Located on the western edge of the Alaska Range, Winterlake Lodge is a fly-in-only retreat, so guests have open, empty trails to explore by snow-shoes, snowmobile, cross-country skis, or dogsled. This season, visitors can opt to journey eight miles to a rustic new cabin where they’ll be served dinner and spend the night. Those looking for a break from the cold can sign up for cooking classes or soak in the lodge’s hot tub and take in the northern lights. In early March, Winterlake offers front-row seats for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which passes right in front of the hotel. From $840.
This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue.