Great winter trips in the West

Find snow, solitude, and shopping on a fun winter getaway

12 cozy winter lodges

Ski, skate, sled, or just relax by the fire at the West's ultimate winter retreats

Emerald Lake Lodge, Field, B.C.
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Celeste Moure

Emerald Lake Lodge, Field, B.C.

High in the Canadian Rockies, Emerald Lake Lodge won’t provide you with email, cell service, or in-room TV. Instead, it gives you deep, soft snows on a 13-acre peninsula jutting out into Emerald Lake. In the main lodge—a hand-hewn timber structure that dates back to 1902—you’ll play pool by the fireplace, drink at an oak bar salvaged from a 19th-century Yukon saloon, then sup on dishes like duck breast and hazelnut risotto. When it’s time to turn in, you’ll sleep in one of 24 two-story cabins, each with a balcony and stone fireplace. Local activities include cross-country skiing, downhill at nearby Lake Louise, and ice-skating on Emerald Lake. From $203 U.S.;



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