GRAND TAR G HE E, WYO.
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.