Backcountry Skiing, Walter's Cabin at Shrine Mountain Inn, Winter 2005
I created this page 5 years after the trip. I created it more as resource for future
backcountry ski trips rather than as report of this particular trip. See the links
in the sidebar for some of the information resources.
Walter's is one of three cabins at Shrine Mountain Inn. Although privately owned,
reservations are obtained through
The 10th Mountain Division
Huts Association. You can read about the cabin by clicking
Walter's Cabin Details Page or
Excerpts here or in the sidebar.
This was a trip guided by
It was the first backcountry ski trip for all of the participants except
Mountain Inn was a great choice for a first trip. The trip into the cabin
easy. Unlike the other 10th Mountain Division Huts, it has indoor plumbing,
and regular electricity. The guides are great teachers. The day before
they took us to Arrowhead Ski Area by Beaver Creek to show everyone the
At their nearby backcountry center, they outfitted those who needed it
gear. The guides planned and prepared all of the food for the trip. They
most of the gear. Our light packs only contained our own clothing and
portion of the fresh food.
Time has blurred my memories of this trip. We started at the Vail Pass trailhead.
The trip into the hut was unremarkable. The next morning, we made some turns and
toured directly downhill, east, of Walter's.
One day we climbed up to the top of Shrine Ridge which afforded spectacular views
in all directions. That tour produced the silhouette picture shown at the top of
this page. Another day we bushwhacked north-northwest from Walter's, through the
trees, to a small unnamed lake about a mile from the cabin. There, we enjoyed a
nice lunch and returned to Shrine Mountain Inn via the road.
On the last day, we considered skiing out down the road to Red Cliff. Some members
of our group were not up for a longer tour so we opted for the short trip back down
to Vail Pass. We celebrated with champagne supplied by the Paragon.