Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are recognized for his or her deep snowpack, advanced terrain, solitude, splendor, and problem. In a winter when journey is restricted, and snowfall has been sparse, the San Juans are extra empty of crowds and buried beneath a blanket of carvable white fluff. That potential has created a variety of pleasure for San Juan Mountain Guides (SJMG) new Interconnect backcountry ski journey. Scaling 13,000-foot passes and carving creamy turns down steep slopes, the tour pauses at full-service huts and lodges alongside the way in which for gourmand homestyle meals—and the serenity that solely a excessive camp can present.
This five-day, four-night Colorado hut-to-hut excessive traverse winds via a zone typically in comparison with the Alps, incomes it a label as America’s reply to legendary multi-day “Haute Route” from the Chamonix valley to Zermatt. The guided, catered journey can also be full-service. Skiers want solely carry a daypack—different gear is shuttled between lodges when you pattern the products. So on the finish of your ski day, whether or not you’ve run out of sunshine or your legs name it quits, your greatest concern can be whether or not you step right into a scorching bathe, heat up with do-it-yourself soup, or toast to an amazing day within the mountains first.
There are two variations of SJMG’s Interconnect. On the Interconnect 121, skiers in a single day at three backcountry lodges—Ophir Pass Ultimate Ski Hut (OPUS) Red Mountain Alpine Lodge (RMAL), and Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge (MHBL). On the Interconnect 22, skiers spend two nights every at RMAL and MHBL.
The tour begins within the historic mining city of Silverton. After ascending to sunny, cozy OPUS Hut on a delicate observe with panoramic views, skiers have a half-day to discover Opus’ expansive yard earlier than dinner is served. The high-alpine backcountry hut perches on the southern slopes of 13,666-foot Lookout Peak, and surrounded by superior tree runs, wide-open bowls, and steep, craggy faces.
Day 2, skiers climb over a panoramic 13,000′ col earlier than carving and cavorting to Columbine Lake for an inspiring high-alpine traverse via higher Porphyry and Mineral Basins. Skirting the shoulder of Trico Peak (13,321′), the place San Juan, San Miguel, and Ouray counties intersect, the descent to Purple Mountain Alpine Lodge is as spicy or serene as temper and climate dictate.
RMAL is a placing timber-frame construction with a cathedral ceiling, floor-to-ceiling home windows, huge uncovered beams, and a comfy wooden range. For 2 nights, the relaxed luxurious of the spacious lodge welcomes you again from targets which might be as bold or satisfying because the group needs. From Purple Mountain Go, the place the lodge sits, the choices are countless and embrace sky-scraping excessive factors like Champion Bowl or Hollywood on Purple #3. After the second night time of decadent consolation and entertaining tales of the tenure’s mining city historical past, the tour ascends Senator Beck Basin towards historic Imogene Basin over one other 13,000′ col. After passing Telluride Peak (13,509′), skiers drop right down to Hayden Backcountry Lodge, a totally renovated historic log cabin lodge with a cedar wood-fired scorching tub. Soak beneath the sprawling Milky Means after a chef-prepared gourmand feast. The ultimate morning ski tour carves the storied Camp Chook Hall, the historic dwelling of lots of the area’s silver mines within the shadow of Mount Sneffels and Yankee Boy Basin. A shuttle returns friends to Ouray.
The Interconnect 22 additionally connects Silverton and Ouray. Friends on the Interconnect 22 spend two nights every at Purple Mountain Alpine Lodge and Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge.
Each Interconnect hut journeys are 5 days and 4 nights, with all meals and lodging included, and IFMGA/AMGA guiding by probably the most revered information companies within the U.S., with a number of the most completed and personable employees. The information to skier ratio is 1:4.
Ebook now. Every Interconnect will run on with restricted departures in spring 2021. The fee is $1,995 per particular person. As a result of COVID-19, group measurement is proscribed to eight folks, except you guide a personal group. Contact San Juan Mountain Guides for particulars, or guide on-line at mtnguide.net.
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