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Guided Snowcat Adventures

  • Avg Run: 2,000' Vertical
  • Longest: 2,200' Vertical
  • Daily: 14,000' to 20,000'
  • Avg number of runs: 10 - 12
  • Max Daily Capacity: 24 People

One of the hallmarks of the Grand Targhee Resort experience is a Snowcat Adventure on Peaked Mountain complete with breathtaking views of the Grand Teton Mountains. You and just eleven other skiers or riders, a huge powder reserve of over 600 acres and up to 20,000 vertical feet per day awaits. Come follow our professional guides through expansive bowls, gladed cruisers and steep tree pitches. Take in the breathtaking views of the Tetons from the comfort of your snow cat ascents. Enjoy one of the greatest private thrills in North America and the best cat skiing in Wyoming and beyond.

Snowcat Adventure Pricing
Full Day (9:00am - 4:00pm)
(includes hot beverages, lunch & snacks)
$ 379
Half Day AM (9:00am - 12:30pm)
(includes hot beverages & snacks)  
$ 249 
Half Day PM (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
(includes hot beverages & snacks)
$ 229
Full Day Private Snowcat - 12 seats for the price of 10 $3,790
Half Day Private Snowcat - 12 seats for the price of 10 $2,490

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 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 and the experiences we can provide. We 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...we can make it happen. The basic private snowcat package starts at $3490 for 12 people. Call 307-353-2300 ext. 1355 to book your private snowcat experience today!


Value Season Snowcat Adventure Packages!

3 Night Snowcat Package

3 night Early Value season Snowcat Adventure packages starting at $515 pp*.

Booking dates soon, call to get on the wait list

Call 800.TARGHEE

Early value season Snowcat Adventure basic package includes 3 nights of lodging, one day of lift skiing and a full day of Grand Targhee Snowcat Adventure skiing. Offer is valid for stays between opening day (conditions permitting) thru December 18, 2014, January 4, 2015 thru January 15, 2015 and January 19, 2015 thru February 12, 2015. Price does not include taxes and fees. *Rate quoted is per person and is based on quad occupancy in the Targhee Lodge. Rates and maximum occupancy will vary with dates and accommodations selected.
*Not applicable with any other packages or discounts, not available for group stays, blackout dates and other restrictions apply.


4 Night Snowcat Package

4 night Early Value season Snowcat Adventure packages starting at $599 pp*.

4 Night Snowcat Pkg

Booking dates soon, call to get on the wait list

Call 800.TARGHEE

Early value season Snowcat Adventure basic package includes 4 nights of lodging, two days of lift skiing and a full day of Grand Targhee Snowcat Adventure skiing Offer is valid for stays between opening day (conditions permitting) thru December 18, 2014, January 4, 2015 thru January 15, 2015 and January 19, 2015 thru February 12, 2015. Price does not include taxes and fees. *Rate quoted is per person and is based on quad occupancy in the Targhee Lodge. Rates and maximum occupancy will vary with dates and accommodations selected.
*Not applicable with any other packages or discounts, not available for group stays, blackout dates and other restrictions apply.


Powder Day Photography

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

Equipment Rentals

It is common for guides to recommend appropriate equipment which matches the existing conditions, as it will enhance your enjoyment as well as the entire group. For more information and to familiarize yourself with our 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. Click here for more info about our Slopeside Retail Stores.

Snow Guarantee and Cancellation Policies

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 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.

New this Season, Evening Snowcat Mountain Tour

Welcome to your out of the ordinary special night out! After meeting your mountain guides at the Grand Targhee Resort Plaza Fire for a brief orientation, load up the friends and family on our exclusive snowcat for a night you'll never forget. You can expect a 1.5 to 2 hour round trip from the resort base area. Your destination for the evening will be to either Lightning Ridge with a brief stay at Lightning Ridge Overlook or to Rick's Basin with a brief stay at Snowdrift or Quakie Ridge Overlook.

Depending on the season and weather, you will see spectacular sunsets or have amazing views of the stars. Guides will tell stories and talk about area history and local lore, legends and wildlife. Drinks; wine, beer and hot chocolate, cookies and cheese and cracker platter from the Branding Iron Grill is included in the tour as your appetizer to a great night. Be sure to make dinner reservations in the Branding Iron Grill to complete your exclusive evening in the woods. Evening Snowcat Tour Guests must check-in at the Activity Center prior to tour departure by 4:15pm. Tours typically depart base area between 4:45pm and 5:00pm.

Tours are $60 per person 13 years and up, $40 per person 12 years and
under with a 6 person minimum.

Tours must be booked in advance through the Activity Center at x1355.

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.

Richie

Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Richie Carlson

A former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Richie turned his playtime pursuits into a professional cat skiing gig.  After discovering the Tetons in 2002 Richie would make the annual pilgrimage to untracked powder right here at Grand Targhee. As guide and Targhee Snowcat Adventures Supervisor, Richie has the unique opportunity to ensure you have the best day of skiing possible.  He is so dedicated to providing a top-notch guest experience he has been known to lend our guests one of his beloved deep powder snowboards from his quiver for exceptionally deep days. When the snow starts to melt, Richie escapes to Indonesia to surf Crowbar Reef until his secret Teton Valley fishing spots runs clear.  


Beach

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.


Dana

Targhee Snowcat Adventure Guide Dana

Renowned 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.  A true legend who has a genuine love for all things ski, but mainly powder!


EA

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 Magazines. 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.


Jenny

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.


Helen

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.




Scoop

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.



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? 

If you can ski the whole resort, then you should book a trip with the Targhee Powder Cats! We work with groups, families, and individuals. Many of our guides are former ski/snowboard instructors so they have the ability to coach you down if you need it.

Do you book private snowcats?

Yes, we do, check the pricing page for details!

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.


Refunds

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.


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