Benedict Hut is really two separate huts: Fritz (sleeps 10) and Fabi (sleeps 6) perched high on Smuggler Mountain above Aspen. We had a group of 8 (4 skiers, 4 snowshoers) that occupied Fritz for two nights. While at the hut, we enjoyed fantastic gourmet cuisine (I've never used the phrase "plating techniques" in the backcountry before), an exciting luge track, a few turns of backcountry skiing, and the enjoyment of each others' company.
Setting off from the trailhead The trailhead was located in the middle of a posh Aspen neighborhood (is there any other kind of Aspen neighborhood?) The snowshoers, taking an early lead on the trail Note Carlos in the back...in shorts... Jamie and Kevin Noah Carissa and Lisa Lisa along the trail Fabi Hut (on the left), as seen approaching Benedict Hut is really two huts: Fritz (sleeps 10) and Fabi (sleeps 6) Brian reaches Fritz's Hut Recovering from the hike in Professor Carlos explains the pine beetle epidemic Lisa and Noah Looking across to Fabi Hut Exterior of Fritz Hut Castle (left) and Cathedral (right) Peaks This is the view from inside the hut The summit of Castle Peak and the flanks of Electric Pass Peak in the glow of sunrise The northern flank of Hayden Peak Sunlight through the trees outside of the hut Looking out towards the outhouse The outhouse Gear out on the front porch The Admiral! ...not to be confused with Captain Morgan. Morning coffee around the fire Story time with Carlos Relaxing on the rest day Fresh ski tracks across the valley Hayden Peak in the distance on the left Noah, Carissa, and Brian head out for a few turns Brian Pristine snow below the hut Lisa and Brian Noah and Carissa Reclimbing back up towards Fabi hut Backside of Fritz Hut Fritz hut, as seen from Fabi The glass walls of the outhouse The view from the outhouse Pyramid Peak, with Maroon Peak just barely visible on the right Carlos and Lisa Lisa attempting the luge track with a shovel Dining on leftovers for lunch Leftover smoked salmon risotto and Caesar salad Carissa and Noah preparing their chicken stew dinner One of many games of Hearts Noah's birthday oatmeal Noah splits some wood under Carlos's supervision Carissa Carlos The whole group Left to right: Noah, Carissa, Brian, Carlos, Lisa, Jamie, Bridget, Kevin The back bedroom of the hut There are two other bedrooms slightly smaller than this, both with double beds The single beds in the main living space The living space around the fire Kitchen and dining area Carissa: Fashion Hair Model Overlooking Aspen from Smuggler Mountain