About 90 minutes north of Jackson Hole is the hidden gem of the Wyoming Tetons, Grand Targhee Resort. Rising high above the flat valley floor, Grand Targhee is sparse trees, snowy glades and powdery bowls. From the town of Alta, there is a beautiful mountain road winding up to the resort, and as you turn the last corner the slopes are startling — the groomers appear to go straight up the front face of the hill. And dotted throughout the terrain are trees — if you can call them that — glittering like snow sculptures brined with so much snow you can’t see any green.
With low-cost living and high-class skiing, Teton Valley, Idaho, might be the promised land for skiers. But can it survive its own love affair?