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Three Bear Lodge
snowdragonOrange from: Orange, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Best Place for Snowmobile getaway
Drove to West Yellowstone from SoCal to West Yellowstone. Booked a snowmobile 1 day tour of Yellowstone inside the park, and stayed 2 nites at 3Bear Lodge (not the motel side). Wonderful experience, staff friendly and helpful. Room was comfortable w rustic touches, and most important to me... Bathroom was spotless! very clean. Tour package included breakfast (or equal value voucher of $8 anything on menu) per nite of stay at 3 Bear Restaurant adjacent lodge, plus one prime rib (or equal value of $29 on menu) Good food. Fr SoCal, stopover nites in Las Vegas & Salt Lake City. Well worth it. Snowmobile season inside park is 12/15-3/15. Then Nat'l Park closes for one month.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Cyranoa from: New York City, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Nightmarish Snowmobile Rental
Not having stayed at this property my comments only pertain to our recent nightmarish snowmobile rental, which was arranged for my girlfriend and me by a third party.
We were charged $205 for the day for a two-person sled, including clothing and helmets. I also had the good sense to pay $21 to limit my liability to accidental damage to the vehicle to $750.
Service at the front desk was indifferent when we arrived in mid-morning, and there was nobody there to help us find clothing in the correct sizes. We wasted additional time locating our snowmobile in another (seemingly unoccupied) building next door.
Once we were finally on our way, a routine drive through West Yellowstone took us the wrong way toward the entrance to the national park. When I proceeded to turn around, the sled accelerated, carrying the two of us over a steep snowbank and into the woods on the other side. It seemed to have a mind of its own and I was unable to stop it. Fortunately, we avoided serious injury but the front end of the snowmobile was damaged.
With the assistance of park rangers and the rental staff, we were able to extricate the sled from the woods. Apparently unconcerned about my driving ability, a staff member put us on another vehicle and encouraged us to have a good time, despite how badly shaken up we were. He said the new sled was set on conservative "eco" mode rather than the aggressive "sport" mode previously.
After returning from an uneventful drive, I was compelled to pay the $750 deductible for damage to the snowmobile. Although I'm not a regular snowmobiler, I grew up in Quebec riding Ski-Doos and have driven them in Yellowstone without incident. Never have I experienced anything as frightening as the runaway sled that morning. (And I routinely drive the icy mountain roads of northern New England and Quebec in a five-speed Subaru WRX.)
Convinced that a stuck throttle caused the accident, I subsequently contacted the lodge's general manager, Travis Watt, who dismissed the idea. He blamed it on "accidentally grabbing the throttle" while making a left-hand turn. I am skeptical, to say the least, because I would have had to really gun the throttle to propel two adults with such force up a steep pitch in heavy snow. And is it responsible for the rental business to have the vehicle set on "sport" rather than "standard" mode for any but the most-experienced riders? Another case of "he said, she said."
So, at a cost of nearly $1,000, we got to spend a couple of hours cruising around the beautiful countryside outside the national park, after a harrowing accident where we risked serious injury and possibly death. Not my idea of a good time.
Mr. Watt might take issue with some of the above, but my advice to other non-experts considering this activity is to be very cautious, take nothing for granted, and fork over the $21 for the insurance.
Moiaussie from: Seneca, South Carolina
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Perfect Place for Snowmobile Adventures
We stayed there last year and had so much fun, we returned this year again.
This is such a convenient place, easy walk to all restaurants, the snowmobile rentals are just a few feet away, on the premises. We booked through Yellowstonefun (Charlie). It was a complete package, snowmobiles, stay in a Jacuzzi Room, snowmobile equipment, gas included, also coupons for free breakfast, one prime rib dinner, tickets to the Imax, plus a free souvenir (we picked T-shirts). While not modern, the place was clean and everyone was very nice. We loved the fact that everything was so convenient, no hidden surprises, no hidden charges. There was plenty of snow to play in. Snowmobiling season ends March 15. They offer guided tour, including tours to Yellowstone Park (which we did last year). This year, my husband was my guide, we had so much fun playing in the snow. Don't miss going to Two Top. We also enjoyed the ride beside the river, so peaceful. We found the other snowmobilers to be very courteous. Even though our last day was a Saturday and originally we saw a lot of machines, this is such a huge place, we often were snowmobiling alone, enjoying nature to the fullest.
dpetrena from: Brownstown Township, Michigan
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Mar, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
The place was actually pretty good but I rented a snowmobile February 26-28,checked out march 1,and without ever telling me charged my credit card 355.00.I called to inquire why the charge(the trip was prepaid)and they tried to tell me I damaged the snowmobile on February 26! When I turned the snowmobile in that day the guy that gases the sled looked it over and told me I was all set. I did NOT damage the snowmobile.It was not damaged when I turned it in.Either it happened the next day ,they gave me a different sled the next day,or they are very dishonest!I would never deal with them again.
JRVanV from: Charlotte, North Carolina
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 3, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
We stayed here last week during our winter adventure to Yellowstone. The hotel is clean, and the employees were nice and accommodating. The lodge is located in the center of town, making it easy to get to restaurant, shopping, and activities. I highly recommend this lodge