Saturday we started early in the fresh snow in Aspen Highlands, after meeting up with Faas who graciously offered to be our mountain guide.
Becky and Russ showed up to join us Saturday night and skiing Sunday. Becky got her Christmas gift from Karyn and had to demonstrate... A neoprene wool lined swim cap.
On the hill Sunday we got a great shot from the top of Ajax.
In the mens room at the restaurant that boasts the waffles (which we missed by 10 minutes) we found an old school Mono Pic!
CMH is everwhere...
After skiing we grabbed a couple beers in one of the local joints Faas' normal place. They even have a Stanley Cup!
Faas invited us to his place for Dinner, a Great spread! Quite a treat for some traveling skiers!
Monday we got up early to hike into McNamara Hut. We parked at the upper parking lot, and after getting ready with some dog walkers visiting we hit the trail... We discussed the map and trail markers, and followed the trail. After 1/2 mile we passed the Benedict hut trail and ran into the dog walkers, who pointed us back toward the trail to McNamara.
We arrived at the hut ~2:30, and 6.5 on the mileage. We had planned for about that time with only 5 miles of hiking...
A group of 9 passed us on the way out, and some while Karyn was taping up her ankle due to blisters...
We were a group of 4 expecting 5 others, but only 3 more showed. It was nice and Quiet...
It wouldn't be a normal hut trip if we didn't get any skiing in... The conditions were the most stable I've seen in Colorado back country in a long long time. Conditions were safe up to 35 degree slopes. But this trip we only had gentle 15-20 degree slopes. But the Pow was great!
It's always important to bring your recipe along... Biscuits and Gravy for Christmas Breakfast!
We had some work to do on the hike out. I was putting skins on for this stretch! But just look at the view!
Another Great Christmas Hut! And some much appreciated local friends for hanging out with us!