Having grown up in Southwest Colorado I am no stranger to winter hut trips. Gather up some friends, food and backcountry gear and spend some time disconnected and enjoying the outdoors. I have done countless winter hut trips with skis and snowboards, so when the opportunity to do one with fat bikes arose I immediately jumped on the opportunity.
The Gunnison Valley has greatly embraced the fat bike movement and has hosted the Fat Bike World Championships for two years running. Directly following this year’s festivities, myself and a few other media folks hopped on fat bikes and pedaled the 3.5 miles from the Snodgrass Trailhead out to the Gothic town site and the Maroon Hut.
Perfect weather with sunny blue skies helped ease the hangover from the previous night. We had the luxury of having a majority of our food and drink supplies being towed out via snowmobile, which made for a nice light pedal.
With the massive amount of snowfall this year, the town site seemed to be peeking out of a thick white blanket. Just the peaks of some cabins could be seen, while the giant Gothic Mountain loomed above us.
With clear skies the temperatures quickly dropped as the sun dropped behind the mountains. The comfort of the Maroon Hut and some tasty cocktails thanks to Montanya Distillery, plus a filling meal of homemade pizza slowly forced each of us to retire to our beds.
Any proper hut trip must include lots of coffee and plenty of bacon. Luckily ours included both! The morning sun brought on another beautiful day. After some breakfast and coffee, we made the short ride back out to our vehicles. It was a lot of fun to put the fat bike to use in ways I hadn’t tried yet. This trip makes me want to do more exploring and hut trips via fat bike!