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.
Mansfield State Forest, VT
Score a rustic bargain.
What this 180-square-foot Green Mountain getaway lacks in amenities (no lights, water, or outhouse), it compensates for with classic Vermont charm, from its silvered wooden walls and claw-footed woodstove to its ladder-accessed loft, which sleeps six. From the Nordic center, ski or snowshoe one mile and gain 700 feet northeast to the cabin, nestled in a birch-spruce forest at 2,690 feet. At your doorstep lies a classic, rugged 9.4-mile section of the 300-mile-long cross-country Catamount Trail, plus 6,000 acres of endangered backcountry glades and gorges, for which the Vermont Land Trust must raise $1 million by March 2013 in order to protect indefinitely. $75/night; Bolton Valley Nordic Center (boltonvalley.com; 802-434-6876)