Hut Skiing on the San Juan Hut System 2017-09-18T22:10:12+00:00

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Hut Skiing on the San Juan Hut System

“I did a 3 day backcountry hut skiing trip with Peak Mountain Guides and it was just an awesome trip. The guide (Josh) was great, he knew the terrain well, and we did some great skiing and touring around the Ridgway hut. On top of all this he was also a great outdoor chef. Thanks Josh and Matt for the experience!”

Mikko V.

Hut Skiing the San Juan Hut System

The San Juan Hut System consists of five ski huts along the North side of the Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains. The huts are Burn Hut, Ridgway Hut, Blue Lakes Hut, North Pole Hut, and Last Dollar Hut. Each hut can be accessed individually for basecamp style trips or multiple huts can be linked together for hut-to-hut style trips.  Each hut accesses hundreds of acres of ski terrain that will be explored and enjoyed by you and the other seven people staying at the hut.

An Untracked Experience

The San Juan Hut System provides access to a remote and beautiful wilderness with uncommonly good opportunities for untracked backcountry skiing.  There are gladed tree runs, big alpine bowls, skinny couloirs, and dramatic peak descents that hold a lifetime of skiing opportunities.  At a time when popular backcountry skiing areas are seeing more and more traffic, the San Juan Hut System offers a welcome return to a slower pace, fewer people, and a truly untracked experience.

Custom Programs of Any Length

We can arrange hut trips of any length on the San Juan Hut System.  Burn Hut, Ridgway Hut, and Last Dollar Hut are particularly well suited to basecamp style trips of 3-4 days in length.  Hut-to-hut trips can be as short as 3 days or as long as six days (see Sneffels Traverse below).  Our most popular hut-to-hut ski trip is a 4-day trip from Burn Hut to Blue Lakes Hut.  Generally speaking, we recommend doing a minimum of three days for any trip on the San Juan Hut System.

The Sneffels Traverse

Linking all five San Juan Huts over six days, the Sneffels Traverse immerses the skier in the hut-to-hut lifestyle: wake up, have a hearty breakfast, ski to the next hut, have lunch, sample the ski terrain around the hut, enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner, and wake up the next day to do it all over again! This route travels through the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness Area and offers a pristine backcountry skiing experience.  It traverses the full extent of the Sneffels Range for a total of 33 miles of ski touring, interspersed with cozy huts along the way.

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Program Details

LOCATION

San Juan Hut System, Colorado

DATES

Offered December through May every year.
Trips of any length are available.

LEVEL

Beginner-Advanced

COST

1 person: $499.00/day
2 people: $349.00 per person/day
3 people: $249.00 per person/day
4 people: $229.00 per person/day
5 people: $209.00 per person/day
6 people: $199.00 per person/day

Cost includes: Instruction and guiding with an AMGA certified instructor/guide; lodging in rustic ski huts; breakfast and dinner each day; avalanche safety gear including beacon, shovel, and probe; photos from your trip; and our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Cost does not include: Transportation to the trailhead, lunches and snack foods, travel insurance, personal insurance, gratuities to guides, personal ski equipment, and personal clothing and supplies for overnight hut skiing (see equipment list below). Alpine touring boots, skis, skins, and poles are available for rent from our shop.

PREREQUISITES

Intermediate downhill skiing ability.
Ability to make controlled turns on blue runs at ski areas.
Adequate fitness for full days of ski touring with a pack.

RATIO

Maximum of 6:1

DETAILS

San Juan Hut Skiing Equipment List (PDF)

Program Gallery

Hut Skiing powder turns on the San Juan Hut System
Hut skiing san juan hut system by North Pole Hut
Hut skiing on the San Juan Hut System above Ridgway Hut

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Dan Zokaites

Dan is an AMGA certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Guide.  

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Josh Hirshberg

Josh is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor.

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Angela Hawse

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Marc Ripperger

Marc is an AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide.

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