Hut to Hut Winter Adventures

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.