Grand Targhee Resort, WY Report: Rip-Lines to Rooster Tails, In One Day

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Lovin’ that Targhee Vibe. Photo: Powder Day Photography

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Report from February 5th & 6th, 2022

It’s been a bright, clear stretch above the US Mountain West, yet Targhee’s serving-up snow รก la carte.

As unlikely as the above may read, those skiing the Tetons and the ‘Ghee will attest there’s a pick-your-pleasure of corduroy to powder recycle still out there waiting.

The arena. Photo: P.M.Fadden

To be clear, there’s a fair amount of Type-A fun required when mining the goods that the hills keep hidden. There’ll be long walking inclusive of occasional post-holing, and it’ll carry on that way for a while, going there as well as coming back.

Fortunately, to me, that effort is reward in itself (because I’m weird like that) so the ski days are long, wildly varied and totally awesome, all-around.

Corduroy pairs well with mornings. Photo: P.M.Fadden

Mornings are getting brighter, but that in no way implies warmer, in fact it’s been the opposite lately. Dry cold temps have crystalized any and every surface able to host a water molecule. And the Targhee squadron of groomers have been enjoying glory nights of combing inbounds areas to an immaculate degree that borderlines on forging its own unique fashion statement.

Time to play ‘spot the ant’ Photo: P.M.Fadden

Now it’s hardly going to raise any eyebrows to read that sunny days make for fun skiing or snowboarding, regardless of temperature, so those rip lines across the trail map won’t remain yours and yours alone for long. Time to put on your walkin’ boots–and a beacon for good measure.

The options are tantalizing and arguably limitless in the Tetons and at Grand Targhee Resort. Twenty minutes of walking can, for all intents and purposes, transport you 20 light-years from the mind works of navigating crowds or swimming through noise. Step-plant, step-plant; repeat. And suddenly one’s own breath is the sole thing breaking a huge, snowy silence.

The line of the day…followed by a slog-of-a-walk out. Photo: P.M.Fadden

When I say “snowy” that’s not to imply some seasonal teleportation to a secret alternate dimension of bottomless powder that work-a-day public doesn’t know exists, or if it does then I’m one of those in the dark. What’s out there, gathered in trees or sheltered in shaded gullies, is part wind transport and part neglected stash with a dash of surface layer crystal growth–and carveable as hell.

So whether it be inbounds AM’s or missions out-the-back, rest assured the menu at Grand Targhee is ready to dish-up good vibes no matter when or where. The only house rules are to smile and to show kindness; do that and the Tetons will surely repay both in turn.

 

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