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Backcountry Hut Trips in Colorado

Backcountry Hut Trips

Guided Hut Trips in Colorado

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Guided Hut Trips in Colorado

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Hut trips are the quintessential Colorado adventure for mountain enthusiasts of all experience levels. Whether it’s a relaxing weekend in a rustic cabin or turning a mountain hut your classroom, you won’t be disappointed. We offer hut-based avalanche courses, intro to backcountry/hut trip courses, and guided skiing hut trip options. Do you already have your hut reserved and are needing a ski guide to help you maximize your time? We can help with that too!

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Choose Your Hut Activity

4 Options to Choose From

Here at Colorado Adventure Guides we are honored to have access to some of the best alpine cabins in the Colorado high-country. There are many different ways to experience your time spent out in a hut and so the first step into your winter hut-based journey is to decide what you are looking to get out of it. Here we have a few different options for you to choose from. Your choice will dictate the dates and huts that we would have available for your specific activity.

  • Hut-Based Avalanche Course
  • Intro to Backcountry/Hut Tripping Course
  • Hut-Based Guided Skiing Experience

Hut Based Avalanche Courses

3-Day AIARE 1 and AIARE 2 Courses

Immerse yourself into the backcountry on your avalanche education course. Imagine spending the weekend with avalanche professionals in the backcountry, learning about snow safety while sipping tea in front of a crackling wood stove. Backcountry skiing or snowboarding right to the hut to enjoy a cold beer while debriefing the day. For the 2022/2023 season we will be offering both the 3-day AIARE 1 course as well as the 3-day AIARE 2.

Price: $895

  • Jan 16-18th : AIARE 2 @ Carner’s Cabin
  • Jan 20-22nd: AIARE 1 @ Sisters Cabin
  • Feb 27-Mar 1st : AIARE 1 @ Francie’s Cabin
  • Mar 24-26th : AIARE 1 @ Carner’s Cabin
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Intro to Backcountry/Hut Trip Courses

3-Day Intro to Backcountry and Hut Tripping

CAG has partnered with the Summit Huts Association to offer backcountry ski/splitboard and hut trip education! Join us on this 3 day course to learn the ins and outs of backcountry travel in the winter and how to properly execute a winter hut trip. Topics to be covered in the course include gear overviews, basic skinning technique, intro to terrain management, avalanche awareness, and we will also spend time learning the proper etiquette to using a backcountry hut. Students and instructors will work together to prep and cook meals, gather water, keep the fire going, ect.  This 3-day adventure includes the following:

  • 3 days and 2 nights at a Summit Huts backcountry hut
  • CAG professional Ski or Splitboard Guide
  • Use of Ortovox Safety Equipment: Beacon, Shovel, Probe, backpack

Price:  $745

Dates:  Feb 6-8th @ Sisters Hut

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Guided Skiing/Riding Hut Trip

Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing/Riding Trip

Are you looking for the ultimate backcountry skiing and/or riding experience? Then join us on one of our hut-based backcountry skiing trips at Janets Cabin! For 3 days your primary focus will be to relax at the hut and ski your face off! This 3-day adventure includes;

  • 3 days and 2 nights at a Summit Huts Classic
  • CAG professional Ski or Splitboard Guide
  • Easy access to exceptional backcountry skiing and snowboarding for all levels
  • Get the goods while increasing your knowledge of backcountry travel and avalanche preparedness
  • Meals (breakfast and dinners)
  • A complimentary ride on a Copper Mtn’s lift to the backcountry gate and guided touring to the hut near Searle Pass

Dates: Contact us for availability

We can also guide you and your group out of any of the huts we operate out of if you already have the hut/cabin booked! Contact us for guide availability.

Learn About the Huts

Operating out of 5 different huts

Here at Colorado Adventure Guides we are honored to have access to some of the best alpine cabins in the Colorado high-country. Enjoy exclusive access to Duck Lake at Timberline (formerly Alpendorf on the Lake) for access to incredible backcountry skiing or Squaretop expeditions near Guanella Pass. Take an avalanche course in the cozy ambiance of Anna’s Cabin, situated on the Continental Divide near Leadville, CO. Or, as the proud Guide Partner of the Summit Huts Association, we provide a variety backcountry courses and guiding services at Sisters Hut, Janets, and Francie’s Cabin. Explore the details below!

