Backcountry Hut Trips
Experience the unique and unforgettable adventure of a private backcountry hut trip with Apex Mountain School. These trips combine warm and comfortable backcountry huts and access to exceptional backcountry skiing and snowboarding. By day, venture out into the San Isabel National Forest for fresh turns in a high alpine environment, with instruction from our expert guides on efficient travel, skiing/riding techniques, and terrain selection to maximize your fun out on the slopes. In the evening, relax by the fire with a hot cup of tea as your guide prepares a hearty, home cooked meal on the woodstove and enjoy uninterrupted views of the untamed Colorado Rockies.
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. The huts themselves offer a uniquely luxurious backcountry experience that will leave you refreshed and ready for the next day of skiing/riding. 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.
Anna’s is a completely off-grid, backcountry hut 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.
Booking / More Info
BACKCOUNTRY HUT TRIPS – QUICK INFO
Get out this season and enjoy our Backcountry Hut Trips.
- Feb 19-20
- March 5-6
- March 19-20
- April 2-3
2 days/1 night
3 days/2 nights (call for booking info)
$360 per person, per day.
Cost does not include Hut Rental.
Larger groups welcome! Please call 970-949-9111 for pricing and details.
Leadville, CO (Chalk Creek)
Easy – Difficult
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”
- One double “sleigh” bed on main floor
- One queen bed
- Two sets of bunk beds in upstairs loft (ladder climb required)
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
- Cheese sticks
- Jerky or dried fruits
- Granola bars
- Trail mix
- Tortillas with peanut butter and honey
- Quick rice meals using hot water
- Dehydrated meals (be aware of sodium if it’s a concern)
- Tortillas with cheese
- Pepperoni for stovetop pizzas
- Coffee (pour-over or instant)
- 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.
- Hand warmers
- Extra gloves
- Shorts for the deck?
- 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.
- Land and use fees
- Private guide
- Propane gas cook stove
- Cold box
- Kitchen utensils (pots, pans, etc.)
- Oil lamps provided
Hut fees not included.
During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)
ALPINE TOURING SKIS
Alpine Touring Skis allow backcountry skiers to ascend uphill with heels free, in walking mode with skins, and shorter boots make for ease of backcountry travel. Transitioning into downhill mode is as simple as removing your ascension skins and locking your heels down. The downhill ski technique is very similar to traditional downhill skiing at a ski area. This set-up, known commonly as AT skiing, offers an excellent opportunity for resort skiers to experience the backcountry.
Splitboards are snowboards that are halved down the middle. They can be used as ascension skis during uphill travel, accompanied by skins, and rejoined as a single unit for descent. Splitboards offer the resort rider an efficient transition to backcountry riding.
Telemark Skis operate with a “free heel” system (no heel attachments exist for uphill or downhill travel) that allows you to ascend in walking mode with skins, as well as to descend in telemark mode, with the uphill knee bent slightly during turns. This option is available to skiers with telemark experience, and to skiers that wish to transition into telemarking. Flexible plastic boots and a fixed toe binding make walking more natural than AT skis.