Experience the backcountry in a whole new way with a trip to a private hut with Apex.
- Available at Our Private Hut:
- Feb 12-14, 2017 reserved
- Feb 22-24, 2017 reserved
- Feb 26-28, 2017 reserved
- Mar 3-5, 2017 reserved
- Mar 5-7, 2017 reserved
- Mar 19-21, 2017 reserved
Duration2 Days/1 Night or 3 Days/2 Nights
- Leadville, CO (Private Hut)
- Per person, per day, per guide.
- $720 (1p)
- $360 (2)
- $330 (3)
- $295 (4)
- $265 (5)
- $255 (6)
- Cost does not include $250 per night Hut Rental.
- Larger groups welcome! Please call 970-949-9111 for pricing and details.
Beginner to Advanced
Our Colorado backcountry skiing trips combine these warm and comfortable backcountry huts and their authentic mountain settings, together with access to exceptional backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Backcountry hut trips provide the perfect combination of exceptional skiing and snowboarding terrain and authentic backcountry accommodation. Relax on a cozy bench with a hot cup of tea after a day of making fresh turns, as your guide prepares a hearty, home cooked meal on the woodstove.
Colorado hut to hut tours continue to grow in popularity; experiencing a backcountry hut tour with our ski guides is a great way to connect with the Colorado landscape while increasing your knowledge of backcountry travel and avalanche preparedness. And of course, backcountry hut trips are a great time with good people!
Spectacular terrain bordering hut areas offer extensive options for backcountry skiing and riding for all ability levels. Hut trips can also be combined with AIARE compliant avalanche curriculum to add formal education to your trip. For more information check out our AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course page.
All trips include: land and use fees, private guide and instruction. Hut fees and meals not included.
Choose #1 recommended Apex for the unforgettable back country experience. No experience is necessary. We serve all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Anna’s Cabin: Anna’s is a completely off-grid, backcountry hut and located on the Continental Divide at an elevation of 11,700 ft. Surrounded by thousands of acres of San Isabel National Forest, there are no other structures for miles, and none in sight, for a very remote feeling retreat that’s only 1.8 miles from the highway and parking area. It’s a great base camp for backcountry adventures on the high Colorado trails. Wildlife sightings are very common. No electricity or running water – bring your own bottled water or melt snow on the woodburning stove. Indoor composting toilet facilities. Propane gas cook stove, a cold box, kitchen utensils (pots, pans, etc.), and oil lamps provided. Bring your own headlamp, hut booties, sleeping bag, pillow case and tooth brush. Sleeping arrangements: one double “sleigh” bed on main floor, one queen bed and two sets of bunk beds in upstairs loft (ladder climb required). Dogs allowed in summer, but not in winter due to snow gathering for drinking water.
Food: Please communicate with us when booking about how you would like to proceed with food: If you specify that you would like us to work with a budget set by you, our guides can shop for and cook for you for the cost of the grocery bill. If you’d prefer to handle the food and cooking yourself, you certainly may, or you can use some of our ideas. In the past, lightweight, calorically-dense, low-sodium foods have served as good choices. Oatmeal, topped with nuts and dried fruits, has made a great breakfast, snacks have included cheese sticks, jerky or dried fruits, granola bars, and trail mix, lunch could include sandwiches, tortillas with peanut butter and honey, and dinner ideas might include quick rice meals using hot water, pasta, dehydrated meals (be aware of sodium if it’s a concern), tortillas with cheese, pepperoni for stovetop pizzas, and you may include tea, coffee (pour-over or instant), and dried milk for cream. Some of the items that are popular have been listed above, but please keep in mind that this is simply a list to use as a resource, and not meant to be comprehensive or a reference for necessities.
Advanced reservations are recommended. See the gear list tab above.
Ready to sign up? Register at the Book It tab above. You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.
What to bring:
- Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
- *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
- Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
- Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
- Mid layer top and bottom
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Winter jacket
- Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
- Snow pants
- Warm gloves or mittens
- Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
- Goggles or sunglasses
- Small day pack
- Water bottle (70-100 oz of liquid for 1.8-mile approach from parking lot)
- Multi-day pack (40-70L)
- Sleeping bag – recommended 0° to 40° for hut, weather dependent
- Space blanket
- Personal hygiene kit – toothbrush/toothpaste, hand towel, comb/brush, prescriptions. Feminine products, if applicable
- Change of clean undergarments, per day
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Hut slippers or down booties
- Food: See "Food List"
- Please see paragraph regarding food under "Details" tab.
You may use the following means of backcountry travel:
- Alpine Touring Skis, boots poles, and skins
- Telemark Skis, boots poles, and skins
- Split board, boots, poles, and skins
- - Snowshoes, boots, and poles.
You may also want to consider:
- Notebook “rite in the rain” notebook and pencil (should be avalanche field book) - necessary for avalanche courses, available for purchase from Apex
- Any snow study tools/kit (magnifying loupe, thermometer, crystal card, clinometers, snow ruler)
- Hand warmers
- Extra gloves
- Shorts for the deck?
- Great attitude!
- Word of warning: keep your pack as organized, compact and lightweight as possible. Not only will you be touring uphill on approach with your pack and all of its goods, you’ll be skiing back downhill on the way out with nearly the same weight.
If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.
Click the button below to view our terms, conditions and cancellation policy.
Please call (970) 949 – 9111 for reservations.