Grand Targhee’s extensive development plan is being evaluated via a US Forest Service environmental impact statement.


None of Grand Targhee’s proposals have yet to be approved except for the Peaked lift and 120 acre inholding at the base that can be used for retail space, new hotels and single dwelling homes and condos.

Targhee’s plan involves expansion into Millcreek and Teton Canyon which are outside of their Special Use Permitted (SUP) area and will require amending the 1997 Forest Plan with in the Caribou Targhee National Forest.

The “South Bowl” expansion into Teton Canyon would involve three new lifts, new ski runs, a road, warming hut and a pit toilet. In order to make the area “safe” ski patrol will have to perform avalanche mitigation. The Lighting Tree expansion (Mono Trees) will have a ski lift, new road and runs into Millcreek Canyon. This would be a 50% enlargement of their existing ski terrain. None of this has been approved.
In Targhee's current permit area, this plan proposes a new lift into Ricks basin, upgrading and realigning the Shoshone lift, and a new lift on Fred’s called Crazy Horse. There will be many new trails and grading of existing trails.

More lights are proposed on the mountain for longer training of athletes during winter months and for more snowmaking. This snowmaking would require additional wells.

A 6000 ft square restaurant is proposed just south of top of Dreamcatcher. It will be visible day and night from the valley, wilderness area, and peaks in Teton Park. An additional restaurant is proposed at the top terminal of Sacajawea.

Grand Targhee’s extensive development plan is being evaluated via a US Forest Service environmental impact statement.


None of Grand Targhee’s proposals have yet to be approved except for the Peaked lift and 120 acre inholding at the base that can be used for retail space, new hotels and single dwelling homes and condos.

Targhee’s plan involves expansion into Millcreek and Teton Canyon which are outside of their Special Use Permitted (SUP) area and will require amending the 1997 Forest Plan with in the Caribou Targhee National Forest.

The “South Bowl” expansion into Teton Canyon would involve three new lifts, new ski runs, a road, warming hut and a pit toilet. In order to make the area “safe” ski patrol will have to perform avalanche mitigation. The Lighting Tree expansion (Mono Trees) will have a ski lift, new road and runs into Millcreek Canyon. This would be a 50% enlargement of their existing ski terrain. None of this has been approved.

In Targhee's current permit area, this plan proposes a new lift into Ricks basin, upgrading and realigning the Shoshone lift, and a new lift on Fred’s called Crazy Horse. There will be many new trails and grading of existing trails.

More lights are proposed on the mountain for longer training of athletes during winter months and for more snowmaking. This snowmaking would require additional wells.

A 6000 ft square restaurant is proposed just south of top of Dreamcatcher. It will be visible day and night from the valley, wilderness area, and peaks in Teton Park. An additional restaurant is proposed at the top terminal of Sacajawea.

South Bowl

There should not be chairlifts, roads, avalanche control, or guided skiing in the North Fork of Teton Canyon.

This South Facing area provides important habitat for Bighorn Sheep, Bears, deer and Moose. There have been wolverine sightings and the Canadian Lynx could be there as well. Because of climate change, this area could be unskiable in 30 years. This area borders the Jedediah Smith Wilderness that is enjoyed by thousands of visitors year-round.

Disturbance of this area with lift towers and tree cutting would be visible from the most popular trails on the W. Side of the Tetons. This includes the South and North Fork of Teton Canyon, Face Trail, Devil Stairs, Beard Wheatfield and Shelf Trail. Folks hiking to the wilderness or South Leigh Canyon from the ski resort on a magnificent ridge would have a greatly diminished experience if the South Bowl were developed. The Teton Mountains are iconic and belong to all Americans.

National Park Service biologists have documented the occurrence of the following wildlife species on the north side of Teton Canyon in October and November with fixed trail cameras and tracking: big horn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, moose, elk, mountain lion, black bear, coyote, fox, pine martin, and other small mammals and birds. They stated that the proposed South Bowl expansion area includes movement corridors for all these species. A recent study by the World Wildlife Fund reported that wildlife populations have decreased worldwide by 70% in the last 50 years. We are so blessed to have this wildlife in our backyards and should give them room.

