Stay at the Sioux Lodge for location. You can ski right up to the unit, pop off your skis, put them in the handy outdoor storage closet and you're home. Very convenient if you prefer to eat your own lunch rather than lunch at one of the restaurants on the property.
We've stayed at the Sioux Lodge several times over the years. Usually we stay in one of the loft units, but on this most recent visit we stayed in the larger units that sleeps 10. "Larger" may be a bit of a misstatement in that the unit does not necessarily have greater square footage, but it does have more beds. The rooms are rustic in decor and basic in furnishing. Clearly the idea is that the units are just a place to lay your head after a hard day of skiing, hiking or biking.
On our latest stay we booked for 4 nights the week between Christmas and New Years and obviously paid a premium. For just under $3k we got the unit--and that's it. In prior years when we booked non-peak, there was better value and amenities thrown into the deal, like discounted lift tickets, kids eat free with a paying adult, etc. None of that this time, although we were told the time of booking in October that our two 10 year olds would ski free. I should have known better and gotten that in writing, since we ended up having to buy them full-price tickets once here.
As far as the unit itself is concerned, there are a few things to note.
1) There is no thermostat for the bedrooms. The unit is heated by electric baseboard heaters that make loud popping sounds whenever they kick on, especially in the bedrooms. The individual controls for each heater did not work in our unit. The heaters are effective and on several nights we were too warm. When we arrived we noticed a draft in the bedroom and noticed that the window was open--apparently that is how you regulate temperature.
2) Cooking is not permitted in the units. You specifically acknowledge that prohibition when you check in; however, this latest unit was not only furnished with a coffeemaker, toaster and convection microwave, but cooking utensils, a two-burner hot plate and pots and pans. A stop at Broulims in Driggs before heading up the mountain is a must for cold cereal, bagels and powerbars.
3) You're not at Targhee to watch TV, but if you want to catch the local weather or national news, there is a TV with standard-definition over the air and cable channels. The TV has no HDMI ports.
4) WiFi service is stable.
5) The room is furnished with a great glove/boot dryer.
6) In the loft units there is a full bed in the loft, two twin bunk beds and a sofa. In our sleeps-10 unit, there are 2 rooms in the basement, one with 4 bunk beds and one with a full. The two rooms each have a single very small window that serves to regulate temperature--but are also apparently the secondary means of egress for those sleeping areas. On the main level there is a full murphy bed and a full sofa sleeper.
7) The linens on the beds are provided and are soft and comfortable.
8) The bathrooms are basic. The loft units have one full bath; the sleeps-10 unit has one full and one half bath. Standard shampoo and body lotion are provided and housekeeping does a great job keeping the room and towels refreshed.
9) The hot tub and heated saltwater pool are a 100 meter walk from the units. There are towels and changing rooms at the pool. Don't forget your room key to access them.
10) There is a "fitness cabin" located next to the pool, reportedly with a small selection of the usual fitness equipment. Despite regular hours being posted in the room information pamphlet and on the door of the fitness cabin itself, we were not able to access the fitness center.
When we ski Targhee we will probably come back and stay at Sioux--but not likely during the peak periods. If you can find a deal on the rooms, take it. The Sioux Lodge rooms are convenient, but expensive.
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