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Grand Targhee Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Alta
Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

And doesn't really have much appeal. Think Howard Johnson's circa 1975. The bathrooms are quite small and the rooms are as plain Jane as they come. I was originally given a room in the building just to the left of the registration building (room doors exit to the outside). There was an issue with the room (wasn't cleaned) so I was "upgraded" to the building on the right (lucky so). This rooms a 3, the other was a 1.5 and I'm pushing it a bit to give it the other .5. That being said the beds comfortable, the walls are too thin, but for $115 and on the mountain it's a fair value. And, honestly, I'm not here for the room, I'm here to ski!

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Our car looked like a white loaf of bread when it was finally time to leave. My husband and I stayed in the Sioux Lodge and appreciated the spacious rooms, microwave, and frig. If we would have had kids though, it might have felt crowded. We did have a locking closet on the balcony, for skis and snowshoes, much appreciated. We ate two meals at the Branding Iron restaurant, very good, and the fancy s'mores were fun. We are cross country skiers and appreciated access to the trails without getting in our car. However, there is one main trail, one mile long, to reach some of the rest of the ski area. It is a black trail, with hills and curves, so if you are a beginner, it could be a challenge. Also, if limited in time, say you just want to ski an hour, then a chunk of that time is just getting to the other trails. Overall, enjoyable visit.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful, quiet, friendly, inexpensive and worth the drive from Jackson Hole! The snow is phenomenal. On a given big snow day, you might make 5 runs before crossing another track. The hotel is nicely appointed with a southwestern flair. Beds are very comfortable.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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2  Thank Alpenkev
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

We stayed at the Lodge from Dec 20-25, one more day to go. This resort is a hidden gem and you can tell that whoever is running the resort is doing it right. Firstly, the staff are very accommodating in the Hotel and Restaurant. Our room was spotless every day and the Hotel is a "Green Environmental Focused Resort".

The room was much nicer than I expected with Brand New super comfortable beds, TV, Full bathroom with bathtub. We slept very well as we were skiing all day so did not hear anything after 10:00 PM. The Lodge is rustic in a good way with lots of local made furniture in the rooms as well as the restaurant.

You can park your car outside the lodge so you can see it pile up with snow, the grooming machines can be heard about 7:30 AM and there is some noise from people leaving early but not a big concern. The rooms are not sound proof but nothing bothered us at all.

I understand now why they refer to this as some of the best powder skiing anywhere as I experienced it today - nothing short of incredible. There was a good foot of Powder on many of the runs that was amazing. It is Christmas season and I think the longest wait in line was 60 seconds to get on a chair lift.

There is a kids area so this is an ideal family vacation spot if you have young kids.

We ate at the Branding Iron two nights and the food was great - I had the special Pork Chop with Ginger Potatoes and Beans / Carrot. My son had 1/2 pound burger with French Fries as well as a great salad bar. I was totally impressed with the service and the quality of the food - John's was our server and he was terrific.

We rented a car from Jackson and it is about 1.5 hour drive, we drove at night and it is a windy drive through the Mountains but was a clear night. I would recommend driving during daylight hours and looking forward to it on our return as the Teton Mountain range looked spectacular from the flight in.

In closing - this really is a hidden gem and if you want a Ski Holiday this would be on the top of my list.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Just returned from 2nd Spring skiing trip at Grand Targhee. Was among the best vacations my family has ever had. It's not particularly fancy, but the facilities are clean and comfortable and the cost is reasonable. The Ski instructors are extremely patient and professional, and the snow is some of the best in the world (from what I've been told). My wife and I came with our 6 year old, along with two other families, a bunch of finicky New Yorkers. And we all loved it. If you care more about the skiing than the glitz, and you want to get a great family introduction to the sport of skiing in a friendly, comfortable environment, this is a great choice.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

It's impressive how friendly every one is at this resort - from the staffs at the Front Desk, the Activities Center, the Store, the Restaurant and the Bar were very friendly and willing to help. The daily Housekeeping staff did not seem to have the energy and the same dedication we found in the rest of the resort but we were there on a busy weekend. However they did responded quickly to every request we had.

I recommend staying at the Tower where you are centrally located because you then have a full kitchen and can make your meals. This place sleeps 5-6 easily and comfortably without being on top of each other! Being able to make breakfast helps to get everyone out on the slopes earlier. We had a great steak dinner in the Branding Iron overlooking the slopes at the end of the day. Even though you pay more for the room then the other options we saved money by cooking in for most of our stay.

Only odd thing was there dead flies that showed up everyday because the sun was heating up in the windows. Hopefully they'll get that fixed before we stay there the next time!

And most important what a beautiful mountain to ski on and then a great nordic park right across the parking lot with many trails to enjoy! The ski staff and ski patrol etc... always seemed to be there when you needed them. We did not want to check out as it was snowing 2 feet of snow the day we checkedout!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank MOMINCO
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

Grand Traghee resort Hotel is on the slopes and very convenient. Howevere not much going on at resort after dark and hotel is very soleless.
Very comfotable beds but no breakfasts.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Adrian J
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Additional Information about Grand Targhee Resort

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Alta
Price Range: $131 - $272 (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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