Encroachment from a ski resort into this area would be an ugly insult to humans, wildlife, and wilderness.

South Bowl

There should not be chairlifts, roads, avalanche control, or guided skiing in the North Fork of Teton Canyon.

This South Facing area provides important habitat for Bighorn Sheep, Bears, deer and Moose. There have been wolverine sightings and the Canadian Lynx could be there as well. Because of climate change, this area could be unskiable in 30 years. This area borders the Jedediah Smith Wilderness that is enjoyed by thousands of visitors year-round.

Disturbance of this area with lift towers and tree cutting would be visible from the most popular trails on the W. Side of the Tetons. This includes the South and North Fork of Teton Canyon, Face Trail, Devil Stairs, Beard Wheatfield and Shelf Trail. Folks hiking to the wilderness or South Leigh Canyon from the ski resort on a magnificent ridge would have a greatly diminished experience if the South Bowl were developed. The Teton Mountains are iconic and belong to all Americans.

National Park Service biologists have documented the occurrence of the following wildlife species on the north side of Teton Canyon in October and November with fixed trail cameras and tracking: big horn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, moose, elk, mountain lion, black bear, coyote, fox, pine martin, and other small mammals and birds. They stated that the proposed South Bowl expansion area includes movement corridors for all these species. A recent study by the World Wildlife Fund reported that wildlife populations have decreased worldwide by 70% in the last 50 years. We are so blessed to have this wildlife in our backyards and should give them room.

Encroachment from a ski resort into this area would be an ugly insult to humans, wildlife, and wilderness.
The Proposed Expansion

Geordie Gillette removes interim CAT skiing from South Bowl - What does this mean?


  • This is only a temporary fix - an attempt to distract the public from Grand Targhee's larger goal of developing South Bowl.

  • We all know that South Bowl is too steep for CATs to operate, so removing CAT skiing was not a big sacrifice for Grand Targhee.

  • Grand Targhee still fully intends to develop South Bowl as part of the ski resort, with chair lifts and cut ski runs - this will bring permanent loss of public (backcountry) skier access as well as harm wildlife.

Any expansion into South Bowl should not be allowed and it should not be a part of the Grand Targhee Resort Special Use Area.
The Proposed Expansion

Geordie Gillette removes interim CAT skiing from South Bowl - What does this mean?


  • This is only a temporary fix - an attempt to distract the public from Grand Targhee's larger goal of developing South Bowl.

  • We all know that South Bowl is too steep for CATs to operate, so removing CAT skiing was not a big sacrifice for Grand Targhee.

  • Grand Targhee still fully intends to develop South Bowl as part of the ski resort, with chair lifts and cut ski runs - this will bring permanent loss of public (backcountry) skier access as well as harm wildlife.

Any expansion into South Bowl should not be allowed and it should not be a part of the Grand Targhee Resort Special Use Area.

Mono Trees


The area requested that expands Grand Targhee Resort (GTR) to Teton Canyon will be harmful to the wildlife. Deer, moose, and bear activity is common in this location. Grand Teton National Forest has already prohibited entry to the popular Mill Creek Trail during winter months to protect wildlife. The wildlife will be negatively impacted if this protection is eliminated. The number of healthy aspen trees and evergreens that would be gladed would affect runoff, erosion and wildlife. Any additional encroachment from the GTR into the Mill Creek Trail area should be denied for it's impact.
 
The Proposed Expansion
 

Mono Trees


The area requested that expands Grand Targhee Resort (GTR) to Teton Canyon will be harmful to the wildlife. Deer, moose, and bear activity is common in this location. Grand Teton National Forest has already prohibited entry to the popular Mill Creek Trail during winter months to protect wildlife. The wildlife will be negatively impacted if this protection is eliminated. The number of healthy aspen trees and evergreens that would be gladed would affect runoff, erosion and wildlife. Any additional encroachment from the GTR into the Mill Creek Trail area should be denied for it's impact.
The Proposed Expansion