Here at Town and Country Cedar Homes we admire a quality, wood-built property like an art dealer would admire an original painting. We seek inspiration from the past and present and follow the work of our fellow crafters throughout the world. Often when we think of log-built properties, our minds conjure up images of rosy-cheeked skiers warming their limbs in front of a wood-burning fireplace and sipping on drinks at the end of a satisfying day on the slopes. While our expertise is in crafting custom residential homes, we love a ski lodge, especially if it’s timber-built. Below is a compilation of just some of our favorite ski lodges throughout North America.
This collection wouldn’t be complete without mention of a Utah ski resort, the state that prides itself for having the ‘Best Snow on Earth.’ The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon exudes a very modern feel with its enormous concrete and glass walls reaching high into the sky. The property’s cold façade provides a stark contrast to the surrounding mountains and natural beauty. Each room provides sweeping views of the slopes or canyons. Every skiers dream, the resort offers ski-in/ski-out convenience and is walking distance to the pedestrian village. The resort houses three restaurants, two lounges, heated rooftop pool and hot tub, a spa and a fitness center.
If you have a large family and ever dreamed of staying in a private chalet on your next ski vacation, then look to the Founders Cabin at Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado. This 4-bedroom log-cabin style home features cathedral ceilings, log trusses, and a river rock fireplace in the lounge. Each room has an ensuite or private facilities and the outdoor hot tub will warm you through after a day on the snow. Staying at the Founders Cabin, you can enjoy every modern comfort amidst the charm of a traditional log cabin.
Nestled in the Whistler mountains is the Fairmont Chateau with its pitched black roof and spires resembling a French manor house. The contrast of the light walls against the black roof makes the building particularly beautiful when lit up on a snowy winter’s night.
The Adobe Ski Bridge in Breckenridge provides private residence rental at the height of luxury. Built with reclaimed wood and featuring Canadian wood beams, this property is a strikingly beautiful log cabin mixing traditional and modern styles. A sprawling property, it contains 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, a gourmet kitchen, a dining area and bar that seats 20, and a study. The downstairs provides a great space for spending quality time in the family room which features a gas fireplace and a wet-bar. The outside space does not disappoint with an outdoor stone-encased hot tub, fire pit and combination grill. There’s even a play room with a TV, toys and two sets of bunk beds for little ones.
One of the country’s first destination ski lodges, the Sun Valley Lodge at Sun Valley, Idaho, opened 80 years ago and quickly turned a small Idaho town into an internationally-acclaimed resort frequented by Hollywood stars and world leaders. Recently completely renovated, the Sun Valley Lodge now offers 100 guests rooms, some of which have doubled in size. The guest rooms feature hardwood cabinetry, spacious bathrooms, and granite floors, walls and counter tops. Calling back to its famed history, there are 5 celebrity suites which have been named after celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood. New amenities include a 20,000 square-foot spa, a world class fitness center, a glass-enclosed outdoor pool and all new restaurants, lounges, lobbies and event space.
Within Jackson Hole at the Fireside Resort are a number of sustainably built, LEED-certified log cabins combining modern design with rustic features. Guests who stay in these cozy cabins will love being able to open their door and walk directly into the woods and smell the fresh mountain air.
Now we might be a bit biased about this next one… A centerpiece in the Boyne Mountain Resort, the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa is part of our company heritage. Town and Country’s founders were selected to design and build the lodge decades ago and it remains one of our most proud ventures. Easily mistakable for a European chalet, the property was designed to echo the classic Swiss/Austrian aesthetic. Inside the lobby, the lodge’s enormous wood-burning fireplace is an inviting focal point while hand-painted murals, sconce lighting, chandeliers and natural wood finishes create an authentic rustic atmosphere. The lodge boasts a full-service spa and is home to Michigan’s biggest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay.