Backcountry Skiing

San Juan Hut System. Among the better backcountry skiing routes is the San Juan Hut System. The route starts about 15 miles south of Ridgway in Ouray and leads toward Telluride along the Sneffels Range. The five huts in the system are about 7 miles apart, and are well equipped with bunks, wood-burning stoves, propane lights, and cooking stoves and utensils. Previous backcountry experience is highly recommended, and staff members can steer guests to terrain that best fits their backcountry knowledge and skill levels. Reservations are recommended at least two weeks in advance. 770 N. Cora. St., Ridgway, Colorado, 81432. 970/626–3033.

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