Guided Snowcat Adventures

  • Average Run: 2,000′ vertical feet
  • Longest: 2,200′ vertical feet
  • Daily: 12,000′ to 15,000′ vertical feet
  • Average number of runs: 8 – 10
  • Max Daily Capacity: 24 People

Where can you access 602 acres of untracked powder, expertise from professional guides, and the powder experience of a lifetime? Only with Grand Targhee Snowcat Adventures. You and eleven other skiers and boarders will experience 12,000 to 15,000 vertical feet in just one day of unbelievable deep, dry Teton powder in our vast terrain only accessible to Snowcat Adventures. Cruise through open bowls, endless glades, and steep tree pitches with Wyoming’s only cat skiing.

Snowcat Adventure Pricing
Full Day (9:00am – 4:00pm)
(includes hot beverages, lunch & snacks)
Full Day Private Snowcat – 12 seats for the price of 10 $TBA
Half Day Private Snowcat – 12 seats for the price of 10 $TBA

Advanced reservations for Snowcat Adventures are required. Please call the Activity Center at ext. 1355. Check-in begins at 8:00am with base departure at 9:00am for full day or 1:00pm for half day guests.

Want to rent a private snowcat or two for the day?

Call the Activity Center to inquire about full day private snowcat rentals. The Grand Targhee Resort team can provide a full day of activities with private catered functions for up to 24 people with two private snowcats on over 600 acres of your own snowcat terrain. You will have a mountain to yourself for the day. Corporate retreats, private ski and snowboard demos, birthday parties, the possibilities are endless… Private snowcat package starts at $3790 for 12 people. Call 307.353.2300 ext. 1355 to book your private snowcat experience today!

Powder Day Photography

Photos of your adventure are often available for additional cost; to view/order photos taken, visit Powder Day Photography.

Equipment Rentals

It is common for guides to recommend appropriate equipment that match the existing conditions, as it will enhance your enjoyment, as well as the entire group. For more information and to familiarize yourself with the demo selections, please visit the Grand Targhee Rental Shop & Demo Center.

Teton Mountain Outfitters / The Board Shop

Teton Mountain Outfitters and The Board Shop at Grand Targhee Resort can provide everything you’ll need for your Snowcat Adventure. For more information, visit our Slopeside Retail Stores.

Snow Guarantee and Cancellation Policies

Snowcat Check:  Our Super Snow Guarantee applies to our Snowcat Adventures, too; if a guest is not satisfied with conditions for any reason after their first run, they may request a Snow Check good for another day valid for one calendar year. Snowcat guarantees are valid for one year from the date of the original trip. Snowcat check has no cash value and is not transferable. The snowcat guest will also be issued a ticket for skiing valid for the day of original snowcat trip. Complimentary snowcat trips are not eligible.

Refund: If Grand Targhee Resort cancels the trip, the guest will receive a full refund or be issued a snowcat check if requested by guest.

Request more information about Snowcat Adventures.

The Grand Targhee Resort Snowcat Adventures guide team are professional fun-seekers, known as the “Cat-Pack”, they are as passionate about showing guests a fun and safe time in our untracked bowls, ridges, and aspen glades as they are about insuring you find the deepest powder turns available in the Teton Mountains.


Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Richie Carlson

After discovering the Tetons in 2002, Richie traded a suit and tie for a snowboard and never looked back. As the main guide of Grand Targhee Snowcat Adventures, Richie has the unique opportunity to ensure you have the best day of skiing possible. When not guiding on the mountain, Richie extends his his deep-seated passion to the valley he calls come. Richie is a member of the Teton Valley Foundation, the nonprofit behind Music on Main and a number of popular area events. When the snow starts to melt, Richie escapes to Indonesia to surf Crowbar Reef until his secret Teton Valley fishing spots run clear.


Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Eric Anderson

As one of the most photographed skiers in the Tetons, you’ve probably already laid eyes on EA in one of his numerous photo spreads in catalogs and Powder Magazine. When EA isn’t dialing in the perfect line and light in front of the camera, he is your guide to the very best the mountain has to offer on any given day. His enthusiasm and genuine appreciation for his fortunate lifestyle is the second most contagious thing on the powder cat, after ‘powder fever.’ EA has a lifetime of guiding under his belt with over 2 decades of guiding the South Fork of the Snake River and Henry’s Fork along with wintering right here at Targhee. He is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that provides fishing and outdoor opportunities for veterans.


Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Beach Huntsman

For the last 23 years, Beach has been a self-proclaimed migrant seasonal worker in the outdoor industry. Whether guiding western rivers and cooking at a wilderness hunting camp or putting you in the “pow zone,” you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer guide anywhere. Beach appreciates all that the annual water cycle has to offer and has spent nearly 2 decades chasing whitewater around the globe, guiding in Idaho, Ecuador, and Nepal before he finally settled in Teton Valley to manage the family ranch in Victor, Idaho. He also dedicates his time to the betterment of the valley as an active member of the Teton Valley Land Trust.


Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Helen

Helen joins the Cat-Pack after five years with the Grand Targhee Resort Ski Patrol. A Georgia native, Helen is adding “farmer” to her list of occupations that includes rock climber and mountain biker.  After a long season of farming Targhee powder, Helen turns her attention to farming a burgeoning veggie crop at an organic farm in Teton Valley.



Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Jenny Field Hawkes

A believer that any day on snow is a good day, Jenny leverages her 15 years of ski instruction experience to ensure that your cat skiing experience includes all the tips and tricks you need to enjoy a beautiful day out on a Snowcat Adventure.

At a young age, Jenny and her 3 sisters were turned loose to explore the mountain while her parents worked as ski instructors at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho. As a PSIA, level 3 ski instructor, Jenny traveled and taught at destination resorts including Schweitzer, Garmisch Germany, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. When the snow melts, Jenny, her husband, daughter, and two golden retrievers enjoy downhill and cross-country mountain biking at Targhee and Teton Pass, backpacking the world, and exploring all the Greater Yellowstone has to offer.


Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Scoop Carlson

Richie’s “brother from another mother” (both share the last name Carlson with no relation) is going on his 4th season with Targhee Snowcat Adventures. His love of cat skiing shows in his sincerity and laughter that fills the mountain valleys. When the snow melts he is a raft guide in the many tail-water rivers of central Idaho as well as father and husband to his wife and four young daughters.


Ryan, “Rookie”

Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Richie Carlson

Ryan, a Utah native is our newest addition to the Cat Guide Team, he started as our driver which made him the perfect fit for our new Guide. Ryan’s love for the mountains brought him to Teton Valley for what was to be one winter and he has never looked back, with the Tetons never feeling like anything but “home”. During the summer Ryan works for the Forest Service and while he is secretly wishing it was still snowing, you will likely find him mountain Biking, hiking and spending as much time on the rivers as possible.


Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Ryan

A true legend who has a genuine love for all things ski, but mainly powder, we want to thank Dana for 17 years as one of the region’s best guides! Now retired, Dana is known for his no-matter-the-weather cat skiing ensemble of mirrored aviator shades, no hat and icicled mountain man ‘stache Dana is the veteran of the Cat-Pack. He was born, raised and resides for most the year off the grid in a Sugar bush of Windsor, Vermont in a cabin he chainsawed into existence. Affectionately known as “Grumpy” to his three grandchildren, Dana’s 16 years with Grand Targhee Resort have earned him his reputation as one of the best and saltiest guides in the ski industry.

Grand Targhee Powder Cats Q&As

How many runs do we get during a day?

Typically we do 8-11 runs, depending on where we ski throughout the day.

What is the vertical feet?

2,200 vertical feet and our longest run is 1 ¼ mile. We also have shorter and steeper, trees, glades and open runs.

What is the average vertical feet in a day?

There is no average day; you’ll ski or ride between 8,000 and 14,000 vertical feet in a day.

What level of a skier or rider to I need to be?

Grand Targhee Resort snowcat adventurers should be confident, intermediate to advanced level skiers/snowboarders in good physical condition. All guests should be aware that slopes are not groomed. We have powder skis and snowboards available for rent through Teton Mountain Outfitters and The Board Shop at the resort and Habitat in Driggs that will help make the transition into backcountry skiing easier and more enjoyable.

Do you book private snowcats?

Yes, we do, 12 seats for the price of 10.

Where do I rent or purchase powder skis or snowboards?

At Grand Targhee Resort we have 3 different locations for powder tools: In Downtown Driggs, right by the light, Habitat has a complete line of demo skis and boards for shredding POW! On mountain we have Teton Mountain Outfitters where you find a wide selection of demo skis for all conditions. The Board Shop carries a great line of this years snowboards. Call us and we can inform you to this season’s line-up of boards/skis.

Do I need to bring food or water?

We provide water, coffee, cocoa, housemade soups, snacks and sandwiches!

When should we book?

Now! Things book up quick, especially during the holidays and Christmas week. We accept bookings 1 year out, so at the end of the day you can book next week, next month’s or next year’s trip!

What’s the cancellation policy?

Snowcat Check:

A Snowcat Guarantee Certificate will be issued under the following circumstances

    • Our Super Snow Guarantee applies to our Snowcat Adventures too; if a guest is not satisfied with conditions for any reason after their first run, they may request a snow check good for another day valid for one calendar year. Snowcat guarantees are valid for one year from the date of the original trip. Snowcat check has no cash value and is not transferable. The snowcat guest will also be issued a ticket for skiing valid for the day of original snowcat trip.

Complimentary snowcattrips are not eligible.


If Grand Targhee cancels the trip the guest will receive a full refund or be issued a snowcat check if requested by guest.

Cancellation for non-packaged guests (A la carte the Snowcat)

Cancellations made by guests 8 days or more before the trip will be 100% refunded.

Cancellations made seven days or less will be charged 50% of the trip price.

Cancellations or “no shows” the day of the trip will be charged full price of the trip. Full payment is required at time of booking to guarantee the reservation of your Snowcat Adventure.

Cancellation for lodging packaged guests (Snowcat Package)

Subject to Lodging Reservation cancellation policy. We require a deposit at booking of one night’s stay plus tax. Payment in full is due 30 days prior to arrival. If you cancel outside of 30 days, we refund the initial advance deposit less a $25.00 cancellation fee. We do process FULL payment 30 days prior to arrival. If you cancel within 30 days and before 14 days, we refund the full amount less the initial advance deposit. In the unlikely event you need to cancel within 14 days you forfeit the entire amount.