Grand Targhee, Wyo.--If Sacajawea could lead Louis and Clark in their historic crossing of the continent, then a ski lift named in her honor should ably transport skiers to a Wyoming mountain top. That was the reasoning by the Grand Targhee resort, which sponsored a naming contest for its new high-speed quad that climbs to the top of Peaked Mountain.
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe recently performed a special dedication ceremony for the Sacajawea lift, with ceremonial dances, music and a blessing by Harrison "Bunny" Shoyo. The lift opens up 500 new acres of intermediate and advanced skiing-which can be accessed from the base area via the Mill Creek Traverse-increasing Targhee's terrain by about 25 percent. "This is a dream come true for Grand Targhee," said Larry Williamson, the resort's General Manager. "We are honored that the Shoshone Council was able to join us for this dedication ceremony and excited to unveil this gem of a mountain to all Targhee guests." Peaked Mountain previously was used exclusively for snowcat skiing, which continues on 1,000 prime acres.
The new Sacajawea lift is Targhee's first expansion project as part of its 1994 Master Plan. Other expansion plans include the construction of three additional lifts on the southern part of the resort. A second chair will provide access to nearby Lightning Mountain, while the third lift will access the top of Peaked Mountain. The fourth chair will transport skiers from the bottom of Mill Creek back to the base area. These projects are slated to be complete by the 2003-04 winter season.
For more information about Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort, call 800-TARGHEE or log onto www.grandtarghee.com.