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10 Winter Huts You Should Visit

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  • BC's Brew Hut sits above the Sea-to-Sky Corridor between Squamish and Whistler.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Brew Hut's setting before the snow.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Brew Hut life.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Hidden Lake Lookout in Washington's North Cascades.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Hidden Lake Lookout.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Sunrise from Hidden Lake Lookout.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Mount Hood's Tilly Jane A-Frame.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Downstairs in the Tilly Jane A-Frame.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Sleeping bunk upstairs in the Tilly Jane A-Frame.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • The sunrise lighting up Barlow Ridge.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Mount Hood's Barlow Ridge Hut.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Mount Hood (11,249 ft) seen from one of the many Barlow Ridge viewpoints.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Three Creek Lake Yurts in the heart of Central Oregon's Cascade Mountains.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • The Tam McArthur Rim rises above Three Creek Lake Yurts.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • The Orchard off of Tam McArthur Rim above Three Creek Lake Yurts.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Williams Peak Hut in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Sunrise over the White Clouds Peak at the Williams Peak Hut in the Sawtooth Mountains.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Skiing the south face of Williams Peak above the hut.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Idaho's Pioneer Yurt with Hyndman Peak in the background.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Skinning up for a morning lap above Pioneer Yurt.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Skiing low-angled terrain near Pioneer Yurt.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • One of Colorado's 10th Mountain Division Ski Huts near Vail Pass.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • 10th Mountain Division Ski Hut.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Heading into the 10th Mountain Division Huts near Vail Pass.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Peter Grubb Ski Hut near Donner Pass in California's northern Sierra Nevada Mountains.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • The downstairs room of Peter Grubb Ski Hut is stocked with firewood for the wood-burning stoves, courtesy of the Sierra Club.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Peter Grubb Ski Hut's upstairs sleeping loft.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Peter Grubb Ski Hut sits on edge of Round Valley, shown here, near Donner Pass.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Pear Lake Ski Hut in California's Sequoia National Park is a welcome sight following the steep 6-mile ski or snowshoe approach.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Pear Lake ski hut sits in an alpine basin in Sequoia National Park. - 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Pear Lake Ski Hut.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
  • Pear Lake Ski Hut's wood pellet heating stove.- 10 Winter Huts You Should Visit
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Old Man Winter has arrived once again in the mountains. As snowflakes continue to fall and trails disappear under a growing blanket of white, opportunities to don skis and snowshoes to access the wintry wilderness are upon us.

Given the waning daylight hours and frigid temps typical for the season, wintertime adventures often take place as shorter day trip excursions. This need not always be the case. Thanks to a network of winter-based sleeping huts and their operators, winter huts offer outdoor enthusiasts relatively comfortable shelter with access to stunning remote backcountry locations that are ripe for wintertime recreational pursuits. While some huts are more luxurious than others, amenities typically include shelter and warmth (many contain heating stoves; some even come equipped with saunas), sleeping bunks or padding, kitchen essentials and cooking stoves, all of which equates to less gear that needs to be schlepped in. 

Owned and operated by a mix of both public and private operators, winter hut reservations typically open months in advance, and reservation lotteries are available for some. And for those less interested in undergoing the human-powered work to get themselves and supplies into the huts, some private operators offer snowmobile transport for people, provisions and gear.

To keep you feeling warm and cozy in this chilly winter season, we've pulled together a list of 10 of our favorite winter huts below. If you'll be making a trip to a hut this winter, or for any future visits, make sure to check with each hut operator's website for a list of the amenities provided so you'll know exactly what you need to bring and what you can leave behind. Details for each hut can be found by clicking into each of the huts listed below.

  1. Brew Lake Hut: Sea-to-Sky Corridor, British Columbia. Operated by the University of British Columbia's Varsity Outdoors Club. 
  2. Hidden Lake Lookout: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. Operated by the U.S. Forest Service. 
  3. Tilly Jane A-Frame: Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon. Operated by Oregon Nordic Club.
  4. Barlow Ridge Hut: Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon. Operated by Cascade Huts.
  5. Three Creek Lake/Tam McArthur Rim Yurts: Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. Operated by Three Sisters Backcountry.
  6. Williams Peak Hut: Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho. Operated by Sawtooth Mountain Guides.
  7. Pioneer Yurt: Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho. Operated by Sun Valley Trekking.
  8. 10th Mountain Division Ski Huts: Vail Pass, Colorado. Operated by 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and other private owners.
  9. Peter Grubb Ski Hut: Donner Pass, California. Operated by the Sierra Club.
  10. Pear Lake Ski Hut: Sequoia National Park, California. Operated by Sequoia Parks Conservancy.
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