Grand Targhee Resort's season pass sale started last May. But it wraps up its final weekend on Sept. 9-11. The last weekend of the early bird pass promotion froths with the annual Spuds and Suds Festival along with the blowout tent sale with equipment and clothing deals.

Beginning Friday, Habitat throws its annual blowout tent sale. Skiers and snowboarders can pick up deals for this winter on clothing, skis, and boards. The Colter Building parking lot piles up 40-80 percent off deals. Winter wear, equipment, and summer gear go on sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 9-10.

Saturday brings on the Spuds and Suds Festival that celebrates the Idaho staple-the potato. Families can build potato-heads from real potatoes, and a baked potato bar offers multiple ways to top the tuber. Of course, local brews are in the mix, too. The beer tent will be serving up brews from Snake River Brewing, Wildlife Brewery, and Grand Teton Brewing. The festival features the live music of Los Angeles band Andy Frasco and the U.N. and the local band The Alta Boys. Tickets cost $15 for suds and $7 for the potato bar. The event runs 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10.

Sunday marks the finale of the season pass sale. Passes come in two forms — an unlimited pass valid any day and a weekday pass. Rates for both hop up by $50-300 on Sept. 12.

During the sale, the unlimited passes cost $599 for adults, $349 for seniors, $249 for teens and college students, and $199 for juniors. Family passes cost $1,199.

The weekday pass is valid for Mondays through Fridays, with the exception of blackout days Dec. 24-Jan. 2 and Feb. 20. Discounted tickets — a full day ticket at a half-day price — are available for weekday passholders during blackout dates. Weekday passes cost $459 for adults and $299 for seniors.

Benefits for season pass purchasers include discounts on cat skiing, tubing, lessons, retail, dining, photography, and lodging. Free Nordic season passes are available to season passholders, too.

Grand Targhee aims to open for the season on Nov. 25. Closing date for the 2011-12 ski season is scheduled for April 8. Freestyle aficionados need to be aware that the resort is not planning on creating a terrain park this winter.

More information. Or call 307-353-2300.


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Grand Targhee Resort. Credit: William R. Sallaz.