The trip to the hut is for experienced backcountry skiers under potentially dangerous, winter conditions. It should not be attempted by beginner skiers or snowshoers. The trail is steep and includes a 2,000 foot elevation gain in six miles. A fun outing with good snow conditions can easilty turn into an eight or more hour ordeal with poor weather or bad snow. Low clouds and white-outs are common, which can make following the trail very difficult. Not everyone makes it to the cabin as planned. We recommend starting out on the trail as early as possible. It is essential that survival equipment be taken. For your safety, it is advised that you review the ski checklist provided and be prepared for your trip. All equipment should be in excellent condition and all winter backcountry users should be familiar with proper avalanche techniques. Avalanche conditions exist at all times on the trail to Pear Lake. Users are ultimately responsible for assessing the dangers and determining if you should proceed on you trip or cancel it. Hut visitors travel to the hut and use the facility at their own risk. A refund will not be issued because of a winter storm. Please review the cancellation policy if needed. Also, it is important that you fill out a wilderness permit at the Lodgepole Visitor Center so your travel plans are submitted to the National Park Service.