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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.

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 (; 970-925-5775)

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