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Old 10-18-2011   #1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Hut ideas?

Looking for a contact or ideas for a hut/cabin to go backcountry skiing within 3 hours of Denver. 10-12 guys over a weekend. All competent in the backcountry (single black), a few within the group more advanced . Last year we hit the Lost Wonder Hut by Monarch and it was perfect, but they're booked when we want to head out this year.

Cannot seem to find weekend availability anywhere. We don't need to have running water or electricity.

1 or 2 cabins, 2 yurts OK. We all enjoy the hike-in, but at this point would settle for a drive-to place if there were steeps to skin up from the cabin. Absolutely nothing available in the hut systems except Goodwin Green over by Aspen and that looks a bit consequential for some of the folks within the group...not to mention the 12 mile high altitude hike-in

Thanks for any pointers


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Old 10-18-2011   #2
Longmont, Colorado
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Check out the ones up Cameron Pass.

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Old 10-18-2011   #3
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The one's closest to Denver and Summit are the seems like they keep filling earlier and earlier every year.

Since the predictions are for another La Nina year the northern huts are filling fast...but don't discount the southern huts (they may be slightly more than 3 hrs than Denver, but not much)...they tend to hold snow well if you can get within a week of a storm.

Check out:

Hinsdale Haute Route - Lake City, CO

Colorado Hut to Hut Mountain Biking, Skiing & Hiking | San Juan Hut Systems

Welcome to the Pass Creek Yurt | Wolf Creek Backcountry


St. Paul Ski Lodge and Backcountry Hut on Red Mountain Pass, Silverton, CO

Some of these options may not accommodate 12 people, but some check 'em out. Hope that helps.
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Old 10-22-2011   #4
Denver, Colorado
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Why does it matter that you guys are unmarried and African-American? Try the forum on people will sell off huts there.
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Old 10-28-2011   #5
Louisville, Colorado
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Many 10th mtn huts will already be booked. There is a new hut in 10th mtn that will be opening for reservations in November. It is on Tennesee Pass I think, next to the Continental Divide hut. While you stand a good chance of getting it, i am not sure the back country skiing is that great there. I think it is more cross country tourring than downhill skiing.
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Old 10-29-2011   #6
Fraser, Colorado
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Try is an amazing place close to Stillwater pass(North of Granby).They do charge,but you get your moneys worth and the accommodations are amazing.The skiing around there is anything from mellow trees to high alpine bowls.Jeremy,the owner, is more than willing to point you in the right direction for turns.It's a four mile skin in on a flat road,or I think for a minimal charge,Jeremy will tow your gear in on his sled trailer.He also grooms a couple miles of cross-country trails at the ranch if that is your forte'.There's a nice little video that gives you an idea of the place on the website.Highly recommended!
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Old 10-30-2011   #7
peterlee, county durham
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Hi can anyone give any further info on availability within Cameron Pass, struggling here to find anything suitable. Tx.

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Old 10-30-2011   #8
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Thanks for all the pointers. Funny you mentioned vegabond ranch as we settled on going with them. Given the enhanced costs we passed the collection hat first only to have someone else reserve in the interim!

Such is life.
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Old 10-30-2011   #9
Louisville, Colorado
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My jaunt up second creek today reminded me that you may want to try the grand huts particular the high lonesome hut.
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Old 10-31-2011   #10
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i though it was going to be an epic post on hut building..

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