It's not just the great snow, renowned music festivals or stunning Teton views that bring people to Grand Targhee Resort. Our employees are consistently recognized as some of the very best in the industry, and are our most valuable asset. "Targhee Characters" is a designation awarded to employees who have spent the majority of their career with us and personify the spirit of the resort.
Famously known as 'Slim,' Leon is almost as famous as the Tetons! Anyone who has ever ridden the lifts knows and loves Slim. He serves as a resort ambassador and celebrity ticket checker and lift operator and was part of the original team that opened the resort in 1969. He runs his own Idaho farm in the summer and we're all thrilled when he reappears each winter season. Slim has appeared in Warren Miller ski films and in more press clippings and ski magazines than any celebrity we know. He is the face of Targhee, a true ambassador. Slim, congrats on celebrating your 40th season here as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grand Targhee!
We all affectionately know him as 'Nacho.' He brought the true flavor of Mexico to the Tetons back in 1988 and opened Targhee's first authentic Mexican Restaurant and our guests were hooked. Now Executive Chef, Nacho is the backbone of Grand Targhee's Food and Beverage Department. His hard work and culinary skills are legendary and his smile is too! During the summer of 2005, Nacho saved a young man's life while fishing in Mexico. He has always been our hero.
Carol, our Lift Operations Supervisor, has been greeting our guest with her big smile for over 15 years. More than likely Carol has checked your lift pass a time or two, winter and summer, and she looks forward to welcoming back our Targhee friends when they appear at her post, the Dreamcatcher Lift. During the off-season, Carol can be found operating heavy equipment or maintaining the trails for winter. She's talented in many areas and one of Targhee's most dedicated employees. We couldn't do it without her!
When our guests ask in amazement 'who moves all this snow and where do you put it' we point to Javier. Most winter seasons we don't see much of Javier as he is permanently attached to his tractor seat pushing mounds and mounds of snow so our guests and employees can find the parking lot. Summers find Javier on the mountain working trail crew, insuring our lawns at the base area are green and buffed and is almost single-handedly responsible for handling our impressive recycling program. Approaching 20 years with the resort, Javier is our unsung hero who keeps our outside world humming in a challenging environment.
Recognized as a “Targhee Character” in 2009, Mark Hanson has graced our slopes with his self-described Herman Munster-esque presence since 1992. His most recent, and longest role here at Targhee has been as our Director of Ski and Snowboard School, sharing his passion for teaching with skiers and riders of all sizes. With his engaging smile, kind demeanor, and interest in talking with all of our guests about their resort experience, Mark consistently demonstrates the amazing personal qualities that have made him a resort superstar for guests and employees alike.