Cross-country ski hut-to-hut in Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Maine Huts & Trails (207-265-2400, www.mainehuts.org) is a nonprofit organization determined to build 12 backcountry huts over 180 miles of trails in the remote western mountains of the state. It recently unveiled its fourth property, Stratton Brook, overlooking the 4,000-foot peaks of Carrabassett Valley. When the 180-mile route is complete, it will be the longest groomed ski trail in the country. But there’s no need to wait. This winter, you can choose from staying at one of the four comfortable lodgings and going out on daily excursions, or self-guided or guided cross-country ski trips that lead from one hut to the next. Each of the four huts is spaced about 11 miles apart, so people can reach it within one day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The ultimate adventure is a four-night, five-day package that includes 50 miles of skiing and spending each night at a different property. All meals, shuttle for gear, and lodging are included in the price ($404 for members, $464 for nonmembers). Nightly rates at the huts start at $69 for members, $84 for nonmembers, including lodging and meals.