The Behind the Scenes of Ski and Snowboard School

How It All Began:

This week we get personal with the man who’s been instrumental in growing the mountain’s Ski & Snowboard School program into what it is today. If you’ve spent time on the mountain over the years, chances are you’ve met Mark Hanson. He joined Grand Targhee Resort’s team more than 25 years ago; when his wife and him 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.

Hear it First Hand From Mark Hanson:

How long have you been at Grand Targhee?

This is my 26th winter. Yes, time flies when you are having fun.

Why Learn at Grand Targhee Ski & Snowboard School?

Grand Targhee Ski & Snowboard School is a certified school of Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. We are a ‘full service’ shop offering alpine skiing, telemark, snowboarding, skate skiing, classic XC skiing, Fat bike and adaptive lessons, to all ages!

Plus we only hire folks that truly love to teach what they love- skiing and snowboarding!

Why Sign Up for a “Knowledge is Powder Camp” at Grand Targhee?

Grand Targhee has all the elements you need to be a Powder Ripper-the snow; terrain, coaches, access to a state of the art fleet of skis and boards, and the right package. Uniquely our packages also include add-ons, like our famous Early Tracks program, video analysis, and Cat Skiing, all at an industry best value to boot!

Learning Has No End Date:

Mark has described his own journey as a skier as one that is never ending, and has shared that though he started to ski when he was young, he will always continue to learn.

Most would agree that floating over freshly fallen snow is a feeling like no other. The Ski & Snowboard School, and Knowledge is Powder covers all areas including technique and mountain safety, so you can shred with confidence, and conquer all your skiing and riding goals.


Emily joined Grand Targhee’s team after making the decision to move across the country in search of a place where she’d be able to fuse her passion, work, and love for the mountains into one. She’s decided, life at Targhee definitely beats the rat race she came from.