As my attention turns from snowboarding toward riding my mountain bike in the Foothills, I ran across this video of fatbiking at Grand Targhee, which is becoming a national leader for a ski area catering to fatbikes.
What if? I thought to myself, Bogus offered not only groomed fatbike trails, but let us ride a lift to get to them. What would I do? Well, short answer is take more trips up there and spend more money.
I don't own a fatbike, but I think fatbiking has legs. People are buying them in surprising numbers. Even the manufacturers and shop owners are surprised how many they're selling. Like early in the mountain biking days, riders are pioneering new places and creative ways to use them. Fatbikes were born on snow, but people are doing really cool things with them on beaches, sand dunes and other terrain.
What if Bogus groomed a few fatbike trails off the Bitterroot Chair and let people ride the lift to access them? As far as I know, they would be the first ski area in the country to offer lift-served fatbiking during winter.
If nothing else, they would get a whole lot of publicity for it, and people who are bored with groomed runs (that would be me) would have another reason to go up there. Since I don't own one, I would be renting, either from a local shop or at Bogus if they were available.
I'm sure people can give me 50 reasons why it wouldn't work, but I can give you one good reason why it would: It would be boatload of fun.