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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)


Hermit Lake Shelters 
Tuckerman Ravine, NH
Pack warm gear for this cross between camping and cabin—it’s worth a few extra layers.

Bare-bones accommodation meets superb location at this cluster of eight unheated lean-tos (five of which are open-air) at the base of Tuckerman Ravine, a mile-long, half-mile-wide glacial cirque carved into Mt. Washington’s eastern face. Climb 2.4 miles and 1,800 feet from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to the 86-person basecamp, your launch pad to Tuck’s 300-plus inches of annual snowfall. Advanced skiers: Earn your stripes on The Lip, a 45-degree line on the ravine’s northern flank. Hillman’s Highway and Right Gully better suit intermediates, while novices can traverse the floor of the bowl or coast down the Sherburne Ski Trail, which leads two miles from the shelter back to the notch. $15/person/night; Appalachian Mountain Club (outdoors.org; 603-466-2727)



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