Grand Targhee Resort Announces Plans for Opening Weekend of the 2009/10 Winter Season

Grand Targhee Resort will open the Shoshone Chairlift and the Papoose Conveyor on Friday, November 27. These lifts will operate from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.
“While we have received over 80 inches of snow since the end of September, a few weeks of warm weather coupled with the low moisture content of the snow from this last storm cycle prevents us from opening the upper mountain at this time,” said General Manager F. Scott Pierpont.  “We will open the remainder of our terrain as soon as conditions allow.”
Grand Targhee Resort will offer a reduced lift ticket rate of $39 for full day and $33 for half day for access to Shoshone and the Papoose Conveyor.  Ski School, Kids Club and our retail shops will operate on a normal schedule.  Resort restaurants will operate on the following schedule until further notice:
                                Snorkels                 7:00 am to 2:00 pm daily
                                Wild Bills                10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
                                Trap Bar                 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily
                                Branding Iron          5:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily
                                General Store          8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Grand Targhee Resort will kick off opening weekend with a Targhee Protect Our Winters party at the Trap Bar on Saturday, November 28, 2009.  The party will start at 3:00 pm with a showing of the movie Signatures from Sweetgrass Productions, shot in HD and featuring 100% human powered riding in all snow-sliding styles.  After the movie, get your eco-groove on with Salem, a socially conscious hip hop/jazz/reggae influenced band that has been featured on Warren Miller's "Off the Grid," at the X-Games and the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour. During the band break the Trap will show Generations, a TGR mini movie about the effects of climate change in the ski industry.  We will be announcing some of our new sustainability initiatives, selling mug club memberships and $1 raffle tickets for the 40th anniversary mug, with all proceeds going to Targhee POW!
Our Nordic track in Rick's Basin will open partially this weekend.  The Nordic Connector from Shoshone Chairlift to the beginning of Rick's Basin will use portions of the little Beaver Traverse (which will be open for alpine skiing, please be aware). The Nordic Track will be packed on the Snowdrift loop and Rick's Basin loop ( 5.5 km).  Most of the track has good snow conditions but there will be some occasional thin spots. No classic track will be set in Rick's.  Quakie Ridge is packed out, but thin in spots. Hampster loop will be closed
A Black Friday sale at Habitat will include 10% off retail prices throughout the store and a comp full day lift ticket for the 2009/10 winter season at Grand Targhee Resort with the purchase of any skis or snowboard (Friday only).
Grand Targhee Resort reminds guests and the public that our winter operations permit under the Caribou-Targhee National Forest begins this Friday, November 27 and initiates our in-season non lift uphill access policy:
Non-lift uphill access will be allowed ONLY on the Teton Vista Traverse prior to our daily 9:00 am resort opening.  Peaked Mountain is CLOSED to uphill access.  In addition, ALL uphill access will be closed during avalanche hazard reduction work, and all in-area closures will be adhered to.  Please be aware that resort grooming equipment and resort snowmobiles will be encountered at any time. Uphill access will be conducted on foot, on snowshoes or on skis equipped with skins.  When traveling uphill, you are bound by YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE.  You must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time.
•    Please stay on the outside edge of the groomed surface
•    Position yourself so that you are visible from above
•    Wear brightly colored clothing
•    No dogs are allowed on the mountain
•    Please obey and respect all area closures
•    Before you begin your trek, please contact dispatch at 307-353-2300 x1333

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