Overnight @ BRAND NEW Manitoba Hut & Backcountry Ski

Manitoba Hut just opened this past Thanksgiving.  This is its first season of use. 

Manitoba Cabin is a multi-party hut site where people meet on the edge of the backcountry. It is a walk-in or ski-in place to spend the night in the beauty of the Kenai Mountains or launch to backcountry adventures. Some details:

  • The foot-route to the hut site is easily accessible—just over ½ mi from the Seward Hwy.
  • The hut site is a base for outdoor activity, active outdoor learning, or a retreat from everyday life in a mostly natural environment.  
  • There are 2 separate yurts for sleeping, and the hut keeper’s quarters sometimes are available too.
  • Anybody staying shares the main cabin’s cooking & living space (there are no bunks in the cabin), & common chores.
  • The hut site is well equipped, with a full kitchen designed for use by more than one party. There is an oven, pots and pans, tableware, mugs.
  • This is a self-serve place. While a volunteer hut keeper may be on site when people visit, and can help answer questions, hut users must carry water and treat it as needed, cook and clean up, and keep the place tidy. We encourage people to cooperate to prepare and share their evening meals, partly as a way to conserve cooking fuel and water but mostly to build that sense of hut camaraderie.

I have rented the Spirit Walker Yurt, named for the prominent ridge and peak east of Manitoba Cabin that divides Juneau Creek and Mills Creek, is the yurt nearest to the cabin. It is designed to be as accessible as possible, including by wheelchair. It has a walkway to its deck and no step to get in the door. It has a propane gas heater that will generate even heat throughout the night. The propane heater is expected to be fixed at a sleeping temperature (approx 57 F).  This is also the “No Dogs” yurt, to aid hut users who may have allergies. It is nestled in the trees, has a bit of a canyon view, and has a 60 square foot deck facing southeast.

  • Each yurt has a two-tiered double bunk (double bed for the top bunk and double bed for the lower bunk) and two standard (single-width) bunk beds, for a total sleeping capacity of eight.
  • No food is allowed in the yurts (to avoid attracting bears or rodents to the fabric walls). The yurts will have stools or a bench but not much else.
  • The bunks are intended to have good, thick, closed-cell foam sleeping pads or mattresses

For more info, read here: http://www.alaskahuts.org/manitoba.html

***WE WILL BE BACKCOUNTRY SKIING****  Anyone who signs up must OWN the GEAR (AT/rondenee/telemark skis, skins, poles, helmet, avalanche beacon, probe, etc.) and KNOW HOW TO USE IT.  This is not a guided/instructional trip. I am not going to teach you how to backcountry ski, nor how to be safe in the backcountry.  These are skills you must already possess.  That being said, Manitoba is a pretty mellow mountain.  It is not prone to avalanches.  If you have the gear, and avalanche awareness training, and are looking for an easier place than Tin Can or Sunburst to practice your skills, this is the perfect spot!

I am currently working on the North Slope, and won't be back until 2 days before this outing, so I don't have a lot of time for questions or to work out logistics.  Please be as self-sufficient as possible.  Let's plan our meals on-line.  If you sign up and have to back out last minute, please be prepared to donate the fee.  

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my photos in a shared Dropbox folder. I'll give the link to anyone who came who messages me through here. Great to meet you Elise, Erin, Party, & Chism. Fun times! Also you can each upload to the Dropbox folder or download photos from it.

    March 3, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Epic weekend making 1st tracks on Manitoba Mtn, skiing under a bluebird sky, in fresh powder, with 7 wonderful friends, in warm temps w/no wind, staying in the brand new Manitoba Yurt, eatting fabulous meals, playing games, & enjoying a poetry slam.

    March 3, 2013

  • Chism H.

    Sooo...10:00 at Girdwood Tesoro?

    March 1, 2013

    • Jennifer D.

      Sounds about right.

      March 1, 2013

    • Chism H.

      Cool. Will likely be in Eryn's red Nissan pickup,

      March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chicken and pesto is done. I am headed to Carrs at 9a.

    March 1, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Bring your air mattress. The yurt is not supplied with foam mattresses yet.

    March 1, 2013

  • Chism H.

    A couple questions:

    1. When/where/who do we pay the $30?

    2. Should we coordinate/consolidate the one dinner and the one brekkie? I'd be up for putting together some breakfast.

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rhett and I will bring salsa and dip, a jar of jam, maple syrup, hot chocolate, whip cream, wine, and chocolate chip cookies. I assume there will be a large pot there already for melting snow, so we will not be bringing our snow melting pot. We'll bring our big dromedary, though, for communal water. Can anyone else bring a water filter to filter from the snow melt pot?

      February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i meant "salsa and chips" not "salsa and dip"

      February 27, 2013

  • Chism H.

    Wahoo!

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    Coming from Girdwood. So, maybe I can meet up at the Tesoro?

    February 18, 2013

    • Chism H.

      Thanks! Me too. :) Laughin' just to keep from cryin'!

      February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i am coming from girdwood too. maybe chism and i will carpool.

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One more thing: My car is on its third trip to the mechanic for leaking antifreeze. I can drive to Carrs but will need to ride with someone else from there. Will supply gas money, of course.

    February 25, 2013

    • Jennifer D.

      We'll organize our carpools at Carrs.

      February 26, 2013

    • Chism H.

      Moore & Sons is a very good shop. Professional, prompt, courteous, fair, good communication, no BS, etc.

      February 26, 2013

  • Paula

    Would like to come and do snowshoeing.

    February 18, 2013

    • Jennifer D.

      The priority is for backcountry skiers.

      February 18, 2013

    • Chism H.

      Paula, are you still planning on attending?

      February 22, 2013

  • John R

    This yurt sounds like a great option for staying over in the Turnagain Pass area. Thanks for posting.

    February 21, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Andy Martone & Patti Phillips

    February 18, 2013

  • Kneely T.

    I would love to join you but the Tour of Anchorage is March 3 and I am doing that. Thank you Jennifer for organizing this. Let me know if you are doing another one of these. It seems I always have a conflict.

    February 18, 2013

  • Kyong W

    Wow!! sounds good and love to join but I going to ski for TOA on Sunday. Thank you very much for the detail information, this is all new to me. Have fun!

    February 18, 2013

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