Grand Targhee officials have requested the Caribou Targhee National Forest to remove cat skiing in the South Bowl from the resort’s development plan. The plan included constructing new lifts in the South Bowl, mountain-top restaurants, and expanding the resort boundaries. If CTNF implemented the plan, skiing would be relocated to the South facing South Bowl until a second lift is installed on the peaked mountain.
Skiers were not comfortable with the idea, and many of them complained about the development plan. They did not want to stop skiing on Peaked Mountain since they could access it from the saddle between Peaked Mountain and Mary’s Nipple. Also, they would have a hard time skiing in the South Bowl since its terrain is complex. Although Geordie Gillet, Grand Targhee’s general manager, did not think about it that way, he positively took the people’s complaints. As a result of this, he wrote CTNF a letter, requesting it to ensure that the south bowl remains gated. In the letter, Gillett also requested the area to be used for guided tours and skiers not to enter the area without a guide until lifts are installed.
Jay Pence, a ranger from Teton District, said that the CTNF would consider Gillett’s request through the CTNF’s formal process. He further added that the feedback from skiers and the development plan’s nature have made CTNF delay in approving the initial plan. The CTNF is likely to make a final decision on this matter in March 2022.
Together with the S.E Group, Gillett has decided to expand the resort boundaries. For instance, they have decided to expand the South Bowl’s ski terrain and Peaked Mountain into Teton Canyon. Once this expansion is done, 1200 acres will be added to the 2500 acres already in use under a permit from CTNF.