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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.

Coyote Yurt
Smoky Mountains, ID
Try apres-ski steaming at this sauna-equipped camp.

Wolves, black bear, and wolverines will be your nearest neighbors at this remote basecamp, where two well-stocked yurts supply cooking gear, board games, mattresses for a dozen, and a wood-fired cedar sauna to soothe weary muscles. Trek six miles and 1,800 feet up from the Baker Creek Trailhead to the yurt at 8,700-feet, which overlooks the craggy, 11,000-foot Boulder Mountains and 12,000-foot Pioneer range. The surrounding terrain will suit both intermediate and advanced skiers, with options from gladed powder runs of varying pitches to the north face of 9,127-foot Fox Peak, where in 2007 the 48,000-acre Castle Rock Fire opened terrain previously too densely forested to ski. $35/person/night, minimum five people (or $175) on weekdays, 10 people (or $350) on weekends; Sun Valley Trekking (svtrek.com; 208-788-1966)

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