Grand Targhee, WY Report: January 8th-10th; Freshies Early + Full Sun After = Popular Party

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Flat-out fun! image: Powder Day Photography

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Report from Friday thru Sunday, January 8th-10th 2021

Grand Targhee Resort owes its current scene to a front which shifted-in late-week. Thick cloud, flying snow, and thrill-seeker skiing (conditions quite familiar on the west side of the Tetons) brought a modest refresh to the slopes and set the stage for an action packed Friday thru Sunday.

A cold white worm to an early bird. image: P.M.Fadden

That moderate snowfall continued overnight to taper off shortly after first chair Friday morning, meaning the best of the goods went to the early birds. The powder was of that lightweight, frigid crystal for which Targhee is famed. And temps have been consistently on the low end so surface layers off piste remained mostly dry and workable well into Sunday when surface layers on south facing aspects particularly began to put on a bit of girth, making for meatier turns classic of higher moisture content snowpack.

Not exactly untracked, but delightful all the same. image: P.M.Fadden

Saturday and Sunday themselves were pages straight from the storybook about we love spending time in the mountains. That said, a decent amount of the skiing public have read that book, so carving fresh tracks (or finding solitude) required the extra effort of getting to the wide sides of the ski field boundary or getting send-y in the zones that give most people the willies.

Do I spy a nipple? image: P.M.Fadden

As icing on the proverbial cake, summit zone Mary’s Nipple and gates accessing the wild, uncontrolled lands behind were open. And there’s nothing quite like packin’ in a thermos to the tiptop of a mountain to enjoy a steaming hot beverage in early morning air.

Every day is terrific in the Tetons. image: P.M.Fadden

These days ‘groovin’ to the beat of a chill tune at a buzzing party’ pretty well sums up the vibe at Grand Targhee Resort. Hope to see you there.

Snow Numbers:

State of the slopes at end of day Sunday. image: courtesy GTR


5-Day outlook. image: courtesy GTR

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