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Grand Targhee Resort Kicks Off 47th Ski Season

(Alta, WY – Nov. 17, 2015) Grand Targhee Resort will open for the 2015/16 season on Friday, November 20, 2015. There are 47 inches of snow to date and the resort is gearing up for a busy opening day. Employees are returning and the resort is coming alive for winter operations.

Kicking off the 2015/16 season and continuing the tradition, Grand Targhee Resort will host their annual food drive, benefitting the Teton Valley Food Pantry. Guests who bring 2 non-perishable food items will receive $10 off the purchase their all-day lift ticket. Grand Targhee Resort has started off the last 5 season with this annual food drive.

Great live music can always be found at the Trap Bar & Grill. Opening weekend will feature the Miller Sisters and Rock Creek. Just in time for the holiday season, Santa will be visiting the Trap Bar on November 27 from 6:00-8:00pm. This season, the Trap Bar is filled with great music almost every Friday and Saturday.

The Grand Targhee Resort Shuttle starts running Friday, November, 20. This year a new stop at Powder Valley off Ski Hill Road has been added to the schedule. Punch passes and shuttle season passes are now on sale.

With a new season, brings new changes and additions to Grand Targhee Resort. The resort is excited to announce their new chef, David Hugo. Chef Hugo is a Vermont native and former owner of Starry Night Café in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, and the food manager/head chef at Shelburne Farms. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the cooking industry, including a focus on farm-to-table style dining, sustainable farming and cooking practices, and award-winning culinary skills. Stop by the Branding Iron to enjoy his newly created menu featuring lunch, après, and dinner daily.

The Sioux Lodge 2 bedroom units have received a kitchenette insert. These 8 units will now have a mini-refrigerator, sink, cook stove, convection microwave, coffee pot, and house wares to accommodate 10 place setting.

The resort recently added a new private guest locker room in the Rendezvous Lodge. Private locker holders will have a dedicated space complete with 56 new lockers, boot dryers, couches, a flat screen TV, and private bathroom.

Grand Targhee Resort has always been known for great powder snow, but now the resort will be known for great snow surfaces. The resort is adding two new snowcats to its existing fleet: one replacement snowcat and one new snowcat, increasing the fleet to eight. This continues the resort’s push and focus on delivering a great snow surface no matter what Mother Nature brings.  “The addition of these machines will allow the resort to groom more acreage during high pressure spells and increase the productivity of the current fleet,” stated Rick Swanker, Director of Mountain Operations.

Other improvements that go unnoticed, but are dedicated to enhancing the guest experience include an upgraded heat tracing system in the outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub. Guests will also find new picnic tables in the plaza, providing additional seating and ample gathering space around the fire pits.

Situated at a central location in the Plaza, Grand Targhee is excited to start the winter with a new ticket booth, allowing for easier access for guests purchasing tickets. It also frees up space at the base of Dreamcatcher allowing for easier access to the Resort’s Ski and Snowboard School.

Opening day traditions for Grand Targhee guests include lining up at the base of Dreamcatcher in the early morning hours. Some even come prepared to cook breakfast while waiting in line. This year the resort is hosting a photo contest. Guests are encouraged to submit their opening weekend photos, Friday through Sunday, using #GTROpening1516. The winner of the contest will receive a 2 night stay and ski package for 2 people.

Thanksgiving slopeside and vacation rental lodging and early season snowcat packages are booking fast. Stay & Ski Packages start at $85 per person, per night when you book 4 or more nights. Early season snowcat packages start at $573 per person and include 3 nights lodging, 2 days of lift serviced skiing, and 1 full day of cat skiing. Children 12 and under always stay and ski free with accompanied adult. Visit for details.


Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, running and mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities in a pristine high alpine environment. During the winter, the abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and virtual lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. A leader in environmental resort practices, Grand Targhee Resort has twice been honored with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence, most recently in 2011.  For more information, please visit our website at