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Jackson Hotels

$199 or less
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Alpine House
285 N. Glenwood Street
Jackson , Wyoming
Tel: 307 739 1570
Tel: 800 753 1421 (toll free)
info@alpinehouse.com
www.alpinehouse.com

In a town that can smother you with faux cowboy paraphernalia, the Alpine House is refreshingly devoid of buffalo and coyote motifs. Owned and operated by Hans and Nancy Johnstone, two homey former Olympians, it has a cheery ambience and a Scandinavian-inspired decor. A mural of brightly colored, strangely amiable Vikings adorns the bar, and each of the 22 rooms is individually decorated with antiques from New England handpicked by both of the owners' mothers. The aptly named Little Spa is more than adequate, since the clientele tends to be younger climbers and backcountry skiers.

$400 or more
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Amangani
1535 N. East Butte Road
Jackson , Wyoming
Tel: 877 734 7333 (toll-free)
Tel: 307 734 7333
amangani@amanresorts.com
www.amangani.com

Amanresorts, which specializes in the über-luxe and superdiscreet, built its three-story, 40-suite lodge on the edge of a butte overlooking the Snake River Valley. The property is several miles out of town and has an inspiring view of the Grand Tetons. The designers knew it too, and kept artwork and bright decor to a minimum; in both the guest rooms and the public spaces, walls of redwood and sandstone, high ceilings, and huge windows capitalize on rather than compete with the landscape outside. Because of the Amangani's intimate size and a staff-to-guest ratio of more than two to one, personalized service is the standard. The executive chef meets each guest to inquire about individual tastes (and the dining room never closes), and if that Hollywood director's lady friend is sitting in the hot tub and the wind picks up, it takes only seconds for a spa attendant to offer a beanie to keep her ears from getting cold.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
7680 Granite Loop Road
Teton Village , Wyoming
Tel: 307 732 5000
Fax: 307 732 5001
www.fourseasons.com/jacksonhole

With lift tickets nearing $100 a day, ski towns have lost their slacker image, but it wasn't until 2003 that the Four Seasons opted to open a property in one—and the company chose Jackson. The property melds disparate worlds beautifully, with some 2,000 pieces of museum-quality artwork on the walls (including works by Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti) along with Western-style interior details like tooled leather, cowhide chairs, and Native American–inspired throw rugs. The ski-in, ski-out hotel is built in a clever zigzag formation so that the majority of the 550-square-foot standard rooms have terraces with mountainside or valley views. But hey, everybody in Jackson has mountain views; only this place has the Seasons' legendary service. The ski concierge here custom-fits boots (all rental equipment is top of the line and replaced annually), tunes and stores skis, and practically walks guests right to the lift. Post-powder, the staff brings around heated towels, hot chocolate, and s'mores as guests soak in outdoor hot tubs styled to look like geothermal pools.

$300-$399
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Hotel Terra Jackson Hole
3335 W. Village Road
Teton Village , Wyoming
83025
Tel: 307 739 4000
informationjac@terraresortgroup.com
www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com

The first thing ski resort habitués will probably notice about this newest Teton Village hotel is what it doesn't have: There's no cathedral ceiling in the lobby, no lounge or sappy guitarist singing Billy Joel to the après-ski crowd, no gym (although you can use the very nice one at the sister property next door), and limited room service. What it does have is a clean, contemporary design, light-filled rooms with comfort to spare, a competent and welcoming staff, and a commitment to the environment that doesn't compromise luxury. The intimate lobby, with its gray fieldstone fireplace, cushy furniture, and walls covered in panels of warm red leather, feels more like a modern mountain-retreat living room than a resort public area. The 72 guest rooms spoil with heated slate bathroom floors, rain showers, supersized tubs, iPod docks, and obscenely comfortable mattresses made of natural materials. The spa and rooftop hot tub make the most of the mountain views, and the restaurant, Osteria, is a lively new local favorite. The hotel is in the process of obtaining LEED silver certification, but its energy-saving efforts are so integrated into the bones of the building that most guests won't know the difference (those little cards asking guests to reuse the towels are conspicuously absent). If you believe that less is more, this is definitely the place. If you do not, Terra could very well change your mind.

$300-$399
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Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa
175 N. Jackson Street
Jackson , Wyoming
Tel: 307 733 2000
Tel: 800 458 2004 (toll free)
info@rustyparrot.com
www.rustyparrot.com

When owner Ron Harrison vacationed in Jackson in the '80s, he lamented the lack of high-end lodges. So in 1990, he built one: an intimate 31-room property near the town square that gives the easy feeling of staying at a (very well-off) friend's home. You'll find fellow guests with their feet up next to the fireplace in the lobby, and wood-burning hearths and hot tubs in many of the rooms. Staffers tend to call guests by their first names. Executive chef Rick Sordahl, who heads the lodge's open-kitchen restaurant, Wild Sage, steps away from the stove to visit with diners and lays out freshly baked cookies for returning skiers in the afternoons. The Parrot has an exceptionally high rate of returning guests ("Hi, Bob!"). And in a town that's chockablock with spas, the three-room, unpretentious Body Sage gets super high marks from in-the-know locals.

$300-$399
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Snake River Lodge and Spa
7710 Granite Loop Road
Teton Village , Wyoming
Tel: 307 732 6000
Tel: 866 975 7625 (toll free)
Fax: 307 732 6009
snakeriverlodge.rockresorts.com/

The Snake River delivers what Rockresorts fans have come to expect: a boutique resort without overt eccentricities, an excellent spa (at three stories and 17,000 square feet, the largest in Wyoming), and a clientele that's upmarket but not Aman-demanding. Lacking the obvious charm of the Rusty Parrot and given to a slightly older crowd than the Teton Mountain Lodge, the 88-room property still hits the mark solidly in most categories. And skiers can't miss—the Bridger Gondola is less than a five-minute walk from the front entrance. One of the original luxury lodges in the valley, the property was bought and renovated in 2000 (and was since featured on an episode of the regrettable reality show The Bachelor). The funkiest feature is a grottolike indoor/outdoor heated pool, complete with waterfalls and hot tubs tucked into steam-filled caves.

$300-$399
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Teton Mountain Lodge
3385 West Village Drive
Teton Village , Wyoming
Tel: 307 734 7111
Tel: 800 801 6615 (toll free)
tmlinfo@destinationhotels.com
www.tetonlodge.com

As Jackson gets hipper and more expensive, it's easy to overlook the fact that the great outdoors is what initially brought people here. Of all the hotels in Teton Village, the Teton Mountain Lodge seems the most devoted to getting people off the property. Credit owners Rob and Kit DesLauriers, a pair of local ski stars turned developers. They've schussed down slopes around the globe and know what outdoor enthusiasts want—things like in-room boot dryers, dual-head showers, and a closetful of loaner gear, from parkas to binoculars. The four-room spa is "green"—sporting natural-fiber carpets, recycled paper products, and organic cotton towels. To round out the sporting cred, the Cascade Grill House & Spirits is peopled with nonguests, including the folks from local extreme filmmakers Teton Gravity Research. In 2007, the lodge underwent a 16,000-square-foot expansion and unveiled a renovated spa.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.