SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 - —Jessi Hack­ett


When two of its great­est strengths are Value and Snow, it’s a won­der that Grand Targhee isn’t the con­ti­nent’s most-vis­ited re­sort. After all, what skier doesn’t want to schuss abun­dant pow­der on the cheap? But alas, this mo­mand-pop re­sort is still a true hid­den gem. Lo­cated an hour’s drive west of Jack­son Hole over Te­ton Pass, Targhee pleases its fans not only with af­ford­able ski­ing and great snow (more than 500 an­nual inches, typ­i­cally), but also with laud­able scenery, the re­sort sit­ting be­neath the back­side of the Te­tons as it does. Of­fer­ing an un­crowded al­ter­na­tive to the touristy hub of Jack­son, Targhee is un­pre­ten­tious, with a great lo­cal vibe that makes ev­ery­one feel like fam­ily. And the ski­ing. Well, it’s var­ied, from the rol­lick­ing Kids Fun Zone off the Shoshone Lift to the no­to­ri­ously steep wall of chutes, such as Pink Slip and Toi­let Bowl—found off of the Sa­ca­jawea Lift—to the play­ful tree ski­ing of Painted Pony on Mary’s Nip­ple Peak. The moun­tain’s near­est town of Driggs, Idaho has an au­then­tic at­mos­phere with af­ford­able lodg­ing and shut­tle ser­vice be­tween town and the re­sort. If you find your­self there after dark, stop into Te­ton Thai for spicy Pad Thai, Pineap­ple Fried Rice, and warm sake shared among friends. The way ski­ing was meant to be.

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