Leadville, and at a ranch near Salida. Both places were comfortable and convenient for five days of skiing the lift served areas of Ski Cooper, Copper, and Monarch, and three backcountry day trips around Leadville and Monarch Pass.
Sangree Hut were nearly perfect introductions to the Colorado backcountry for yours truly, and to alpine touring for my brother. His AT rookie status was belied by strong fitness - he had no trouble keeping up. We found some great snow and glade skiing at Monarch Pass. The trip to Sangree hut was inspiring - sunshine, powder with a well-marked route to a well-managed ski hut. Alaska could use some huts like the 10th Mountain Division.