When my girlfriend Emilie and I visited Yellowstone National Park in December, we had no idea what to expect. She had visited the park previously, but only during the summer. I had never been there before. We were both pleasantly surprised. The contrast between the snow and Yellowstone’s landscape, geysers, waterfalls, and mud pits made Yellowstone in winter an absolutely otherworldly experience.
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We asked interviewed locals and visitors as Squaw Valley to find out what they think about the mountain.
A lot of people talked about the big mountain terrain, exposed cliffs, and steep pitches. There were several mentions of the terrain park (which is pretty epic) and the chill vibe of the community.
We kind of expected those answers, but there was one surprise as well. Squaw Valley recently purchased the neighboring Alpine Meadows (the duo is referred to as ‘Squawpine’ by some), a mountain loved by locals. We learned that when Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are eventually joined by a lift (efforts are underway) ‘Squawpine’ will be the biggest ski resort in the country combining hardcore skiers love of Squaw’s extreme terrain with the homey atmosphere and awesome backcountry of Alpine Meadows.
What do you think? Is Squaw Valley the best ski area in the USA?
I have to admit, I’m a bit biased because I had such a fantastic time at Grand Targhee. Emilie and I met some fantastic people there. Our hosts, local ski pros Max and Gary Mackenzie, and their friends were super hospitable and easy to work with. The snow was great. The food was good. And the people (it’s our job to interview strangers on the hill, so we meet a lot of people) were the friendliest we’ve met on the tour.
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In our quest to visit some of the best ski resorts in the western U.S. to decipher which will provide the best vacation experience for skiers and snowboarders like you, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve been interviewing locals, taking photos of local skiers and boarders tearing up their hometown hill, and then stuffing all the information we gather into these multi-media micro guides. The video contains the core information, which is expanded on below with a written summary and location addresses and maps.
Snowmobiling is big business in the United States, with $23 billion being spent on the sport annually. Wyoming is a mecca for enthusiasts and first-timers alike. There are numeroustour operators in Jackson who offer snowmobile tours that range from a few hours to several days. The most enjoyable one-day tour for beginners is likely the popular Granite Springs Hot Springs Tour.
Grand Targhee has amazing snow. The hill receives more than 500 inches of dry, light, Teton snow every year. If you don’t believe me, just ask a local.
I met up with a few local pros: snowboarder Amber Nelson and free skiers (and brothers) Gary and Max Mackenzie. They were awesome. They showed me the hill, took me hiking to some awesome hard-to-reach spots, and did some amazing riding for me to shoot. They even shot a few photos of me riding.
It was an epic two days. Good snow and great people. This is one hill I’ll be returning to soon.
We interviewed a bunch of skiers and snowboarders at Grand Targhee to find out why they keep coming back year after year.
As you’ll see in the video. The snow is good– very good. And deep. And consistent. Did I mention that it’s deep?
They also appreciated the value they got for their dollar there, and the music scene on the hill is said to be amazing!
(Although Grand Targhee’s lift tickets are inexpensive, you can find them even cheaper here).
Grand Targhee has some of best snow in the United States (perhaps even THE best). That, combined with the excellent value of the resort make it a good contender for a top spot in Best in the West.