Because, Knowledge is Powder

What better place to learn to ski powder than at the resort that averages 500+ inches annually? Grand Targhee Resort’s unbelievable snow, terrain, and excellent ski and snowboard school staff make it the best spot in the West to take your powder turns to the next level! Grand Targhee’s “Knowledge Is Powder” Off Trail Camps include three days of coaching, video analysis, social events, lift tickets, cat skiing, and more at a great value. Whether you’re new to powder skiing, want to hone in on your skills, or are simply looking for your next adventure, “Knowledge is Powder” is a great way to explore the mountain and the snow it has to offer.

Grand Targhee’s Ski and Snowboard School Director, Mark Hanson, is sharing his top ten powder skiing tips for you. Sign up for “Knowledge is Powder” Off Trail Camp to get hands on coaching from him and other great PSIA Certified Instructors.

Mark's Top 10 Learn to Ski Powder tips

This mountain has varied terrain; great for all levels of skiers. Knowledge is Powder program was awesome. Low Student-teacher ratio makes for a lot of individual instruction. Video analysis is incredibly helpful. This program is perfect for people who are new to powder, as well as for experienced powder skiers. Head of ski school, Mark, is a terrific instructor, as is Carol. They are patient and mellow and worked with each person at their own level. Each day, we could see the difference in everyone’s skiing and level of confidence. This clinic also provides a great mountain tour. Cat skiing experience is second to none. The base village is well laid out. All amenities are within a few steps of the base area. Lots of vegetarian choices. Branding Iron food is quite good. Teewinot Lodge is an older property that is very well maintained, very clean. All the staff, from the reservations people to the ski school staff, to the restaurant wait staff, to the lift operators are all very friendly and very helpful and polite. The quality of the snow was excellent…champagne powder. We are definitely planning a return visit with multiple generations of the family.

The mountain is awesome but very laid back . The Ski School powder program was some of the best instruction that I have encountered in 50 years. The snow was amazing, real champagne powder. You can ski the trees from almost any trail. The cat skiing program, although limited to 600 acres offered fresh tracks all day with wonderful terrain. The treed sections are a little tight and would benefit from glading.

meet mark hanson

If you’ve spent time on the mountain over the years, chances are you’ve met the head of Ski and Snowboard School, Mark Hanson. He joined Grand Targhee Resort’s team more than 25 years ago; when he and his wife moved to the area from Eugene, Oregon. After all these years of teaching, Mark’s favorite reward is running into previous Ski and Snowboard School students who are utilizing the skills they’ve learned to fully embrace the outdoors.