Suite of the week: Rooster’s Comb Suite, Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
Suite name: Rooster Comb Suite
Location: Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
Accommodation size: 16.8 square meters
Cost per night: $ 3150 per person
What makes it special: The Rooster’s Comb Suite is perfectly located with a direct view of the top of Denali at an elevation of 6,000 feet and offers extraordinary views of the Northern Lights from September to April from the comfort of your own bed.
Sitting atop a rocky outcrop known as nunatak in Denali National Park, the Rooster’s Comb Suite is the perfect place to lie in bed and gaze at the stars or watch the auroras from your panoramic windows. The Rooster’s Comb suite at Sheldon Chalet offers direct views of Denali Peak just 10 miles away. From your suite, you will appreciate the snow-capped wild nature, the sound of silence and the breathtaking avalanches falling in the distance. As new luxury is at a distance, the vision of Alaska pioneers Don and Roberta Sheldon, Sheldon Chalet is a platform for the adventure of a lifetime on the sides of North America’s highest mountain. . After a day of Alaskan glacier adventures including crevasse exploration, backcountry skiing, or sledding, guests can return to the Sheldon Chalet for a sauna, gourmet fruit dinner sea and food pairing, the spectacular glow of the Northern Lights, scintillating night landscapes and a luxurious night’s sleep.
This exclusive redemption experience starts at $ 35,000 per couple for a minimum of 3 nights. Guests can relax, socially distance themselves, and experience the grandeur of Denali at this eco-friendly chalet in a way never seen before. This ultimate experience includes gear, two adventure guides, a concierge, a chef preparing gourmet meals with premium wine pairings, guided glacier adventures, and helicopter transport to and from the chalet. The family of the late Don Sheldon, the legendary glacier pilot, have called this private land inside Denali Park home since the 1950s. The children, Robert Sheldon, along with his wife Marne and sister Kate had been hoping for decades. fulfill their parents’ wish to create a place where they could connect guests from all over the world to the indescribable grandeur of Ruth Glacier and Gorge. . In 2018, their dreams came true and Sheldon Chalet was born. Less than 500 people have already had the opportunity to stay here.
In the 1960s, the famous Sheldon Mountain House welcomed Alaskans to ski under the Denali summit. This ski season will be a lot like those simpler times. No lift lines, no crowds, and endless possibilities to make turns, make the return of skiing to Denali at the Sheldon Chalet the perfect base for the ultimate off-piste skiing experience. The remote offering provided by Chalet Sheldon includes your private gear, custom touring skis with skins that make it easy to climb, guides to take you around and explore the open terrain, and an epic private mountain experience available from March to June. Imagine a 35 square mile amphitheater with pristine powder untouched all around and ski lines as far as the eye can see, you’ve never experienced a ski vacation like this before. After an avalanche and glacier preparation course , set off with expert guides to create cool trails among the powder coated glacier surrounded by the Alaskan wilderness. Skiing in Denali National Park is a backcountry ski touring and downhill skiing experience. You will leave the Sheldon chalet and take a ski tour to the slopes. Once there you will walk or ‘run’ the zig-zag incline until you reach the designated stopping point selected by your guides. Once there you’ll peel off the ‘skins’ that aided the hike across the glacier and back up the slope, lock your binding in place and then carve epic turns.
This engineering marvel is a remote yet luxurious experience where customers will find themselves without internet access, allowing them to truly step off the network. From mid-September to mid-April, on a clear day, the vivid and awe-inspiring colors of the blue, green and purple of the Northern Lights are reflected off the snow-capped peaks and glaciers and are visible from the chalet with a clarity rarely felt elsewhere . During the upcoming fall and winter season, Denali offers top-notch Northern Lights and weather observations, full moon glacier hikes, and golden sunrises. Sheldon Chalet offers the best way to explore Denali in true comfort and luxury. At 63 degrees latitude and an elevation of 6,000 feet, Sheldon Chalet’s troposphere is one of the thinnest on the planet, allowing guests to see shooting stars more often and brighter than anywhere else. With little to no light pollution and stunning scenery framing the sky, the evenings sparkle brilliantly with celestial displays of dawns and stars and winter snowfall begins to cover the huge Don Sheldon Amphitheater, which covers in average over 100 feet of new snow per year. Guests’ closeness to the stars and the sparse topography of Denali National Park provides a surreal, uninterrupted stargazing experience overlooking the glacier and mountains.
Expert guides are on hand to educate guests about the aurora and provide insight into the constellations of the night sky. World-class stargazing is enhanced by the warm fire and satisfying drinks tailor-made by your private chef. For the 2020/2021 season, activities organized by Sheldon Chalet for guests include: Aurora, Lit Crystal & Blizzard Watching, Caving in Snow Caverns. rock climbing, abseiling, shooting stars and meteor showers, epic toboggan run, gourmet glacier picnics, glacier hike on snowshoes or skis, snow cave or igloo construction, crevasse exploration and helicopter or fixed-wing geography tour.
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