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. The lodge 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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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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The Hottest Temperature Recorded in Alta, Wyoming

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

Coldest Temperature Recorded in Alta, Wyoming

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

Maddox Cabin Built

The Maddox Cabin is built in Alta, WY. This is one of the first homes ever built in Alta.

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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Construction of the Teton Teepee Lodge Begins

The Beck and Melehes families break ground and start building the lodge in 1971 not long after the opening of Grand Targhee Resort.
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Contruction of the Teton Teepee Lodge Continues

Construction of the Teepee continues for the next two and a half years.
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Construction Nears Completion

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The Teton Teepee Lodge Opens for Business

On November 16, 1974, John Lennon's solo recording, "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" hits #1 on the music charts; The Milwaukee Bucks lose their 11th straight NBA game; The Teton Teepee Lodge officially opens for business to a full-house and the lodge's first wedding. That wedding was of then Teepee co-owners, the Becks.

Back then, the lodge was only open during the winter because the families ran a construction business in the summer.

Beck and Melehes Families Sell the Teton Teepee Lodge to the Andersons

The Andersons take ownership of the lodge and begin renovations.
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Grand Reopening

After completing renovations of the lodge, Alma & Dan reopen the Teton Teepee, celebrating the milestone with food, drinks, and live music.

Welcome to the Teton Teepee Lodge

Alma & Dan Anderson, current lodge owners and your hosts, welcome you to the Teton Teepee Lodge. Please let us now if you need anything during your stay.