Resort Picks: Lodges

Make the most of winter at these snowy getaways

Oct 21, 2008
Outside Magazine

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;

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;

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;

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);

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;