Big Sky Resort

By Chelsi Moy BIG SKY RESORT PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

As skiers and snowboarders assess their gear, buy passes and plan their ski getaways, Big Sky Resort is also prepping for winter—and has been for a while. Thanksgiving Day is slated for opening day. Snow is in the forecast and we are ready with our snowmaking machines as long as we get a little help from Mother Nature.

Our two brand new chairlifts are complete. The chairs are on Powder Seeker, a high-speed six-seat chairlift with heated seats and blue bubble covers. It’s the highest bubble chairlift in North America and the most technologically advanced lift built in the country this year. The lift houses are modern and spacious. The new Challenger chairlift, a new triple with a conveyor load, will get skiers and snowboarders to the ridge 25 faster than the old lift. Both chairlifts will open as soon as the snow permits. We think people will appreciate the warmer, quicker rides.

There are four new runs at Big Sky Resort this year—two gladed runs and two groomed runs in the Bowl area for a total of 20.5 new skiable acres. White Witch, near Lone Tree Quad, was named by the Landry family when the naming rights were auctioned off at a Moonlight Foundation fundraiser. Steep and Deep—a black diamond groomer—and Ski Time—an intermediate run—are both groomers in the Bowl and named after 1980s Warren Miller ski films. Forbidden Forest is the largest of the new runs at 15 acres and is located between Lower Morningstar and Magic Meadows.

Also, don’t forget that free week for Sky Card holders begins Nov. 28, and $29 day is Dec. 2. There are a lot of exciting changes this season at Big Sky Resort. We’re excited to see you on the slopes!

Visit bigskyresort.com for more information.

Grand Targhee Resort

By Jennie White Grand Targhee Marketing and Social Media Manager

Temperatures have dropped and it’s starting to look more like winter. Here at Grand Targhee Resort, we’re excited for the 2016-17 season to get underway. Keep an eye on our website for opening day. We can’t wait to share some turns with you!

To get you excited for the winter, we want to let you know what we were up to this summer. Spring of 2016 we retired the old double Blackfoot chairlift—an iconic piece of Grand Targhee Resort’s history since 1974—and replaced it with a Doppelmayer fixed grip quad.

The new Blackfoot has footrests and sweeps riders to the top of the mountain in seven minutes at a rate of 450 feet per minute. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to over 500 acres and 1,200 vertical feet. We’ve also installed a restroom at the base of the lift.

Other mountain improvements include expanded parking, a new grooming snowcat, new terrain park features and renovations to the Rendezvous restrooms. Additional miles of single-track trails have been added to Targhee for all the fat bike enthusiasts out there.

We hope you’ll plan a trip to Grand Targhee Resort this winter and experience our Western hospitality and pure mountain charm. Here’s to a great winter. Think snow!
 
Visit grandtarghee.com for more information.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

By David Johnson MARKETING AT JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is excited to announce that our 51st season will begin on Thanksgiving Day and will run 135 days until April 9, 2017, making this the longest season in JHMR history.

Following the heaviest snowfall during the month of October in 16 years, 55 inches, JHMR has felt the heat wave like much of the West. As we anxiously await Thanksgiving Day, the weather appears to be turning for the cold. It looks like winter’s coming and JHMR will get back in the flow.

We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back many exciting events for the upcoming 2016-17 winter season. On Dec. 17, we’re opening a new lift, the Sweetwater Gondola, which will ease access to the Casper area and increase loading capacity out of the base area.

In February, the return of the World Championship Powder 8’s and Skijoring will mark a two-week run of events. The weekend of Feb. 4, the Powder 8’s will return to Cody Bowl for the best synchronized skiing event around. The following weekend competitors will come from near and far to take part in Skijoring, billed as “the most adrenaline packed 15-20 seconds of fun.”

The season culminates in early April, but the real party takes place during our Jackson Hole Rendezvous Spring Festival. This year’s dates are March 17–19, 2017 and we’ll announce the bands and acts in the near future. Last year Zac Brown Band put Rendezvous on the map in front of a record crowd here in Teton Village and we’re excited to see what’s next.
 
Visit jacksonhole.com for more information.