Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rendezvous Huts

Heifer Hut
After a long stretch from mid-December through the holidays with no real days off (sick on Christmas, bleh...), it's hard to beat spending a couple days off grid and on skis at the Rendezvous Huts.

Cold temps - below zero fahrenheit - made it a little bit more important to get the clothing layers dialed in, but grooming was perfect, and with a freight haul to the cabin, there's no reason to miss out on creature comforts.

So it was a great getaway to Heifer Hut, the northernmost and most remote of the five huts in the Rendezvous Huts system.     Located at about 4000 feet, it's high enough to get a bit more snow than the valley floor (which sits at elevation 1800 ft) but you certainly won't worry about dizzy spells.     It's an uphill bit of skiing to get to any of the huts, but they're all located on the groomed trail system.

The views are fabulous.    I really can't say more than that.   Fabulous mountain views.   Different from each of the huts, but terrific everywhere.      And stars at night.   Billions and billions of them.

The huts are heated with wood stoves, and cooking is on conventional propane kitchen stoves.     Each of the cabins sleep up to 8-10 people.     It's really a great setup.

Each cabin has a full kitchen arrangement with pots and pans and dishes provided.   I know for sure that there are Nordic Ultratune coffee cups in a couple of the cabins.   And drinking water is plentiful and restocked daily.   There are outhouses at each hut, just a few yards out the door.     Propane lights keep the card games going into the night, and nowadays there is solar charged battery powered LED lighting as well.  

With a group of friends sharing a cabin and the freight haul, you could even do both skate and classic skiing (classic in, and have the skaters hauled in and waiting for you!).  

If you haven't done a trip like this, it's really worth doing.     Yeah, there are huts in other places, but where are you going to find huts that have 200 km of groomed skiing out the door?   Maybe in Norway...  ...but not so common in North America.      The Rendezvous Huts, here in the Methow Valley, are really cool, and a great way to get away from the crowds for a few days.