Avalanche Center

The Wintertux Chalet is a 1200 square foot, three story, cabin located in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, 50 miles north of Ketchum, Idaho. The chalet itself sits at 8,000 feet above sea level in the Beaver Creek drainage overlooking a small creek near the historic ghost town of Sawtooth City. Your trip to Wintertux should be looked at as an adventure, not just a place to lay your head. The views are second to none, and it is truly a one of a kind property with a one of a kind experience.


There is plenty to do year round, with nearby 11,000 foot tall peaks to climb, fishing, hiking, biking, hunting, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling to name just a few. Its a great place to host an event, have a hut trip with good friends or just get away with the family.


The Wintertux Chalet can be accessed year round. Typically May through October access is by high clearance vehicle, ATV, dirt bike, or mountain bike. In the winter months of November through April access is by skis, snowshoe or snowmobile. Please check the Sawtooth Avalanche info Center before traveling to the cabin in the winter for the latest weather and avalanche forecast. Backcountry experience is required in the winter.


Wintertux is located approximately 50 miles North of Sun Valley, Idaho. 6 miles from highway 75, turn left on forest service road 204, cabin is located on your left. Map from Goggle here:

What you should bring:


  • Sleeping bag or bedding and pillow. (Mattress cover provided)
  • Headlamp or flashlight (for using outhouse at night, etc)
  • Diverse range of clothing for sun and rain and snow (temps can be anywhere from 20-75 degrees in the summer, and you can expect to see anything from sun to wind, to rain or snow at 12,000 feet.
  • Proper footwear
  • Food (Water is provided via fresh water spring)
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Anything else you can think of to make you stay more enjoyable.


  • Sleeping bag and pillow (Mattress cover provided)
  • Avalanche gear (Shovel, beacon , probe)
  • 2 way radios if you have them
  • Headlamp or flashlight (for using outhouse at night, etc.)
  • Diverse range of clothing for sun, wind and snow (temps can be anywhere from -40 to 50 degrees in the winter, and you can expect to see anything from sun to wind to snow at 12,000 feet. It is also nice to have some lounge wear for in the cabin.
  • Proper footwear, including a pair of booties or slippers for inside the cabin
  • Food (Water is provided)
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Anything else you can think of to make you stay more enjoyable.


  • 1200 square foot, 3 story log cabin (includes basement with firewood)
  • 1 large bedroom upstairs
  • Outhouse
  • Electricity provided by solar and a small gas powered generator
  • LED Lights in every room
  • Full Kitchen with 2 coolers, 2 burner stove, flat top griddle and oven
  • Spices and oil for cooking, zip lock bags, tupperware, aluminum foil, paper towels, toilet paper, rags, cleaning supplies, matches/lighters, etc.
  • Electric Traeger grill
  • Pots & Pans, plates, bowls, silverware, cooking utensils, knives etc.
  • 2 coffee makers
  • Water supply (Water is via fresh spring)
  • Firewood and woodstove for heat
  • Kitchen table and seating for 8
  • 4 separate beds (2 twin bunk beds, 1 queen, 1 king) with mattress covers
  • 2 large living room couches
  • Hardwood floors throughout


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