Local skier, Jenny Wolfrom, shares some advise on early season skiing at Targhee:
When the snow starts falling in Jackson during the shoulder seasons, the ski/snowboard bug hits and locals are willing to hike up almost anything to get a few powder turns in before the lifts start running. This fall, the clouds have been taking a pit stop in Idaho, dropping a bunch of fluffy white stuff on The Gem State before breaking over the Tetons and into Jackson Hole.
A short drive over Teton Pass from Jackson, Grand Targhee Resort has been offering up some great early season skiing with a current snow base of 27" and total snowfall this season of 73". You have to be willing to work for it, though. By the amount of cars in the parking lot you wouldn't be able to tell that the lifts at "the Ghee" aren't running yet, but dozens of determined skiers and riders are hiking up the boot-pack or ski touring to the top of Fred's Mountain and then enjoying a reward of 2,100 vertical feet of skiing down black diamond trails like The Face and Headwall. So if you're itching for some snow action, head over to Targhee this week and earn some turns. As with any snow terrain, please be mindful of limited coverage, exposed rocks and avalanche danger.
The best part of the trip over to Idaho aside from knee deep powder skiing? Heading to one of the great bars in Victor or Driggs for an Apres-ski beverage and snack. If hiking isn't your speed, both Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts open this weekend!