The U.S. trade group SnowSports Industries America found that 6.9% of Americans – more than 22 million people – participate in some kind of snow sports activity, with more than 4 million riders hopping on a snowmobile annually. The popularity of these winter activities means outdoor adventure getaways are more in demand than ever – just part of the reason luxury guest ranch Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, set in the Rocky Mountain wilds of Wyoming, is an ideal winter destination.
Tucked away in Shoshone National Forest backcountry but within easy driving distance to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Brooks Lake Lodge is unrivaled for snow sports enthusiasts looking for the rare combination of nature-rich outdoor amenities and sumptuous accommodations. And with better-than-average snowfall predicted for the region, the historic lodge is set to open for its winter season Dec. 23, 2017, staying open through mid-March 2018.
Guests of all ages can choose from an appealing array of snow adventures at the lodge, all covered by the all-inclusive plan – from backcountry skiing and snowshoeing to ice fishing in alpine 234-acre Brooks Lake (any trout that guests catch can be brought back to be cooked up for dinner by the lodge chef). Expert-guided wildlife excursions spot animals that have migrated down from the highlands to winter near the lodge. But by far the most popular winter sport at Brooks Lake Lodge is snowmobiling on the more than 2 million acres of pristine national forest and ranchland, surrounded by spectacular views of the Pinnacle Buttes, Brooks Mountain and Richard’s Peak.
Built in 1922, Brooks Lake Lodge features elegantly rustic interiors and an inviting and relaxing full-service spa, complete with a tranquility room, dry sauna, fitness room and 11-by-17-foot hot tub with incredible mountain views. Lodge rooms are individually decorated with handcrafted furnishings of lodgepole pine and goose down comforters, while heated cabins sport wood-burning stoves and inviting sitting and dining areas, some with fireplaces and whirlpool or clawfoot tubs. And each room comes with spa robes and free WiFi.
In addition, all guest meals are included and fit in well with a winter getaway: The chef serves hearty Western breakfasts each morning, filling lunches at noon, Governor’s Tea with hors d’oeuvres for an afternoon pick-me-up, and gourmet dinners every night. Meanwhile, the Cowboy Bar within the lodge serves up fun and casual nighttime entertainment, along with an extensive selection of spirits.
Travel site Only in Your State recently showcased Brooks Lake Lodge as one of Wyoming’s must-visit destinations – free from crowds, remote yet easily accessible, and packed with immersive experiences. The article lauded the lodge as “the perfect place if you want to get away from it all.”
Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, a nearly 100-year-old historic guest ranch near Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, is located one mile from the North American Continental Divide, with views of the Pinnacle Buttes, Austin’s Peak and Brooks Mountain. Surrounded by evergreen forests, wildlife and alpine Brooks Lake, the exclusive, all-inclusive Wyoming Rocky Mountain resort offers five-star service, luxury accommodations and gourmet dining. Named a 2017 Western Landmark and hidden gem by Western Art & Architecture, a U.S. Rocky Mountain Stunning Inn & Lodge by Vacation Idea, a Top 10 Luxury Wildlife Lodge by Money Inc. and a Travel + Leisure Great American Lodge, Brooks Lake Lodge’s rates include lodging, meals, activities and spa access. For more information visit www.brookslake.com or call 866.213.4022.