Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime: Find a Sweet Retreat

The ultimate North American winter bucket list

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We all need to hibernate once in a while. Ready for some wild winter downtime? Break away from the ski-resort crowds and head to a remote mountain lodge instead.

Alaska’s Winterlake Lodge is 200 miles north of Anchorage on the Iditarod Trail. It’s accessible only by ski plane, and it offers private cabins, a communal main lodge for decadent meals—nightly wine and cheese tastings feature cheeses flown in from Manhattan—and a hot tub with a big mountain view.

Further south, the Emerald Lake Lodge is tucked away inside Yoho National Park, just outside the Alberta mountain town of Lake Louise. The surrounding area is laced with cross-country ski trails, and if you decide to head back into civilization for the day, the Banff, Lake Louise, and Canmore ski hills are all within an easy commute.

Way out east, the Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge brings western mountain style to far eastern Quebec. The lodge office is based in the town of Cap-Chat—from there, lodge staff bring you the rest of the way in by snowcat. Rentals of beacons, snowshoes, splitboards, and touring gear are included in room rates.

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