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Opting Outside for a Colorado Thanksgiving

A snow-covered cabin, friends, and a turkey feast.

Every year I eagerly look forward to the start of hut season in Colorado, escaping far away from the rest of the world to a remote winter cabin. 

As much as I love the opportunity to ski fresh lines all day long, it's really the time spent with friends sharing food, games, and stories of past adventures that I enjoy the most. 

This time we started early with a "hutsgiving" to celebrate in the most Colorado way possible: fresh snow, high mountains, a wood stove, and what was probably a good chunk of a local liquor store (but we're adults here, so you better believe we were melting plenty of snow to stay hydrated!). 

After an afternoon of sled run building and with snow up our jackets, everyone worked together to prepare a feast and spend time giving thanks for each other. 

As we get older and further explore our life paths, group gatherings become less frequent, which is why I'm thankful for friends to share time with in my favorite places.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Jason HatfieldExplorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at