So you want to get out in the snow for a multiday trip, but you aren’t prepared to build an igloo? Well whether you crosscountry ski or snowshoe hut to hut treks abound to give a safe, warm and often swanky shelter to call home for the night.
Rendevous Huts, WA
Located in northern central Washington’s Methow Valley, Rendevous’ nearly 125 miles of winter trails is the state’s largest hut and trail newtwork. The five well maintained huts sleep 8–10 people each. If you prefer a lighter load they’ll pack your gear in for a fee.
10th Mt. Division, CO
350 miles of suggested routes link the 30 10th Mt. Division backcountry huts for nearly limitless adventure. The name honors the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. The huts sleep from 3 to 20 people with the average being 16 and ammenities include wood burning stoves for heating and cooking, propane burners for cooking, photovoltaic lighting, cooking and eating utensils, mattresses, and pillows. You will need to pack your own sleeping bag and food. Definitely plan your trip well in advance as spots fill quickly.
Maine Huts Trail, ME
One of the newest systems of trails and huts, Maine Huts and Trails, has just opened their fourth hut and 50th mile of trail. These are luxury accomodations by the way, new buidlings with private rooms, hot showers and home cooked meals which will be much appreciated after a day of shushing through those frigid Maine winters. Starting at Sugarloaf Ski Rresort, they are planning a total of 150 miles of trails and a dozen huts.
White Mountain Huts, NH
The Appalachian Mountain Club keeps three of its New Hampshire huts (Carter Notch, Lonesome Lake, and Zealand Falls) open during the winter. While you can’t link these particular huts, they do give you plenty of options for hiking, snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing.