Impact to Wildlife


Teton Canyon is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Bear, moose, and cougars are just a few of the species that call the canyon their home. Some of the animals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act or deemed as sensitive species within this Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The Grand Targhee Expansions goal is to adjust their Special Use Permit to include two areas they call the Lightning Trees and South Bowl - which is critical wildlife habitat.

These two areas are currently closed in the winter to over-snow motorized vehicles, and wheeled motorized vehicles “to protect wilderness or wildlife in winter rages and cross-country ski areas.”

If Targhee gets their way, the expansion will take away the protections that are already in place to protect wintering wildlife.


Impact to Wildlife


Teton Canyon is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Bear, moose, and cougars are just a few of the species that call the canyon their home. Some of the animals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act or deemed as sensitive species within this Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The Grand Targhee Expansions goal is to adjust their Special Use Permit to include two areas they call the Lightning Trees and South Bowl - which is critical wildlife habitat.

These two areas are currently closed in the winter to over-snow motorized vehicles, and wheeled motorized vehicles “to protect wilderness or wildlife in winter rages and cross-country ski areas.”

If Targhee gets their way, the expansion will take away the protections that are already in place to protect wintering wildlife.

Impact to Wilderness &
Grand Teton National Park


The Tetons are an iconic mountain range, and a treasure for all Americans to enjoy.

Grand Targhee Ski Resort (GTR) is proposing a 50% expansion of their skiable terrain that includes 7 new lifts, two restaurants, 5 miles of roadbuilding and expansion into Teton Canyon. The ski resort currently borders the very popular Jedediah Smith Wilderness area.

If GTR is able to expand outside their permitted boundary, or build their mountain top restaurants the impacts will extend well beyond the ski area boundary, into the Wilderness and Grand Teton National Park. Any expansion into the Teton Canyon area would be an assault on the beauty, serenity, wildlife, and health of the canyon and beyond.

Impact to Wilderness &
Grand Teton National Park


The Tetons are an iconic mountain range, and a treasure for all Americans to enjoy.

Grand Targhee Ski Resort (GTR) is proposing a 50% expansion of their skiable terrain that includes 7 new lifts, two restaurants, 5 miles of roadbuilding and expansion into the popular North Fork of Teton Canyon. The ski resort currently borders the very popular Jedediah Smith Wilderness area.

If GTR is able to expand outside their permitted boundary, or build their mountain top restaurants the impacts will extend well beyond the ski area boundary, into the Wilderness and Grand Teton National Park. Any expansion into the Teton Canyon area would be an assault on the beauty, serenity, wildlife, and health of the canyon and beyond.

Impact to Communities


How the growth of a ski resort can influences it's neighbors

Grand Targhee Ski Resort hugs the western edge of Wyoming that borders Idaho. This puts the resort in a peculiar location in Wyoming that is only accessible through Teton County Idaho and Alta, WY. These towns, in turn, are the ones who are directly affected by the growth of the resort.

Teton County, Idaho, does not receive property tax, sales tax, real estate transfer fees, inclusionary zoning fees, or other sources of revenue from the resort’s operations.
The County does incur the financial burden of increased traffic, people, and strain on municipal resources such as water quality, waste management, emergency services, and transportation.

All resort traffic funnels through Alta, Wyoming's two lane country road, which has negative impacts on the town. People are speeding through the school zone all the way up to the resort. Deer, Moose and Elk are being killed by the additional vehicles on the road.

Impact to Communities


How the growth of a ski resort can influences it's neighbors

Grand Targhee Ski Resort hugs the western edge of Wyoming that borders Idaho. This puts the resort in a peculiar location in Wyoming that is only accessible through Teton County Idaho and Alta, WY. These towns, in turn, are the ones who are directly affected by the growth of the resort.

Teton County, Idaho, does not receive property tax, sales tax, real estate transfer fees, inclusionary zoning fees, or other sources of revenue from the resort’s operations.

The County does incur the financial burden of increased traffic, people, and strain on municipal resources such as water quality, waste management, emergency services, and transportation.

All resort traffic funnels through Alta, Wyoming's two lane country road, which has negative impacts on the town. People are speeding through the school zone all the way up to the resort. Deer, Moose and Elk are being killed by the additional vehicles on the road.

Impact to Skiing


Teton Canyon is one of most beautiful places to backcountry ski.

Magnificat views of the Tetons, Table, Battle Ship, Fossil, Treasure and Bannon Mountains await to be the backdrop for the day. Silence and solitude greet you.

The decisions made here are your own. They are made with the knowledge you learn in avalanche courses, studying maps and former experiences in the backcountry.

The unpredictability of the mountains sits in the back of your head. Knowing the inherent risk of this unpredictability humbles you because if something does go wrong it will take hours before help arrives.

Teton Canyon is a wild landscape and it will remain that way.

Impact to Skiing


Teton Canyon is one of most beautiful places to backcountry ski.

Magnificat views of the Tetons, Table, Battle Ship, Fossil, Treasure and Bannon Mountains await to be the backdrop for the day. Silence and solitude greet you.

The decisions made here are your own. They are made with the knowledge you learn in avalanche courses, studying maps and former experiences in the backcountry.

The unpredictability of the mountains sits in the back of your head. Knowing the inherent risk of this unpredictability humbles you because if something does go wrong it will take hours before help arrives.

Teton Canyon is a wild landscape and it will remain that way.

Participate in Survey


Please take a moment to fill out this survey. Our goal is to get a sense of the communities feelings towards each specific piece of the Grand Targhee Resort proposal. We want to see which elements are more and less desirable or objectionable to you. We hope to use this information to help influence the ultimate decisions regarding the Grand Targhee expansion plans.


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Participate in Survey


Please take a moment to fill out this survey. Our goal is to get a sense of the communities feelings towards each specific piece of the Grand Targhee Resort proposal. We want to see which elements are more and less desirable or objectionable to you. We hope to use this information to help influence the ultimate decisions regarding the Grand Targhee expansion plans.


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