Imagine waking up in a private chalet to a majestic view of Denali and sprawling Ruth Amphitheater. At night, the Aurora Borealis dance and shooting stars flash in the heavens above. These dreams can become reality with our newest Collection member, Sheldon Chalet. Surrounded by mountain magnificence, perched above an ancient river of ice, and located at the only private land on Denali, the Sheldon Chalet offers an unparalleled and exclusive holiday redefining experience found nowhere else on earth. Located at an elevation of 5755 feet the property is 4.9 acres of ice and glacier-carved nunatak that legendary glacier pilot Don Sheldon claimed more than 60 years ago while mapping the Alaska Range with Brad Washburn.
A steel walkway suspended above the snow guides guests to the Sheldon Chalet, perched on the ice and glacier-carved nunatak just 10 miles from the summit of Denali. An engineering marvel with amenities one might never dream possible on the face of a mountain, the chalet is deeply anchored in granite, iron and titanium, while inside, plush down comforters, pillows and sofas soften the ambience and invite cozy lounging and moments of connectedness with loved ones. Upstairs, five private bedrooms host a total of 10 guests – each with huge picture windows – downstairs, a common gathering space with a masonry-enclosed fireplace and jaw-dropping Alaska Range views.
A guest concierge is always on hand, and quick to offer a glass of champagne and a treat of Alaskan king crab, whether guests are relaxing after a busy adventure day, or simply relaxing and drinking in the grandeur of the natural geophysical wonders outside from the living room or the outdoor deck (where, of course, the warmest of down blankets are provided). Generous heat, a state-of-the-art and ecologic minded water system, electricity and carefully curated spa products satisfy creature comforts – to savor a traditional sauna at 6,000 feet is itself a divine experience. Attentive, excellent hospitality is a tribute to the distinctiveness of the chalet’s environment. World-class guides are ready to plan guests’ adventures and navigate alpine, and beyond, excursions.
Guests are invited to engage in many activities that can only be accomplished through access at the property. Whether it be unparalleled air tours of the stunning geography, glacier surface exploration and travel, invigorating geophysical experiences, traveling to additional points of local, natural and historical importance, dining on Alaskan delicacies prepared by the private chef, or simply watching the Aurora blaze above the Great One while at peace in the moment, each guest is certain to “Experience Grand” at the Sheldon Chalet.
Just outside the amphitheater, accessible for an additional charge but subject to seasonality, are historic mining areas, exclusive hiking, mountain biking, fishing and ski touring, incredible hot springs, local artisans, trappers lines, a mastodon bone yard, canyon picnic and terrain flights, among many options.