I stayed here in December 2011 because it was the only resort that seemed to have a promising snow forecast.
We normally ski in Lake Tahoe (why fly when it's only a 3 hour drive?) but the winter of 2011-2012 had very little snow. So off to Targhee I went for a solo ski trip. My wife is a really, really great person :)
I stayed for two weeks at the onsite Sioux Lodge. The accomodations are basic but who cares? You are right on the mountain and park about 10 yards (if that) from your room. The bed was comfy, in-room sink, microwave, mini-fridge, etc.
It was also quiet. I've stayed a Squaw Valley and have been woken up by the groomers every night sometimes. I did have a corner room in the back so that probably helped. When I booked on the phone the agent set me up with that!
It was a super high value. The staff were all very cool. The (very) small town of Driggs has some nice places. I went to the Irish bar in town to watch a game and it was great. There is a sundries shop onsite for drinks, snacks, food, etc. The Trap Bar is great. I had dinner there many nights. They lock the door early sometimes but then the staff and locals come in or stay as the case may be. I asked if I could stay and soon I was a regular. Got to meet the head chef, head of operations, etc. etc. All really nice people.
The other eating at the resort is good. I splurged on one dinner at the Branding Iron and it was delicious. And I'm from the SF Bay Area :)
Re the mountain - it's really nice. I'm used to bigger places (my favorite is Alpine Meadows at Tahoe) but this place has some nice terrain. Granted, you need to hike to some of it (just like at Alpine) but if you are not into hiking, you can get a LOT of cycles on some very good stuff (some steeps, some trees, some bumps, etc.) I've been skiing for 35+ years and still do 20+ ft cornice drops so have some experience. Just drops, no more jumping since I fractured my hip on a bad landing from a high double daffy many moons ago :)
I talked with a lot of folks about Jackson Hole (which I have skiied) and they said it had much less snow at that time. Also it is now very pricy. Folks from Jackson were coming over to Grand Targhee to ski.
Since there was thin cover I did hack up the bases of my new skis a bit. On the night before I left I dropped them at the pro shop (the staff there were great!) and they had them all freshened up by early the next morning when I had to leave. Very very good work and they were ready for my next trip.
I flew into Idaho Falls and the drive was about 1.5 hours and not over bad terrain. It looks like it could get windy and such but my days were good. The drive from Driggs up to Targhee rises quickly and there was a fair amount of snow on the road. You can also fly into Jackson. The drive is shorter but goes over some higher terrain. I chose Idaho Falls for the price and schedule.
The main negative was that my Sprint cell didn't work! No near tower I guess.
Otherwise, nothing bad I can say.
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