Lodge History

48 Years in Business

“Will Bring a Smile for Years to Come!”

The Teton Teepee Lodge is located halfway between the town of Driggs, ID and Grand Targhee Ski Resort is family built, owned and operated. We have been a favorite gathering place in the Tetons for skiers, snowboarders, and winter enthusiasts since 1975.

After a day on the slopes at Grand Targhee, just 6 miles up the road, or a jaunt into breathtaking Teton Canyon - only 2 miles away, the Teepee offers the perfect place to come home and unwind. Relax by the central sunken fireplace, encircled by couches, perfect for sipping hot drinks and reminiscing about the day’s exploits. Shoot a game of pool with friends or just sneak away into the comfort and privacy of your room with a good book.

Our goal is to make your stay at the Teton Teepee one that will bring you a smile for years to come. We pride ourselves in the uniqueness of our family lodge - steeped in the traditions of winter adventure - and we hope you will visit and become a part of our Teton legacy.
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1800s

Alta, Wyoming is Founded

Alta was founded in the 1800s by a Swiss Farming Family who were seeking the next best thing in America to the Swiss Alps. They found it.
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1925

The Hottest Temperature Recorded in Alta, WYoming

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Alta, WY was 97 °F (36 °C) on July 16, 1925
1933

Coldest Temperature Recorded in Alta, WY

The coldest temperature recorded in Alta, WY was −46 °F (−43 °C) on February 9, 1933.
1901

Maddox Cabin Built

The Maddox Cabin is built in it's original location.
1969

Grand Targhee Resort Opens

Grand Targhee Ski Resort is built including Bannock & Shoshone lift, Targhee Lodge, & a small day lodge. December 26, 1969 – Grand Targhee’s first-ever opening day. Over 2,000 skiers partake. Lift tickets were $3.75 and season passes were $55.00.
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1971

Construction of the Teton Teepee Lodge Begins

The Melehes started building the lodge in 1971, shortly after Grand Targhee opened.
1975

The Teton Teepee Lodge Opens for Business

Back then it was only open during the winter because the family ran a construction business in the summer.
2017

Melehes Family Sells Lodge to Andersons