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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.

Bell Lake Yurt
Tobacco Root Range, MT
Extend your season at this remote hideaway.

Most years, you can ski well into June from this 450-square-foot canvas yurt tucked among a cluster of 40 peaks over 10,000 feet. Their long shadows harbor powder well after warmer slopes have succumbed to slush. Skin 2.5 miles and 1,700 feet up the unmarked Bell Lake drainage (guide required for first-timers, $125) to the six-person, wood- and propane-stocked yurt. Study the looming face of 10,450-foot Branham Peak through the yurt windows, then trek .5 mile south to the Bell Lake cirque to attempt Branham’s 2,000-foot couloirs above the lake’s eastern shore. On a snow day, skin 1,000 feet up 10,178-foot Long Mountain behind the yurt for deep turns through well-spaced whitebark pine on the mountain’s east-southeast aspect. $250/night; Montana Backcountry Adventures (; 406-995-3880)

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