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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)

Camp McCully,
Eagle Cap Wilderness, OR
Discover the northwest’s best powder.

Escape into a 350,461-acre wilderness area at this yurt village in the heart of the remote, 9,000-foot Wallowa Mountains, a rare outpost of dry Pacific Northwest powder. Skin up 1,800 feet in four forested miles (guide required for first-timers, $250) to 7,500-foot McCully Basin, home to the camp’s two five-person sleeping yurts, 18-foot kitchen yurt, and 10-foot sauna yurt. McCully’s loyal followers have been making this pilgrimage for more than 30 years, and you’ll understand why: Spend days making fresh tracks in the Wallowas’ 400 inches of yearly snowfall on the wide variety of surrounding terrain, including mellow meadows, steep couloirs, and open alpine bowls. $200/person for three nights on weekends, $250/person for four nights on weekdays; Wallowa Alpine Huts (wallowahuts.com; 541-398-1980)




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