Yurt Tips

1. Most yurts rely upon the users to help maintain these backcountry motels. Be prepared to shovel out the yurt, haul out your trash, clean the ashes from the wood stove and leave the place better than you found it.

2. A word of caution: Whenever heading into the backcountry, be prepared for backcountry conditions. Come prepared to sleep outside, if for some reason you can’t get the yurt open, you don’t make the needed mileage by nightfall, or you get lost. The approaches to most of these yurts are not family jaunts for a fondue party (with exception to the dinner yurts). The majority of the yurts are serious backcountry adventures and should be approached as such. Beacons, shovels and probes are recommended for all backcountry travel. WARNING: Remember that backcountry travel can often be dangerous and requires knowledge of avalanche safety; avalanche safety gear like beacons, shovels, and probes; as well as a knowledge of how to use that equipment. You are responsible for your own safety! Go to www.avalanche.org for current conditions.

3. When you make your reservations at a particular yurt, the owner or manager will supply you with the directions, maps and a key or combination to the lock for entry into the yurt. Most will give you a checklist of things to take as well.

4. Many yurts exist because of the dedicated efforts of volunteers. Most often it is expected that those who use the yurt will also help out in keeping it clean and in good shape. Chopping wood for the next party that visits the yurt is par for the course, as is sweeping out and cleaning up when you leave. Any food left in the yurt will be ravaged by rodents, so don’t leave even crumbs.

5. Often one side of the yurt is designated for dumping waste water while the other is used to collect clean snow to melt for water. If you are not directed as to which side of the yurt to use, choose the cleanest side for snow collection and dump dish water and other waste water on the other side of the yurt.