Welcome to a new kind of ski-in, ski-out experience.
We are excited to offer on-site, overnight accommodations right here at Bluebird Backcountry!
Nestled at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass in northern Colorado, Bluebird Backcountry offers unique and one-of-a-kind accommodations perfect for the solo traveler, adventurous couple, outdoorsy family, or friend group.
PICK YOUR ADVENTURE
Not only are we offering on-site overnight accommodations this winter, but you also have the ability to customize your stay based on your sleeping preferences.
Scroll to check out our options below:
Camping (Camp Bluebird)
Ready to rough it? You’ll fit right in at Camp Bluebird. Our dog friendly campground is located in the main parking lot, and it’s the perfect place to keep the good vibes going after your day on the skin track. Wonderful for those living the #vanlife dream in a winterized adventure rig.
What We Provide: Fire pits, shared kitchen space with other base area guests, port-a-potty restroom, gorgeous sunsets and views
What We Do NOT Provide: Water, electric hookup, trash service
What to Bring: Your rig, firewood, table, chairs
Oatmeal, breakfast burritos, soups, and snacks are available in the base area. (The base area closes at 4pm.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: For all of the following Bluebird hut & dome lodging options, please carefully read what is included and what each lodging type requires in terms of backcountry skill level.
What to Bring
Please bring everything you need for a ski day, plus:
- Very warm sleeping bag
- Extra warm clothes
- Food and drinks
What We Do NOT Provide
- Running Water
- Drinking water (snow available outside)
- Assistance with getting you or your gear to your cabin
What We Provide
- Gas Cooktops
- Pots & Pans
- Plates & Utensils
- Large Pot for melting snow
- Dish Soap
Brown Bear Cabins
The Brown Bear Cabins are small, dog friendly cabins with two twin beds, a small table, and a catalytic heater. You must be comfortable with your touring gear, or snowshoes, and able to haul all gear up to the cabin, which is located ¼ mile from the base area with mild elevation gain. Cabin guests are welcome to use the nearby Grizzly Hostel for cooking and hanging out.
We have two skin-to domes that give a true “hut trip” experience. Both skin-to domes are remote and require a ¼ mile skin or snowshoe with a couple hundred feet of vertical gain. They are both furnished with 5 twin beds, a large dining table & chairs, and a fully equipped cook space. The first skin-to dome, Camber Chalet, is nestled in the trees on Bear Mountain. You will find the second, Moose Manor, on the way to West Bowl, adjacent to the Brown Bear Cabins & Grizzly Hostel. The skin-to domes are heated with a wood burning stove and will stay warm as long as you are diligent about feeding the fire throughout the night.
The Basecamp Domes are conveniently located just steps from the Base Area, in the rear camping zone of our parking lot. You will be able to drive very close to your accommodations for easy unloading. Each dome is furnished with 5 twin beds and a large table with chairs. Heated with a wood-burning stove, they stay warm as long as you are diligent about feeding the fire overnight. All Basecamp Domes have access to Basecamp Central, our communal dome for cooking and hanging out.
$59 per bed/night
Our Grizzly Hostel is a larger cabin with five twin beds that we rent individually. The Grizzly Hostel houses the kitchen space and common area for the Brown Bear Cabins. You must be comfortable with your touring gear, or snowshoes, and able to haul all gear up approximately ¼ mile with mild elevation gain. The hostel is heated with both a wood burning stove and backup propane heater upstairs in the sleeping area. To access the sleeping area, you will need to climb a steep ladder to the second floor. This is the only space where dogs are not permitted.
Enjoy convenience in the Campfire Ranch Cabin. Located in the Basecamp area at the far end of the parking lot. The Campfire Ranch cabin is accessible by car and has two beds that can easily be pushed together to create a larger bed. This dog friendly space is close in proximity to Basecamp Central, our communal dome for cooking and hanging out.
Lodging Location Map
Check out the map below to see where our overnight accommodations are located.
WHY STAY WITH US?
A SOULFUL RESPITE FROM THE CROWDS
✓ A backcountry ski/ride experience you won’t find anywhere else
✓ Clean and comfortable accommodations perfect for individuals and groups alike
✓ Zero commute to the skin track
✓ Physically distant by design
PLANNING YOUR STAY
- Skin-to huts include a private kitchen and a compostable toilet
- Base area huts and cabins include access to a shared kitchen and port-a-potties
- Heat source available in all units: wood-burning stove in huts, propane heaters in cabins
- Complimentary instant coffee
- Large pots to melt snow for drinking water
- Bring Your Own: Sleeping bag, snacks, headlamp
- Oatmeal, breakfast burritos, soups, and snacks available in the base area for purchase
- The base area closes at 4pm
Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What days are reservations available?
