(Alta, WY – November 23, 2009) Grand Targhee Resort will open the Shoshone Chairlift and the Papoose Conveyor on Friday, November 27.

“While we have received over 80 inches of snow since the end of September, a few weeks of warm weather coupled with the low moisture content of the snow from this last storm cycle prevents us from opening the upper mountain at this time,” said General Manager F. Scott Pierpont. “We will open the remainder of our terrain as soon as conditions allow.”

Grand Targhee Resort will offer a reduced lift ticket rate of $39 for full day and $33 for half day for access to Shoshone and the Papoose Conveyor. Ski School, Kids Club and our retail shops will operate on a normal schedule. Resort restaurants will operate on the following schedule until further notice:

Snorkels 7:00 am to 2:00 pm daily
Wild Bills 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Trap Bar 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily
Branding Iron 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily
General Store 8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily

Grand Targhee Resort will kick off opening weekend with a Targhee Protect Our Winters party at the Trap Bar on Saturday, November 28, 2009. The party will start at 3:00 pm with a showing of the movie Signatures from Sweetgrass Productions, shot in HD and featuring 100% human powered riding in all snow-sliding styles. After the movie, get your eco-groove on with Salem , a socially conscious hip hop/jazz/reggae influenced band that has been featured on Warren Miller’s “Off the Grid,” at the X-Games and the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour. During the band break the Trap will show Generations, a TGR mini movie about the effects of climate change in the ski industry. We will be announcing some of our new sustainability initiatives, selling mug club memberships and $1 raffle tickets for the 40th anniversary mug, with all proceeds going to Targhee POW!

A Black Friday sale at Habitat will include 10% off retail prices throughout the store and a comp full day lift ticket for the 2009/10 winter season at Grand Targhee Resort with the purchase of any skis or snowboard (Friday only).

Grand Targhee Resort reminds guests and the public that our winter operations permit under the Caribou-Targhee National Forest begins this Friday, November 27 and initiates our in-season non lift uphill access policy:

Non-lift uphill access will be allowed ONLY on the Teton Vista Traverse prior to our daily 9:00 am resort opening. Peaked Mountain is CLOSED to uphill access. In addition, ALL uphill access will be closed during avalanche hazard reduction work, and all in-area closures will be adhered to. Please be aware that resort grooming equipment and resort snowmobiles will be encountered at any time. Uphill access will be conducted on foot, on snowshoes or on skis equipped with skins. When traveling uphill, you are bound by YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE. You must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time.

· Please stay on the outside edge of the groomed surface
· Position yourself so that you are visible from above
· Wear brightly colored clothing
· No dogs are allowed on the mountain
· Please obey and respect all area closures
· Before you begin your trek, please contact dispatch at 307-353-2300 x1333

Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. During the winter, our abundance of snow (more than 500 inches annually) and lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for abundant snow , genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value . Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is also an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, running and mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities . A leader in environmental resort practices , Grand Targhee Resort was recently honored with the prestigious 2009 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence . For more information, please visit our website at www.grandtarghee.com .
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