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Grand Targhee Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Alta
Reviewed September 18, 2011

But wow, what a LONG drive just to get to the bottom of the hill leading up to the resort! Buildings for sleeping are somewhat old, but because of very low number of people pleasant enough for us. When we ate dinner at Branding Iron Grille restaurant, there was only one other couple so we had a nice, romantic dinner. I highly recommend the smoked trout wrap!

Room Tip: The Teewinot Lodge building is older. Don't know about other buildings. But if you go during s...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2011

We had a great time staying here. We are very avid skiers and have been all over the place this year, so far this was the most fun we had. If you've never been, GT is very small and quaint, everything you need right at the base. You won't use your car the entire time. The skiing was decent, if you are lucky enough to get a clear day use it to ski everywhere and get your bearings for when the fog rolls in. Very minimal rooms, no fridge or microwave. The best part by far was having the pool and hot tub to ourselves for the entire first night and a good portion of the second night. But Friday was over run by annoying kids their horrible parents (kids really ruin everything, if you have kids and read any of my reviews please pick a different vacation destination). The other reviews arn't lying when they say it's loud, the choice to use wood in the lodge's construction over cement was a bad one, thumping boots echo all day. The snow removal equipment was loud too but what can you do. Also, everyone working at the resort was so nice and helpful (except whoever stole my ballcap from the trap bar...). It was a world class destination ski vacation at a great value. We would come back.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

Middle of the week, day of skiing, amazing to say the least. It was apparent that efforts been made to improve this place. The buildings, store, restaurants have all been updated. Don't expect big or lavish. This is a small resort with one store, one restaurant and one small hotel. You can take the Alltrans shuttle from JH for the day, excellent value that includes lift ticket ($90 ea). The food at restaurant was stunningly incredible. Best reuben sand. with mushroom soup I've had in a very very long time. Extremely friendly people. We got lucky and avoided that crowds. The place was empty with the best snow conditions I've experienced. Wide open trails, great snow, no people, what more can you ask for? Make a point to ski one day here if you vaca at Jackson Hole.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

I found some of the reviews gave me pause and I was pleasantly surprised by the accommodations. This isn't my first affordable slopeside lodging but this is the best among them. Grand Targhee is about the surroundings not the accommodations, which is why I visited, but the bed was comfortable and the pictures on the website show the appointment more outdated than it is. There are places in the room to put on and store your equipment, the carpets and linoleum is heavy duty and well worn. Don't expect to sleep past 7, the snowplow will ensure that, unless you have earplugs. The tiny cracks in the tub I imagine make it unsanitary for bath, it could use a reglazing. The truth is, I've found worse comfort for the money and the recreation can be unbeatable here. I would suggest a stay on the second floor, I stayed in room 212 and it had the added advantages of not being near the stairs and having only 1 next door neighbor (same with rooms 213), for those floors are creaky and the interior walls are thin. They have a decent coffee maker (without the carafe) and decent coffee in the room which was real convenient.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

Stayed here last ski season (early March) and it was perfect! As another review noted, we weren't really there for the room...

The room was basic, the walls were too thin...I know way more about the issues of the family in the next room than I want...the bed was good, and it was a perfect spot to stay for skiers who want to stay slopeside on a budget. For apres ski, the Trap bar was perfect. Good music and the people were skiers/boarders from all over the world.

Overall great value and a perfect spot to hole-up for 3 or 4 days of Targhee powder.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

First, you have to know that the Grand Targhee Resort is a collection of three different properties. There is a regualar, hotel room building, but we stayed in the Sioux Lodge, which is great for families. There's a bunk bed in an alcove for kids, and then a separate queen size bed for the parents. We also had a wood burning fireplace, a table/chairs, and a microwave/mini fridge. The room was very comfortable for 4, very clean and looked brand new.

Unlike a previous summer reviewer from last year, we found both the pool/jacquizzi open. There was also a naturalist (sort of park ranger) on hand with a great office containing all sorts of animals furs, plants, rocks: you know that nature stuff. The naturalist conducts hikes 2x a day, and is also willing to spend a lot of time with you if you have questions. We had a great discussion about wolves.

You can take the chair lift to the top of the mountain for futher hikes. We also went horseback riding. There are 1 and 2 hour rides available; the 1-hr ride also took in some breathtaking scenery. For those who aren't familiar with the area, you are in the 'back' of the Grand Tetons, so you can see those famous mountains from the other side.

This summer, breakfast is included in the rate, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a full breakfast served on what looked like antique china. Quite a nice difference from the usual styrofoam stuff.

I must also comment on how friendly everyone was. Just as an example, when I called to book a room, I first asked for the hotel building, which was a cheaper rate. The operator said that, yes, there was a room available, but that the rest of the building was completely booked up that night with a wedding party. Thanks for the info! I was glad to pay only a few dollars more for the Sioux Lodge, and glad to have that info before I arrived.

And last, if you don't like always dining in the resort, the town of Driggs, Idaho is just down the hill about 6 miles. There are some good, and inexpensive restaurants, as well as the famous 'Spud Drive-In".

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Stayed four days in March 2009. Recommended to us by a local. We are novice skiers. Had a great time. Enjoyed the skiing. Rooms are pertty basic. Restaurant options are limited. We are going back this March as well.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Address: 3300 E Skihill Rd, Alta, WY 83414-4570
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Location: United States > Wyoming > Alta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Alta
Price Range: $103 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Grand Targhee Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and lack of lift lines creates a great mountain experience with plenty of elbow room. The Resort is continually recognized for its great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty, excellent value and commitment to sustainability.During the winter, Grand Targhee is your Powder Paradise in the Heart of the Tetons averaging over 500 inches of champagne powder a year and the wide open slopes will provide endless opportunities for exploration! There are two mountains for you to explore with over 2,000 acres of lift served terrain, over 2,270 vertical feet, and an additional 600 acres of terrain reserved exclusively for Snowcat Adventures. Make sure to check out their other snow activities including dinner and a sleigh ride, 15K of Nordic skiing, fat “snow” bikes, daily snowshoe tours with the Resort Naturalist and a full line-up of après music at the Trap. The mountain is about an hour drive from Jackson Hole, WY, an hour and a half from Idaho Falls, ID, and only a short 5 hour drive from Salt Lake City, UT.During the summer you’ll find a wide variety of activities to keep the whole family content. From scenic chair rides, mountain bike trails, outdoor pool and hot tub to a rock climbing wall, horseback rides, fly fishing, dining, shopping and more, you’ll never find down time while at Grand Targhee Resort. Our mountainside accommodations offers quick access to biking and hiking trails and offer a central location for you to book any summer activity you can think of. Grand Targhee Resort is a magical setting for weddings and is ideal group gatherings and business conferences. With our breathtaking scenery, clean air and our secluded feel, you will be able to step away from the stresses of everyday life in our idyllic alpine setting. Four separate meeting rooms of varying capacity and our mountainside conference tent combines over 9000 sq. ft of conference space. Our full time concierge and conference planners can arrange everything from accommodations to meals, activities, meeting rooms, theme parties, off-site world renowned fly fishing excursions, golfing, and mountain bike guided tours. We have something for every outdoor enthusiast. ... more   less 
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