Polar Star Inn is one of 16 10th Mountain Division Huts, located about 14 miles southeast of Eagle and 14 miles southwest of Vail. On Saturday, 16 of us climbed the 6 mile, 2000 foot trail to the hut, located just above 11,000 ft above sea level. Sunday was more of a down day - the skiers caught some turns above Polar Star Mine, and many snowshoers explored New York Mountain 1000 feet above the hut. As always, the food was excellent (and plentiful), the company terrific, and the entertainment quite amusing!
Jay and Roy at the trailhead Lisa tries to separate her skins Skis on Departing the trailhead The group heads off Tory Brian, Ryan, and Ling Jay along the trail Roy and Brian guard the trail Rurik, looking splendid Steve Kathy and Rurik Lisa Shaun takes a break Brian and Lisa A fox along the side of the trail Steve skins up Rurik, Kathy, and Lisa Polar Star Inn Rurik recovers Shari catches up on some reading Lonny and his camera ...taking a picture of Brian and his camera How many engineers does it take to light a pilot light? Lisa Ryan Chicken Surprise! Relaxing after dinner Yahtzee! Making breakfast Tory and Steve prepare breakfast mmmmm....breakfast Roy, Kathleen, and Brian Rurik and Jay examine the 10th Mountain Division hut system Elvis Cribbage Relaxing after breakfast Brian Ling and Ryan Shaun on New York Mountain Kathleen and Forrest Jay and Shaun on New York Mountain Roy and Shaun consult a map Lonny Steve Brian grabs some turns on Polar Star Mine An old cabin The view from the Polar Star Mine Roy and Brian catch a breath of fresh air on the porch Polar Star Inn Rurik and Kathy Lonny sets up a great MacGyver snow tripod ...to get this photo Ling, Ryan, Shari, and Lonny on New York Mountain Shaun attempts to match the pose of the SI swimsuit poster girl... New York Mountain Shari, Ling, and Ryan on New York Mountain Lisa eats lunch Kathy playing angry cards A little hut euchre Shaun filtering out pine needles through a coffee filter (for our dinner water) Tory and Steve after their Sunday outing Rurik vs. Bread Loaf Lonny and Shari performing some form of surgery Steve and Brian The gear drying Lounging around the fire Lonny shares his light reading The previous hut occupants left a SI Swimsuit issue and Cosmo for us to read...it provided much entertainment Scrabble after dinner Tory makes dessert Brian sets up the group photo The Polar Star Inn group Clockwise from left: Shaun, Jay, Lonny, Brian, Steve, Tory, Forrest, Ryan, Rurik, Kathy, Lisa, Shari, Roy, Ling, Brian, Kathleen A last look at the hut Brian and Lisa Steve saddles up for the ski out The departure party Brian Lisa Steve drops into a meadow Lisa Lisa Hiking out Steve, Brian, and Lisa skin up Lisa Jay and Shaun Brian and Kathleen Ryan and Ling Tory and Forrest Brian skis by... Lisa skis by... ...and Steve skis by Descending down to Yeoman Park trailhead Lisa and Brian Lonny Shari reaches the trailhead Shaun and Jay A full car... Tory and Forrest Kathy and Rurik