Solitude and beauty surrounds this backcountry yurt.
I promise you'll be warmer than you can imagine," says Mike Ross, of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, about spending a night out in the woods in the middle of a Wyoming winter.
Ross should know. He's yurtmeister—aka caretaker—for a 315-square-foot ski-in, ski-out yurt set at 8,000 feet in a lodgepole pine forest, a snowball's throw beyond the ski area's southern boundary. Inside are down sleeping bags, plush bunk beds, board games, and Buddhist prayer flags over a wood-burning stove.
You tell Ross what you want (within reason), and he'll cook appetizers for your arrival, a gourmet dinner (tortellini with smoked salmon, anyone?), and a hearty breakfast. He does the cleaning, too. All you have to do is try not to get lost when answering nature's call.
"People leave for the outhouse but forget where they're going," Ross says. "They're staring up at the brilliant sky or listening to the coyotes." For skiers and snowboarders with intermediate skills. $425 a night for eight guests. (800) 450- 0477, jacksonhole.com.
Photography courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
This article was first published in January/February 2013. Some facts may have aged gracefully. Please call ahead to verify information.