Only accessed through Driggs, Idaho, Grand Targhee is a hidden gem averaging over 500 inches annually. The resort is known for its "champagne" powder. Originally formed by a group of locals in 1966, the resort has expanded, and now offers a hotel, spa, and retail. The resort offers a total of 5 lifts, four quads on two peaks (two of which are high speed), 2 terrain parks and in-bounds hiking terrain. Summertime is just as exciting as winter in the Tetons, as Grand Targhee also offers 2,200 vertical feet of lift-accessed terrain for all riding levels and more than 70 miles of multi-use trails for cross country and downhill biking. In addition to mountain biking, Grand Targhee hosts musical events throughout the summer, most notably the Bluegrass and Targhee Music festivals.
Grand Targhee Real Estate
Though Grand Targhee offers just over 2,600 acres of terrain, only 119.97 acres are deeded, while the remaining acreage is part of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. While there is a master plan that was granted preliminary approval in 2008, no further steps were taken to break ground and move forward with development. The master plan was later updated in 2017, but did not change the total number of units, which includes 450 units and 150,000 square feet of commercial space.
Located in Alta, Wyoming, Grand Targhee has faced challenges moving into the development stages outline of the master plan, in part because of the environmental and development requirements of the County. Future development would likely also require in affordable housing plan for employees and transportation solutions. The original master plan required conserving dedicated acreage within a small radius to help benefit wildlife. Negotiation ideas to move forward with development have included funding Teton Creek restoration projects as well as guaranteeing the conservation of acreage in Alta. These proposed requirements would financially burden developers, but would benefit the Teton Creek corridor, local wildlife and downstream users in Teton Valley, Idaho.
The current master plan suggests development in four phases. Each phase would include duplexes, cabins, and single-family lots. The plan also suggests that short-term rentals would be permitted in at least a portion of the development, a controversial topic in Teton County, Wyoming with a blanket moratorium on short term rental which does impact Alta, Wyoming.
As of early 2023, Targhee has applied for 28 cabins, though it is not clear if these will be offered for sale. The owner was quoted by the Jackson Hole News & Guide: “I don’t want to just sell a house. You get money up front, but then you don’t get the skier visits out of it. I want the things that holistically benefit the resort over the long period of time.”
Nearby listings can be found below.
- Ski Resort
- Backcountry/Terrain Parks/Nordic Areas
- Summer Downhill & XC Biking, Winter XC Biking
- Travel Times:
- Alta, WY = 7.7 miles
- Driggs, ID = 12.2 miles
- Jackson, WY = 44.9 miles
- Rexburg, ID = 57.7 miles
- Idaho Falls, ID = 83.2 miles