Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Waiting For Snow
My first visit to Grand Targhee ski resort was in November 1994. Wild Man Rob, Dave, Alli, Joanne and I all piled into the Trooper and drove up from Salt Lake. It was a week before Thanksgiving, temperatures were shockingly cold and the snow was DEEP. We're talking several feet of powder. Face-shots in November are a beautiful thing, and we were hooked. A few months later we all moved to Driggs.
It's a little different this year. Thanksgiving weekend is approaching, and the snowpack is thin to non-existent. We had more winter weather in September than we've had in November. Targhee still plans to open for the long weekend, but you'd better take your rock boards (it's the rounded mountain at left in this photo...white, but barely). A small storm and colder temps are predicted, but much more is needed.
I drove south to Logan, Utah yesterday for a quick visit with my crew at the R.U. Outside store and warehouse (the new & bigger main street location is looking great). I took the Tetonia-Rexburg route, and this was the view at the northwest end of the Big Hole mountains.
The Big Holes are the epicenter of Teton Valley snowmobiling (as well as the emerging sport of snow biking, but more on that later), with a couple hundred miles of groomed trails plus plenty of off-trail climbing and powder playgrounds. As of yesterday, there was virtually no snow, with green grass growing in the fields. It makes for nice driving conditions, but no winter fun...and we're ready for some winter fun around here.
Snow or not, Teton Valley scenery is always sublime. Sometimes (often, really) the sights are almost spiritual, as with the sunset this past Sunday evening. Definitely a worthy interruption of dinner and football.