In first grade at St. Pius X School, Sister Thomas gave my class a free period each week to reflect upon our sins. Inspired by a library book about sea animals, I sometimes spent it daydreaming about riding a walrus, which I admired for its immensity and the fact it could swim faster than cars were allowed to drive in my neighborhood. It conjured a feeling that was equal parts ponderous and agile; atop a walrus, I would be nimble among obstacles, yet able to plow through anything unavoidable.
The ridgeline cut a toothy silhouette across the eastern sky. The stillness in the air, a serene contrast to the dramatic peaks piercing the horizon, was undercut only by the heartbeat pounding in my chest. The Buffalo Drop loomed. On the previous lap I’d taken the cheater line around the aptly named feature. The rock roll feels as though you’re jumping a mountain bike into a steep landing off the back of the largest bison imaginable. My ego couldn’t stomach skipping it again. It wasn’t that large. Not compared to the gargantuan Tetons I was gaping at, anyway.
A Skier’s Guide to Grand Targhee, Wyoming By Powder Magazine January 14, 2019 Grand Targhee Resort is the powder skier’s mountain where consistent storms drop over 500″ of snow per year. Located on the western slope of the Tetons, our base elevation of 7,850′ keeps us covered top-to-bottom from opening day to closing weekend. Whether […]
Teton Teepee Reopens Under New Ownership Words by Julia Telman – Teton Valley News Jun 8, 2017 Alma and Dan Anderson, who purchased the lodge at the beginning of 2017, have traveled extensively. Dan was a sea captain by trade and said he never wants to see another palm tree. They spent the last several […]
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.
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?
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.