Hut trippin'

The untracked powder of the backcountry has drawn winter travelers to the high country ever since the first hearty souls strapped a pair of wooden boards to their feet. The clean air, endless vistas and much-needed solitude are a welcome refuge from the rigors of day-to-day life. To thoroughly enjoy all the backcountry has to offer, there is perhaps no better way than from the rustic yet cozy confines of a hut or yurt. Sure, it can be a lot of work, but that first taste of virgin snow or a well-earned homemade meal at 10,000 feet makes it all worth while.

Derek Pedersen takes in a couple of deep breaths after a long ascent.
Derek Pedersen gets a little giddy as he scouts the available ski terrain.
Corey Berhost gets back to nature.
Mike Wolf carves up a heavy helping of powder.


Chris Hildrith slogs up the trail en route to the Spruce Hole yurt, near Cumbres Pass, amid a light snowfall last weekend
Derek Pederson tends to the ever important water melting process.


A seasons’ worth of snowfall engulfs the yurt and the
accompanying outhouse.
A camp robber stalks the hut hoping
for a handout.






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