ALTA, Wyo. — Grand Targhee Resort will welcome skiers and snowboarders beginning on Friday, Nov. 17, with a fraction of the resort’s terrain open to visitors.

A slower accumulation of snow this year will limit the scope of recreation on the mountain until the weather picks up. Only the Shoshone Lift and the Huckleberry Conveyor Lift will be open this weekend, with one groomed run off of each of those lifts and some additional ungroomed terrain off of Shoshone.

“The start to every season is a little bit different,” Grand Targhee’s Director of Mountain Operations Mark Neff said via email. “This year we have had limited snowfall and warm weather leading up to opening day. We decided to only open the Shoshone and Huckleberry Lifts for the time being, so there will only be a few runs open. We need quite a bit more snow until we can safely open Dreamcatcher and the south side of the resort.”

Additional lift and trail openings will be announced on the resort’s app.

Last year, when the area experienced a much snowier November, people attended Targhee’s opening day in droves, and the resort was almost fully open. This winter is beginning with an El Niño phase, which might portend a warmer and drier winter.

The team at Targhee will be watching the skies for more precipitation and updating the public as more runs become usable.

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