You’re an insider and pride yourself on going off the beaten path. Well, we’ve got something for you. Ten miles from the summit of Ruth Glacier in the Denali Mountains of Alaska is a chalet that less than 500 people have visited — ever. Reachable only by helicopter, this spot is what adventure is made of, if activities like snow cavern spelunking are any indication.
Welcome to Sheldon Chalet, where the adventurous likes of Julia Roberts and her family have stayed in the 2,000 square foot, five bedroom luxury chalet, which feels like you are at the end of the earth. During this time of COVID-19, you buyout the full property, which starts at $35,000 per couple for a 3-night minimum, for all the food, adventure and exploration that you can handle. Seriously – the experience includes gear, two adventure guides, a concierge, a chef preparing gourmet meals with premium wine pairings, guided glacier adventures and the helicopter transport to and from the Chalet. In between, it’s an experience of a lifetime – and one for a very Pretty Woman.
Q: What activities are offered to guests?
A: Depending on the season, guests can go ice climbing, rappelling, rock climbing, aurora viewing, avalanche viewing, backcountry skiing, showshoe glacier trekking, snow cavern spelunking, and more. The experience exploration section of the website explains which seasons and months are best for each activity.
Q: Where is the nearest town?
A: The closest town is Talkeetna, which is 55 miles away by air. And as with the chalet, a helicopter is the only form of transport since there are no roads or trails to lead you to the location.
Guests should schedule flights into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).
Q: Are there wildlife in the area?
A: Wildlife can be spotted in the river valley area, but it is almost impossible for wildlife to travel beyond the Ruth Glacier Ice Fall and reach the Don Sheldon Amphitheater.
Sheldon Chalet Information
Address: In the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of Denali’s Ruth Glacier; Alaska
Phone number: 9077332414