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4. Colorado
Carve the Best of the Rockies
Tick off everything a skier could want in a hut-to-hut network and you’ve got the 10th Mountain Division: Great huts? Yep. The lodges were designed to serve backcountry skiers, right down to the wood-burning stoves. Prime views? Check. Twenty-nine huts dot the valleys and fourteeners between Aspen, Leadville, and Vail. Variety? Naturally. Huts were deliberately set near the tree line, fairly close to trailheads, so novices don’t have to push too far, but ambitious experts are within shouting distance of the looming peaks. "The coolest route is from Leadville to Aspen," says local backcountry master Lou Dawson. But, he cautions, "you might have to break trail." If commuting through unplowed snow isn’t your idea of fun, then hole up in the namesake 10th Mountain Division Hut for a few days and feast on the Continental Divide’s supply of bowl skiing and ridge runs right out your back door.

Vitals: Huts start at $28 per person (huts.org). Paragon Guides outfits 10th Mountain trips (three days, $1,000; paragonguides.com). Maps: hutski.com

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