A backcountry hut trip rates as a springtime rite of passage for active valley locals and visitors seeking off-piste adventure. Once you’ve booked a bunk at the Shrine Mountain Inn or Janet’s Cabin, shop locally for these touring essentials. 

Cripple Creek Backcountry, Lionshead, 970-510-0450, cripplecreekbc.com

Eye Pieces of Vail, Lionshead, 970-476-0226, eyepiecesofvail.com

Haute Route, Avon, 970-949-1282, hauterouteskiandrun.com

Weston Snowboards, Minturn, 970-827-4060, westonsnowboards.com



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