Ski or Snowshoe to Vance's Cabin

Leadville, Colorado

Details

Distance

3.1 miles

Elevation Gain

750 ft

Route Type

Point-to-Point

Description

Added by Jason Hatfield

One of the easiest to reach backcountry huts in Colorado.

Vance's Cabin is a private hut near Tennessee Pass booked by the 10th mountain division. The hut was completed in 1988 and sleeps 16; 6 beds upstairs in a loft and 10 bunk beds downstairs in a communal bunked area around the wood stove.  

It's a compact cabin compared to some of the other huts in the system but there's still enough space. The hut comes stocked with padded mattresses, wood & fuel, propane stove with burners, all cookware and utensils, some games/puzzles/books, and sitting/eating areas. You can skin up nearby Taylor Hill and get in a few turns as well, but it's not the best ski destination, farther east on Chicago Ridge is better but there's more avalanche risk. huts.org/The_Huts/Vances

To access the hut from Tennessee Pass, park in the Hut Parking near Ski Cooper, the sign is on a tree on your right as you enter. Start from the Nordic Trail system in the NE corner of the Ski Cooper parking lot. Follow the maintained Nordic trail NE along a ditch for 3/4 mile then split left at the gulch. Leave the Nordic trail here and ski up the gulch for 1/4 mile to a large clearing. Continue through the clearing to the north end of the saddle at 10,963 ft then continue East for a short distance before swinging back North and making a 1/2-mile traverse along the west face of Taylor Hill. You'll enter an open area above and slightly to the East of the hut at 11,160 feet, turn left here and descend 1/4 mile to Vance's Cabin. The hut is surrounded by trees but other structures can be seen as you approach it. 

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Features

Snowboarding
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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