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