Dec 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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The huts are fast filling up for what is looking like a great ski season this winter. It is time to visit my favorite new hut, the Ben Eiseman Hut, over Christmas break. This hut was thoughtfully located in the middle of some of the best mid-winter (low-angle) glade skiing terrain of any hut I have seen in Colorado. It is the newest and possibly the largest hut in the 10th mountain hut system with 2 full kitchens. It sleeps 16 and will have other groups in the hut with us during our stay.
Although the terrain surrounding the hut is safe for mid-winter skiing, this is not a good trip for beginners because of the strenuous length and elevation gain of the route to the hut. It is accessed via a hiker's trail-head in Vail, CO, just north of I-70. The hike in isn't for the faint of heart; 6 ¾ miles with 2,900 feet of elevation gain. There is also the option for an alternate route that is accessible via snowmobile, if anyone has one to shuttle our gear in. More information and maps can be found here:
The entire hut is fully booked Saturday night, so I am planning to stay over December 22nd, Sunday night - December 26th, Thursday morning. If you are interested, you can RSVP, but you have to call the 10th mountain huts to make your own reservations ($33 per night per person). I recommend doing so as soon as possible because the available spots may fill up soon (there are/were 7 available spots when I wrote this event up).
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We can carpool up there on Sunday morning from the park n ride in Denver. I have room for 2 people including gear.