Wednesday, January 16, 2008

BIG SNOWFALL KEEPS THE SNOWCATS ROLLING AT GRAND TARGHEE

Your satisfaction is guaranteed at Grand Targhee. It’s a pretty safe bet. The resort has scored the most snow in the Rockies since the start of the season, and its still coming down. Targhee picked up more than four feet of snow last week. They report a 102 inch base and conditions couldn’t be better. Plus, incredible lodging deals make it easy to get your share.

More than 500 inches of snow a year falls on Grand Targhee. With such abundant powder, national ski magazines rate Targhee among the top resorts in the West for snow quality and quantity-- less than 5% water content, and you know what that means.

NOW is the time to take advantage of the resort’s amazing snowcat skiing. It’s the only way skiers and boarders can experience ten awesome new runs on Peaked Mountain-- a huge powder reserve of 1,000 untracked acres accessible only by snowcat. You can rack up 20,000 feet of exclusive vertical in 10 to 12 epic runs.

Two peaks at Targhee total more than 3,000 acres of terrain and there’s powder everywhere. On Fred’s Mountain, only 400 of 1.500 acres are groomed. Black diamonds take 70 percent of the terrain. And there’s something for everyone. There is a beginner's powder area and hundreds of acres of wide-open slopes for intermediates and other cruisers.

Three terrain parks include Middle Earth, a new ‘natural’ terrain park with a rolling landscape that changes with every snowfall. As snow accumulates, long gliding slopes become rolling moguls that flow into a ‘fish bowl’, then split into three different levels draining into the ‘Water Fall’ natural half pipe, and end at the Power Reserve Traverse.

For nightlife, you will always find great music in the Trap Bar. Plus, fun Nordic races and a snowboard camp for Ladies Only are coming up. Check events/camps on grandtarghee.com for details.

Amazing deal: deluxe off-site lodging at $99 per night:
Teton Creek Condominiums [http://www.grandtarghee.com/lodging/vacation-condos/teton-creek/] are only 8 miles from the base of the resort. At just $99 (two night minimum, guests enjoy resort amenities and shuttle service to and from the slopes. Or, book a package at Teton Creek or Grand Targhee and kids 14 and younger stay and ski free (one child per paid adult).

It’s easy to get to Grand Targhee from the Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole airports. Midweek lodging specials [grandtarghee.com/lodging/] are available at three slopeside lodges. Townhomes and condominiums are available at Aspen Pointe, less than11 miles from Targhee. Plus beautiful homes are available at Creekside Meadows near Driggs.

Grand Targhee is paradise for powderhounds this season. So come and get it. But if you’re looking for a laid-back, friendly, uncrowded ski resort where you can relax with friends or family, this is your place.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider must do at Grand Targhee:

1. Snowcat skiing on peaked Mountain – ten new runs this year, over 1,000 acres

2. Ski or ride the North Boundary accessible off of the Blackfoot chair. It’s a huge powder reserve with untracked POW until at least 1:00 p.m.!

3. Ski or ride in Grand Targhee’s new “natural” Middle Earth Terrain Park

4. Snowboard in “Ladies Waist” a natural half pipe located on the face of the mountain under the Dreamcatcher quad chair. Fun for skiers too!

5. New this season – Cosmic Pizza – Montana’s best pizza is now served at most Grand Targhee food outlets (5 total restaurants)!

6. Nordic skiing in Rick’s Basin. It’s the most beautiful terrain and offers incredible views of Teton Valley – all 15k of it. Great for the novice but also offers challenging terrain for the tougher track skiers.

7. Hiking up to Mary’s for fresh tracks long after the lift served terrain is tracked out – the gates leading to Mary’s are open about 90% of the time. Only avalanche work closes these gates to paradise!

8. Skiing or riding in the “The Good” - “The Bad” and “The Ugly.” The fall line can’t be beat - for advanced intermediate and expert snow sliders.

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