Ben Eiseman Hut
Submitted By: Dobish on January 20, 2010
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The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir. I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge. Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing. The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute. Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.[more]
This is a hut just north of Vail, about 7 miles. The hut sleeps 18, and is wonderful on the inside. The ski terrain is spectacular right out of the front door, and you can do anything from 450' to 1200' descents
How to Get There
There are two ways by which to access the hut, Red Sandstone Road, or the Spraddle Creek Trail. The road is accessible to snowmobiles, whereas the trail is a hiking trail. The road is 8 miles versus the 6 mile trail with great scenery.