Grand Targhee

​Grand Targhee fans claim to ski on the sunny side of the Tetons, where the lift lines are short and the powder is plentiful. Located about an hour away from downtown Jackson with a weather dependent drive, this resort sees much less skier traffic than its larger neighbor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Skiing at Grand Targhee can be the perfect day escape from Jackson Hole’s steeps and holiday crowds. Anticipate terrain with wide open faces, excellent groomers, and sparse trees.

Because of the mountain’s orientation, huge storms from the West Coast pummel the slopes with powder and give the resort its nickname “Grand Foggy.” The powder can be so deep some days the resort should have a required height to load the lifts so no child gets left behind on the mountain. If it’s not snowing, the flawless corduroy and bluebird vistas towards the backside of the Grand Teton are unforgettable. This is a family mountain and the majority of the 1,500 skiable acres are friendly to all ability levels.

Don’t expect to see Kjus jackets in the lift lines or fur boots in the lodges, the locals here pride themselves on being down to earth. All of the on mountain dining is located at the base of the resort, just steps away from your ride to the top, Dreamcatcher Lift. The Targhee Trading Post provides snacks, hand warmers, and other quick necessities. The Branding Iron offers chic dining options, while Trap Bar has more basic fare and a mild après ski scene.

If you’re staying around Grand Targhee, you’ll have to go to Driggs, ID and Victor, ID for your after ski thrills. The towns are basic and have limited shopping so don’t forget any essentials at home. Most people make Grand Targhee a day trip from Jackson Hole, so before you head back over Teton Pass be sure to stop in Victor, ID for dinner. Locals have been raving about the unique dining experience at Scratch, a relatively new restaurant that makes all of its cuisine from scratch as you order it. If you’re in need of pizza and local brews, the Wildlife Brewery has the best of both in the entire area. Although the nightlife around Grand Targhee is limited, the Knotty Pine is a hotspot for live music in the winter.
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Contact Info:

3300 E. Ski Hill Road, Alta, 83414    
Phone: 307-353-2300
Snow Report: 800-827-4433

Nestled on the western slope of the Grand Tetons, Grand Targhee Resort is a short drive from Jackson Hole, WY airport or Idaho Falls, ID airport. Rental cars are available at both airports. Private aircraft can be accommodated at the Driggs, ID FBO, only 15 miles from Grand Targhee (23 minutes).

Driving Directions

From Jackson Hole airport:

Exit airport. Turn right on Hwy. 89/191.
Go to the town square in Jackson (square will be on your left).
Turn right on Broadway towards Wilson, Hwy. 22.
Turn right on Hwy. 22/Teton Pass-Wilson ("Y" intersection at Phillips 66 station, follow right lane for exit).
Go through Wilson, WY. and over Teton Pass (Hwy. 22, steep mountain pass, 10% grades, beautiful views).
Idaho state line is at west base of pass. WY. Hwy. 22 becomes Idaho Hwy. 33.
Follow Hwy. 33 through Victor, Id. to Driggs, Id. Turn right at the traffic light and Key Bank (Ski Hill Road).
Follow Ski Hill Road for about 6 blocks. You will reach a fork. Bear left and continue on Ski Hill Road.
Remain on Ski Hill Road through Alta, WY.
Ski Hill Road ends at Grand Targhee Resort.

From Idaho Falls Airport:

Exit airport and turn left on Grandview Drive/Hwy. 20 (towards West Yellowstone).
Proceed on Hwy. 20 for approximately 30 miles.
After the third Rexburg exit and at the next exit, you will see a brown sign that reads "Targhee Recreation Area, Teton Hwy. 33" on the right.
Take that exit and stay on Hwy. 33 to Driggs, Id.
Go through town and turn left at the traffic light and Key Bank on to Ski Hill Road.
Follow Ski Hill Road for about 6 blocks. You will reach a fork. Bear left and the road becomes Ski Hill Road.
Remain on Ski Hill Road through Alta, WY, Ski Hill Road ends at Grand Targhee Resort.