Early-season skiing at Grand Targhee

Lindsay Jones and her dog, Juniper, take their first turns of last season at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta. Grand Targhee announced that it would delay its opening weekend.

Apparently everyone is heading to Togwotee Pass this weekend. 

Grand Targhee Resort said Thursday that it would delay its opening weekend because of poor snow conditions. It did not offer a new opening date, saying only it would wait for better conditions.

A lingering high-pressure system with sun and above-freezing temperatures has not done the ski area any favors. Though it has had a roughly 27-inch or deeper base for much of November, a lack of new snow has kept it from kickstarting operations.

But there is hope. The National Weather Service forecast for Targhee says the sun should disappear this weekend, with a 60% chance of snow starting Sunday night and continuing into next week. With the snow being a few days out, the NWS didn't include a prediction of how many inches the area is expected to get.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which has a 10-inch base at midmountain, has given no indication it will kick back its planned opening date, set for Thanksgiving Day. Neither has Snow King Mountain, which hopes to open Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. With snowmaking capabilities at both resorts on the eastern side of the Tetons, one good storm could open up at least some terrain for the proposed opening days.

Uphill travel is closed at Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Snow King's website doesn't say uphill travel is currently restricted, though with patchy snow, particularly at the top, the safest choice might be to wait for more snow.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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