Grand Targhee Micro Guide

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In our quest to visit some of the best ski resorts in the western U.S. to decipher which will provide the best vacation experience for skiers and snowboarders like you, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve been interviewing locals, taking photos of local skiers and boarders tearing up their hometown hill, and then stuffing all the information we gather into these multi-media micro guides.  The video contains the core information, which is expanded on below with a written summary and location addresses and maps.

The best way to use this guide is to bookmark it on your phone, so you can get to it when you’re out and about, and really need to use it.

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Grand Targhee Micro Guide Part 1: The Hill

Whenever I show up at a new hill, even with a map, I never know where to go.  I always wish I had a local to show me. So, I’ve made this annotated map of Grand Targhee that includes suggestions made by locals about where to go

grand targhee map small


For the Hardcore:

If you’re looking for steeps and powder, there are three spots on Grand Targhee you have to visit. First, take the Dreamcatcher Chair to the top and then head left to the Medicines (the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Eastwoods). Alternatively, you can traverse right and then hike up Mary’s Nipple, or hit the double-black diamond pitches off the left of the Sacajawea Chair.

For the Park Rats:

Grand Targhee’s park is not as big as it has been in years past. What there is can be found beneath the lower section of the Dreamcatcher Chair.

For the Groomer Cruisers:

You’ll want to take the Dreamcatcher Chair to the top and then go right to Crazy Horse or left to Wild Turkey. Both will get you down the hill fast.

For the Snowplowers:

Grand Targhee has one of the best learning areas I’ve seen. The Shoshone Chair offers access to an large area of slow, well-groomed runs as well as easy tree runs filled with fun decorations for the kids.

Grand Targhee Micro Guide Part 2: Where to Eat

On the Hill

The Trap
Great beer, food, people, and live music most days at the base of the hill. Adults only.
3300 Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY
(307) 353-2300
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Off the Hill

Teton Thai
The best Thai food in Driggs. Definitely holds it’s own against restaurants in larger cities.
18 N Main St.
Driggs, ID
(307) 733-0022
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Wildlife Brewery
Great local micro brews and pub food.
145 S. Main St.
Victor, ID
(208) 787-2623
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Highly recommended pizza, great for families.
42 E Little Ave.
Driggs, ID
(208) 354-8115
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Grand Targhee Micro Guide Part 3: What to do Off the Hill

Grand Targhee is not a huge tourist destination like many resorts. However, for the adventurous, there are lots of excellent off-hill activities, like snowmobiling, mountain biking, fishing, and hunting — and there are much smaller crowds to share them with. The area also has some excellent local music and an abundance of friendly locals to enjoy it with.

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