News Roundup 12/2/16 — Grand Ol’ Targhee

2 December 2016 — Well if you can’t tell by the headline, take a look at the photo: Grand Targhee is the place to be, opening yesterday after being dumped on and now serving up about 60% of their terrain. That’s simply incredible, and the powderhounds were certainly making the most of it. Snow of some sort forecasted for the resort for the next seven days, best of it probably Sunday…elsewhere in Idaho, Pebble Creek sitting on 18″ of snow but not nearly enough base to open. We’re keeping an eye on this one as they just sold to Shay Butler, who does some sort of Youtube thing and I still can’t make heads or tails out of how this guy makes money. Probably why he’s buying a ski area and I’m sitting at this keyboard…good news out of New Mexico, not nearly as much snow but still sufficient that Taos plans to open a week from today…look just a bit north in Colorado and we see that Telluride opens today, a bit later than hoped for…elsewhere in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin cranked up the Lenawee lift this morning, so they’re finally top-to-bottom.  Meanwhile over the hill at Loveland they’re still working on chair 6 terrain…Tahoe region sees Alpine Meadows opening more terrain, they’ve got the Summit Six scheduled to spin today but we expect a wind hold to throw a wrench into the works. Either way they’ll have the Roundhouse chair open, which gets you plenty high up the hill…Great news in Oregon, Bend area Hoodoo Resort will open tomorrow, running the Big Green Machine, Red and Hodag chair lifts with some 28″ of snow at the base. Although tix will be just $35 tomorrow, Hoodoo is doing a canned food drive for The Giving Plate in Bend. Those who bring two cans of baby food or formula, soup, fruit, vegetables, pasta sauce, cake mixes or boxed meals will get a ticket for $20. That’s fantastic! Also fantastic is fact that the last time Hoodoo opened this early was 2005…back east we see a lot of areas reopening after the warm up, Hunter NY, Jiminy Peak MA, and Mount Snow VT among the southern NY/New England hills turning the lights back on today…speaking of New York area, northern New Jersey‘s popular Sparta Ski Swap returns this weekend; drop off today, sale tomorrow…Keep in mind FIS World Cup skiing all over the airwaves and interweb this weekend…not sure if I reported that Snowbird is open with terrific conditions in Utah. Resorts opening fast and furious right now; we try to report the most significant openings and give you kind of the highlights from each region. Anyway, Snowbird’s in good shape. North of there a bit we expect Powder Mountain to open for the season this morning, not sure if those new lifts are running but we’ll check it out and report back….afternoon update, looks like Aksel Lund Svindal’s recovery is a good one, the Norseman finished second in today’s Super G race in Val d’Isere to countryman Kjetil Jansrud.

Photo above: Sunrise over the Dreamcatcher lift at Grand Targhee this morning