Three weeks ago we skied up to the Jackal Hut, in the Rockies above the old Camp Hale site. There was a lot of fresh snow, and too many snowmobiles roaring around the valley, but once we started up, the noise faded away. It was a pretty steep climb, but the hut, like so many of these mountain jewels, is situated in an open yet somewhat protected spot near the ring top, with magnificent views to the south, west and northwest. We had a fantastic time skiing the meadows and glades nearly, and it was a joy to return to the hut afterwards. These huts are very well built, beautiful, and practical. We had a group of 15, and plenty of room. There are two elevated pit toilets close by, so you can just wear slippers to get there. The wood stoves, which include an old cook stove, worked really well with all the firewood we needed right out back. This really is a "bucket list" kind of activity: lifetime memories are made up there! Just be sure to reserve early (they have an excellent website explaining how to do everything), as they fill up quickly. Don't be afraid to share with others, who will quickly become friends. You meet the nicest people at the huts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 10Th Mountain is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that manages a system of 34 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, connected by 350 miles of suggested routes. We provide a unique opportunity for backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or hiking while staying in secure, comfortable shelter. Our name honors the men of 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self reliance, and love of the outdoors. ... more less