At this barebones shelter with bunks, a woodstove, and solar-powered lights, it's all about the skiing: steep, 2,000-vertical-foot lines through spruce-and-fir forest that receives 300-plus annual inches of snow. Tucked into Colorado's San Juan Mountains, in the roadless valleys northeast of Telluride, Ridgway Hut ($30 per person; sanjuanhuts.com) is a seven-mile uphill trek from the nearest trailhead, which is six miles from the closest town. The best powder days tend to be in March, but fresh tracks are almost always guaranteed. Need a guide? Hire local pro Vince Anderson ($325 per day; skywardmountaineering.com).
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