Text by Whitney Durrwachter • Photography by Stephanie Welbourne
A checkpoint on the historic Iditarod Trail, Winterlake Lodge is truly a place for Alaskan adventure; but with all of its luxurious offerings, you’ll hardly be roughing it in this snowy frontier.
Flying over the mountainous terrain and landing on a frozen, glassy lake is just the beginning of your snowy excursion at Winterlake Lodge. After seeing the majestic Mount McKinley on the flight in and being surrounded by views of the Trimble Glacier and the beginnings of the Rainy Pass, you’ll realize that aside from all of the posh amenities, what Winterlake Lodge does best is provide spectacular scenery.
Guests come face-to-face with the beauty of the outdoors through skiing, snowshoeing, and dog-sledding and can unwind with massages, yoga classes, and a dip in the hot tub that has an amazing view of the mountains and northern lights—the height of luxury all around.
Owners Carl and Kirsten Dixon, along with their daughters Carly and Mandy, have created a boutique feel to their rustic, secluded resort, including only the best in accommodations and fare. Winterlake Lodge features five guest cabins that are the epitome of cozy comfort and beautiful architecture. Each cabin is carefully crafted with exquisite timber and captivating details such as exposed beams and strategically placed windows, offering a spectacular view no matter which cabin becomes your home away from home.
Dining here is just as much a part of the experience with delicious menus that you would expect from an award-winning chef. Mother-and-daughter duo Kirsten and Mandy thoughtfully design an ever-changing menu, featuring local seafood and produce. Each evening in the Main Lodge guests can mingle and enjoy wine and appetizers before the presentation of a delicious gourmet dinner.
Winterlake Lodge is open all year, so you can choose to enjoy the beauty of an Alaskan winter with glistening snowcapped ranges and winter activities or an Alaskan summer where nature is in full bloom with fishing and hiking. Either way you will experience the Last Frontier at it’s finest.
A Sky-High Adventure
For a bird’s-eye view of Alaska’s terrain, sign up for a “flightseeing” safari. Aircrafts with large windows and two-way headsets ensure you’ll see glaciers, wildlife, and soaring views of the peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Tours vary depending on the time of year, but no matter the season you’ll get a unique perspective.
Winterlake Lodge has five unique guest units—huge, handcrafted log cabins. The cozy interiors feature handmade furniture, thick carpets, private baths, and lake views. During the winter, there are sled dog tours and instructions on driving a team, cross-country ski excursions, and snowshoe expeditions.