This past week I explored part of the Never Summer mountain range and stayed at the Nokhu hut with some friends. We backcountry skied the surrounding mountains, ice fished lake Agnes, and stargazed among the Nokhu Crags.
The two days and two nights spent in the wilderness were an awesome way to relax with friends while still exercising and earning some fun powder turns.
In the winter months, the hut is accessible through a mile hike on skis or snowshoes and comes stocked with firewood, cookware, sleeping pads, and amazing views. This made the experience much more enjoyable and lightened the load for the hike in.
From the hut, intermediate to expert ski terrain is available within a hour ski tour. Due to early season snow coverage and unstable slopes up high, we decided to ski low angle sections with tree coverage. The snow in these areas was light and constant in texture which made for some fun turns just below lake Agnes. Lake Agnes is located above the Nokhu hut and can be reached after about a 40 min ski tour.
We tried our luck ice fishing on this remote alpine lake but, did not have much luck. Instead we enjoyed the crystal clear black ice, breathtaking views of the Nokhu crags, surrounding mountains, and a little whiskey to help stay warm in the high winds and cold temps.
I highly suggest hut trips to anyone looking for a place to relax, escape reality, or to simply earn fresh turns and laugh among friends. There are plenty of huts in Colorado, each with beautiful views and a variety of activities to please any outdoor enthusiast. From skiing and snowshoeing to laughing around the fire with friends, hut trips have the potential to make a total stranger feel like family.