Two awesome options to choose from:
Option 1: The Full Experience
Your 3 or 4 day adventure begins at the Winter closure of Guanella Pass Road, approximately 8 miles off of Hwy 285 from Grant, CO. One of our guides will meet you and your group at the Geneva Creek Trailhead parking where we’ll load up your overnight gear and food and whisk it up it up the road to Duck Lake. This is where you’ll begin your peaceful ski approach to the cabin. Your guide/hut master will assist you with everything from getting to the cabin to cooking, planning your days of unguided skiing in Geneva Basin, and recounting stories about the area and a life in the mountains. Your guide is also an AIARE instructor and will provide a full AIARE Avalanche Rescue course. At the end of your stay, your guide will help tidy up, properly close up the cabin, and bring your belongings (and garbage) back to the trailhead. This is the best way to experience Duck Lake and it’s surroundings.
Food/Gear Portering: All gear being hauled must fit in one load. Additional loads are subject to portering service fees.
AIARE Avalanche Rescue: Max group size for this service is 6. Additional participants may be added with an additional fee. See course pricing below.
Option 2: The Do-It-Yourself
This is for the more experienced hut-tripper. Book the hut for the weekend and enjoy skiing in the abandoned Geneva Basin Ski Area, use it as your basecamp for climbing and/or skiing Mt Bierstadt, or just have a relaxing weekend in a quiet mountain setting.
The Do-It-Yourself option is just that. However, we do require a first day escort to the property with one of our guides. The guide will show you to the cabin, give an overview of how the systems work (lights, propane, water, bathroom…that’s right, there’s indoor plumbing!), how to close up the cabin properly, they will do a quick check-for-knowledge of avalanche terrain and route finding, and do a brief avalanche rescue refresher before leaving you on your own.
You are responsible for:
- Bringing in your food
- Hauling out your trash
- Cleaning the cabin before you leave
- Being a good steward of the outdoors
- Your safety
Portering Service: Don’t want to carry in your food and gear or carry out your trash? We offer a snowmobile porter service to the cabin. Add this a la carte to your Do-It-Yourself trip and make it a Do-Most-Of-It-Yourself.
Portering is booked on per request basis and must be reserved ahead of your trip for one-way or carry-in/carry-out.
Price: $3/lb (75 lb minimum) each way
Avalanche Rescue Course: Do-It-Yourselfers can also add an AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course! We prefer that you add this at the time of booking to ensure that we have an AIARE instructor available. Max group size for AIARE Avalanche Rescue course is 6 (groups of 8 may be possible – based on instructor availability). Minimum # of participants is 2. This course will result in a certificate from AIARE.
- 2 participants = $225/person
- 3 – 6 = $175/person