Updated: May 27
A February journey to Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa by SnoWest magazine editor Lane Lindstrom led to an epic two-day snowmobile adventure described as “nearly perfect.” Lindstrom’s publication for snowmobile enthusiasts is known as the authority on how to ride, what to ride and where to ride in the West. As the SnoWest story says of Brooks Lake Lodge “There are many places in the West where there is a perfect mix of the right snow conditions, over the top scenery, varied terrain, good trails and excellent service. But there are fewer places where all those variables work seamlessly to provide the almost perfect snowmobile trip. We say almost because we’re not sure we’ve had the perfect snowmobile trip yet.” Still, according to Lindstrom, the “two- day trip to Brooks Lake Lodge came oh so close.”
The feature on Brooks Lake Lodge in SnoWest goes on to describe rides through blizzards mixed with sunny clearings and 360-degree views of the spectacular scenery that surrounds the lodge. The riders enjoyed sweeping vistas of Pinnacle Buttes, a ride up to the notorious Proposal Point with its inspiring bird’s-eye lake and lodge overlook, cruising into Sublette Pass for more backcountry riding and views of Sublette Peak and Brooks Mountain and accumulating 32 fresh miles of riding. And that was just day one. The second day was even better, with a mix of sun and snow and superb deep-powder conditions. The sledders, led by the lodge’s famed snowmobile guide Skinner Bell and accompanied by General Manager Adam Long, headed straight toward Brooks Mountain and ventured farther north to upper Jade Lake, experiencing a variety of terrain and elevation – and at one point stepping off the sleds into chest-high powder. Day two dialed up 30 more miles on the snowmobiles and lots of memories.
Creating meaningful experiences and lifelong memories is what Brooks Lake Lodge aims to do for every guest. A trip to the lodge is one that is not easily forgotten, and many first-time visitors become returning regulars, making lodge stays a tradition with family or friends. In the winter, the lodge is truly a haven for snow enthusiasts with the kinds of tremendous snowmobiling conditions SnoWest details in its piece, as well as additional fun-in-the-snow opportunities for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and snow tubing.
The lodge transforms into a winter wonderland each season with its typical 400-600 inches of snow per year providing guests with prime riding conditions. Sitting at an elevation of 9,200 feet, the nearly century-old historic lodge offers 2 million acres of scenic territory to explore loaded with stunning Wyoming backcountry views. Guests can bring their own snowmobiles or rent from the lodge’s extensive collection of the latest, including Ski-Doo and Polaris sleds.
Brooks Lake Lodge knows that with great adventures come great appetites, and their Executive Chef Whitney Hall goes above and beyond each season to create innovative, gourmet comfort-food feasts with locally sourced ingredients and often adding flair from her Texas roots. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in an overnight stay at Brooks Lake Lodge and are intended to leave guests immensely satisfied and fueled for their day in the snow. During winter, the dining room is also open to the public for lunch only and is a local treasure for enjoying a full day of snowmobiling, cross country skiing or fat biking down the five-mile road to the lodge to enjoy Chef Whitney’s famous fireside midday offerings.
After a day of playing, eating and relaxing, a peaceful and quiet night’s sleep awaits. As SnoWest describes it, “Brooks Lake Lodge accommodations are a cut above the rest.” With a maximum of 36 overnight guests, everyone is a VIP and the 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio ensures personal, attentive, friendly service. Guests can retire to one of the seven lodge rooms or eight private cabins available at the lodge. Meanwhile, spa services such as Deep Tissue or Hot Stone massages are available to book at the onsite Rocky Mountain Spa, which houses an 11-by-17-foot covered outdoor hot tub with breathtaking views of Brooks Lake and the Pinnacle Buttes.