If You Want Guaranteed Snow
On the other side of the Tetons from its celeb-studded sister resort, Grand Targhee is the anti-Jackson Hole. Where Jackson boasts luxe, pricey hotels and some of the most extreme inbounds ski terrain in the country, Targhee is all about down-to-earth fun. Thanks to the 500-inches-a-year snowfall, the resort is confident enough to give a Super Snow Guarantee: If you find the conditions unacceptable, return your lift ticket within an hour of purchase and you'll get a "snow check" for another day. Targhee's wide, rolling terrain with open glades, faces, and bowls is an intermediate skier's heaven. Groomed Nordic trails provide a slower-paced--yet calorie-scorching--alternative.
Apres-ski Retreat to the Spa at Grand Targhee in the base village for laps in the outdoor heated pool, then enjoy a 30-minute rubdown ($48). You'll be finished in plenty of time for happy hour at the Trap Bar and Grille, which serves up microbrews and belly-warming meals with a side of music and dancing Wednesday through Sunday.
Book it Targhee is 45 miles from Jackson Hole. Plan to stay slopeside in the main village and walk everywhere. Two-day, three-night ski packages at the Targhee Lodge from $230 per person. Go to grandtarghee.com for more details.