Winter Retreats

Whether you're looking for expert backcountry skiing or a romantic weekend that may or may not involve snowshoes, we've got you covered

Dec 9, 2009
Outside Magazine

With 90 miles of trails out the front door, Stokely Creek Lodge, a 25-room Scandinavian-style resort in the Algoma Highlands of Ontario, is all about the skiing. And with no phones or TVs in the rooms, your nightlife options are refreshingly analog: sauna, moonlight ski, or fireplace reverie. From $100;

The nearby Gallatin and Madison rivers flow swiftly enough to offer fly-fishing all winter long from the ridgetop lodge and 24 cabin Lone Mountain Ranch, and with Yellowstone National Park only minutes away, backcountry skiing and snowshoe tours at the park are always an option. Seven nights from $2,475;

Each of the six new one-bedroom cabins at Rolling Huts are simple (cork floor, wood stoves) but decidedly modern (laser-cut topo-map artwork, modular furniture, Wi-Fi) affairs. Even better, they've all got perfect views of the North Cascades and are just minutes from some of the Methow Valley's 110 miles of rolling cross-country trails. From $80;

Because it overlooks some of the province's choicest big-mountain terrain, the 20-person, helicopter-accessed Bill Putnam Hut (also known as Fairy Meadow), near Golden, B.C., just might be the most sought-after backcounty cabin in all of Canada. From $550 per person per week, not including guide or cook (both of which we recommend);

Almost every room at Northern Wisconsin's Canoe Bay/Relais Châteaux has a beautiful view of Wahdoon Lake, which makes it even harder to leave your digs. A complimentary continental breakfast is brought to you every morning, and should you want to trade your jacuzzi tub for the frozen trail, snowshoes are provided at the reception desk. From $350;