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Hello everyone I'm new here, me and my wife are planning out 25 anniversary trip for next February we are looking for a rustic type ski lodge kinda like you always see on t.v. We're interested in a non skier package with snowmobile ,sleigh rides, snow shoeing, dog sledding ect. We would like it walking distance to a town, anywhere in Colorado, or maybe Jackson hole? I've tried to search online but would really like some input from experienced people. Would like to have a room with fireplaces, thanks for any help and ideas on this.
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Hello everyone I'm new here, me and my wife are planning out 25 anniversary trip for next February we are looking for a rustic type ski lodge kinda like you always see on t.v. We're interested in a non skier package with snowmobile ,sleigh rides, snow shoeing, dog sledding ect. We would like it walking distance to a town, anywhere in Colorado, or maybe Jackson hole? I've tried to search online but would really like some input from experienced people. Would like to have a room with fireplaces, thanks for any help and ideas on this.

Welcome to EpicSki!  So what kind of skiing to you want to do?

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Hello everyone I'm new here, me and my wife are planning out 25 anniversary trip for next February we are looking for a rustic type ski lodge kinda like you always see on t.v. We're interested in a non skier package with snowmobile ,sleigh rides, snow shoeing, dog sledding ect. We would like it walking distance to a town, anywhere in Colorado, or maybe Jackson hole? I've tried to search online but would really like some input from experienced people. Would like to have a room with fireplaces, thanks for any help and ideas on this.

Doesn't look like you're skiers.  If not, this is really the wrong place to ask for this information because what you'll get is a lot of folks trying to talk you into skiing, or even making fun of your plans.  However, I suggest you look at Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone National Park.  It's the most magical place I've been in wintertime, in fact, anytime.  Another great place if you want a slightly more urban experience is Banff.

 

If you're into skiing, either XC or Alpine, a fabulous (but far from inexpensive) place is Num-Ti-Ja (sp?) Lodge in Banff National Park.  It's within an easy drive of Lake Louise for Alpine skiing and right on the shores of a lake that freezes over in the winter and that you can ski over.  Glaciers hang right above you and when you're done you can retreat to the cool, funky lodge.  Loved the place.

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Aspen's chock full of rustic lodges and there's a ton of non-skiing activities, everything you mentioned and more.   Mt. Chalet, Boomerang Lodge, Hearthstone House, Ullar Lodge  or the Molly Gibson, are just a few that come to mind.

 

My 25th is in three weeks and we're going back to Aspen for probably the 200th time.   My wife is wondering what ever happened to Maui?

She knew what she was getting into, when she said yes!

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You're looking for a private lodge to rent and then booking all those activities yourselves or a hotel with concierge who does all the activity arranging for you? If the latter, then I'd look at Relais et Chateaux hotels, there are some in ski country. One is the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, but there are others. I'm pretty sure there was a fireplace in the suite we had. But that was years ago.

If the first, then VRBO has tons of private lodge style homes in ski country. I have friends whose home is there, but you'd be managing your activities yourself.
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I'd start my search with the national park lodges for something like that.
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Hello everyone I'm new here, me and my wife are planning out 25 anniversary trip for next February we are looking for a rustic type ski lodge kinda like you always see on t.v. We're interested in a non skier package with snowmobile ,sleigh rides, snow shoeing, dog sledding ect. We would like it walking distance to a town, anywhere in Colorado, or maybe Jackson hole? I've tried to search online but would really like some input from experienced people. Would like to have a room with fireplaces, thanks for any help and ideas on this.

 

Banff is widely regarded as the most scenic spot of all the ski areas and IMHO the entire world.  

 

Deer and elk roam the streets...

 

The mountains are far "rockier" than anywhere else in the Rockies.  

 

As a Canadian, I value the history and architecture of the Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise, but these are mega-hotels and probably not as intimate as you might like.  They're definitely worth a look though, and grand enough to have you possibly tinker your plans.

post #8 of 11

Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley ID. Lots of practice at what you ask for. 1 more plane ride but worth it.

 

As mentioned Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone.

 

Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Amazing place, but you won't walk to town.

 

Good luck with your choice.  

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Thanks to everyone for the replys were looking at all the suggestions.
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Would help to get some of the questions answered.
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Doesn't look like you're skiers.  If not, this is really the wrong place to ask for this information because what you'll get is a lot of folks trying to talk you into skiing, or even making fun of your plans.  However, I suggest you look at Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone National Park.  It's the most magical place I've been in wintertime, in fact, anytime.  Another great place if you want a slightly more urban experience is Banff.

 

If you're into skiing, either XC or Alpine, a fabulous (but far from inexpensive) place is Num-Ti-Ja (sp?) Lodge in Banff National Park.  It's within an easy drive of Lake Louise for Alpine skiing and right on the shores of a lake that freezes over in the winter and that you can ski over.  Glaciers hang right above you and when you're done you can retreat to the cool, funky lodge.  Loved the place.


My husband and I stayed at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge http://www.num-ti-jah.com/index.php/weddings-a-functions  near Lake Louise one summer and loved it. Rustic and sweet and tucked into a little cove.

 

If you go, you should contact Nadine and Joel with Great Divide Adventures who do wonderful guided trips summer and winter. He is a naturalist and she is an actor and theater major both of whom used to work for the National Parks as guides and so really know their stuff. http://www.greatdivide.ca/  They are both such nice people and their excursions are amazing.

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