Hut trips are the quintessential Colorado adventure for mountain enthusiasts of all experience levels. Whether its a relaxing weekend in a rustic cabin or turning a mountain hut your classroom, you won’t be disappointed.
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!
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:
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 2021/2022 season we will be offering both the 3-day AIARE 1 course as well as the 3-day AIARE 2.
Join CAG for our first multi-sport guided winter adventure based out of the cozy, privately-owned Anna’s Cabin. Located in Chalk Creek, just South of Copper Mtn, we will spend two days touring to find the goods for epic ski and splitboard powder runs. Day three finishes with some downhill turns to the the Chalk Creek Ice Falls where we will spend a day ice climbing. This 3-day adventure includes:
Anna’s is the perfect place for a small group experience!
April 8-10th : Anna’s Cabin – Call for Availability
Anna’s Cabin is privately owned and located just south of Fremont Pass between Copper Mountain and Leadville. This rustic cabin offers and easier appooach, wonderful vistas and seclusion, and it sits on the Contenental 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 2021/2022 we will be running a variety of courses based out of Anna’s Cabin including AIARE 1, AIARE 2, and Steep Skiing Coures.
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 2021/2022 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!
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. New for the 2021/2022 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:
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 2021/2022 season we will be running 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 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.
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. For the 2021/2022 season we will be running our Ski/Splitboard Mountaineering Course out of the hut. Also feel free to contact us if you already have the hut reserved, and are just looking for a guide to join you!
Varies based on course and hut chosen. Contact us for more details.
Jan 21-23rd: Intro to BC Ski/Hut trip @ Sisters Cabin
Jan 10-12th: AIARE 2 @ Annas Cabin
Feb 7-9th: Intro to BC Ski/Hut Trip @ Sisters Cabin
Feb 28-Mar 2nd: AIARE 1 @ Francies Cabin
Mar 14-16th: AIARE 1 @ Annas Cabin
Mar 18-20th: Intro to Hut Trip @ Janets Cabin
Apr 8-10th: Steep Ski Course @ Annas Cabin
Varies with each course. Contact us for more details.
6 Students:1 Instructor
Varies by hut.
100 Fawn Ct Suite C
Silverthorne, CO 80498
Overnight sized backpack (approx. 60L – 70L)
Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard
Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)
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
Brimmed hat or visor
Neck gaitor or buff
Backcountry gear can be rented directly from Colorado Adventure Guides at our Silvethorne, CO Basecamp.
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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.
While we are very excited to bring back in-person and hut-based AIARE Level I Courses this season, we are cognizant that COVID-19 remains problematic, and we are instituting safety policies for our students, guides, and staff.
As such, for all classroom based and hut-based courses we will be requiring
Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination
Proof of a negative COVID-19 Test 48 Hours Prior to the course
Depending on the severity of the COVID-19 situation at time of the course, we may be requiring masks for indoor courses. We will continue to follow all local, State, and CDC health guidelines throughout the season and as such our COVID policy is subject to change.
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.
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!
For courses your instructor will contact you at least 2 weeks prior to course start to discuss details.
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%.
Please contact us to discuss details of hut trips and courses