Midwest Ski Journal likes to highlight a few pieces of skiing internet worth your time in Linking Turns. Find the best, most important, least important and otherwise links here each week.
This week we look at a deep, deep forecast on the west coast. Then, we watch a snowblader elude a bear underneath the chairlift at a resort. Finally, we look at Grand Targhee’s master redevelopment plan, including one activity they took off the table.
TURN 1: Chase the Deep Now Through Saturday (Powderchaser Steve)
Linking Turns is not normally the place for forecasts, but when Steve projects FEET of snow for the Sierra over the next three days, it’s hard to ignore.
For those not aware of the brilliance that is Powderchaser Steve, he lives up to his name. The man always ends up in the first chair of the snowiest ski area in North America. This uncanny ability has earned him thousands of followers in the ski world. Follow him @powderchasersteve and find his blogs on OpenSnow.
The next week brings several chase opportunities. Obviously, the Sierra is going to go off big time from late Tuesday night to Friday. High confidence of 4-6 feet above 7,000 feet. This will impact the entire range from Mammoth to Squaw and north towards the Oregon border. Much needed moisture (Up to 7 inches) is going to be a game-changer for California resorts.Powderchaser Steve/OpenSnow
TURN 2: Video shows bear chasing a skier down a slope (YouTube via Reddit)
This video does not require much commentary. Just watch in horror.
TURN 3: After public pushback, Grand Targhee pulls cat skiing from its expansion plan (Jeannette Boner/East Idaho News)
Grand Targhee, one of my favorite ski areas on the planet, announced it would not be seeking to make additional terrain on the south end of its resort for snowcat skiing only.
After a public hearing process through the Forest Service, the resort realized the public was opposed to limiting access to the area, according to the East Idaho News.
Targhee’s long-term plan is to add lifts to the area and open more terrain. Here’s a look at their Master Redevelopment Plan.
My biggest takeaway from this story is that this proposed expansion looks incredible. I would love to see it.