What is a Backcountry Hut Trip?

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AIARE 1 Hut Trips
 

Our one-of-a-kind AIARE 1 Backcountry Hut Trips provide you with 3 days of luxury at a warm alpine hut. And, with skiing right out the front door! Plus you’ll be joined by avalanche educators who will provide both classroom and field instruction.

Who Can Take a Backcountry Hut Trip?

Our AIARE 1 Hut Trips are perfect for experienced backcountry travelers along with those just getting started with their avalanche education. Therefore, skiers, splitboarders, or snowshoers can join our dedicated team of AIARE instructors.

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A group of students take notes during an avalanche lesson on an AIARE 1 course at the Broome Hut in Colorado.

Where Do Our Backcountry Hut Trips Take Place?


We offer backcountry hut trips at 3 locations: Broome Hut, Peter Estin Hut, and Willow Lodge.  The Broome Hut sits just a mile from the trailhead near Berthoud Pass. The Willow Lodge is located in State Forest State Park. The Peter Estin Hut can be found on a timbered saddle just northwest of Charles Peak, with a clear view of both Elk and Williams mountains to the south. All locations allow for an accessible trip for all ability levels.

Who Will Lead Your Backcountry Hut Trip?

Our team is made of experienced AIARE instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain. This experience comes from the Alps to Alaska to right here in the Front Range of Colorado.

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Book a hut trip with friends, family, or just treat yourself and meet new people while staying in a unique environment!

What Happens During a Colorado Mountain School Hut Trip?

During a backcountry hut trip with Colorado Mountain School, you’ll spend 3 days and 2 nights exploring backcountry terrain. You will travel on skis, splitboard, or snowshoes with AIARE instructors.

The AIARE 1 Hut Trip courses combine both classroom and field instruction, providing your group with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness.

During this course, you will travel in and around avalanche terrain, while gaining insight into decision-making strategies. This course also covers:

  • the human factors involved in avalanches
  • developing planning and travel techniques
  • comprehensive rescue skills
  • learn how avalanche beacons work
  • how to dig and analyze a snow pit
  • how to use the Decision-Making Checklist

In addition, whether you’re new to the backcountry or an experienced veteran, the huts we stay at have fun and exciting terrain right out your front door!

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Backcountry hut trips provide you with a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will leaving lasting memories!

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