usually opens earlier and closes later than Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Opened the day after Christmas in 1969, Grand Targhee was bought by George Gillett, the man who previously transformed Vail into the country's most popular resort, in 1996. After nearly four decades of well-meaning but inexperienced owners, Targhee now has a knowledgeable helmsman, and it started to show instantly. Gillett and his Booth Creek Ski Holdings immediately began implementing improvements on the mountain. A

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Average Snowfall
500 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2270 feet
10% beginner, 70% intermediate, 20% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
November to April
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Closest Airport
Jackson Hole Airport (17.19 miles)

Weather for Grand Targhee

Current Conditions:
Fair, 36 F
Wed - Sunny. High: 66 Low: 36
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 64 Low: 34
Fri - Partly Cloudy. High: 69 Low: 33
Sat - Sunny. High: 72 Low: 35
Sun - Sunny. High: 67 Low: 30

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  • Ski Lifts Open:
    5 of 5
  • Trails:
    89 of 95
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 02:32 PM

Traveler Reviews of Grand Targhee

richard rates Grand Targhee
great spot for a rocky mountain family ski trip its not the easiest place to get to, but once your there the short lift lines the reasonable prices and friendly nature of the resort and nearby towns make up for it. the on mountain amenities are adequete the focus is more on a high end skiing experience than high end amenities. we stayed down the hill in a house off of ski hill road whiched worked well for 12 of us. if you are lucky enough to have a sunny day there is no better place for a post mountain beer than the plaza in one of the adirondac chairs. Pros: Great for kids, Well maintained, Short lines.
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