Andy Williams' Presentation at the Fat Bike Summit & Festival
Grand Targhee Resort1st Ski Resort To Allow Fat Biking
The ‘FAT’ Decision Why should Ski & Summer Resorts provide Fat Bikes access to existing Nordic Trails? • Fat Biking provides an excellent fit within existing Nordic Area facilities and operations. • Allows more people to experience the Nordic Area • Many skiers are cyclists, which creates an excellent cross over opportunity for the ski resort.When we get lots of snow our guests are continuing to predominantlyski. We are seeing a behavior change if the conditions are dry, foggyor are wanting to take a afternoon ski break.
Fat Bike Trails ImpactWhat are the impacts on Nordic trails? It’s all about snow & trail conditions which can change daily. We avg. 500” of annual snow fall which isn’t ideal for biking. A fat bike will leave no more of an impression in the snow than a skate skier.
Rules Of The Trail• Bikes should yield right away at all intersections• Snow bike lane ride too left of classic track/yield to all skiers. Stay to right side of trail around corners and for oncoming skiers• Snow bike riders should let track set–up until 10:00am on morning in which the track is groomed• Ride Rick’s Basin and Quakie loops counterclockwise only (This is due to it is the best direction to minimize hill climbing)• Do not ride in soft conditions. Hard packed conditions on trails with 2”new snow is ok. After a snow fall with freshly groomed trails be aware that the trails can be too soft. If you leave a rut, it’s too soft.• Snow bike riding is only allowed on designated Nordic Trails• Snow bikes only on trails, tires must be 3.7”or bigger• Trail passes are mandatory
Targhee Winter Info• 500” + average annual snowfall• 5,000 season passholders• Award winning sustainability programs• 150,000 winter skier visits• Teton Valley community leader• Marketing leader in the region