Carner's Cabin
located near Fremont Pass

Carner’s Cabin is privately owned and located just south of Fremont Pass between Copper Mountain and Leadville. This rustic cabin offers and easier approach, wonderful vistas and seclusion, and it sits on the Continental Divide at 11,700 feet. The surrounding San Isabel National Forest allows visitors instant access to backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile activities. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans and a gas burner range and stove. There is no running water at the cabin, so melting snow for water is crucial for drinking and washing dishes. There is a compostable toilet indoors for easy access during the winter. For the 2022/2023 we will be running a variety of courses based out of Carner’s Cabin including AIARE 1, AIARE 2, and Steep Skiing Course.

Francie's Cabin
just South of Breckenridge

Francie’s Cabin is the most popular huts in Colorado, and for a reason. Owned By Summit Huts the cabin was built in 1994, and is situated near 11,300ft in the popular Crystal Lakes drainage of the Ten-Mile Range. The cabin is equipped with firewood, propane cook tops, cooking and eating utensils (pots/pans/plates/flatware/mugs/glasses), toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. As with most winter huts, snowmelt is used for a water supply. Join us for the 2022/2023 season for courses out of Francies Cabin including Intro To Backcountry Skiing Course and AIARE 1. Do you have the cabin booked and just looking for a guide? We can do that to! Contact us for availability!

Janet's Cabin
West of Copper Mountain

Located at timberline in the Guller Creek Drainage next to the Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Janet’s Cabin is a fine hut that attracts both novice and expert skiers. The hut requires a little more work to get to than others on our list and was completed in 1990 by Summit Huts Association. For the 2022/2023 season we will be running a guided Ski Hut Trip out of the Cabin. Smaller touring groups will be created based on ski/ride experience. This 3-day adventure includes:

  • 3 days and 2 nights at a Summit Huts Classic
  • CAG professional Ski or Splitboard Guide
  • Easy access to exceptional backcountry skiing and snowboarding for all levels
  • Get the goods while increasing your knowledge of backcountry travel and avalanche preparedness
  • Meals (breakfast and dinners)
  • A complimentary ride on a Copper Mtn’s lift to the backcountry gate and guided touring to the hut near Searle Pass
Sisters Cabin
East of Breckenridge

Sisters Cabin is the newest Summit Huts Division hut and currently operates as a winter-only hut from November through April. Sisters Cabin incorporates state-of-the-art design and green-building techniques to minimize environmental impact and offer guests an experience similar to those they have come to expect at Summit Huts larger flagship huts. For the 2022/2023 season we will be running AIARE L1 and Intro to Backcountry Ski/Splitboard Courses out of Sisters. Do you have the cabin booked and just looking for a guide? We can do that to! Contact us for availability!

Duck Lake Cabins
Near Guanella Pass

Duck Lake is our most historical hut location and is situatued on Guanella Pass at 11,000 feet in the Front Range of Colorado. The original lodge and cabins, known as “Alpendorf on the Lake” served as the family get away for the Coors family. From 1955 until 1957, when the lodge burned down, Duck Lake operated as a small ski area with one chair lift moving skiers up approximately 500 feet to enjoy turns down to the cabins. While the Lift has stopped the turns have not and we are now operating two rustic cabins that host a variety of backcountry adventures and is immediatly adjacent to the abandoned Geneva Basin Ski Resort. We operate Intro to Hut Trips and Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding Courses out of this location. Due to our agreement with the property owner, all guests to Duck Lake must be accompanied by a Colorado Adventure Guides staff member.

Tundra Hut
South of Georgetown

The Tundra Hut sits below the Continental Divide at 11,594 ft. in a beautiful alpine basin, surrounded by 13,000 ft. peaks. Large windows give you uninterrupted views of Argentine Peak, Mt. Wilcox, and Argentine Pass. It is surrounded by Arapahoe National Forest, with terrain options range from mild to wild. In the winter it is a 5-mile approach that climbs 2,000 ft. Feel free to contact us if you already have the hut reserved, and are just looking for a guide to join you!

