GRAND TARGHEE RESORT GUIDE

Grand Targhee

Grand Targhee Resort Overview

November 2020

**Grand Targhee will ONLY be selling tickets online for the 2021 season. Tickets must be purhchased prior to visiting the resort and beware, they may sell out. As of November, season passholders, friends and family lift tickets, and Mountain Collective passholders will NOT be required to book in advance.


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.

CLOSED for the season

Snow Reliability

Family Friendly

Snow-Making & Grooming

Travel Convenience

Terrain Variety

Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain

Ski School

Accommodations

On Mountain Dining

Quick Take

Let's Go

  • 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

Hesitations

  • 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

Insider Tips

  • 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

  • Consider splitting a week between Targhee, Jackson Hole and/or Big Sky. All three resorts are on the Mountain Collective and are close enough to split a week amongst

Trail Map

For an in-depth breakdown of Grand Targhee's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included. 

Grand Targhee

Getting To & Around

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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. 

Getting To

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

Closest Towns:

  • Driggs, ID:  ~12 miles, ~20 minutes drive

  • Victor, ID: ~20 miles, ~30 minutes drive

Neighboring Resorts

Closest Neighbors

  • 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

Grand Targhee offers shuttle service to/from Jackson Hole Airport and Idaho Falls Airport. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance

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

Grand Targhee