De­nali’s call to the wild

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Leave the day-trips, shore ex­cur­sions and leav­ing-you-want­ing­more fly-overs be­hind, there’s a new way to ex­plore Alaska’s fa­mous De­nali Na­tional Park. Sit­ting at 6,000 feet on a rocky gran­ite cliff, called a nunatak, the hexag­o­nally shaped, eco­con­scious Shel­don Chalet sits high above the 35-square mile snowy Don Shel­don Am­phithe­ater, of­fer­ing in­cred­i­ble views of De­nali’s peak, the tallest moun­tain in North Amer­ica, only ten miles away. Get your win­ter won­der­land on in­side the five-bed­room lux­u­ri­ous chalet with off-the-chart ad­ven­tur­ous ameni­ties in­clud­ing a concierge, chef and two guides. Cui­sine fea­tures “Alaskan gourmet” high­light­ing the bounty of the land with seafood, game and for­aged items lead­ing the pack. Alaskan ar­ti­sans crafted the weather-proofed, seis­mi­cally se­cure chalet with win­dows as large as the state of Alaska and an equally large round ta­ble out of lo­cal birch trees.

Clock­wise from top left, guest room - an at­mos­phere of com­fort; The high el­e­va­tions of Shel­don Chalet, com­bined with the crys­tal­clear moun­tain air make for stel­lar aurora-view­ing; the set­ting of the Shel­don Chalet

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