Having come here for the last several years, I'm impressed by how consistently great and fun this is. With the intense level of snow this year, skiing was fabulous. Andy and team kept the trails in great condition. Weaving through pine and hardwood forests the trails are both picturesque and fun to ski. We also snowshoed several days. Those trails are across the road and go through the woods, also a nice time.
The lodge always has a friendly, low key atmosphere during meals. It's a good place for gathering during the day if you're not skiing. Andy and his staff will do their best to make sure you're taken care of. Free live music - good live music - is featured on Saturday night.
We like taking a sauna and jumping in the lake. Other friends have enjoyed the hot tub. Both places are fun gathering spots after skiing or after dinner.
If you have a large group, consider renting the log home or check out the new log home across the lake. That's a ski-in/hike-in spot, so it's something different. We've skied over there and checked it out. It looks gorgeous. We have a large group and rent the log home on site.
Some of the cabins utilize a shared bath and folks may wonder about that. We've done this in the past when our group was smaller. The bathhouse is clean and can accommodate several people, so no worries there. Also, it's right near the hot tub - easy to get side-tracked into taking a dip, easy to shower off right after. Lots of people are walking around in robes to the bath, hot tub or sauna, so you'll never feel odd trudging off in your slippers and big robe.
I'd suggest you give the National Forest Lodge a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy, warm cabins with a charm all their own are nestled in the towering pines of the forest and provide the perfect place to settle into after a day on the trails! National Forest Lodge offers a unique all-inclusive Winter get-away of great cross country skiing and snowshoeing, hearty food, and friendly hospitality. In the Spring, Summer or Fall, rent out the Log Home or one of our camper cabins. Great fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and more. Roast some weenies and marshmallows over your fire pit or get baked in our lakeside Finnish sauna (firewood provided!). ... more less