Excerpt from an interview with Jason Smith of Scenic Safaris.
Can you tell me a little bit about your custom four days snowmobiling tour staying at the luxurious Brooks Lake Lodge?
The Brooks Lake Lodge is one of those places that you can only access in the winter by snowmobile or by snow coach. It’s at the top of the pass and It’s got the most snow that we’ve come into contact with in our area. The management up there who we’ve gotten close with over the years focuses a lot on that guest experience. They have one in the most unique locations I’ve ever witnessed in my life. I feel lucky that we know those guys so well.
They do a massive bet on just experience from the decor in each cabin, in each room, the plushest beds with the coziest comforters, big chunks of fire wood burning in the massive fireplaces and super cozy relaxing accommodations throughout the lodge. The is a as a full bar if people would like drinks and the best food on the mountain in the last 10 years has been at this spot. I don’t know how in Wyoming you can find strawberries sweetest tasting as from an orchard, but they do that every winter and their fresh baked cookies.
The combination from their management team for staff, guest relations and then the food I have not witnessed at any other location over the last decade and a half. The four days experience can go one of two different ways cause I’ve done this several times. It’s the group that shows up that wants to relax, decompress.
There’s not a whole lot of phone service, not a whole lot of internet, but there is some and they can just unplug for a day and they have the option for massages. There’s a hot tub and all that type of relaxing stuff that we don’t get to do in our daily lives very much. Then there’s also in that same group, or maybe it’s a group by themselves, is snowmobilers or outdoor enthusiasts that they’ve heard of this place. They want to go find as much snow as they can over the next four days. You can do that also.
There’s 2.5 million acres and Brook Lakes lodge is on the northern middle half. There are places you can touch from Brook Lakes Lodge you can’t really put them into words. I’ve never had one spot that you can feel so comfortable leaving and coming back to every day from the component of an experience and enjoyment.
So how do you get there from Jackson? Can you tell me a little bit about the logistics for starting and ending this trip? How does that work?
Most of our groups will go to Brooks Lake Lodge will originate from the trail head at Turpin Meadow and that is a 21 miles snowmobile ride into Brooks Lake Lodge. On rare instances we have mobilized closer and utilize the snow coach component as a part of that trail ride in for some of the group that may not want to snowmobile. We still have an option getting them in and they don’t have to be on the snowmobile. It makes a little bit different of a logistical conversation and that’s where getting really into the connection with the client and making sure that they have everything that they want. We go into different meadows, Brooks Lake for lunch, drop our stuff off, find our rooms, check into our accommodation and most of the time after a hardy lunch we’ll go back out and we’ll go play in the snow some more. I’ve also showed up for four days and we’ve arrived at checked in at the front desk and everyone says, all right, we’re good for a couple of days and they want to read books and, and relax, eat some delicious food and look on the mountains for some big horn sheep through these big massive lenses that they have in the lobby or sit next to a fireplace and cozy up to a good book. And in that same group they may have the folks that just want to go ride snowmobiles all day long with a couple of these questions.