Ski Hut Trips - Standard

  • Backcountry skiing up to one of the huts, where one might enjoy a glowing fire all weekend — along with exquisite alpine fare and choose-your-adventure ski touring right out the front door — is the essence of what people are talking about when they describe, with enthusiasm and perhaps awe, "The Hut Trip Experience." Here at Aspen Expeditions, we have have been guiding clients of varying abilities and ambitions up to the huts for more than 35 years, since the first huts were built. 

    Aspen is home to an extensive system of backcountry huts, which can offer hikers and skiers of all abilities a complete escape into the wilderness. Both the 10th Mountain and Braun Hut Systems can be accessed just a few miles from town.

    Suitable for individuals, groups, and families of all ages and abilities, trips are fully customizable and options exist for multi-day outings.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best dates for you or to request more information.

     

  • Duration: Minimum 2 days, 1 night

    Location: The guide will be in touch with you a few days before the trip to determine your meeting place. If you need AT gear call 970-925-7625 to schedule a time to get setup at the backcountry center at Aspen Highlands.

    Maximum Guide Ratio: 4:1

    Fitness Level: All tours are custom and suited for your physical ability and needs.

    Includes: AMGA trained/certified ski guide fee for overnight and day, use of avalanche beacon, shovel, probe & ski pack, 3% USFS land use surcharge.

    Not included: Hut fee, personal alpine touring ski equipment, sleeping bag, (available for demo/rent at $15 discount per day), all food costs, alcoholic beverages.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • Prep- Your guide will contact you a few days before the trip at the voice number you give us to discuss appropriate gear and food for you and your group and to confirm a meeting place and start time.

    You will be provided with a probe, shovel & avalanche beacon. If you need alpine touring ski equipment (AT skis, skins, boots) and/or backpacks and sleeping bags,  we can arrange to set you up the morning of at 8:30 am at Aspen Highlands shop or the night before between 3:00-5:30 pm. (You will receive a $15 discount per day.)

    Day one- Meet your guide at our shop or at a pre-determined location. From there your will head out to the trailhead.  You will stop for lunch and snacks en route or at the hut. Once at the hut, the guide will open up the hut, stoke up the fire and prepare water. You will relax and enjoy the comforts of the hut prior to appetizers and a delicious meal prepared by you, your group and your guide. In front of a woodburning stove the cozy, warm evening offers plenty of time to relax, play games, entertain each other and/or read.

    Day two or more - After a hearty breakfast your guide will plan the days activities including either a ski tour above the hut or a nice ski tour back to the trail head. You will stop for lunch and snacks en route. 

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • BACKCOUNTRY SKIING EQUIPMENT LIST

    SKI EQUIPMENT

    The following items are provided for your hut trip tour:

    • Avalanche Transceiver
    • Probe
    • Avalanche shovel

    The following Demo AT rental ski package is available for $15 discount per person per day ($45 pp):

    • Touring skis and boots
    • Climbing Skins: adjusted to skis
    • Ski Poles (adjustable length optional)

    CLOTHING

    • Socks: Wool or synthetic ski socks
    • Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
    • Mid Layer: Synthetic or wool zip shirt
    • Hard Shell or Softshell pants: A pair with side vents are best.
    • Insulated vest or jacket: down or synthetic.
    • Hard or Soft shell jacket: waterproof and breathable, no or little insulation.
    • Gloves: a pair of heavy gloves and a pair of medium weight gloves
    • Hats: one with brim, one for warmth
    • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava: optional, but nice to have
    • Helmet (optional)
    • Sunglasses
    • Goggles
    • Hut clothing/sleep wear: comfortable sweatpants or yoga pants and t-shirt or top
    • Underwear
    • A clean pair of ski socks

    OTHER ITEMS

    • Multi-day backpack:  size - 26L - 42L - available for rent
    • Sleeping bag: available for rent
    • Water bottle
    • Headlamp
    • Small thermos: (Optional)
    • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
    • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit: for your personal meds/needs
    • Camera or Smartphone
    • Personal Snack food
    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • Participants will travel through the winter backcountry for field days on skis, splitboard with skins, or snowshoes. Come dressed appropriately with warm layers for moderate physical exertion in cool and wintry weather.

    THE FIRST STEP

    It is suggested that you maintain a good level of physical fitness. Maintain and build heart and lung endurance with cardiovascular activities such as swimming, cycling, running and hiking. Hike up hill, up stairs or do squats to prepare your legs for mountain travel.

    THE NEXT STEP

    Follow a backcountry ski touring hut trip, consider a day tour or international ski trip.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • POLICIES

    Booking/Cancellation policy: AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. Cancellations made within 60 days of a scheduled hut trip will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via aspenexpeditions.com website.

    Risk Management

    Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience. Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.



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