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Gear For Colorado Hut Skiing


Eiseman Hut splitboard touring.
Touring on a split snowboard, near Eiseman Hut

Choosing the correct gear for Colorado hut trips can be perplexing -- and expensive. After hours of shop clerk advice, and research worthy of a doctorate scholar, many people still wonder exactly what equipment to use.

The problem is twofold: Myriad choices in gear, and trips that vary between basic walks and mountain climbs on 13,000-foot peaks.

To clarify your options, first identify your goals. Next, talk to knowledgeable shop employees, expert friends, and perhaps take a backcountry ski class from a guide service or community college. For trips where the goal is simply to ski to and back from a hut, or connect huts via the official trails, light-weight "backcountry" free-heel ski equipment is a good choice. Snowshoes also work well, but are not as efficient as skis. Use heavier equipment for more aggressive skiing once you're based at a hut: telemark, alpine touring, or a split snowboard "touring board." If you're going after ski mountaineering or extreme skiing, pick gear that's familiar to you, and well tested.

The list:
PERSONAL GEAR
) Insulating hat, such as a wool or fleece ski cap
) Scarf or neck gaiter
) Mittens for extreme cold (and use as spares if you lose a glove)
) Ski gloves
) Leg gaiters (high-top, or ski pants with built-in)
) Long underwear top and bottom
) Fleece jacket
) Light layer such as fleece vest
) Ski pants (no cotton)
) Shell parka and pants
) Alarm wristwatch
) Socks, including extra pair (no cotton)
) Ski boots
) Hut shoes (slippers or lightweight running shoes)
) Skis, split snowboard, or snowshoes
) Ski poles
) Climbing skins
) Backpack
) Sleeping bag (lightweight, about 20-degree rated)
) Pillow case (oversized for large pillows at the huts)
) Widemouthed water bottle (at least one liter)
) Earplugs
) Pocket knife
) Fire-starting kit (matches, lighter, starting fuel, etc., for unplanned night out)
) Headlamp (can be minimal, but always bring one)
) Goggles and sun glasses
) Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
) Shovel
) Avalanche rescue beacon (optional, depends on route)

GROUP GEAR
) Ski wax selection
) Stove and pot (for emergency)
) First-aid kit
) Repair kit
) Bivouac shelter
) Maps, compass, altimeter, route pages printed out from HutSki.com
) GPS unit (optional, depends on route)
) Thermometer
) Food (be sure some food is edible without cooking, and that each person carries their own trail food in case they get separated from the group)







 

 
 
 
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Please note: The information in this website is based on the experience and research of the site owners and their sources, may not be accurate due to human error or source errors, and might not be perceived as accurate by other persons. Therefore, extreme care should be taken when following any of the backcountry skiing 10th Mountain Huts, Summit Huts and Braun Huts routes described in this website. This website is not intended to be instructional but rather is a guide for backcountry users who already have the requisite training, experience, and knowledge for the activities they choose. An advanced level of expertise and physical conditioning is necessary for even the "easiest" of the routes and activities described herein. Proper clothing and equipment is essential. Failure to have the necessary knowledge, equipment, and conditioning will subject you to physical danger, injury, or death. Some backcountry skiing routes for 10th Mountain Huts, Summit Huts and Braun Huts have changed and others will change; avalanche hazards may have expanded or new hazards may have formed since this website's publication.

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