Resort Picks: Lodges

Make the most of winter at these snowy getaways

Oct 21, 2008
Outside
Outside Magazine

ONE-STOP SHOP
Just 40 minutes by floatplane from Anchorage, your backcountry castle awaits. Chugach Powder Guides' swanky, 5,600-square-foot Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is open most of the year, but if you wait until June, you can heli-ski, fish for king salmon right out your door, and whitewater-raft—all in the same trip. $8,200/five days; chugachpowderguides.com

UNPLUG AND PLAY
Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness can be a zoo in the summer, but come winter it's deserted. The family-owned Bearskin Lodge's 11 rustic cabins have neither televisions nor phones and sit beside 48 miles of groomed skate-skiing and classic trails. From $115; bearskin.com

PRIVATE PENINSULA
With its lakefront views, supple leather armchairs, and chiseled-stone fireplaces, your lavishly appointed "cabin" will be tough to leave. But staying indoors would be crazy. The Point, a former Rockefeller Great Camp, sits on 77 acres of pristine Adirondack real estate and is stocked with snowshoes and cross-country skis. From $1,350; thepointresort.com

THE BIG PAYOFFLooking for something more adventurous? Sun Valley Trekking's Coyote Yurt is a six-and-a-half-mile, 2,300-vertical-foot haul from the trailhead. Your reward: a wood-fired sauna, sweeping views of the Boulder and Pioneer ranges, and endless terrain for backcountry skiing in the surrounding Sawtooth National Forest. From $150 (guides available); svtrek.com

NORTHWEST ESCAPE
Washington State's Methow Valley has more than a million acres of wilderness, with 110 miles of cross-country-ski trails. Take it easy and stay at Mazama Country Inn, which has a great restaurant, a rental shop next door, and quick access to the nearby overnight-hut system. From $115; mazamacountryinn.com

Filed To: Anchorage, Sun Valley, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding

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