Francie’s Hut Trip 2016

FranciesHut_vestibuleOur first scheduled hut trip for 2016 will be to Francie’s Cabin, located near Breckenridge, Colorado. This “stretch” hut holds 20, and features indoor toilets and an outdoor wood-fired sauna. We have been to Francie’s before, and have always found a variety of exciting day skiing opportunities. The area immediately around the hut world class Alpine terrain, featuring lots of turning opportunities, but venturing out away from the cabin, one can find moderate Nordic touring terrain.

And did I mention the sauna?

We will use the Burro Trail, which starts at the base of the Breckenridge Ski Area and climbs 1700 feet over four miles, the last mile of which is the steepest (isn’t it always?).

Signup has already commenced. Contact Guy Miller for further details.

The Francie's Hut trip will be Saturday, Feb 20, through Thursday, Feb 25, 2016.

Francie's Cabin was the second hut built by Summit Huts Association and is one of the most popular huts in Colorado.  Francie's offers great skiing and is popular with families and beginners due to the relative ease of access.  Francie's Cabin is open for winter and summer seasons.  Francie's Cabin sleeps 20 people divided among six bunk rooms (there are no double beds).  All huts are booked to capacity and may be occupied by more than one group.  Francie's is equipped with a wood stove for heat, firewood, propane cook tops, indoor composting toilets, a wood-fired sauna, solar powered lights, twin sized bunks with mattresses and pillows, cooking and eating utensils (pots/pans/plates/flatware/mugs/glasses), toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies.  There is no cooking oven.

The hut is located at 11,264 feet about 4 miles south of Breckenridge, CO, in historic Summit County, CO.

Cost for the trip will include Hut Rental ($38 per night per person), food, transportation to and from the trailhead, and any motels required during the trip.

Francie's Cabin Fast Facts
  • Hut Elevation: 11,264 feet
  • GPS: 39 26.312’ N, 106 04.354’  W
  • General Location: 4 miles south of Breckenridge, CO in the Crystal Lakes Basin
  • Map: USGS Breckenridge 7.5 min. map or Trails Illustrated Breckenridge/ Tennessee Pass #109 or SHA Francie’s Cabin Map
  • Miles from Trailhead: Three different routes ranging from 1.8 miles to 4.5 miles
  • Date Built: Built in 1994 in memory of Frances Lockwood Bailey
  • Owned By: Summit Hut Association
  • Capacity: 20 people
  • Cost per night: $38/person (2014/2015 season) Advanced reservations only.
  • Ski Terrain: Surrounding Hut Skiing in Crystal Creek drainage, conditions can be windblown, significant avalanche hazard in valley above hut.
  • Hut Layout: Main Floor - Open common room/kitchen, one bunk room, boot room, two toilets.  Upper Floor - five bunk rooms, sitting/reading room.  Basement - wood room, hutmasters' quarters.  Sleeping accomodations - main floor bunkroom -  single bunk & 2 single beds.  Upstairs bunkrooms - 2 with 2 single beds, 3 with 2 sets of bunks in each. 
  • Amenities: Wood burning stove for heat, solar powered lights, indoor composting toilet, sauna, beds and pillows, fully equipped kitchen.
  • Water: Snow is melted for water.
  • Sauna:  Yes

This type of trip requires advanced ski ability and knowledge of wilderness and avalanche conditions. For those reasons, the trip leader must know the ability of each skier before he or she will be allowed on this kind of trip. For more information on this trip, contact Guy Miller, Hut Trip Chair.

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