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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)

Uncle Bud’s Hut
Pike-San Isabel NF, CO
Find skiing for every level at this high-elevation perch.

Savor panoramic views of 14,421-foot Mount Massive and swap tales of triumph around the communal woodstove at this stone-and-wood cabin 11,380 feet high in Colorado’s Sawatch Range. From the Turquoise Lake trailhead, ascend 1,620 feet in 5.9 miles, transitioning from wide-open lake views to lodgepole forest near the two-story, 16-person hut. For fun, low-angle (read: less avalanche-prone) terrain, tour 10 minutes north from the hut to St. Kevin’s Bowl, where 15- to 20-degree pitches provide a few hundred vert of open, intermediate-friendly tree skiing. Experts may tackle the 30-plus-degree slopes of 12,893-foot Galena Mountain, a half-day trek from the cabin. $33/person/night; 10th Mountain Division Hut Association (huts.org; 970-925-5775)




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