Need a weekend to reset after a long workweek? Or is a weekend just not going to cut it? Our travel guide highlights 25 huts, yurts and lodges (and accounts of the accompanying terrain) for anyone’s schedule, ranging from a few days to a season.
Contributors from across the U.S. disclose their favorite weekend, weeklong, monthlong and seasonal trips, from weekends at Mt. Washington to transcontinental snow travels. If that’s not enough, we expose 21 additional to get out, get lost and rip turns—no matter the time constraint.
Then, Editor Tyler Cohen explores the Front Range’s newest and most accessible hut system. And the high-elevation yurts found in Utah’s Tushar Mountains showcase the thrills of escaping the crowds without sacrificing terrain. Also, Jeremy Jones talks about his latest film, Higher, Ogden, Utah puts a twist on the Wasatch, and Biff has a question he’s been dying to ask.
2015 TRAVEL ISSUE
HUTS, LODGES, YURTS AND GEAR
FIELD GUIDE TO HUTS & LODGES
Got a weekend? How about a whole season? No matter the duration, there are backcountry huts, lodges and yurts for any schedule, from weekend camping on New Hampshire's Mt. Washington to months spent exploring British Columbia's Powder Highway by tiny house. This month's exclusive travel guide highlights 25 destinations for any itinerary, plus the essential gear for any backcountry trip.
An hour and a half from Colorado's Front Range Denver sprawl of five million people, Andy Miller is crafting a new backcountry hut system. The Grand Huts Association just finished their second shelter, Berthoud Pass's Broome Hut, and Miller is scouting another four sites to develop throughout Winter Park. So last March, Editor Tyler Cohen met up with Miller to explore the future of Denver's closest hut system.
EDITOR'S NOTE: REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
The editor's not-so-Grand Traverse
Liquor requests, angry sing-a-longs and diving deep to find Zen
BACKSTORY: SEASONING IN SKI BOOTS
A hut chef contemplates an extra lap or après
FIGURES 11: OH, THE PLACES WE'VE BEEN
Twenty years of backcountry huts, from Maine to British Columbia
SLIDING THE TUSH
Utah's highest-elevation yurts are in a range you've probably never even heard of—the Tushar Mountains.
CHANGING THE SNOWBOARD LANDSCAPE
Jeremy Jones talks Higher, the splitboarding boom and Protect Our Winters.
THAT GUY: WILD BILL
In the skintrack with Bill Bowen, Jackson Hole's naked, hard-charging, freest spirit.
A GOAL OF ZERO
There's a movement going on in avalanche safety, but can a plan to end all avy deaths become a reality?
If you're planning a trip to an unfamiliar location this winter, this is what you need to know.
MOUNTAIN ACCOUNT: UNLUCKY NUMBER SEVEN
"I thought, a few times, I was going to lose my feet," Patrick Luk says after crawling out of Mt. Adams, N.H.'s King Ravine.
ON LOCATION: OGDEN, UTAH
The former blue-collar town is being billed as the recreation-focused alternative to Salt Lake City. But will backcountry skiers come?
Eight pages of powder, shadows, pillows and airs
TRIED AND NEW: ONE FOR THE ROAD
The photo editor's tequila-tarnished flask, plus four new flasks he'd replace it with.
LAST COL: ODE TO THE OUTHOUSE
Backcountry bathroom poetry