General Info

Course Duration

Varies based on course and hut chosen. Contact us for more details.


Varies with each course. Contact us for more details.

Student:Instructor Ratio

6 Students:1 Instructor


Varies by hut.

Silverthorne Basecamp:

204 Ryan Gulch Rd

Silverthorne, CO 80498

Required Equipment

Winter Overnight/Hut Equipment List

Avalanche Beacon

Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Shovel

Overnight sized backpack (approx. 60L – 70L)

Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard

Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)


Helmet (optional)

Recommended Clothing

Hard or softshell pants

Synthetic or merino wool base layer

Softshell jacket (optional)

Down or synthetic insulated jacket

Hardshell or water/wind resistant jacket

Light gloves for uphill travel

Warm gloves

Brimmed hat or visor


Neck gaitor or buff

Rental Gear

Backcountry gear can be rented directly from Colorado Adventure Guides at our Silvethorne, CO Basecamp.

Local Accommodations

Joining CAG for a Summit based adventure? Check out our partners at The Pad, Silverthorne’s first boutique hotel/hostel, centrally-located along the Blue River, in the heart of Colorado ski country. Built for the modern traveler, their affordable, yet high-amenity, lodging in beautiful Summit County, Colorado allows our guests to prioritize experience, adventure and to focus their spending on activities and experiences in the Rocky Mountains and our community. Just ask the folks at CAG for details or click the button below for 10% off your stay!

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Reschedule/Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be honored for cancellations more than 14 DAYS PRIOR to a course or a camp start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.

All activities are Rain or Shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserve the right to shorten or reroute activity in the case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.

Rescheduling will be honored 14 days prior to course start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling. This allows us the time to contact those who have been put on the wait-list.


Our hut trips can be taken on alpine touring skis, tele or splitboard. Alpine touring skis and splitboards are available for rent from our Silverthorne, CO basecamp. Students on skis or boards must be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the ski resort.

Price Includes
  • Local experienced and professional Instructors/Guides
  • 24-hour course with a 6:1 maximum instructor to student ratio
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe (if needed)
Price Does Not Include
  • Air­fare
  • Accommodations
  • Trans­porta­tion to and from designated meeting place
  • Food
  • Clothing and gear (see FAQ for recommendations)
  • Guide gra­tu­ities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)
Perks of Taking a Course With CAG
  • 10% off Desert Mountain Medicine
  • Trailhead membership to CAIC
  • 15% off all advanced AIARE courses or a guided ski/splitboard tour
  • Discount on ORTOVOX Avalanche Equipment
  • Access to all CAG snow safety videos throughout the season

Frequently Asked Questions

How physically fit do I need to be for this course?

Colorado Adventure Guides is priority is keeping our patrons and students safe. Our instructors are trained to recognize potentially hazardous situations in the backcountry; they plan and operate accordingly. Prior to the start of any course or backcountry trip you will be asked to complete a brief health history. The failure to disclose pertinent information on the health history form could result in serious harm, even death, to the signing participant, other guests and/or the guide. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. This can be a physically demanding course, and your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness, thus it’s recommended that you are in good physical condition.

What if I would like to book a private group course?

For those who would like to select all the members of their party, you may book a private group course. If you are interested, please let us know!

When and how do I meet up with the group?

For courses your instructor will contact you at least 2 weeks prior to course start to discuss details.

Should I tip my instructor/guide?

Your instructors work hard before, during, and after your course to provide you with a great experience and while not expected, gratuities are always highly appreciated and if you had a safe, educational, and fun experience. Gratuities typically range from 15-20%.


March 2023
Summit County, CO
AIARE 1 Avalanche Course
April 2023
Summit County, CO
AIARE 1 Avalanche Course
April 2023
Summit County, CO
AIARE 1 Avalanche Course
Other Winter Activities & Courses
AIARE Avalanche Companion Rescue
Companion Avalanche Rescue
AIARE Rescue
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Education Course
Avalanche Safety Course
AIARE Level 1
AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Education Course
Snow stability & avalanche hazard
AIARE Level 2
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204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

(970) 893-8007


    204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498


    (970) 893-8007

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