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Sunshine and Stupid Human Tricks - Grand Targhee 4-14-07

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We had a great day of spring skiing at Targhee yesterday. Blue skies, moderately warm temps, great snow, and stupid human tricks.

Here's what the view was riding up the Dreamcatcher chair:



We watched the end-of-the-season Cardboard Derby ski race. The rules are that you can only use cardboard and duct tape to build your racing machine. Some of the racers were pathetic but some were amazingly creative (and FAST).

These little kids - Four Sweet Peas - were a riot:



These guys (some kind of power bar or something) were fastest:



I thought this backhoe was great:



And this one probably won the "Most Elaborate" float. The theme is a play on the name of the main summit chair at Targhee, Dreamcatcher. This racer actually made it to the bottom of the course and was going fast:



And a HUGE "thank you" to HarkinBanks, who took a bit of time out from his ski day to show us some of the nooks and crannies. He led us over to the Blackfoot Bowl area. That chair had been closed for a week and no one was skiing over there. He led us to the top of a huge open bowl of perfectly smooth spring corn snow and then let us go first. Thanks, Harkin!

Here's my wife and a friend enjoying some of the nicest spring skiing you can imagine:



I love spring skiing.
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Nice report and pics, Bob... I almost feel like I'm there...
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Harkin showed us around while we where there. He has a very cool job at a very cool place.
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Bob, great skiing with you and Ruthie.

Sorry I couldn't spend more time with you guys, had a job (several) to do.

Too bad we closed with 97" at the stake.

I guess it's time to start hiking.

FYI, it takes only a little more than 1 hour to hike to the top of Targhee from the parking lot.

Eyesore, next time you plan a trip here, let me know and we can ski more.

HB

P.S. One more thing to add to Bob's report.....

At the bottom of the race course (which was 3/4ths the length of Big Scout) was a bullseye. Hit the bullseye and win a keg of Teton Brewing's Teton Ale. One lucky entry hit it dead on and is planning the party as I write.
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Will do and we will rent the fattest skis possible. "eyesore": was my skiing that bad Crossmax's aren't exactly the weapon of choice for you're mountain though. B4's would be more like it.
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Will do and we will rent the fattest skis possible. "eyesore": was my skiing that bad Crossmax's aren't exactly the weapon of choice for you're mountain though. B4's would be more like it.

MY BAD!!!!!

PLEASE ACCEPT MY FULLEST APOLOGY!

Sorry, for the inference. I'll claim I was in a drunken stupor.

Your skiing was great.

HB
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MY BAD!!!!!

PLEASE ACCEPT MY FULLEST APOLOGY!

Sorry, for the inference. I'll claim I was in a drunken stupor.

Your skiing was great.

HB
Great, Oh I doubt that. I'll just have to spend more time at Targhee. Really, really liked the place. Maybe next season.
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Crossmax's aren't exactly the weapon of choice for you're mountain though.
But they do help the locals identify you as a visitor.
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But they do help the locals identify you as a visitor.
Yeah, that too. But no more. Fat will be the word of the day when I'm out west.
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eyeski -

I took my 175cm Volkl Superspeeds out this weekend at Big Sky. I thought I'd be tagged as a tourist. In a way I was, some people thought I was part of the large PSIA clinic they were running there....some people in the clinic even asked me where the race course was set up.
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Nice pictures bob the first one was in anomaly.
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eyeski -

I took my 175cm Volkl Superspeeds out this weekend at Big Sky. I thought I'd be tagged as a tourist. In a way I was, some people thought I was part of the large PSIA clinic they were running there....some people in the clinic even asked me where the race course was set up.
I just can't believe I waited this long to try out fatties. All those 4 foot dumps at Alta I did on skinny stuff, ridiculous!
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I just can't believe I waited this long to try out fatties. All those 4 foot dumps at Alta I did on skinny stuff, ridiculous!
On you're next trip to Grand Foghee take out some fatter skis even if there's no new snow. You'll find the fatter platform much more stable when you can't see the snow & terrain you're skiing on.
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On you're next trip to Grand Foghee take out some fatter skis even if there's no new snow. You'll find the fatter platform much more stable when you can't see the snow & terrain you're skiing on.
I tried B3's and some Fishers. Next time something in the 90 to 100 range. .
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I tried B3's and some Fishers. Next time something in the 90 to 100 range. .
Eyeski, (Got it right this time! ),

Next time you're here, make sure and PM me before you get here and I'll see what I can pull out of my locker!:

HB
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Eyeski, (Got it right this time! ),

Next time you're here, make sure and PM me before you get here and I'll see what I can pull out of my locker!:

HB
Nice! If I can get a good deal on airfare and lodging i will try to make it up next season for sure. last minute deals that I get through my timeshare really help with costs. Got lucky this last time, lot of cancelations due to the poor conditions...which changed the minute we landed
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