We kicked off our 2016 Idaho ski tour with a detour to Grand Targhee Resort. We say “detour” because the resort is actually located in Alta, WY but the only way to get there is through the town of Driggs, ID. The drive is an hour and a half West of Jackson, WY but it feels a lot shorter. The road from Jackson follows part of the Teton Scenic Byway in ID so as you can imagine, it is filled with stunning views to pass the time. The resort’s location, directly west of Grand Teton National Park, serves up what we think is the most head on, lift-served summit vistas of the Grand Teton, Middle Teton and South Teton’s rocky peaks. That and the resort’s uncrowded skiing and quality light, dry snow make Grand Targhee Resort well worth the trip.
Grand Targhee stays open longer than other Wyoming resorts. This year, it is scheduled to run lifts daily through April 17 and then for a bonus weekend April 22-24 (conditions permitting) so there’s still plenty of time to visit this season. Jackson Hole and Snow King close after April 3rd and Mar. 27th, respectively. It seems that no matter when we visit, Grand Targhee’s 2,602 acres and 2270 ft vertical drop always ski big. With more than 500 inches of light dry snow in an average year, it also gets deep. In fact, Grand Targhee was ranked No. 2 for Best Snow by Ski Magazine this year. The 91″ snow base was the deepest of all the resorts we visited so far on our road trip. Unlike most resorts with comparably big terrain, Grand Targhee remains remarkably uncrowded with no lift lines. We missed the last storm by nearly a week and, yet, plenty of light powder still remained. Amongst the 3 mountains comprising the resort, our steeps seeking team (TNT, Jason Hummel, Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts, Carl & Tara Simpson) found their favorite terrain (seen in below video) off Peaked Mountain (lift served to 9,830 ft but hiked further), Mary’s Nipple (hike in bounds to 9.,920 ft) and in their backcountry.