My husband and I were at Togwotee from Jan 31, 2002 through Jan 7, 2002. We are aged 36-41 and avid snowmobilers from Michigan. Togwotee was the best vacation we’ve ever had. If you snowmobile, this is the place to do it! We went on a long cruise for our honeymoon that we thought was good, but now we wish we would have gone to Togwotee instead.
We reserved the cabin package, which included shuttle from the airport (Rachel, our driver was a sweetheart), lodging, breakfast, dinner, discounts in the gift shop, and happy hour drinks from 5:00-6:30. We stayed in a cabin with a fireplace. Breakfast is perfect for people who will be outside & active in the cold all day. It is a buffet, with fresh, hearty choices and also offers oatmeal, cereal, bagels and yogurt. Dinner was good too; especially the elk chops. We are very social, though, and met so many nice, fun people at happy hour, that we ordered dinner to go (from the bar menu) and they brought it to us in the fireside room with everyone else. The staff was very accommodating. We ate dinner in the dining room three nights only. . The Lodge put on a great crab leg and steak dinner for New Year’s eve and had a fun band. After a few drinks, people were even dancing and we stayed until closing time!
Our log cabin was comfortable & clean. Two double beds were in the back room with a TV, a bathroom/shower with hair dryer, kitchenette, and in the front room, there was a 4-person dining table, pullout couch, and another TV. They do have cable, and a BBQ on the porch. Next year, we may not do the all inclusive, though, because we love to BBQ and could save a lot of money. The cabin was well stocked with wood for the fireplace. When you make a fire, though, make it small with just two or three small logs at the most, and don’t put more wood on it until the fireplace warms up the chimney. I set off both smoke alarms because the cold, contracted chimney sends smoke back in the room until it warms up.
There is an awesome double hot tub in another log cabin structure in the middle of the cabin complex. It was very refreshing to sit in there after a day’s riding.
There is a laundry building, so we did loads of laundry before we left. It’s nice not to bring suitcases full of dirty clothes home. And looking out the window or standing on the front stoop of the laundry building, drinking a beer, looking at the mountains, and watching people on their snowmobiles come and go was the best laundry experience I ever had.
The service was excellent. They really appreciate their tips. The wait-staff, bartenders, shuttle drivers, and guides were all fantastic.
The bar has a pool table and a jukebox. The fireside room has another pool table and comfortable seating. It is nice to sit there in the afternoon and visit
If you plan on dog sledding, you may want to reserve before your trip because they were booked the whole time we were there. Just listening to the barking excitement and watching the sleds take off was invigorating. They get so excited!
On the first day, we snowmobiled with a guide for a half day with Polaris 600 RMK’s. We did some powder riding and riding on the trail. They told us to be there promptly at 8:00 am, but didn’t get on the trail until 9:30 because of paperwork and waiting for the guide. Boy, those guides have some wonderful techniques for getting those machines out of deep powder. Our guide was Jeff (our assigned guide had to help get the groomer repaired) and he was very patient and accommodating as I got stuck 4 times and Bill 3 times. Weather was fantastic and don’t forget your camera! We saw a moose on the way back to the lodge. The second day we went on the Yellowstone Canyon excursion. We booked the “Loop” tour of the whole park, but were the only ones who reserved it, so there weren’t enough people. That’s OK, because our trip through Yellowstone was beautiful. Smooth as glass trails (roads), bison, elk, coyotes, otters, and scenery that photos just can’t do justice. But don’t forget your camera anyway! We had to slowly ride through a whole herd of bison on the road. That sure made our hearts beat faster! We had a group of eight and Bill and I were the only experienced snowmobilers, so anyone can ride through the park. It’s easy because the trails are so smooth. The speed limit is 45 mph and there are radar cops on snowmobiles to monitor groups. Tyler, our guide was so nice. He took us to some beautiful places and was always informative and friendly. This trip takes a full day, We were gone from 8:00am until 5:30pm. The machines were Yamaha and Arctic Cat 660 4-strokes. Since the riding was easy and the speed limit so low, they were just fine for the tour. The black Arctic Cat was better handling than the red Yamaha as we switched machines between us, so if you have a choice, you’ll know. They had hand warmers, thumb warmers and seat warmers for comfy riding. The third day we rode the trails from the lodge without a guide. Because we told them we were going to stay on the trails, they gave us Yamaha 4-stroke short track sleds. They were fine for easy going trail riding, but we would never ride them on the trails at home. They would be too slow and stiff. I didn’t like the tiny windshield because it didn’t wrap in front of the handlebars, so the front of my hands froze even though I kept the warmers turned on. But it was another great day and the machines did the job just fine. We ate lunch at Brooks Lake Lodge, which is wonderful, and rode some “temporary” switchback trails. We had to turn around once and find another way because of a snowslide that blocked the trail, so that was exciting! On the way back to the Lodge we saw 5 moose!
After being there from Monday through Saturday, we were shuttled to our hotel in Jackson Hole and stayed two nights to sightsee and shop. It was a nice, relaxing ending to our fun filled vacation.
We have no complaints. The staff and the fellow riders were all so fun to be around. I want to go back tomorrow! It is such a special place.
Lauren and Bill
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