The snow was perfect, the air cold and the huts warm. Three of us skied from Rt 27 trailhead in to Stratton Brook on Sunday afternoon, then on to the other three huts on the next three nights, skiing out from Grand Falls to the West Forks trailhead on Thursday. We were the only guests at Stratton Brook. From there to Poplar is a short day - got there for lunch so we had a short nap and then went back out for an hour ski before supper. The leg from Poplar to Flagstaff is rigorous, but with good snow we did it in 5 hours or so. We stopped for an hour at the halfway yurt, built a fire in the stove, ate lunch, changed our socks, etc. We then enjoyed a fabulous downhill and a leisurely meander to Flagstaff. We shared the hut with 24 6th graders, which turned out just fine. The leg from Flagstaff to Grand Falls is not difficult until the last mile, so save some energy. Once again, we were the only guests. It was our second time at Grand Falls, and it is our favorite hut. The toughest day is the leg out to West Forks. It took us 6 hours, including an hour for the last mile which is straight up herringboning. The staff and food were all great. The hut systems worked well except that the drying room at Flagstaff was cool and the generator ran all night.
Guest Stories & Reviews
A blast from end to end
The staff at Stratton Brook Hut were amazing. Their hospitality and hard work were the highlight of the trip for us. Our hosts prepared a wonderful dinner and sent us off the next morning with a superb lunch. The lodge was beautiful with outstanding views. The snowshoe hike to the lodge was very difficult for me, so beginners be aware!
A really excellent system you have put together. All was good to excellent. My only complaint has to do with the grooming - which, on our last and most difficult day was non-existent.
Trails between huts were extremely well groomed with very soft powder falling. Main hut buildings were fancier than expected, very attractive, comfortable, excellent showers and restrooms. Staff friendly, helpful, and food was tasty, delicious comfort food. Sleeping quarters, warm enough and clean. I would highly recommend these huts and system of trails . I would only suggest that they consider adding a few shorter ski loop trails around the huts (like at Flagstaff), for skiiers who don't want to just ski between huts. Lake was great. Bravo
It was a great trip with awesome scenery although it was cloudy throughout the trip. The conditions were superb and the trails were easy to follow. The food was fantastic as well with the service impeccable. The only misgiving I have would be at the Stratton Brook hut, the bunkhouses were rather cold and a little uncomfortable if you didn't have the proper sleeping gear. Luckily I did.
snow & more snow
Great snow, camaraderie and fun. We had almost a foot of fluffy powder, which did obliterate the tracks making skiing more difficult, but just a beautiful wonderland. Trail alongside Dead River between Flagstaff & Grand Falls is so pleasant. Sue outdid herself in welcoming us at Grand Falls Hut and feeding us, wow!