The Snow Report
Grand Targhee is a petite resort (five lifts get 7,200 people per hour up 72 trails) in the gorgeous—and remote—west slopes of the Tetons, a three-hour drive south of Yellowstone. It gets a fairly high number of powder days per season (18 percent) and 500 inches of annual snowfall.
Kids’ amenities here are comprehensive: there’s a great tube park ($10 per day, good for fun-loving adults too); the “Mini Moose” program for ages two to five has a chunk of the hill devoted to it; and for $120, you can get your kid childcare plus a group lesson and lunch.
For grownups, the beginner-level “Start Me Up” package includes a group lesson, a lift ticket, and a full-day rental for $89 (intermediates get the same deal for $99). And the adaptive ski program welcomes people with developmental disabilities.
If you’re into alternative snow activities, GT’s your jam: It’s one of America’s only resorts to encourage snow biking on its groomed Nordic trails: The activity costs $10 per day, and you can rent a snow bike at $35 for four hours. Also unique here is the sleigh-ride dinner tour, during which a cowboy-guided, horse-drawn cart pulls you to a yurt for a thoroughly Western-themed meal. On weekends, watch the free avalanche-dog demos if you’re curious to see how canines will find you and pull you out should you ever get buried.
The resort’s small, quaint pedestrian village offers a decent restaurant and nightlife scene, plus three slopeside hotels—Teewinot Lodge, Sioux Lodge, and Targhee Lodge—that, together, add up to 98 rooms and suites. If you prefer more private accommodations, book one of the more than 50 vacation rentals within 10 miles of here. Camping’s available too, if you’ve got the gear to withstand a winter overnight in Wyoming.
In early January, the USMMA Ski Mountaineering Classic brings top mountaineers to race an intense randonee course up and across the ’Ghee.
CONTACT: (800) 827-5544, grandtarghee.com
SEASON: Late November to mid-April
TICKETS: General: $69 ($45 for military personnel), ages 6 to 12: $29, ages 65 and older: $44, ages 5 and younger: free