What Fog?Ok, so visibility is kind of lacking at "Grand Foghee". Where do you think the 504" of annual snow (measured at the base of the mountain) comes from?
Most riders measure the visibility on the number of chairs they can see in front of them. 2-3 chairs visibility is not uncommon, 1 chair or less happens more than I'd like to admit.
But as Bob said, with clouds comes snow. My best days on the mountain are when it's pounding with 25 mph winds. Sends all but the brave inside and there are stashes everywhere.
One of the worst weather days I ever had at Targhee was January 1, 1988. Winds were 25 mph, gusting to 35, snow was 0 to 30" depending on where the wind had put it, and I was getting my butt kicked by a buddy I had taught to ski a couple of years before who now worked in the repair shop. I had taken a "real" job in LA and had come up to ski for the Holidays That day convinced me, to leave LA and move back to Idaho. Anyway, the moral of the sory is, yes it's going to be foggy at Grand Targhee, but the snow will be great.
Realize your other choice would be a 7-10 day high pressure with no new snow - they happen about 2 times a season.
If it's foggy, ski aggressively, with speed and avoid any dark spots that you might see out there. They are usually indicatation of trees, lift towers, people, etc. Ski hard and fast and let your thighs take up the inconsistencies in the snow. You'll be surprise how good the skiing will be.
As far as runs at GT when it's foggy, go to Chief Joe Bowl or go over to Sac. If you can stand the fog and wind, go up DC and then go right, straight into the wind, down TVT for about 500 yards. Then go off either into Lost Groomers or Painted Pony. Once you're down that far, the visibility should clean up a little. Make sure and ski the lower slopes in between TVT and PR Traverse - Powder Keg, Powder Cache, Secret Slope, etc.
For Vertigo, don't look down at your skis, look at something in the distance and focus on that. If you look down to see if you are moving, that's when you get screwed up.
Ryan, great pics. My house is in the center-right of the picture.