Yellowstone National Park in winter is even more spectacular than in summer


In honor of the United States’s National Park Services 100th anniversary on August 25th, Exodus Travels asked me to write about one of my most unique National Park experiences.

I’ve been to my share of national parks. (I also have some great photos from Glacier National Park here).

It was easy to choose what to write about. My winter visit to Yellowstone National Park was one of the most unique outdoors experiences I’ve had.

Yellowstone National Park receives far fewer visitors in the winter than in the summer. I guess that kind of makes sense. The snow makes it less accessible and most families take their vacations in the summer.

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Is Grand Targhee the Best Ski Resort in the USA?

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Me enjoying the deep powder and “free refills” that Targhee is famous for.

I have to admit, I’m a bit biased because I had such a fantastic time at Grand Targhee. Emilie and I met some fantastic people there. Our hosts, local ski pros Max and Gary Mackenzie, and their friends were super hospitable and easy to work with. The snow was great. The food was good. And the people (it’s our job to interview strangers on the hill, so we meet a lot of people) were the friendliest we’ve met on the tour.

That’s all fine and dandy, you might say, but how does it stack up to bigger, better-known hills like Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley?

Here’s how it compares.  

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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.

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Snowmobiling to Granite Springs

Snowmobiling is big business in the United States, with $23 billion being spent on the sport annually. Wyoming is a mecca for enthusiasts and first-timers alike. There are numeroustour operators in Jackson who offer snowmobile tours that range from a few hours to several days. The most enjoyable one-day tour for beginners is likely the popular Granite Springs Hot … Read more

Grand Targhee Powder Porn

After our time at Jackson Hole, Emilie and I headed to Grand Targhee.

Grand Targhee has amazing snow. The hill receives more than 500 inches of dry, light, Teton snow every year. If you don’t believe me, just ask a local.

I met up with a few local pros: snowboarder Amber Nelson and free skiers (and brothers) Gary and Max Mackenzie. They were awesome. They showed me the hill, took me hiking to some awesome hard-to-reach spots, and did some amazing riding for me to shoot. They even shot a few photos of me riding.

It was an epic two days. Good snow and great people. This is one hill I’ll be returning to soon.

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Sh*t People Say About Grand Targhee

We interviewed a bunch of skiers and snowboarders at Grand Targhee to find out why they keep coming back year after year. As you’ll see in the video. The snow is good– very good. And deep. And consistent. Did I mention that it’s deep? They also appreciated the value they got for their dollar there, and … Read more

Wyomings Magnificent Hotels

If one thing can be said of Wyoming’s hotels, it’s that they have a character that can’t be found anywhere else. Although they vary greatly in style and price, most of Wyoming’s hotels have a homey western atmosphere. The hotels included in this review are no exception. Read the whole post on the Tourism Wyoming … Read more