- Call (970) 925-5775 to book huts through the nonprofit 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.
- Upscale huts and yurts cost about $43/person/night, while more rustic huts start at $33 a night.
- Shared cookware and stoves are usually provided, but bring your own sleeping bag.
- In normal conditions, expect to travel approximately 1-2 mph on access trails.
Vail backcountry huts were developed for nonmotorized travel, so bring the skis and snowshoes but leave the snowmobile at home. Link together several huts for multi-day tours or choose one as a basecamp.
Where to go
Less than three miles from Vail Pass sits three cabins known collectively as Shrine Mountain Inn. These upscale huts have all the amenities of home and are ideal for first-timers.
Eiseman Hut is considered by many to possess the best skiing of any Colorado hut. After making the 7-8 mile trek from one of two trailheads, explore the ridge behind the hut for glades and couloirs.
There are several privately owned backcountry yurts near Vail in the Gore and Sawatch mountains.
Rentals & Fees
Backcountry gear, including avalanche equipment, touring skis and splitboards can be rented from several Vail outfitters. Add a yearlong Colorado Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card when booking a hut for only $3. To reserve a hut, visit the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association website.
Hire a guide
A Vail backcountry ski guide will mitigate avalanche danger and find the best ski terrain.