GRAND TARGHEE RESORT GUIDE
Grand Targhee Resort Overview
You’ll find an authentic taste of the wild west served alongside heaping platters of powder at Wyoming’s Grand Targhee Resort. 500+ inches of light, airy snow coat the slopes each winter and there’s no better place to escape. The snow is so good, Targhee even offers a 'Snow Check' guarantee!
A car is necessary to enjoy this remote locale. Lodging is available at Grand Targhee's small base village or in the two nearby Idaho towns: Driggs (12 miles away) or Victor (20 miles away). Local vacation rentals abound, ideal for groups or families. Less extreme than the terrain of nearby Jackson Hole, Targhee has a fantastic beginners’ area and plenty of glades, powder pockets, and sweeping groomers to keep intermediate and advanced riders stoked. This nice terrain mix, accentuated by jaw-dropping Teton views make Targhee a gem. Grand Targhee recently joined the Mountain Collective and offers reciprocal deals with other ski areas like Copper Mountain and Mount Bohemia—check their pass page here.
Targhee makes for a perfect weekend getaway, without any glitz or glam but tons of rustic hospitality. Arriving is the biggest hurdle, as winter driving conditions can be brutal and it’s pricey to fly into Jackson Hole Airport.
Snow-Making & Grooming
On Mountain Dining
Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain
The views of Grand Teton National Park alone make this resort worthy of visiting and it's remote locations means you really get away from it all
Reliably (and guaranteed) good snow and fun terrain—don't miss the affordable cat skiing packages!
Great for kids! Learning areas, animated trails, and fun zones keep them entertained and motivated
Rustic, approachable, and unpretentious vibe, it's Western hospitality at its finest
500+ annual inches of powder snow and fun hike-to terrain when avalanche conditions permit
Tough to get to if you don’t live in the region—requires a long drive or an expensive flight to Jackson Hole or into Idaho Falls, which has few connections
Visibility can be difficult at times, locals fondly call it ‘Grand Foggy'
Though delicious and satisfying, there are limited après and dining options at the resort
Accommodation options at the resort village are somewhat limited and some units need updating
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Wyadho Nachos at the Trap Bar—made with Idaho waffle fries instead of chips!
Be prepared for the weather here. Bring a spare goggle lens with a clear tint—if the fog rolls in, you’ll be grateful. Also, the temps in this region can plummet into double-digit negatives so pack a down jacket and ample layering options
Camper vans and RVs are permitted in the parking lot; if renting a vehicle locally, go for the 4WD—you’ll need it, especially if you plan to visit Jackson Hole which requires a trip over treacherous Teton Pass
There are some great dining options in the nearby towns of Driggs or Victor in Idaho
For an in-depth breakdown of Grand Targhee's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included.
Getting To & Around
Though it can be a challenge to travel to Grand Targhee, once you get there, you are truly away from it all. Targhee lacks the bustling crowds of neighboring Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. You'll want a 4WD or AWD vehicle to visit this seldom crowded, yet charming, rustic, resort with wonderful powder.
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City, UT
Distance: ~300 miles South West, Travel time: ~5-6 hours (in winter conditions)
Nearby Bigger Cities with Regional Airports:
Jackson Hole, WY: ~55 miles, Travel time, ~1.5 hours drive
Idaho Falls: ~84 miles, Travel time: ~1.5 hours drive
Driggs, ID: ~12 miles, ~20 minutes drive
Victor, ID: ~20 miles, ~30 minutes drive
Jackson Hole, WY (~45 miles, ~70 minutes)
Other resorts on the Ikon & Mountain Collective Passes are further away, some of the "closest" include
Big Sky, MO (155 miles, ~3 hours)
Resorts in the Utah Wasatch Range - Park City, Alta, Brighton, Deer Valley, Snowbird and Solitude are ~270 - 320 miles away, ~4.5 - 5 hours driving in fair weather (this drive is particularly heinous in bad weather with frequent road closures, high winds and terrifying blowing/drifting snow)
Travel by Plane
Closest regional airport: Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
JAC has direct flights to 12 major cities in the U.S. and is also accessible by private plane
~1.5 hours drive to the resort
Other nearby regional airports:
Idaho Falls (IDA) is a small regional airport with limited connections, though can be less expensive than flights to JAC. It is also private plane accessible
Driggs, ID also has a small airport that services private planes only
Closest major commercial airport: SLC (Salt Lake City International Airport)
~300 miles South West, ~5-6 hrs
Travel By Bus
Travel by Car
Having a car is absolutely essential here. Do not try to save money by skipping the 4WD or AWD option!
Pros: Parking is free at the resort and camper vans/RVs are permitted overnight
Cons: None, just make sure to have four wheel drive
Ride shares: (e.g., Uber, Lyft) are not available here