Nestled on the west side of the famous Teton Range, the Grand Targhee Ski Resort is arguably one of the most popular yet tranquil resorts in the country. The resort’s name is a direct reference to both the 13,000 feet high Grand Teton Summit and to Chief Targhee, which was the great head chief of the Bannock people who lived in the region in the 1860s.
The resort consists of two mountains: Fred Mountain and Peaked Mountain, totaling 2,400 acres. The former features 1500 acres and 2200 vertical feet of ground, accessible via four different chairlifts. The latter is fully equipped with a high-speed quad, giving open access to 602 acres of snowcat skiing and tree skiing. Combined, the two mountains receive over 500 inches of snow annually, making Grand Targhee Ski Resort a veritable heaven on Earth for winter sports aficionados. Those who would rather not ski can opt for one of the many other activities available onsite, like tubing, snowshoeing, sleigh ride dinners and numerous spa services. The hotel has several different types of rooms on offer, from simple suites to accommodating townhomes.
The resort is also accessible in the summertime, for some of the most striking hiking trails in the United States.
Grand Targhee Resort is located in Alta, WY, 42 miles (68 kilometers) northwest of Jackson, WY, but is only accessible by road via Driggs in neighboring Idaho. The resort is open both in winter and summer time. Lift hours are 9am to 4pm daily, and full-day lift tickets cost $73 for adults, $51 for seniors and $32 for juniors ages 6-12. Half-day lift tickets cost $58 for adults, $41 for seniors and $30 for youth.