Wyoming, United States
Grand Targhee Resort is located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Alta, Wyoming. It is 42 miles northwest of Jackson, Wyoming, accessible by road only by way of Driggs, Idaho. The resort has lodging, a spa, retail stores, and conference facilities. On the west side of the famous Teton Range, it is located 8 miles (13 km) northwest of the Grand Teton, and the majority of the slopes at Grand Targhee face west.
The ski resort has three quad-chairs ( two are high-speed detachable), one double chair, and one conveyor. The greatest vertical drop is 2419 feet (737 m). It is rated as 85% Difficult and 15% Advanced in skiing. There are also Nordic skiing trails, snowshoeing, snowcat adventures, and activities that include sleighride dinners and dogsled tours. Grand Targhee is famous for abundant "champagne powder" snow. It averages over 500 inches of snowfall per season which ranks it among the top four ski resorts in North America. This is impressive where it is 670 miles inland and the snow that falls is nearly always dry powder snow. The reason for the abundant snowfall is twofold. First, the area is on the west slope or "wet" side of the 13700 feet Grand Tetons and, second, because there is a moisture channel through the Rocky Mountains formed by the Snake River Plain that channels moisture to the west slope of the Tetons all the way from the Pacific Ocean.
The resort has two terrain parks that are slated for removal during the 2009 /2010 season.
Summertime offers scenic chairlift rides, kids camps, music festivals, a bluegrass festival, and the 9 hole Targhee Village golf course. Grand Targhee is also within close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.