Snow fell in the Teton Mountains last night, turning thoughts to ski vacations. Want to hit the famed Teton snow, but avoid the Jackson Hole crowds? Then check out [R157R, Grand Targhee Resort]. Vacationers booking trips before Oct. 31 can get 30 percent off lodging.

Accommodations at Targhee are available slopeside in three main lodges with rates varying throughout the season. Skiers and snowboarders on a budget might want to aim for the historic Targhee Lodge hotel rooms that cost $98-165 per night. The Teewinot Lodge offers slightly more upscale hotel rooms that range from $160-236 per night. The Sioux Lodge, with rooms ranging from $170-274 per night, offers a variety of suites, including studios, lofts and two-bedroom suites.

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The small Grand Targhee village area houses three slopeside lodges. Photo by William R. Sallaz. Courtesy of Grand Targhee Resort.

Other lodging options are located in Teton Valley. Vacation homes, townhouses and condominiums are available.

Those who book lodging in October can get 30 percent off by reserving a minimum of three nights. The early booking incentive applies to slopeside and Teton Valley lodging booked through Grand Targhee Resort. Lodging can be booked here or by calling 800-TARGHEE.

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Grand Targhee averages 500 inches of snow per year due to its location on the west side of the Tetons. Photo by William R. Sallaz. Courtesy of Grand Targhee Resort.

Grand Targhee, located on the west side of the Tetons, usually inches out Jackson Hole in total annual snowfall. But the two resorts get the same type of Teton snow—usually dry and light.

Vacationers can fly to Grand Targhee via two airports. You can fly into Jackson Hole Airport and drive 48 miles over Teton Pass or fly into Idaho Falls and drive 85 miles to avoid negotiating a high, snowy mountain pass.