Hut-to-Hut Ski Touring ‘Haute Route’ Opens in the Southern Rockies

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are regarded for their deep snowpack, complex terrain, solitude, splendor, and

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are regarded for their deep snowpack, complex terrain, solitude, splendor, and challenge. In a wintertime when journey is limited, and snowfall has been sparse, the San Juans are much more vacant of crowds and buried underneath a blanket of carvable white fluff. That likely has established a whole lot of excitement for San Juan Mountain Guides (SJMG) new Interconnect backcountry ski vacation. Scaling thirteen,000-foot passes and carving creamy turns down steep slopes, the tour pauses at complete-company huts and lodges together the way for gourmand homestyle meals—and the serenity that only a high camp can deliver.

San Juan Mountain Guides Rocky Mountain haute route
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This five-working day, 4-night Colorado hut-to-hut high traverse winds by a zone frequently compared to the Alps, earning it a label as America’s response to legendary multi-working day “Haute Route” from the Chamonix valley to Zermatt. The guided, catered vacation is also complete-company. Skiers require only have a daypack—other gear is shuttled among lodges when you sample the goods. So at the stop of your ski working day, regardless of whether you’ve run out of gentle or your legs call it quits, your biggest issue will be regardless of whether you step into a scorching shower, heat up with selfmade soup, or toast to a great working day in the mountains 1st.

There are two versions of SJMG’s Interconnect. On the Interconnect 121, skiers right away at a few backcountry lodges—Ophir Move Best Ski Hut (OPUS) Red Mountain Alpine Lodge (RMAL), and Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge (MHBL). On the Interconnect 22, skiers devote two nights every at RMAL and MHBL.

San Juan Mountain Guides Rocky Mountain ski touring interconnect Haute Route
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The tour commences in the historic mining town of Silverton. Immediately after ascending to sunny, cozy OPUS Hut on a mild monitor with panoramic views, skiers have a half-working day to examine Opus’ expansive yard just before supper is served. The high-alpine backcountry hut perches on the southern slopes of thirteen,666-foot Lookout Peak, and surrounded by brilliant tree runs, large-open up bowls, and steep, craggy faces.

Working day 2, skiers climb around a amazing thirteen,000′ col just before carving and cavorting to Columbine Lake for an inspiring high-alpine traverse by higher Porphyry and Mineral Basins. Skirting the shoulder of Trico Peak (thirteen,321′), where San Juan, San Miguel, and Ouray counties intersect, the descent to Crimson Mountain Alpine Lodge is as spicy or serene as mood and weather conditions dictate.

San Juan Mountains Interconnect
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RMAL is a hanging timber-frame construction with a cathedral ceiling, flooring-to-ceiling windows, huge exposed beams, and a cozy wood stove. For two nights, the comfortable luxury of the spacious lodge welcomes you again from objectives that are as formidable or pleasing as the group wishes. From Crimson Mountain Move, where the lodge sits, the options are limitless and contain sky-scraping high factors like Champion Bowl or Hollywood on Crimson #three. Immediately after the next night of decadent comfort and ease and entertaining tales of the tenure’s mining town historical past, the tour ascends Senator Beck Basin toward historic Imogene Basin around an additional thirteen,000′ col. Immediately after passing Telluride Peak (thirteen,509′), skiers drop down to Hayden Backcountry Lodge, a thoroughly renovated historic log cabin lodge with a cedar wood-fired scorching tub. Soak underneath the sprawling Milky Way after a chef-prepared gourmand feast. The last early morning ski tour carves the storied Camp Chook Corridor, the historic residence of many of the region’s silver mines in the shadow of Mount Sneffels and Yankee Boy Basin. A shuttle returns visitors to Ouray.

RMAL Red Mountain Alpine Lodge
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The Interconnect 22 also connects Silverton and Ouray. Visitors on the Interconnect 22 devote two nights every at Crimson Mountain Alpine Lodge and Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge.

Each Interconnect hut visits are five times and 4 nights, with all meals and lodging integrated, and IFMGA/AMGA guiding by 1 of the most revered guideline providers in the U.S., with some of the most accomplished and personable personnel. The guideline to skier ratio is 1:4.

Guide now. Every Interconnect will run on with restricted departures in spring 2021. The value is $1,995 for every individual. Thanks to COVID-19, group dimensions is restricted to eight folks, except if you e book a non-public group. Get in touch with San Juan Mountain Guides for aspects, or e book on the net at mtnguide.web.

San Juan Mountain Guides Rocky Mountain ski touring interconnect Haute Route
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