A Note From Our Snow Reporter
THE LIFTS AREN'T SPINNING, BUT THE SNOW STILL FALLS
Let’s be real. Post-ski-season powder days are pretty standard here in the Tetons. Powder hounds discretely flock to this hidden gem due to the unbelievable 500″ plus seasons that Targhee is known for, the great local vibes, and the extended season that the Teton backcountry offers.
This year, you can imagine that the storm patterns will remain the same. But, the novel pandemic of COVID-19 has made for a unique season, and year, for all. Post-ski-season has unfortunately begun just shy of a month early, due to precautions that ski resorts across the globe are taking to avoid virus spread. Grand Targhee employees are powder hounds just like their guests and choose their careers based on the shared love for the mountains. With saddened hearts, they too completed their lift-access-season early.
During this time, shared interests, joys, and passions bring us together. And although life is a bit different, the snow continues to fall, and the mountains’ calling still rings strong in our ears.
LAUGHTER AND FRESH AIR ARE THE BEST MEDICINE
Lucky for Teton County locals, the mountains are our backyard. Vast landscapes and tree-covered hills are our playground, and neighbors down the street share our adventurous spirits. While respecting social distancing recommendations, there is still fun to be had. Take this time to live more simply. Let go of the unnecessary things that may have clogged up your day previously and focus on being present with those loved ones you’ve chosen to quarantine with. Take a walk, or a hike, and keep the positivity rolling.
be your own snow reporter
With the resort’s closure, snow reporting has ceased as well. But, just because there isn’t a mysterious person behind the curtain driving up the hill at 5:00am to collect data, doesn’t mean there isn’t data to be collected.
It’s more important than ever to be analyzing data, avalanche conditions, and weather patterns before choosing to clip in and begin earning your turns. As you enter into the ever-changing sport of backcountry skiing, you gain a new title. Accept the position, and become your own snow reporter. From real-life experience, I promise you it’s quite fun. You’ll learn a lot along the way too.
If you choose to escape to the mountains, stay humble. And regardless, be kind to your friends, neighbors, and local business owners. Although Grand Targhee has stopped spinning its lifts, the #TargheeVibe still echos through the mountains and the valley we are blessed to call home. Remind yourself and each other why this place is so special, and make the most of this unique time. It’s our time to shine.
And remember, if you don’t know, don’t go.
Until next season,
Snow Reporter Emily
We’ll be wrapping up the season with a post featuring the best moments of 2019/20. Share your favorite memories on social, and tag #targheevibe to be featured!