Grand Targhee Resort WY, Conditions Report: Prime Time to Climb

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In accordance with the nationwide recommendation, it is advantageous to maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance between persons. Photo: David Stubbs

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The year was 1990; Home Alone topped the box-office, First Lady Barbara Bush criticized The Simpsons as “the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen” and, like Cookie Monster to a cookie, tragic fire consumed a lodge and nearby base facilities at Grand Targhee.

So was an inferno enough to call an end to the action? Nope. Those Teton line-chasers pitched tents, braced for the long haul, and set the backbone of what would become #TargheeVibe.

Room with a view. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Given that track record, it’s hardly Final Jeopardy to guess what’s still going down on the west side of the Tetons.

The amiable weather cycles that make these mountains famous seem not to have gotten the memo about the whole world sitting tight.  Overnight storms delivering delicious pow-stacks have book-ended days of scattered cloud, and those new layers have not gone to waste. In fact, with the current bio-climate hanging in the air better than any virus could, these days in the fresh hills seem to sparkle all the more.

Opening steps of a much larger Stairmaster session. Photo: P.M. Fadden

When it comes to touring the climb is the entry fee, and the first gift in the welcome basket is clarity. The surrounding frozen landscape is no stranger, yet passing through it one stride at a time sheds unique light on its crystal geometry and quiet treasures. Sure the laps are fewer but, like life’s truly good things, they also last longer.

             

These slopes are alive with silent rewards, made possible through safe practice.

Required reading. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Know Before You Go:

  • PRACTICE PRUDENT, SANITARY CONDUCT
  • REVIEW TARGHEE UPHILL POLICY
  • UNDERSTAND CURRENT SNOWPACK ASSESSMENT
  • CHECK FORECAST
  • PLOT A COURSE
  • CARRY THE NECESSARY: BEACON, PROBE, & SHOVEL
Sugar-coated, but with a candy crust. Photo: P.M. Fadden

South-facing aspects definitely bask a bit more under the rays of those scattered cloud days, so be advised of a slightly submerged sun crust.

“Wahoo!” pretty well sums up the North.

BOTTOMLINE: The good people at Grand Targhee Resort, as a part of national parklands are conducting themselves with responsible due diligence in these strange times, and their stewardship-plus-prudence enriches the community as well as lands. Hats off, skins on; climb.

 

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