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An Ode to Winter Holidays at Manitoba

The temperature hovered in the low double digits—and would soon begin to sink, probably dipping into negative numbers, once the day had passed for good. Leaning on the frosty rail of the bridge over Mills Creek below Manitoba Cabin, I could hear the muffled rush of the creek beneath its thick sheath of snow-covered ice….

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December 28, 2020

Vote Your Values

Do you have a backcountry trip out to some remote cabin accessible only by a 40-mile hike planned for early November? Maybe you’ll be splitting firewood day in and day out for the next few weeks, without much thought for anything else. Scratch something easy off your to-do list ahead of time by getting your…

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October 22, 2020

Alaska Huts COVID-19 Response

Alaska Huts has CANCELLED A Flannel Affair on April 23rd due to COVID-19 and bans on large gatherings. We are rescheduling for a FALL date, so please stay tuned. We look forward to hosting Flannel Affair with you all when the time is right! We have also cancelled Spring Work Weekend and will be cleaning…

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March 25, 2020

Women’s Backcountry Weekend 2020: Redefining Decision Making

It was a cold and clear Saturday morning as 26 women gathered at Manitoba Cabins and Yurts for the second annual Women’s Backcountry Ski Weekend. Smoke billowed softly from the warm main cabin as women bustled on skis back and forth from each yurt and the Mile 48 parking lot. A keg from Girdwood Brewing…

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February 21, 2020

Women’s Mountain Biking Weekend: Taking Up Space | Women Empowering Women

“Hi, I’m Lei, and I like to ride bikes” I chirped from my spot among the twenty or so other women. We were gathered for a weekend of all things bicycle. A plan brewed up in a local coffee shop last March manifested into a successful event simply dubbed Women’s Mountainbike Weekend. Amy Dalton, former…

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December 21, 2019

Women’s Backcountry Weekend Success

Earlier this month, Alaska Huts held their first ever Women’s Backcountry Weekend. The purpose of the weekend was simple: get a group of like-minded women together to celebrate backcountry skiing/splitboarding in the beautiful location of Manitoba. As some of you know, backcountry skiing can be intimidating. Not only is it physically challenging, but safe backcountry…

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February 28, 2019

Alaska Huts Welcomes New Executive Director

NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM HAS EYES SET ON NEW HUT SYSTEM Alaska Huts Association is excited to announce that Amy Dalton has been named the new Executive Director. Amy has served as the Interim Executive Director and brings a rich and varied background to the organization. Amy’s history with Alaska Huts goes all the way back…

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December 12, 2018

Woodstock Success

This fall, as many of you are aware, we had our annual Woodstock event at Manitoba. The primary goal of Woodstock is to stock Manitoba’s woodshed for the winter, but this year we managed to sneak in quite a bit more. The firepit and paths around the sauna are now graveled, thanks to our generous…

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October 15, 2018

A New World – Tenderfoot Trail To Hale Bop Peak

A new world waits in the mountains above Manitoba Hut, but few know it. Most, after all, use the hut as a base from which to ski or hike Manitoba Mountain. Others use it to just get away for a day or two. Some of these people have probably paused on the bridge crossing Canyon…

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July 10, 2018

Spring Work Weekend: May 19th

Along with many other Alaskans and outdoor enthusiasts, I love staying at backcountry cabins. But I also take my ability to visit cabins like Manitoba for granted. I sign up to stay, get excited about the fact that there is an OVEN to use, pack my bag, and make the most of my experience there….

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May 9, 2018

Goals Met For A Flannel Affair!

The 2018 Flannel Affair fundraiser was off-the-charts successful if the many kudos coming from guests who attended are any indication. “Great party!” someone wrote in a note. “Totally lit!” someone else told me as they walked out the door following some fantastic music by Hope Social Club. We agree. After all, helping people have amazing experiences is part of our job, and Thursday night’s opportunity to create even more of those experiences in Alaska’s backcountry was the perfect stepping stone for 2018 and beyond. Thanks to you, dear members, guests, and auction-bidders, we raised nearly $10,000 for Alaska Huts Association’s current and future projects! What now? We put our heads down and get to work maintaining the high standard we’ve set for Manitoba Cabin and Yurts at Mile 48 of the Seward Highway, with new programs, fun activities, and chances…

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April 16, 2018

Why Flannel?

The Alaska Huts Association’s primary fundraiser of the year is happening tomorrow night, and while we’re pretty excited about the silent auction items and excellent music by Hope Social Club, we’re also looking forward to something else. The flannel. A Flannel Affair came about because someone knew all about comfortable things. Gala season in Alaska has…

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April 11, 2018