Imagine awaking in a private chalet to a majestic view of Denali and sprawling Ruth Amphitheater. Come evening, the Aurora Borealis dance and shooting stars flash in the heavens above.
This is Alaska the Sheldon family way, a dream realized for one of Alaska’s most legendary pilots, Don Sheldon – a chance to share the very best of the Great Land with visitors on the only private land on Denali. Don was responsible for building the historic Sheldon Mountain House and now, 50 years later, his children carry out his vision, “Experience Grand,” bringing a fortunate few the soul-stirring natural wonder of Alaska in an ultra-personal, warmly designed manner.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Resort Style & Type: Unique Lodge
This Resort is Rated: 4-Stars
This Resort is Beachfront: No
This Resort is Best For: Groups, Single adults & Couples
This Resort is All-Inclusive: Yes
This Resort is Family Friendly: No
This Resort is for Adults-only: Yes
This Resort is Green-Certified: Yes
This Resort Offers a Spa & Wellness Program: No
A steel walkway suspended above the snow guides guests to the Sheldon Chalet, perched on 4.9 acres of 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 ambiance 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.
All Sheldon Chalet meals, hors d’oeuvres, and snacks are prepared by the private chef with personalized table service further assisted by staff. Menus include seasonal cuisine ranging from fresh Alaskan seafood, local foraged edibles, traditional preserved foods, to wild game prepared to be as memorable and stunning as the natural surroundings of Denali. A limited selection of complimentary house beer and wine will be available along with fine beer, wine and spirits of the world offered at market price. The number of guests around our hand built locally sourced birch wood table will be equal to the number of guests staying at the Chalet; a maximum of 10. A bar is available from which to sip beverages, view food preparation, and even query the chef at select preparation times. Both the surrounding adjacent chalet decks as well as the large observation deck are available for enjoying beverages and meal courses.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I book a stay at Sheldon Chalet?
All bookings are done directly through the Sheldon Family by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form.
How do I get to Sheldon Chalet?
Sheldon Chalet is only accessible by air and transportation is via helicopter which is exclusive to the Sheldon Family since you are landing on their private 5 acres within Denali National Park. The helicopter flight is included in your stay and a grand part of the experience.
What is Sheldon Chalet’s capacity?
Sheldon Chalet is two stories and 2,000 square feet and accommodates no more than 10 guests. There are five bedrooms which can sleep up to two individuals per room. 4 bedrooms can be configured with one king bed or two twins and the fifth bedroom has a queen bed. There are two full shared bathrooms upstairs, and a half bathroom on the main floor. Sheldon Chalet offers both an exclusive experience in which the Sheldon Chalet, historic Sheldon Mountain House and all 5 acres are reserved for your party. No other visitors will be on the property, and you’ll have a shared experience joining other guests from around the world for a grand experience.
What activities are there to do at Sheldon Chalet?
First and foremost the Sheldon Chalet experience is designed to capture the grandeur of the majestic, imposing beauty through a myriad of awe filled moments where it often feels like time stands still. We call this “adventuring in place.” Here is a menu of the activities available to Chalet guests.
- Inbound flightsee of Ruth Glacier, Great Gorge, Moose’s Tooth
- Outbound flight see vis Mt. Huntington and Denali Base Camp
- Gourmet dining
- Aurora viewing
- Star and meteor shower gazing
- Local and natural history lessons
- Mini mountaineering ropes course
- Nunatak exploration
- Historic Mountain House Tour
- Glacier treks into the 35 square mile Don Sheldon Amphitheater and Great Gorge
- Gourmet glacier picnic
- Crevasse exploration
- Evening fire-pit on the deck
How many days should I plan to stay at Sheldon Chalet.
What clothing should I pack?
Sheldon Chalet is located at about 6000 feet elevation and the weather changes greatly depending on the season. We suggest guests bring layers of clothing—from long underwear to winter jackets to warm winter boots—year-round. A comprehensive packing list is provided once you reserve your adventure at Sheldon Chalet.
What other tours and adventures are offered?
We offer several helicopter and ski plane tours and adventures at an additional cost. Grab a guide and the heli and get dropped off for an incredible ridgeline hike in the Alaska range. Fish streams and rivers for Alaska’s prized species. Ski fresh tracks on pristine slopes. Sky-trek in the helicopter to beautiful Alaskan vistas. Visit a private hot springs 1.5 hours away from the Chalet. All additional offerings are quoted individually upon request.
Will I see the Aurora Borealis?
Sheldon Chalet is a beautiful place to experience the aurora. Our unique location – latitude 63 degrees, and elevation- 6000 ft means our troposphere is some of the thinnest on the planet which allows you to see the aurora’s blues and purples as well as shooting stars more often and brighter than elsewhere. Aurora season typically begins mid-September and concludes mid-April. Weather is a major factor for seeing the aurora, and Denali creates its own weather pattern because of its sheer size. Generally, aurora is visible about one in three nights and skies need to be clear to see them, and as you can guess there is no guarantee they will be visible.
What are your reservation cancellation and refund policies?
A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. The balance is due 60 days prior to your trip. If the reservation is made less than 60 days before your trip, full payment is due at booking. If you cancel more than 60 days prior to your trip, your deposit will be refunded, less a $500/pp cancellation fee. Cancellation notices must be sent in writing, by mail or email. If you cancel less than 60 days prior to your trip no refund will be given. We recommend all guests purchase trip cancellation insurance.
What happens if I cannot fly to the Chalet on my scheduled day due to weather conditions?
This is Denali and weather can be fickle. However, because you fly a helicopter to Sheldon Chalet this greatly increases the probability of arrival. Helicopters can navigate inclement weather better than a fixed wing ski plane. Guests are appreciative of the use of helicopters which is exclusive to Sheldon Chalet because you are landing on our private 5 acres on Denali. Should the weather impede even a helicopter, and you cannot fly to Sheldon Chalet, you will be accommodated in beautiful downtown Talkeetna at our historic property on Main Street which is within walking distance to all attractions. We watch the weather and flying conditions closely and will fly you to the Chalet as soon as the weather allows. We do not offer refunds for cancellations due to weather conditions which are out of our control. This is why we strongly recommend travel insurance. You will have the option to reschedule your trip to a future mutually agreed upon date subject to availability within 12 months of your original travel date. No refunds are given for funds carried forward from a prior reservation. We highly recommend all guests purchase trip cancellation insurance, trip interruption insurance, medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance.
What is the nightly rate?
$2,300 per person per night, so $4,600 per couple, with a three night minimum. At least this includes the 45 minute helicopter ride to get to the hotel, as well as all food, drinks, and activities.
Our Elite Travel Collection Includes the Following:
- Deluxe accommodation from our hand-picked collection
- Travelers on tailor-made journeys benefit from our full support on the ground
- A professional guide waiting to meet you upon arrival at your destination
- Private car transfers or limousine service
- Hotel check-in assistance
- Private guides when sightseeing
- Depending on itinerary, all tips are included for drivers and guides so no need to wonder how much to give at the end of your holiday
- International and local flights by scheduled airline or private jet
- Daily breakfast (Optional meal plans are available)
- Sightseeing as described in each itinerary are included
- Your personalized itinerary with listings of things to see and do, and our personal recommendations.
What’s Not Included:
- Flight not listed in your itinerary
- Accommodation not as listed in the itinerary
- Visa Fees: Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry. We can send you a free official invitation letter to assist you in obtaining your visa after the reservation deposit is received
- Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
- Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
- Airline baggage fees
- Travel Protection Plan – Please kindly note that the full coverage travel protection from your country of origin should be purchased in advance on your own
- Optional activities