Skinny to Fat: the Targhee Diet Day 3/3

Cat Skiing Adventure:

The Knowledge is Powder Camp offers two options on day three of their program. You can either stick with another day of Early Tracks and off trail instruction, or head out on a Cat Skiing adventure to put your new found skills to the test. Matias, Kevin and I all opted for a day spent exploring over 600 acres of untouched terrain that is only accessible through the Cat Skiing program. We met in the arcade (located off of the plaza) in the early AM to receive an overview of the day, put on our avalanche beacons and wait for the lifts to open. Once open, we headed up the Sacajawea lift to board the cat. It was the first day since the storm where the Tetons and the Valley would be visible, and the excitement of those taking in the views for the first time was contagious.

 

The Knowledge is Powder Camp offers two options on day three of their program. You can either stick with another day of Early Tracks and off trail instruction, or head out on a Cat Skiing adventure to put your new found skills to the test. Matias, Kevin and I all opted for a day spent exploring over 600 acres of untouched terrain that is only accessible through the Cat Skiing program. We met in the arcade (located off of the plaza) in the early AM to receive an overview of the day, put on our avalanche beacons and wait for the lifts to open. Once open, we headed up the Sacajawea lift to board the cat. It was the first day since the storm where the Tetons and the Valley would be visible, and the excitement of those taking in the views for the first time was contagious.

Matias and Francisco brought along a few of their friends who had just arrived from Chile the night before. The group consisted of both skiers and boarders, and our guides for the day included Scoop, Helen, and Erik. Run after run we were treated to fresh lines. For many in the group this was the best snow they’d ever had the privilege of skiing and riding, and their joy was expressed across their faces in the form of wide grins. We were having such fun that we only ever stopped for a quick coffee break and lunch by the fire, but the day still seemed to sport a casual laid back vibe that I enjoyed.

Après & Adiós:

I don’t know that anyone was ready for it to end, but in time it did. Afterwards the Chileans, Kevin and I headed to the Trap Bar and Grill to cheers to a great weekend. We shared stories about what home meant to us, and I daydreamed of visiting Chile. Matias went over what he liked and disliked in each pair of skis he demoed over the duration of the camp, and decided he’d most definitely be taking a pair home with him. Francisco bought a new boarding set up of his own and spoke of how happy he was with his purchase.

Eventually, it was time to say our goodbyes and it felt like I was leaving friends I’d known for much longer than just three days. The moment was bittersweet, but I have a strong feeling our paths will cross again some day.

Have Your Own Knowledge is Powder Experience:

If you’re newer to powder skiing or riding or are simply looking to hone in on your off piste skills, the Knowledge is Powder Camp may be just right for you. On top of bettering your skills you’ll receive early tracks, zero lift lines, cat skiing, video analysis of your form, and breakfast and lunch with new friends! Grand Targhee is offering three additional sessions and one Women’s Only camp this season.

Thanks for following my story; pray for snow!

Emily joined Grand Targhee’s team after making the decision to move across the country in search of a place where she’d be able to fuse her passion, work, and love for the mountains into one. She’s decided, life at Targhee definitely beats the rat race she came from.