The cabins are set along the lake and provide beautiful views.
Open year-round, these cabins offer cross-country skiing right from your doorstep for only $100/night during the winter. Up to eight people can sleep in one cabin (and dogs are welcome).
Too soon for a nap, but just soon enough to beat the creeping lethargy that can come on after a picnic lunch in a warm cabin, Archer is ready to go again.
For the afternoon, we decide to head to Shaw Lake, located in Lakeland Provincial Park (about 30 minutes east of Lac La Biche) for a bit more challenge. With 30 kilometres of groomed lanes that dip, turn and meander up hills and down, these trails are a local favourite, says Brian Deheer, vice-president of the Lac La Biche Ski Club. At the end of Shaw Lake, stocked with firewood, is a chalet offering a mid-ski warm-up point.
One of the benefits of meditation and skiing alike is the feeling of wakefulness that can infuse you with energy and enthusiasm. Fresh off the trail, it’s natural to feel an increased desire to socialize and celebrate life, and this is the root of apres-ski.