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Ben Eiseman 10th Mountain Division Hut near Vail, Colorado

This backcountry skiing experience entailed a hearty approach of 7 miles, 3000′ of vertical, and decent sized packs (did I really need to bring the tripod?). Not to mention, we left Santa Fe at 5am and drove for 6 hours before starting the ski. We arrived at the hut just before dark and promptly passed out. The Ben Eiseman hut sits a bit above 11,000′ and is part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System. I was really impressed by the hut and it’s a really comfortable place to spend a few nights. Exploring the morning after arriving:
Backcountry skiing near 10th Mountain Division Ben Eiseman hut near Vail, Colorado

Dusk:
10th Mountain Division Ben Eiseman hut near Vail, Colorado

Alana takes a turn behind the camera:
Backcountry and telemark skiing near 10th Mountain Division Ben Eiseman hut near Vail, Colorado

Alana skinning back towards the hut:
Backcountry and alpine touring skiing near 10th Mountain Division Ben Eiseman hut near Vail, Colorado

The snow was a bit crusty when we arrived due to a recent warm spell, but a snowstorm provided some decent powder towards the end of the trip. Good snow or bad, a trip to the hut is a great experience.