Winter at Tornak Hut
Intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders will love the abundant downhill runs and high touring terrain around Tornak Hut. Tornak is nestled at 8,400’ in the Smoky Mountains of central Idaho. The terrain around Tornak is complex, allowing for turn-oriented skiers and riders to find the best aspect, elevation and angle for great skiing. You can see a short video of skiing at Tornak here. Tornak is a spacious wall tent that sleeps 14 people and is stocked with all of the necessary equipment and luxuries for a cozy stay in the mountains including: two wood stoves for heat, solar-power for light and charging widgets, a three burner propane stove for cooking, all pots, pans, and cookware to produce a feast, all tableware and cutlery, books, magazines, board games, bunks with mattresses, two covered outhouses, and a classic wood fired SAUNA! Bring your own sleeping bags, clothing, avalanche equipment and food.The approach to Tornak is 4 miles and a sharp 1,400’ elevation gain -- or a gradual 10 mile approach on a logging road. Tornak can be connected with Coyote Yurt (a gradual 3.5 mile tour) for a high hut-to-hut trip, or simply be a destination for a fun weekend of turns and camaraderie! Tornak was recently remodeled to create backcountry hut opportunities for those with disabilities. The spacious hut is barrier free, allowing those in wheel chairs to maneuver independently. Depending on the particular disability, those approaching Tornak may use motorized options such as a snowmobile, snowcat or helicopter. Tornak has become a favorite destination for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and for other independent groups and individuals with disabilities. Please contact us or Sun Valley Adaptive Sports for more details.
The minimum rate of $400/night applies for up to eight guests, $50 for each additional person. Additional kids from six to twelve are $25/night. It is required that at least one member of your group be familiar with the route, access and correct hut operations. If this is your first visit to the Tornak Hut, we require a Hut Rental Guide ($300) to accompany your party on Day One. The guide will lead your group to the hut and orient you to the facilities and how they function before leaving you to pursue your own personal skiing for the remainder of your stay.
Sun Valley Mountain Huts provides porter ($225), snowmobile/cargo tow ($400-$600) and Hut Rent Guide services to make your life easier. Please visit the Services page for additional details. Would you like a ski guide for the duration of your trip? Learn about our partner guide outfitter here.
Know before You go
We’d like you to have a phenomenal experience while staying at our huts! Good preparation before your trip will make the difference between an amazing adventure or an ‘epic’ one. If you choosing not to hire a professional guide you are entirely responsible for yourself and group. Please check out our web-page: How to Prepare for your Hut Trip to assist in the planning process. Additional resources you should use include : Avalanche Forecast: Tornak Hut and Weather Forecast: Tornak Hut . Please be sure that everyone in your group reviews the information and links found on this page. Each participant is required to fill out the online release form prior to departure. You can find useful additional resources on our Links Page including weather models, webcams and weather station links.
Let us know if you have any questions and have a great trip!