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Grand Targee

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I just got back form three days at Grand Targee. If your skiing in Jackson hole and you don't take a day to ski this place your really missing something. It's true that this place doesn't offer up Steeps. What Targee does have is wide open skiing. It did live up to it's nick name Grand foggy. With everything so wide open it is easy to get lost or at least confused about what and where you you are skiing. That never bothered me becuse sooner or later you would find your self back at a lift. Drop off any of the traverses and find a line and ski it. The bowls there are big and dotted with some great tree shots. I arriver friday and you could tell it had not snowed in awhile. Sat afternoon the clouds rolled in and the snow came down. by Sunday morning they recieved about 10 of powder. The fog lifted and I had a great day skiing all over Grand Targee.
Here I was skiing on what has to be the biggest ski weekend of the season. All the parking lots were filled and all the rooms at the resort were booked Yet I never felt like the place was crowded. With only four lifts there were times when a few of the lift lines were sort of long. While the Powder did get tracked out fast it wasn't skied to death. Even late in the day you could find fresh lines in the trees. I'm sure the locals have a few places hidden away that will hold powder for days. as i was driving home last night i couldn't help but think what it most be like there mid week with new snow. I'm sure the fresh lines could last for days.

Haken Banks, Sorry i didn't get a chance to meet up with you. i was skiing with some people from montana and they were going a bit crazy since this year Montana doesn't have much snow. I'll be up that way again I love that place.
post #2 of 16
I am going to Jackson Hole next week and plan on skiing there on Targhee on Thursday.
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I was at JH last week and got over to Targhee for two great days of skiing. I can second everything Utah49 said. I had a wonderful experience there. Any trip tp JH should include a couple of days at Targhee.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I am going to Jackson Hole next week and plan on skiing there on Targhee on Thursday.
I may head down there this week, Phil. no matter what jacket I wear, I'll have on black pants, and a dark grey Boeri helmet with an orange ovoid Bike Doc sticker on the rear of the helmet just above the goggle strap, Zeal goggles... black & white Rossi B2 boots... either Fischer BigStix 8.6 w/ Look Pivot Jib or Elan M666 Fusion... beat to hell black Rossi poles with tattered duct tape on one grip
post #5 of 16
Utah,
sorry I missed you at PCMR this weekend, but I had a blast nonetheless.
Incredible snow all weekend and spent 99.5% of my time hiking out into Scott's and West Face where it was easily over the knees, as well as the tight tree chutes whose names I can't keep straight. Rest of my time was spent skiing the trees between the runs on Thaynes. Now it's back to Vail so I can catch the eastern movement of the front.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
I may head down there this week, Phil. no matter what jacket I wear, I'll have on black pants, and a dark grey Boeri helmet with an orange ovoid Bike Doc sticker on the rear of the helmet just above the goggle strap, Zeal goggles... black & white Rossi B2 boots... either Fischer BigStix 8.6 w/ Look Pivot Jib or Elan M666 Fusion... beat to hell black Rossi poles with tattered duct tape on one grip
I'll PM you me cell number. I will either be in this


or if its warm an grey/black Columbia shell. Hopefully the Giro Fuse I ordered will be here by the time I leave. I am there with 3 other guys.
post #7 of 16

targhee is tasty

Targhee has always been one of my favorites due to general absence of lift lines, the terrain (not as steep as JH in the chutes, but plenty of vertical and gorgeous big bowls) and the snow, which is lighter than JH. It's got enough steep and deep till you drop for anyone.

That said, it's a little like trying to compare Alta and Snowbird (if you see the Alta vs. Snowbird thread you will notice that I tried to get a dialogue going on just this point).

JH is nice for a change of pace, but for day-in day-out skiing I would go with Targhee any day.

Of course there is no night life in Driggs, but then I assume for most Bears that night life consists of a bowl of chili and a few beers before tumbling into bed so you can greet the avalanche cannon the next morning...

My favorite wake up call, the sound of cannon in the snow!
post #8 of 16
I agree, I love Targhee! I can't wait to be back there next week. It seems to me that most people who get there have the same opinion, as long as it's not ridiculously foggy during their entire visit. I don't understand how the place stays so uncrowded, but I'm not complaining!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO
I agree, I love Targhee! I can't wait to be back there next week. It seems to me that most people who get there have the same opinion, as long as it's not ridiculously foggy during their entire visit. I don't understand how the place stays so uncrowded, but I'm not complaining!
Where and when are you flying? On of the guys that is coming with us is coming from your neck of the woods..Atglen.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
ah yes night life at targee, Go to the traper bar right on the mountain. Good beer and fun people. i stayed at the driggs Super8 for less then $50.00 a night. It is pretty nice for that price. indor pool and hottub sana and a light breakfast in the morning. also sawa sign for a hostile typ place for $18.00 per night right on the road up to Targee.
post #11 of 16
Targhee is righteous for sure - feels like you stepped back in time except for the high speed lifts. We were there on 1/20 this year for 3 days. Great deal: lodge room for three nights and tickets for the 4 of us for 3 days skiing for $500. Also try the Teton Teepee for another great place to stay just down the road a few miles.
post #12 of 16
I'm posting from Drigg's Best Western (gotta love free WIFI). Today (Monday) was almost epic. Still a little foggy on the top 1/3rd but below was excellent. A new 5" on top of the last few day's added to the storm total. Got freshies all day (unbelievable for President's Day). The one complaint was that it wasn't as light as Utah's (but we've haven't been getting the lightest stuff much either this year). JH tomorrow, then home. A few locals I talked to said that the area doesn't have the goods this year, but RT 22 looked good over the pass, so things must be looking up.

Powdr
post #13 of 16
I had the best powder days of my life at Targhee. If you know where to go, the untracked seems to go forever. A powder pig's paradise.

Just keep tracking further and further to the right off of Dreamcatcher. It all drains back to the base. The runs become shorter, but the fresh just keeps coming.

That said, last year we went after a bit of a snow drought. Uninspiring! I'd never skied Targhee without fresh before, and it wasn't great. The terrain was tepid, the surface was wind-blown, and the fog dense.

We finally amscrammed over to JH which was pheom! JH, I discovered, doesn't need fresh in order to be fabulous!

The previous 3 times, though, Targhee was a blast. Definitely worth the gamble!
post #14 of 16
Ahh Targhee! Memories of a great run dancin down Floyd`s Fantasy under the Blackfoot lift. Just minutes earlier 15 ski club buddies on top were chatting bout nothin important to the moment, so i could not resist the urge (looking down at a perfect groomed pitch) to say i gotta go. I went, they followed. Forever seered in memory letting the skis fly under bluebird skies.
post #15 of 16
Powdr -

I skied Bridger Bowl today. It normally has ultra-light powder this time of year. Today it got 6 inches from the storm that hit Targhee and it was some of the heaviest powder I've ever encountered here. This is an unusually warm winter and the powder everyone is getting around this region is heavier than normal but we're thankful its powder and not rain.
post #16 of 16
Rio,

That's what I suspected. To be fair, although somewhat dense, it was a uniform consistency that made it most enjoyable. A little hard on my old tele knees, but very fun indeed.

Powdr.
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