Grand Targhee Resort, WY Report: Plenty A’Snow And Persistent Wind

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Rider, Rob Sourek enjoying a white Christmas. Photo: P.M.Fadden

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Report from December 25 thru 27, 2021

Happy news, Everybody; Santa has delivered the goods to the ‘Ghee this holiday season.

The jolly old elf whipped up a tough winter storm that has been / and still is spray-painting the slopes of Grand Targhee; 31 inches over the past few days.

Lift-accessed stash spots from recently opened Sacajawea. Photo: P.M.Fadden

It’s been a clam-chowder-tumble-cycle since this storm began, with no sign of the peaks that make the Teton Mountains famous. Winds of 25mph and up have heaved the current storm into the valley. And it’s been pinball-ing around inside the valley ever since.

To describe Targhee’s current snowpack as ‘wind transported’ would be the understatement of the report. And even though that’s meant occasional wind delays on Dreamcatcher chairlift, it’s also making for really fun skiing and snowboarding, generally.

Micro-cornices are forming along north-facing aspects while tree’d zones on Targhee are hoarding fat stashes through the trunks, but it’s still ‘eyes alert’ sliding out there. Wind loading has thinly obscured a few lurking sharks, and scouring has exposed the odd, surprise patch of raw rock surface–which always adds a bit of ‘zest’ to a line.

But the bottomline is: days-upon-days of absolutely excellent skiing at Grand Targhee in the Teton Mountains.

Stacking-up at the Targhee Plaza. Photo: P.M.Fadden

The energy that sparks when a storm hits in this part of the US Mountain West is truly something wild, especially when shared at Grand Targhee. And the forecast wisemen have it that there’s more POW on the way.

All five lifts are now fully operational at the ‘Ghee, and we happened to cross paths with one chill lifty (all but completely coated in snow) who shared the vibe best when he said, “Hey, got a late Christmas present for ya. It’s falling.”

 

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The view from the valley floor, every day since Thursday. Photo: P.M.Fadden

 


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