Monday, February 13, 2012

Snowbird Glacier Hut February 11-12, 2012

I went on a weekend tour out to Snowbird Glacier with Allan and Mike. I've been there a number of times in the summer, but never during the winter... and I had only been to the old 'dome' hut. A new hut was build last year, so the plan was a quick, one-night scouting mission. We wanted to figure out how long it took to get in and out, see what the new cabin is set up with, and check out the snow conditions.

The ski in took about seven hours, all uphill. We made it to the cabin maybe an hour before dark, which gave us just enough time fill the fuel tank, get the heater working, and to start melting snow to refill our water supply. Mike started cooking dinner; steak, peppers, onions, and sweet potatoes. Pretty much the best way to end an ass-kicking tour. After dinner we had some hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps and looked through old photo albums... photos of people like us at the old hut back in the 80's. Many of them still live in the area. Pretty cool.

Sunday morning was pretty lazy. Brewed some coffee, watched snow fall, and cooked some breakfast. We spent about an hour cleaning the cabin and packing up for the ski out. The trip out took about three hours, but definitely could have been a lot quicker. It was almost completely downhill.

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