With its final 5-mile approach accessible only by dog sled, snowmobile or track vehicle in winter, Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, a secluded guest ranch hidden within the Shoshone National Forest near Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, offers an ultimate – intimate – snowy resort experience. Situated at an elevation of 9,200 feet and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, the exclusive, all-inclusive resort provides a luxurious private Wyoming escape. A true haven for snow enthusiasts, the historic lodge is set on a 300-acre alpine lake and offers a variety of lodge rooms and luxurious private cabins with dramatic views.
Brooks Lake Lodge guests choose from numerous guided or unguided winter activities included with overnight stays. Snowmobilers can explore roughly two million acres of snowy terrain, cruising on mild backcountry trails or testing the limits on uphill climbs and carving through deep snow on new high-performance machines. Cross-country skiers can glide over miles of groomed trails (cross country skis, step-in bindings and premium boots included).
Or strap on snowshoes (snowshoes, adjustable bindings and aluminum crampons included) for a wintery nature walk through the Shoshone National Forest packed with natural landmarks. Winter guests can also try their hand at ice fishing on Brooks Lake, alive with trout swimming two feet beneath the ice for catch-and-release excitement – or bring the catch back to the lodge for the master chef to prepare for the evening meal (fishing rods, lures, bait, ice huts and refreshments all included). Guests can also enjoy a Rocky Mountain Safari through the surrounding countryside with an expert guide pointing out the local wildlife. And everyone can appreciate sliding down the snow hill at Brooks Lake Lodge in snow tubes.
After a day out on the snow, return to the lodge for Governor’s Tea time, a 4:30 p.m. tradition that offers a variety of fruits, cheeses, cookies and crumpets served with hot drinks around a fire crackling in one of the resort’s four giant stone fireplaces. Later, settle in for a hearty dinner with a gourmet selection of premium seafood, beef, game and poultry entrees.
For cozy indoor relaxation while the snow flies, the 3,000-square-foot on-site Rocky Mountain Spa offers a menu of treatments including sports massage to soothe tired muscles. And guests can stop by anytime for a soak in the 11-by-17-foot hot tub overlooking Brooks Lake and the Rocky Mountains. In the evening, belly up to the Cowboy Bar to sip from a wide selection of spirits while recounting the day’s snowy adventures.