What a crazy winter we have had thus far. Wait, have we had winter? New Englanders have been golfing and mountain biking in January. I am going to remain optimistic and say there is tons of snow to come. Meanwhile, I know misery loves company - it has been a tough start for much of the country. Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, reputed for deep snow, has 4 of 170 trails open. Mammoth is at 30% operation. Summit Country Colorado and Park City Utah resorts are receiving some snow, but have had a rocky start, pun intended.
The good news, New England resorts have snowmaking super powers and this season has put their guns to the test proving to skiers and riders that you can ski without (real) snow. And there is snow in the forecast later this week. Hey, Switzerland and Alaska just got dumped on – sixteen feet of snow (note to Mother Nature: please distribute the winter wealth more evenly).
More good news, Wyoming has snow (and I am fortunate enough to be here), the natural kind from the heavens not from hoses as my first tracks guide Derek at Grand Targhee said. Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee both have over 100’ inches. Even better news, Grand Targhee is offering free skiing to any North American season passholder, when you book three nights lodging at the resort. Ken Rider, director of marketing & sales for Grand Targhee Resort said, “Weather is fickle and we realize that every resort is but one big dump away from the record conditions we all enjoyed last season. For now, we have gotten loads of snow and we want to reach out and use this early season to introduce skiers who love powder to the 2,602 acres available at the ‘Ghee. All three mountains, Fred’s, Peaked and Mary’s are open with 100 percent of our terrain.”
Photo by Greg Burke of Grand Targhee Resort
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familysktitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.