Winter Mountain Safety
Grand Targhee Resort is committed to promoting slope safety!
The inherent risks involved with alpine activities can lead to dire consequences. When visiting our mountain environment, please remember this fact at all times. Grand Targhee Resort is committed to providing our visitors with information and at times warnings to help them to make good decisions. With this in mind, we ask that our guests respect their Responsibility Code, and utilize the rest of the following menu, especially if you’re new to our area. Backcountry Access and Terrain Park users please visit the appropriate tab for current information and updates.
The following uses are not permitted:
- Dogs, except for service, avalanche, and search and rescue.
- Camping or over-nighting, except as approved by Grand Targhee Resort and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Snow play activities use (i.e. toboggans, sleds, tubes, etc.) except as operated by the Resort.
- Motorized vehicles outside of the base area except for administrative purposes (in accordance with the Targhee National Forest Travel Plan).
- Infants are not permitted on the lifts. Children in backpacks are not permitted on the lifts.
Ski Patrol- Reporting an Emergency
Call the Ski Patrol Dispatch at 1 307-353-2300 ext.1333 on your phone, or just the extension from a resort house phone. Ski Patrol Emergency call boxes are located at various trail locations. Please hold the call button in while you speak. Tell the dispatcher your call box number and the details of your emergency.
Contact the nearest lift operator or other resort employee if a phone is unavailable.
The First-Aid room is located in the lower level of the Rendezvous Lodge between the photo desk and the lower level of the Rendezvous Lodge’s North exit. For walk in first-aid assistance, please stop by the First-Aid room and dial 1 307-353-2300 ext.1333 on the in room phone.
Designation of Boundary Types
Information on closures will be available by calling 1 307-353-2300 ext.1333 between 9am and 4pm Grand Targhee Resort acknowledges and marks its boundaries in several forms:
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest Permit Area: The total area allowed by the National Forest Service for use by Grand Targhee Resort. As each of the following zones resides within, the Permit Area itself bears no marking.
- Ski Area Boundary: The total zone within the designated permit area that Grand Targhee Resort determines as their official boundary. This boundary may be subject to change, and will be delineated by “Ski Area Boundary” signs. Some Ski Area Boundary zones are also Closed Areas. Backcountry users may leave the Ski Area Boundary at any time by way of the “Open Backcountry Gate” located at Scotty’s Couloir (unless closed by the USFS or the Teton County Wyoming Sheriff’s Office). Other backcountry access zones are located within Closed, Avalanche Areas (see below), and may only be used when these areas are open for use. These areas lack rope lines and “Closed” signs, but have the requisite “Ski Area Boundary” signs.
- Closed Area: Consisting of sub-zones within the Ski Area Boundary, Closed Areas are marked with “Closed” signs and rope lines. Access to these areas is prohibited, and violators may be subject to Law Enforcement penalties.
- Closed, Avalanche Area: As a subset of the Closed Area policy, Avalanche Areas may be accessed by users when allowed and indicated by qualified Grand Targhee Resort personnel. These areas have specific flip signs that read “Closed- Avalanche Area” when closed, and “Caution- Avalanche Hazard” when open for use. Gates in the area’s rope line will be opened when access is allowed and closed when disallowed. All users must enter the area through these gates only. Closed, Avalanche Areas within the permit area will be posted on status boards at the appropriate lift loading area and will be included as part of the snow report.
Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety
Grand Targhee Resort is world renowned for deep light snow. While this is most always a good thing there are inherent hazards related to deep snow within the resort boundaries! NARSID stands for Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death. NARSID incidents occur with deep snow or tree well immersions, in which a rider or skier falls into an area of deep, unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles, the more entrapped in the snow they become, and risk suffocation.
- Each skier or snowboarder controls his or her own level of risk and are the only ones that can prevent this type of accident from happening. Always ski and ride with a partner. To minimize your risk, you must know how to travel safely with your partners in these un-groomed deep snow areas.
- Always stay in visual contact so that your partner(s) can see you if you fall. Visual contact means stopping and watching your partner descend at all times, then proceeding downhill while he or she watches you at all times. It does no good if your partner is already waiting for you in lift line while you are still descending the slope.
- Stay close enough to either pull or dig out. If you have any question about what “close enough” to assist someone in a tree well is, hold your breath while you are reading this. The amount of time before you need air may be how much time your partner has to pull or dig you out of danger. Other factors such as creating an air pocket or the position you fall in, may affect this critical time frame.
- Remember, if you lose visual contact with your partner you could lose your friend. It is important to know that most people who have died in deep snow or tree well accidents had been skiing or riding with “partners” at the time of their accident. Unfortunately, none of these partners were in visual contact so they were not able to be of help in a timely manner.
- If you have lost contact with a friend or group, contact Grand Targhee Resort patrol at ext.1333.