ARTICLE/ HIDDEN GEM: GRAND TARGHEE
Two hundred and forty-two.
At the time of writing, that’s how many inches of snow Wyoming’s Grand Targhee has been blessed with this season You can bet skiers and boarders have been clamoring to stake their claims. A jewel of the Teton Range, Targhee should be your next destination in the eternal quest for airy powder, soul-satisfying mountain views and classic winter fun. The race for powder can be an intense one, but it’s about a lot more than bragging rights. Without cameras or social media, hounds would still be up in the wee hours to chase after pristine blankets of snow. Carving fresh cheddar is one of those feelings you just can’t get enough of.
Grand Targhee is more than equipped to handle your cravings: Take the lift up Fred’s Mountain for some wide cruisers, or test your skills down some of the double-blacks on Peaked Mountain. If you’re still not satiated, book a Snowcat or backcountry tour for the best in untouched terrain.
There are plenty of other ways to satisfy the need for speed at Targhee. Kids will have fun shredding the Shoshone Adventure Zone or Tubing Park, and less vertically-obsessed skiers can glide along the Nordic Connector and Snowdrift Loop. Once the sun sets or your legs give out, whichever happens first, bring everyone down to the arcade for some coin-operated competition. If you have something more rustic in mind, a sleigh ride through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will shuttle you to a hearty alpine supper, where you can refuel for your next big day on the powdery slopes.