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Old 01-27-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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I'm attracted to the beauty and recreational opportunities of this region, particularly Driggs, as an area I might spend at least part of my life after FIRE. Anyone have any firsthand experience living there?
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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No, but I've lived in the Boise area for close to 30 years.

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Bah, you might as well call it Wyoming.

Driggs on Google Maps.

Too young to remember last time I was near that area.

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Bah, you might as well call it Wyoming.


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I thought it was called "Wydaho." Wish I could get Wyoming tax benefits living in Idaho, but can't afford that corner of Wyoming, thanks to Jackson Hole prices.
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My family and I used to drive from Portland to Teton Village every June via Swan Valley and Victor. That section of our drive was magnificent.

I would have two concerns about retiring to Driggs: winter weather and the availability of health care services.

Driggs isn't far from the Targhee ski area.

Don't count on traveling easily to the "Hole" in the winter. The road to Wilson is steep and twisty. Let me expand that comment... travel during that section of the country in the winter anywhere can be difficult. I have had occasion to fly into Idaho Falls in the winter. Windshields cracked by folks cranking up the car heater are normal - blamed on Jackson and Targee visitors.
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In ancient times(1970's) - every Christmas-New Years did the Denver to Portland round trip drive which as noted can get chewy in winter - especially the Blue Mountains.

heh heh heh - is Driggs counted as snowmobile country??
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Yikes, that's cold. I guess that's the price one pays for that famous Grand Targhee powder.
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It is a nice place to visit, but Driggs has a little too much altitude (and attitude) for my comfort. Like several locations in Idaho, Driggs has seen a lot of growth in the past few years and there have been some skirmishes between pro and anti growth folks in Teton County. You may want to look into how the squabbles might affect your plans before making a decision. I haven't seen anything in the news recently, maybe the housing down-turn has already fixed the problem...

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LightSpeed, my two cents, and I think Swan Valley and the Teton Scenic Byway are among the prettiest places on earth:

Driggs is VERY VERY cold in the winter. There may also be cultural issues if you aren't a member of the predominant faith. Some have said the community dies in the shoulder season. Do you really think you would ski Targhee as a retiree

Housing costs are re-setting all over. If you like Idaho, don't mind a chilly winter or warm summer consider the Boise area as a retirement community. Good health care (can even recommend a great ortho), convenient air service, a community that accommodates new comers, and a nearby ski area with powder that accomodates all skillsets. Find the right lot and you can keep a horse.. and have room to ride.
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