Grand Targhee Resort
- Type: Skiing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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For those of you who aren't quite ready for the black diamond slopes at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Grand Targhee Resort offers easier, more family friendly runs. Located in Alta, Wyo. -- a small town about 45 miles northwest of Jackson -- this resort has claimed two of the Teton Mountains as its own. The resort boasts more than 1,500 acres of lift-served ski terrain that sees an average of 500 inches of snowfall each year. A sizeable portion of the resort caters to beginning and intermediate skiers, plus you can take ski lessons at Grand Targhee. However, recent visitors say that more advanced powder hounds will find several runs that cater to their skill level as well.
As for the resort itself, previous visitors express mixed sentiments. While many praise the spectacular views, reasonable prices and family-friendly atmosphere, others are disappointed by Grand Targhee's remote location and the declining quality of the ski slopes. "The runs are not groomed nearly as well as past years," notes one TripAdvisor user. "[There is] no consistency from day to day on what is groomed."
Grand Targhee Resort is open year-round, offering visitors a variety of warmer-weather activities (such as mountain biking, hiking and swimming). The ski area is open from mid-November to April, with lifts operating between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day. Full-day lift tickets in the winter cost $69 for adults with significant discounts offered for seniors and children younger than age 12. For more information, check out the Grand Targhee Resort website.