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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012

Skier's Paradise: Backcountry Hut & Yurt Destinations

Maximize your winter fun with a backcountry basecamp where you can spend all day skiing or snowshoeing, and all evening lounging by the fire. These 10 huts and yurts will make you hope the snow never melts.

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Baldy Knoll Yurt (Ben Fullerton)
Baldy Knoll Yurt (Ben Fullerton)
Bell Lake Yurt, Tobacco Root Range, MT ( Kene Sperry)
Bell Lake Yurt, Tobacco Root Range, MT ( Kene Sperry)
Coyote Yurt, Smoky Mountains, ID (Craig Wolfrom)
Coyote Yurt, Smoky Mountains, ID (Craig Wolfrom)
Tuna Yurt, Uinta NF, UT (Francisco Kjolseth)
Tuna Yurt, Uinta NF, UT (Francisco Kjolseth)

Tuna Yurt,
Uinta NF, UT
Start smart with this easy-access dome.

Looking for an entry-level challenge? Combine beginner-friendly backcountry with a gentle approach to this eight-person yurt nestled in an aspen stand 8,600 feet high in the western Uintas just an hour from Salt Lake. From the Norway Flats trailhead, ski in 3.5 miles and 1,000 feet up to the 18-foot-wide yurt, where you’ll find cooking supplies and a year-round spring (read: no snow melting required). Trek five minutes east to the opposite side of the Boulder Creek drainage for 500 vertical feet of 30- to 35-degree open glades; when the weather warms, you’ll find spring corn on the slope directly below the yurt. $55/night weeknights, $110/night weekends; Utah Nordic Alliance (utahnordic.com; yurt@utahnordic.com)




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