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Silcox Hut, from $135
Up the ski hill from Timberline’s Main Lodge, the Silcox Hut offers a communal skier sanctuary at 7,000 feet. The three-level lodge boasts room for up to 24 overnight guests (spread out among six rooms), with a massive stone fireplace, hand carved tables and chairs in the living space on the second floor. Meals, served family style, are included in the price of your room—as is your ride to the hut, either via snow cat or ski lift.
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Swedish Stuga, from $160
This inviting little cabin has charm to spare. Red clapboard walls rise out of the snow against a thickly forested backdrop. Nearby, a stream trickles. A handsome flagstone patio leads guests inside, where large windows let natural light bounce off gleaming hardwood floors made from reclaimed Douglas firs. Tuck into a sunny nook with a book (the cabin has a great selection), or gaze at the forest canopy while soaking in an antique claw-foot tub. Skiing at Timberline is just up the road, but with 24 acres of ski trails right outside the door, the Swedish Stuga can be your own private resort for the weekend. —Kelly O'Connor
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Clear Lake Cabin Lookout, $50
Skis are requirement at this secluded wilderness retreat. No really, they are. Or at least snowshoes. You’ll need one of ‘em to make the three-mile trek—which gains 900 feet—through the Mt Hood National Forest. It's worth the work: The one-room tower sits 40 feet in the air and commands a 360-degree panorama of snow-covered treetops, high-country lakes, and rugged Cascade peaks. Located near the Skyline Sno-Park, about 12 miles south of Government Camp, the tower sits on the crown of Clear Lake Butte, a gently rising 4,454-foot fir-specked hill on Hood’s southern flank. It’s one of three watchtowers on Mount Hood still used by the Barlow Ranger District each summer to spot wildfires. From November to May, however, when the mountain is buried in snow, the cabin is rented out to the public. The tower’s accommodations are barebones—the 14-by-14-foot space contains a propane stove, potbelly stove (firewood provided), one bed, and some tables and chairs, and visitors must pack in their own water, food, and bedding—but it’s rich with views and exhilarating alpine seclusion.
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Mule Deer Cabin, from $750
Now here’s our idea of the ultimate mountain getaway. Designed by local branding company Twenty Four Seven, this slick 3,400-square-foot, three-story palace (which sleeps up to 21 people) is loaded with a stylish mix of low-slung sofas, antler chandeliers, a retro-cool indoor-outdoor fireplace, 500-thread-count linens, European-style walk-in showers—oh, and a full bar. Plus there are enough mule-deer knickknacks here and there for a Where’s Waldo? book. Expect to pony up some cash, though—nights here run $750 and up. Business types take note: the Mule Deer is retreat-ready with a remote-control four-foot-by-six-foot projector screen. —Kelly O'Connor
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