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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)

Grace Camp
Adirondack Park, NY
Tag the top of gothics mountain.

Delve into the Daks’ winter solitude at this rustic, 45-year-old pine A-frame, one of the High Peaks’ only two public backcountry cabins. From the Garden parking lot in Keene Valley, hike, snowshoe, or ski 3.5 miles southwest, catching views of 4,200-foot Upper and Lower Wolf Jaw as you ascend 700 feet to the six-person hut. The insulated shelter is equipped with heat, cookware, and mattresses and is situated in the lush Johns Brook Valley. From here, you’re perfectly positioned to ski 4,736-foot Gothics Mountain, its summit lurks about 2.5 miles south and 2,400 feet above the cabin. Experts may attempt its North Face, an open bowl that usually stabilizes in late winter; the more sheltered True North face provides an earlier season and somewhat less difficult descent. $199/night; Adirondack Mountain Club (adk.org; 518-523-3441)




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