There is a good chance you found yourself over at Grand Targhee Resort a few more times than usual this year. With the great snow conditions and multiple days that the village has been closed, it is nice to know that we have another great skiing option to the west. If the drive seems a little daunting after a full day of skiing, I suggest breaking it up, or coming up with another equally bad excuse (wait till the traffic dies down, I drive better at night, etc.) to tell your friends in Jackson and stay over the pass to take advantage of some of their great après options. Often overlooked, there are plenty of options where you can get your après on before the journey home, whichever side of the pass that might be.
It’s not a secret anymore (although, we selfishly wish it still were) that Teton Valley, Wydaho—just over the-pass from its big sister, Jackson Hole, Wyoming—offers much more than just four sleepy one-horse towns. There’s no debating the recreational opportunities, stunning beauty, and uncompromised authentic mountain-town feel. But it’s the people of Teton Valley—a curious blend of rough-and-tumble locals, deep-rooted LDS potato farmers, and eclectic outdoor enthusiasts—who form a surprisingly harmonious culture. Think of the modern tapestry of personalities as the fur trappers who meshed with the valley’s Native Americans in the early 1800S. They isolated themselves in this high mountain region for a reason—one maybe not too far from our own—and built a community based on a sense of belonging that keeps people here for the long haul.