Celebrating 50 Winter Seasons
Good Times Since 1969
The powder that blankets Grand Targhee Resort (averaging more than 500 inches of “Teton Gold” per year) is what most people are originally drawn to, but the culture and community keep locals and visitors alike returning for generations. Sparked from an idea conceived well over 50 years ago, Grand Targhee continues to grow and reinvest all while maintaining a commitment to service and a quality guest experience. Originally created by locals to introduce the western side of the Tetons to outsiders and to spur winter economic activity in the Teton Valley, the resort has grown into one of the most renowned destinations in the west (especially true amongst powder aficionados). With over 2,600 skiable acres for exploration, far from the crowds that frequent other high-profile resorts, Grand Targhee continues to keep the ski and snowboard experience authentic.
As we embark on our 50th winter season, we invite you to make a visit, start new traditions, and experience the one-and-only Targhee Vibe.
A Look Back On Grand Targhee
1966: Locals conceive of a ski area and from Grand Targhee Resort, Inc., an Idaho nonprofit corporation
1969: Resort is built, including Bannock and Shosone lifts, Targhee Lodge, and a small day lodge December 26, 1969: First day of operation with over 2,000 skiers
1973: Grand Targhee Resort was purchased by Bill Robinson of Big Valley Corp
1974: Blackfoot Lift opens
1997: Teewinot Lodge opens
1987: Mori Bergmeyer and Carol Mann purchase the resort
1988: Resort welcomes snowboarders
1988: Resort adds summer operations and hosts the first Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
1989: Cat skiing operations begins
1990: Fire destroys the Day Lodge and retail buildings on March 25. Resort re-opens on March 30 with full operations and temporary tents. Base area was rebuilt and open and ready for guests in November the following season
1994: Mountain bikes welcomed on chairs for summer operations
1997: Grand Targhee Resort was purchased by Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc.
1997: Shoshone lift was replaced with a fixed grip quad and Bannocked was replaced with a high speed detachable quad and renamed Dreamcatcher
2000: Grand Targhee Resort is purchased by George Gillett and family
2000: Papose, the magic carpet, was installed
2001: Sacajawea lift opens, expanding skiable terrain by 500 acres
2002: First Terrain Park opens
2005: First Annual Targhee Fest Summer Music Festival
2011: Shuttle program with the Idaho Transportation Department created
2014: Summer mountain bike effort is reinforced with purchase of Ditch Witch Mini Skid Steerer aka “Andy’s Mule” opening door for exponential trail development
2016: Blackfoot double chair is replaced with a fixed grip quad chairlift
2018: Winter 2018/19 is the 50th Anniversary of Grand Targhee Resort’s opening
Photo Credits: Rickers Film Productions, William Sallaz, and Wade McCoy – Focus Productions.