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Grand Targhee on a Powder Day - Where Do You Ski?

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Thread Starter 

Apologies and happy to delete if this has been discussed before, but...

 

where do you ski on a powder day at Grand Targhee?  I often hear the positives of GT's snow versus JH (and believe them), but I am curious about what areas dedicated GT skiers enjoy most. 

 

I have skied GT one time, albeit in bad conditions, but would like to give it another try. During my visit I enjoyed Wachabe Woods in particular.

 

The issue for me is experiencing Woolsey Woods, Casper Bowl (Fremont especially), and Moran Face on a powder day - all of which were pure heaven and make me reticent to defect. 

 

 

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post #2 of 16
Lifeline
post #3 of 16
Geesh, stupid spellcheck...

Liftline.

HB
post #4 of 16

I've never skied at GT but I imagine that it will take more than a polite question to pry the location of the best places from people in the know.  It might take water boarding, so you'd be out of luck here.

post #5 of 16

At least it's worth an ask. And he didn't ask for secret stashes or anything.:D

post #6 of 16

Well, Harkin Banks should know.

In my limited experience, the answer on where to ski GT on a powder day is "everywhere."

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Well, Harkin Banks should know.
In my limited experience, the answer on where to ski GT on a powder day is "everywhere."
Pretty much.

The real question should be, where do you find the last stashes a day or two after a storm? Answer: Sacajawea lift, Medicine Bowl, Northern Lights, Watchabee Woods. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Well, Harkin Banks should know.

In my limited experience, the answer on where to ski GT on a powder day is "everywhere."


+1

 

With essentially only three lifts, it's really not difficult to figure out where to start.  Ride up, unload, point down.  Of course, if there is limited visibility and you haven't been there before, then that's a completely different story.

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+1

With essentially only three lifts, it's really not difficult to figure out where to start.  Ride up, unload, point down.  Of course, if there is limited visibility and you haven't been there before, then that's a completely different story.

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post #10 of 16

I had an all-time top 5 powder day about 7 years ago doing laps on the Blackfoot Chair. It was mid week and a cross wind gave me free refills every run. Truly memorable.

post #11 of 16

I had to rely on the kindness of strangers my first ever run at GTR. Went to the top, no one at the summit with almost no visibility and a pretty good wind to add to the confusion. Finally one of the older, crustier locals that I recognized from the coffee shop came by and asked me if I knew what I was doing.

 

Well, not really - I had barely looked at the trail map and was just hoping to avoid the "Aussi Drop" and schlep down the mountain until the fog cleared. But he was kind enough to go down Chief Joe with me to break the ice so to speak. It cleared up a bit later in the day and the 2-4 inches of fresh was a blast. I'm now a big fan of the place.

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^^^ My first run at the Grand Fogee was entirely different. Same scenario: I unloaded at the top in dense fog and had not a clue as to what to do. I asked a woman who looked like a local for directions and she totally ignored me. Seriously pissed me off as I've never run into ANYONE at any ski hill that had a similar attitude, either before or since. Really kind of soured me to the whole Targhee thing for the entire rest of the day.
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^^^ My first run at the Grand Fogee was entirely different. Same scenario: I unloaded at the top in dense fog and had not a clue as to what to do. I asked a woman who looked like a local for directions and she totally ignored me. Seriously pissed me off as I've never run into ANYONE at any ski hill that had a similar attitude, either before or since. Really kind of soured me to the whole Targhee thing for the entire rest of the day.

 

That's unfortunate.  My only Targhee experience was from the Gathering there a year or two ago.  We asked somebody for some suggestions (it was a powder day)  and they gave us some ideas that turned out to be some of the best lines we skied all day.  I really liked Targhee; I'd love to go back.

post #14 of 16
No, of course that's what anybody would expect to experience. I've had only the best of responses any time I've ever made a similar request. No clue as to what her pathology was.

Funny story from GT: Back in 1985, newly hooked on our sport, a gal I used to work with who grew up in Idaho told me about this great little ski hill near Jackson Hole that's off the radar screen that I just had to get to sometime. Fast forward 20 years and I'm staying up there alone for 4 days before meeting some friends for a week at JH. So, I've just gone through an opening in a rope line and I'm standing there trying to decide what to do, but I can't completely tell what's below me. I've just about resolved to sidestep back up to the rope when a flash of red passes in my peripheral vision to the right. It's a ski patroller, and she biffs about 20' below me. She looks up at me and asks if I might bring her the ski she just dropped. I do that, and now I'm committed. So while she clicks in, I ask " Where do I go from here? Just down the fall line? " She answered, "No, you don't want to do that. There's a cliff right below us". I tucked in behind her and had a nice little powder run.
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I have only skied Grand Targhee once, maybe 25 years ago.  I have skied a lot of powder days in my life, but that was the only one on which I literally thought that if I fell I might suffocate. I wanted a snorkel.

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For those who have never been to GT, some pics and a video by @Freeride from Dec 2014.  I have only skied at GT a couple times as part of a trip to Big Sky or JH.  Want to get back after a powder storm one of these days.  Maybe a powder chasing trip in early season is the way to go. :)

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130643/the-ghee-full-blown-winter-conditions#post_1799588

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130700/yeah-this-just-happened-at-the-ghee#post_1800543

 

 

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