My infrequent blog updates are a clear indicator of plentiful backcountry adventures here in Colorado. A guides’ holiday season is usually filled with many opportunities for mountain adventures with friends, both old and new, and this holiday season has been no exception.

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Approaching Resolution Mtn and the Fowler-Hilliard Yurt

Last week,  I had the pleasure of guiding some ultra-classic Colorado ski terrain at the Fowler-Hilliard [Yurt]. One of the more popular huts in the 10th mountain division hut system for downhill motivated skiers, the “Fowler” impressed us with some very memorable ski objectives.

This past fall the historic Fowler-Hilliard Hut had burned to the ground, leaving only a heap of twisted metal, a concrete slab, and the outhouse. In an effort to preserve many groups’ winter plans, the 10th Mountain Association erected a beautiful Yurt adjacent to the old hut site. And on my first visit up to the area, me and my duo of super-fit guests made quick work of the approach while chatting excitedly the whole way. Once at the yurt we took a quick break for a snack, then it was out the door for an afternoon summit ski of the nearby Resolution Mountain.

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Nice Turns in the Afternoon Light on Resolution Mountain

We managed to find some truly great ski terrain, while making the most of the somewhat lean snow conditions sampling thousands of feet of perfectly spaced glades on every aspect, only steps from the yurt porch. Our night at the yurt was characterized by friendly conversations and guitar playing with our fellow yurt mates. This trip reminded me of just how powerful the shared enthusiasm for remote human powered backcountry skiing truly is.  Believe me when I tell you that not every hut trip ends with a group photo session next to skiers who were mere strangers the night before!

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Enjoying the communal side of Yurt living

This trip re-kindled my passion for this local Colorado terrain. No, it’s certainly not the golden granite of Chamonix, or the expansive glaciers of the Berner Oberland, but there is something completely fulfilling in the quite solitude found in human powered Colorado adventure. Check out the video below for more scenes from our time up in the alpine.

More adventures to come-

MB