Europeans, accustomed to mountain ranges dotted with huts in every valley, brought the notion of backcountry ski lodges to North America.
And while the Alps still boast more refuges, North America’s hut network is unique in its ability to shelter backcountry travellers in some of Canada’s and the United States’ most remote, least populated ranges—places that see little human activity and where fresh turns are practically guaranteed. Some huts serve as little more than rustic shelters to lay your sleeping bag. Others feature hut keepers, warm meals and fine wine. And new huts popping up from B.C.’s Coast Mountains to the Colorado Rockies make multi-day hut-to-hut skiing more and more possible. Whether you’re seeking overnight shelter en route to a high-alpine objective or a fireside night with friends far from Wi-Fi, hut trips offer rewards beyond measure.