Overall Rating

Grand Targhee

Grand Targhee4.5/59
Grand Targhee4.5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
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Grand Targhee - Reviews

Grand Targhee - Reviews

Now Just One of the Best US Powder Hound Destinations

POWDERHOUNDS.COM10/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

Now Just One of the Best US Powder Hound Destinations

POWDERHOUNDS.COM10/05/2019
More than 8" in the gullies
Top Dog revelling in the fresh
Eat my dust
Grand Targhee Resort
A trip to Yellowstone National Park
Grand Targhee used to hold the coveted position as the best US ski area for powder hounds as rated by Powderhounds.com, but it’s going down to the wire as we finalise our reviews because it’s no longer a deserted ski area (and many other powder gems are also become increasingly busier). The locals reported that Grand Targhee has got much busier in the past 6-7 years, and that was our experience too (at least they can’t blame the Ikon Pass!). Instead of freshies lasting all day as in the past, it was more of a 2 hour proposition. Of course it’s all relative and lots of Americans would think Grand Targhee was super quiet, especially compared to Jackson Hole and the many other high profile US ski resorts. It’s no wonder that when Americans head to Niseko Japan (the busiest ski resort in Japan) that they think Niseko is uncrowded! It all comes down to what you’re used to.

We stayed for a few days (you can see our review of the Teewinot Lodge). Initially there were a couple of non-powder days and the groomed runs at Grand Targhee were pretty impressive for a few hours, but then we got bored (apologies but we’re powder hounds and need a daily fix of powder!). Thankfully the storm arrived and we were greeted one morning with 8” of incredibly light dry powder. This was awesome, except the snow was so light that I could feel most of the bumps underneath. One exception was when I went in waist deep on Ladies’ Waist!

Overall, Grand Targhee remains a rather extraordinary ski area for powder hounds. It’s not as good as one of the lesser known Japanese ski areas, but by US standards it offers a reasonable chance of scoring freshies. Most of the terrain isn’t particularly steep, but when the snow is on, which it is often, it’s a mighty lot of fun.

See the Grand Targhee overview for our thoughts on the pros and cons of Grand Targhee, and also see the US ski resort ratings to see how it stacks up.

Tar

Joe08/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Tar

Joe08/03/2016
AMAZING

Gives the cottonwoods a run for their money

Timber05/08/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17

Gives the cottonwoods a run for their money

Timber05/08/2014
One of the best places I've been. I went there and in two days 42 inches of powder fell and it was rad! The wind took its toll on the snow later on but really a sweet resort.

Great people, great snow and the base was pretty great to. Love it!

Great, laid back field

Bruce Northwood05/02/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Great, laid back field

Bruce Northwood05/02/2014
Targhee can be a mighty field when it snows- but it didn't when we there. Off trail was tracked out and hard snow, so we stuck to the trails. Which were fine - but don't expect a lot of variety. Lots of interesting other stuff to do - snow shoeing, snow bikes, Yellowstone not far away.

Wydaho Gem

HB21/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Wydaho Gem

HB21/10/2012
Targhee is worth the trip over Teton pass if you're spending some time in Jackson. There are hardly ever lift lines even on deep days so if you're looking for all day laps this is the place. Great sidecountry access as well. Ticket prices are reasonable. Check out the knotty pine down the road for their show line ups for apres or just a solid meal.

Great Experience!!

Josh Geisinger24/09/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great Experience!!

Josh Geisinger24/09/2011
This truly is a gem in the midst of the Grand Tetons...

The first time we went out there was 2001 and again twice since. After being to Steamboat, driving up to the base area at the "ghee" was kind of like leaving the city for the country! I was in line at the lift 10 minutes before it opened, maybe 7 or 8 people in front of me! That was the day my heart went to the mountains, awesome views and some decent snow to boot. I only knew one person at the time back home in Minnesota who had ever heard of the joint!

To be truthful our mission was Jackson Hole, but a local told us if you want powder go to Targhee forget about the village. Thus, Grand Targhee has stolen my heart since that awesome day January 01'..........

My Ski-Resort, which I truly love!!!

Herbert L Scott jr27/07/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50

My Ski-Resort, which I truly love!!!

Herbert L Scott jr27/07/2011
I love my home town Ski-Resort. Very-very deeply!!!!

Grand Indeed

Simon Rees28/08/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Grand Indeed

Simon Rees28/08/2010
Grand Targhee nestled on the western side of the Grand Tetons is a fantastic ski experience. Having skied here on several ski holidays I have always had fresh powder snow to rip up. The resort itself has beautiful tree glades and amazing powder bowls to immerse yourself in. In February 2010 I got 2 days of knee to waist deep powder.

Crowds are minimal even on a Saturday! It is generally ski straight onto the chair all day.

Nightlife is pretty quiet but if you are there to ski, a beer and jacuzzi is about all you might handle.

I stayed in Driggs at Motel 8 and did the drive up the hill and found it to be pretty easy.

Grand Targhee - Grand Indeed

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Grand Targhee - Grand Indeed

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
Grand Targhee has been rated by us as one of six ski resorts that scores full marks as a Powderhounds ski destination (that takes into account the factors of quality and quantity of powder, a lack of crowds, and quality advanced and expert terrain). The Powderhounds are obviously impressed with Grand Targhee in Wyoming!

Pros: the abundant snow is from “heaven (not from hoses)”; uncrowded slopes so there are plenty of opportunities for freshies; variety of alpine and treed terrain; fantastic for intermediates and powderhounds on the L plates; family friendly; convenient ski in ski out lodgings; and very affordable.

Cons: minimal white knuckle terrain relative to Jackson Hole; and a relatively dull nightlife. And if all that powder in-bounds isn’t enough for you, there’s also good backcountry access and cat skiing adjacent to the resort.