A: We offer lodging Wednesday through Sunday.
Q: What is included in my reservation?
A: Your reservation offers you access to the overnight accommodations of your choice. Your reservation does not include passes, lessons, or rentals.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: If you find that you need to cancel or change your lodging reservation, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible so we can try to fill your spot. Our refund policy is:
- Cancellations 30+ days out from the first day of reservation: We can reschedule (availability dependent) or issue a refund minus 10% fee
- Cancellations 7 to 30 days out: Cost is non-refundable, but can be rescheduled (availability dependent) with an additional 10% fee
- Cancellations fewer than 7 days out*: No refunds or reschedules
Lodging reservations must be used during the 2022/2023 season and cannot be rescheduled for a future season.
Click here to view our full cancellation policy.
Q: What is the largest group size your lodging options can accommodate?
A: Our Basecamp and Skin-to Domes accommodate 5 guests in each. We have three Basecamp domes located in the base area, and three Skin-to Domes on the mountain. Our Grizzly Hostel accommodates 5 guests, and each of our three Brown Bear Cabins sleep 2 guests. Our Grizzly and Brown Bear Cabins combined can hold up to 11 guests. In total, we have a maximum of 41 beds. If you’re interested in bringing your group to Bluebird, email us at email@example.com.
Q: Are dogs allowed?
A: We will allow dogs in the Basecamp Domes, Skin-to Domes, and Brown Bear Cabins with a deposit. Dogs are not allowed in the Grizzly Hostel.
Q: What is the difference between the Basecamp Domes and the Skin-to Domes?
A: The Basecamp domes are located in the base area, whereas the Skin-to domes are located on the mountain and require a short skin (less than 2 miles) to access. Basecamp domes will used shared kitchen and restroom facilities with other guests staying in the base area (including campers), and the skin-to domes will have their own private kitchen and restroom facilities.
Q: What do I need to bring for my stay at Bluebird?
A: A sleeping bag, snacks, headlamp, and warm cozy layers to change into after your day on the mountain. Skin-to Domes will have a small pantry with snacks and quick meals available that are included in the total cost of your reservation.
Q: Do I need a Day Pass if I am checking out from my on-mountain accommodations and just skiing back to my car?
A: No, a guest only needs a Day Pass for the days they intend to ski (more than just back to their car), and may select a Day Pass add-on at the time of checkout.
Q: When can I check in?
A: Check in hours are from 3pm-10pm. If you are not able to arrive during these hours please contact Bluebird Backcountry at Phone Number or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to accommodate your arrival time. If you are renting skis or a splitboard to access your accommodations you must arrive before the rental shop closes at 4pm, no exceptions.
Q: Will I have cellphone reception or Wi-Fi access in my accommodations?
A: Cell phone reception at all of our lodging locations is unreliable and not guaranteed. Wi-fi is available at the main base area but not the base area accommodations.
Q: Do you offer a discount for: seniors, active military/vets, ski industry employees?
A: Our best discount is available now for anyone and everyone! Receive 30% off your reservation from now until September 30th.
Q: If I’m renting gear, can I keep it overnight in my lodging?
A: Yes, any rental gear is yours to hold onto for the duration of your stay. If you are staying in skin-to accommodations, rental gear must be returned no later than 10am on the day you check out unless you have paid for the gear for that entire day. Rental gear may not be taken off of Bluebird Backcountry’s property.
Q: Are the domes and cabins heated?
A: Yes. All domes and the Grizzly Cabin Hostel will have a wood stove with firewood provided. The Brown Bear Cabins and Campfire Ranch Cabin will have propane heaters.
Q: Is drinking water provided?
A: All accommodations will have large pots available to melt snow for drinking water. Guests are welcome to bring their own water if preferred.
Q: If I’m spending the night on the mountain, can I ski whenever I want?
A: Skiing is not allowed outside of regular mountain hours (8:30am – 4:30pm). The only exceptions are if you are skinning to your dome or in the event of an emergency.
If we’re full, or you need to stay nearby on nights that we’re not open (Mon & Tue), we’ve got some local alternatives for you to check out:
Bluebird guests score discounts at all of these locations. Details here.