Grand Targhee chairlifts

Skiers and snowboarders ride the Dreamcatcher chairlift on opening day 2010 at Grand Targhee Resort.

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to access the highest points of Grand Targhee Resort starting Tuesday morning when the Dreamcatcher chairlift is set to open for the season. The Blackfoot lift is scheduled to open Saturday, resort officials said in a release.

“Early season conditions do exist,” the release said, and people are advised to use extra caution because of obstacles.

At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Sweetwater Gondola is open along with the Apres Vous, Teewinot and Teton quad chairlifts.

Snow King Resort has one lane of King Tubes open, and officials plan to open the Cougar lift Saturday.

Both Targhee and Jackson Hole resorts have smartphone apps designed to get users the most up-to-date information about lifts, runs, snowfall and more.

Downhill isn’t the only game in town: The Teton Pines Nordic Center is open and ready for skinny-ski aficionados.

“We have a great base,” said Cody Downard, who operates the Nordic Center. “Skate skiing is good. Classic skiing is good.

“Keep your fingers crossed for more snow, and we’ll keep building the base that we have.”

On Dec. 21 the Nordic Center will once again host the Santa’s Relays event. Keep an eye on or for details.

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Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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