The Season Ahead And What You Need To Know
The 2021 summer season at Grand Targhee Resort was a busy one. We have made over $20 million in capital improvements to the resort in preparation for many winters to come. As the Grand Targhee team gears up for another winter, operations will continue to be fluid as the COVID pandemic continues. We are committed to the health and safety of our employees and guests, as well as proving a great experience.
As we all know last winter was a challenge and we implemented new policies and procedures to ensure a safe experience, utilizing health and safety guidelines from NSAA and local and federal organizations.
Our opening day is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2021, conditions permitting, and we plan on operating 144 days this winter. The following outlines operations for the winter. We ask once again for your cooperation and patience as we navigate through the season, that you continue to use safe practices, limit your time indoors, and social distance wherever you can. We will modify our operations as required by any health restrictions or changing circumstances, and we will continue to try to do the best we can for our employees, community, and guests. Be prepared to use your car as a basecamp for storing personal gear, as gear storage will be limited to designated lockers.
We are planning on running our lifts at full loading capacity. We will monitor advance ticket sales and limit capacity where needed. Advanced reservations will be available for most of our products.
Lift tickets are now on sale. Purchase your tickets here. We recommend that tickets and other products be purchased online at grandtarghee.com in advance for guaranteed access and the best pricing. You will be able to purchase full-day and half-day adult, junior, senior tickets, and Shoshone-only tickets online or in-person at Habitat in Driggs. Season passholders and Mountain Collective passholders are not required to make a reservation. Friends and Family, military, and passholders from other Mountain Collective resorts will not need to be purchased in advance. We will monitor total capacity and advance ticket sales, and tickets may no longer be available on specific days online, at the resort, or at Habitat.
Reservations are recommended for rentals and Ski and Snowboard School lessons. Our Kids Club Childcare, for ages two months to five years of age, will operate this winter with a maximum number of children based on county guidelines. Ski and Snowboard School will offer group and private beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons. Book your adult lessons here. Full and half-day programs will be offered for children ages 6-14. Book junior lessons here. Our popular season-long and individual session Bobcat and Big Cat programs are now available for purchase.
Food and beverage operations will include The Branding Iron, The Trap Bar & Grill, Snorkel’s Café and Wild Bill’s Grill, Headwaters Grill, and the Taco Truck. Indoor seating will be limited and reserved for paid dining guests only. We will continue to monitor local, county, and federal guidelines and change policies if needed.
Currently, the Teton County, WY District Health Office has issued Public Health Order #21-5, an order requiring individuals within Teton County, Wyoming to begin wearing face coverings inside buildings and on public transportation. This mandate will remain in effect through at least December 31, 2021. Please be prepared when you visit the resort.
We are committed to the health and safety of their guests and employees and will continue to follow all county, state, and federal guidelines. Under current guidelines and company policy, guests and employees are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside buildings and on the parking lot shuttle, Teton Valley Bus, and employees are required to be vaccinated or have a weekly negative test.
Once again, we are offering a no-questions-asked refund policy on the purchase of your season pass. If you choose not to use your season pass at Grand Targhee for the 2021/22 winter season, then you may request a full refund prior to November 15, 2021. After November 15, 2021, you must have purchased season pass insurance to be eligible for a refund or credit toward your 2022/23 season pass.
Our new parking lot is complete. This new lot will increase parking capacity by 30%. With this new lot, the resort is implementing a new flow throughout the lots and dedicating a small area for paid parking. The first few rows and most of the back part of the upper lot will remain free and first-come, first served. Our goal is to park cars more efficiently this winter, alleviating the congestion entering the resort and making riding the Teton Valley Bus more reliable. Please take a look at our new parking plan and map here.
We will be providing dedicated parking lot shuttles that will service the farther out lots throughout the day with dedicated shuttle stops. We have made the decision to designate some of the parking rows as paid parking. Paid parking will be $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays. As always, we encourage the use of the free Teton Valley Bus. Check out the winter Teton Valley Bus schedule here.
We began construction on our new employee housing units in 2020. We are happy to say that once completed this fall, these 16 units will house 112 employees for the resort. Each unit has six bedrooms with walk-in closet space, a private bathroom, a common room, new appliances, a washer and dryer, and cookware/utensils. The location of these units offers convenient access to town, shuttle stops, and local amenities.
Our new mountain operations facility is scheduled for substantial completion by November 2021. The new state of the art facility is over 13,000 square feet and includes nine work bays, ten mountain operations offices, a 10,000lbs overhead crane, a 5,000lbs jib crane, a snowcat/bus maintenance lift, auto maintenance lift, and state-of-the-art oil, fluid, and fuel station and dispenser. There is an oil, water, and contaminants separator with a washing station that will use recycled water to wash vehicles. The building will be complete with LED lighting, hydronic heating, and an exhaust containment system that filters exhaust to clean air when the team works on the machines. This building was built with the environment in mind regarding efficiency on heating, recycling water and separating fluids, and an exhaust containment system. The location of the shop will provide a much better separation of Resort vehicle traffic from the parking lots and guests.
This summer brought excitement to the team as construction on the new Peaked Lift began, and it is scheduled to open for the 22/23 winter season. The tower foundations, top and bottom terminal grading, power supply, fiber conduits, and communication line installation have been successfully completed. Cat skiing will be offered in this area for the last time during the upcoming 2021/22 winter.
We are continuing to improve our grooming fleet by adding a new Prinoth BISON X winch groomer. This machine offers optimal maneuverability and the Caterpillar C9.3 engine gives it the power to shape slopes, terrain parks, and learning terrain. This tier 4 diesel engine is one of the cleanest emission machines on the market today.
We are excited for winter and all the projects that we have been working on. In a few weeks (hopefully!) we will be sharing powder days and good times. Remember, we are all here to enjoy the incredible vibe that we know as Targhee. Be kind, be respectful, and embrace what we came to share.
The Targhee Team