Jackson Hole may be the area’s big draw, but less than 30 miles to the west, across the Wyoming-Idaho state border and over Teton Pass is the similarly beautiful (and much quieter) Teton Valley. Here, the Idaho side of the Grand Teton range sits to the east, while the rolling Big Hole Mountains cradle the valley to the west. Nestled in this stunning basin are the Idaho communities of Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, and Wyoming’s Alta.
These communities may not have the glitz and glamor of Jackson, but that’s just how they like it. On the southernmost end of Teton Valley is Victor, a
community that revolves around the outdoors. The Idaho town is 24 miles from Jackson and has its own ice skating rink, Kotler Ice Arena, plenty of Nordic ski trails, and an abundance of great food.
Eight miles to the north of Victor is Driggs, the hub of Teton Valley and the perfect adventure base camp. Don’t miss the town’s annual snow sculpting event, Snowscapes, which runs from mid to late January, or local artist Susan M. Rose’s show at Driggs City Center. And, of course, make sure to take
advantage of Driggs’ easy access to Grand Targhee Resort (just over 12 miles away).
The ski resort, which is found just over the border in Alta, Wyoming, is only accessible from Idaho and is generally considered part of Teton Valley. Grand Targhee Resort provides downhill skiers with plenty of snow and over 2,600 acres of terrain, in addition to cross-country skiing, snow biking, tubing, and snowcat skiing.
Meanwhile, back in Idaho, the tiny town of Tetonia (found 8 miles north of Driggs) is the perfect place to explore South Leigh Creek Trail by snowshoe or spend the day fishing in Teton River Narrows.
Each town in Teton Valley offers a little something different while remaining true to their shared love of and dedication to the outdoors. This stunning valley is a divine sanctuary for those in search of an authentic, outdoor lifestyle at the base of the Tetons.