HELI-ACCESS BACKCOUNTRY LODGING AT 11,500’
A collaborative project with the A-Lodge
Sometimes what you’ve been searching for has been right in front of you all along. For more than 10 yeas now, we’ve been wandering the world in search of the next best destination for backcountry riding, and in that time we’ve discovered and become deeply acquainted with some very rad places. But ultimately there’s no place like home. The great State of Colorado—with its 53 Fourteeners (+14,000-foot peaks) in a dozen different mountain ranges, vast and rugged landscapes, sunshine, powder, and craft beer—is and always will be a hit list destination if you’re a shredder.
When you combine all that Colorado has to offer with the state’s growing population and popularity, hidden gems and truly “private” stashes are few and far between. So when we were approached with the opportunity to take over use of what was originally developed (but never utilized) as a backcountry lodge for hut-to-hut tours—9 miles (14.5km) beyond the winter road closure and at truly breathtaking 11,500 feet (3,500m), in one of the lesser-visited ranges of the state—we knew we had struck gold.
BEGINNING WINTER 2019/20 WE ARE BREATHING LIFE BACK INTO COLORADO’S LEGENDARY “THOREAU’S CABIN” AS ONE OF THE STATE’S PREMIER DESTINATIONS FOR BACKCOUNTRY RIDING.
The lodge will be the centerpiece of your stay and is where your crew will gather each morning and evening for delicious homecooked meals. You’ll spend your après ski sessions relaxing in front of the woodburning stove, staring out the windows at the lines shredded that day as the sun sets and a blanket of stars fills the night sky. The loft will serve as the living quarters for your caretaker and chef. Your living quarters, outfitted and cared for by our staff so as to match the exceptional quality of the catered experience, will be two Colorado-made yurts adjacent to the lodge. Glamping all the way.
The skiing/riding will be epic and it will be self-guided. Therefore everyone must meet our minimum requirements: Completion of a Level 1 (or equivalent) avalanche safety course as well as minimum 2 years of backcountry skiing or splitboarding experience. Tours begin from the lodge and there is skiable terrain for all weather conditions, avalanche conditions and skill level.
The location is so remote that transport to and from will be by helicopter. With zero road access October/November through May/June, it simply doesn’t get any more private.
All terrain photos taken mid March 2019.
Min 4-Max 8
3 Nights/4 days
Bookings are open to proficient backcountry riders with at least 2 years of experience. All group members are required to have completed a Level 1 (or equivalent) avalanche safety course and wilderness medical training is additionally recommended. Glacier travel/ski mountaineering experience is not required.
All group members must be prepared with essential touring and avalanche safety gear. Group medical kit also recommended. Satellite phone and other critical care resources are available at the lodge for emergency use.
Participants must be in excellent physical condition and should consider an appropriate acclimatization schedule if originating from a low elevation. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding acclimatization.
EARLY SEASON: NOV-MID DEC
PEAK SEASON: MID DEC-MAR
LATE SEASON: APR-MID MAY
Specific availability TBA. Due to the added logistics related to heli access, we will likely open up availability at the heart of peak season first. Once the first slot is booked, we will open up the two slots that “bookend” it next and continue to fill out the season this way. This will ensure that the cost of heli access is kept to a minimum.
If the dates made available do not work for your crew, we will of course accommodate special requests, however in these cases the cost of heli transport will be double.
A collaborative project between 40 Tribes and Boulder, Colorado’s Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge), we plan to offer both winter and summer accommodation with 40 Tribes managing snowy season operations. The concept is to provide an exceptional staffed and catered lodging experience so that guests may simply focus on adventuring in the mountains that immediately surround.
While many of the details we know you are craving must remain undisclosed for a little while longer, we invite you to submit an inquiry below and you will be the first to be contacted when we are ready to share more info and accept bookings. You will also be able to provide us with feedback and help us develop the program that you would ideally like to see.