There’s something magical and wonderful about backcountry huts. And that’s why we’ve devoted our February issue to them. Most simply, huts, lodges and yurts serve as shelter from a winter’s night. But what they offer goes so much deeper. Whether you’re planning your first hut trip or are a seasoned backcountry tripper, you’ll connect with the essays and how-to tips in this issue. Also inside, Sugarloaf, Maine goes really big, splitboard guide Liz Daley breaks ground, and we review our favorite microbrews.
2014 Hut & Lodge Guide
Because when darkness settles on the backcountry, being indoors is pretty sweet.
Drew Pogge crafts the ultimate fort.
Reconnoitering with Joe
Sean Prentiss uncovers a San Juan hideaway.
Execute a hut trip like the pros.
Ryan Stuart excavates for turns.
Heather Hansman bears a weight.
Pack 'n' Play
A dozen essentials for your next trip.
Brigid Mander likes it steamy.
North American hut traverses.
Dick Dorworth goes gourmet.
The Ultimate Hut Listing
All 200+ North American Huts.
Skiers and scribes
A note from the Editor at Large
Pink headlamps, bro downs and something better than sex
Reader Essay: Release Me
Learning Liz Daley
Touring Mt. Baker with the business's bubbliest boarder
Open for business: Central California's gateway drug
Jackson patroller and rancher Pete Linn
Inside Sugarloaf, Maine's mega sidecountry explosion
Rocker revelations: experiments with flotation
What you need to know before taking an avalanche course
Escape from Glacier Bay, Alaska
Worth much more than 1,000 words
The Fix: 2014 Beer Guide
Après has never tasted so good
Two-ply, bathrobes and five-star revelations
You gonna finish that?