Snow at the Port-a-hut!

Post by blogger | November 10, 2012      

Happy Port-a-hut! Click all images to enlarge.

Our condolences to the folks suffering through the Nor’easter, but we couldn’t contain our joy as the white stuff fell on our little piece of heaven. Let it snow!


A bigger snow shovel is on the shopping list for our next trip to town.




The snow was falling an inch an hour at least so we decided to head back home before we got stuck. Sure enough a foot of fresh covered the unplowed road -- no problem for our new retread snow tires.

If you’re interested in portahuts and tiny houses, check out Tumbleweed.


11 Responses to “Snow at the Port-a-hut!”

  1. mtnrunner2 November 10th, 2012 1:44 pm

    That second view is great. Here’s to a good winter!

  2. Lou Dawson November 10th, 2012 3:44 pm

    I was playing Honest Abe and building a railing out of aspen logs. Fun. But I’m ready to ski on that white stuff!

  3. Scott Nelson November 10th, 2012 3:50 pm

    Super nice! May this be a regular trend (i.e. snowfall) all season long!

  4. Paul Pearce November 10th, 2012 4:54 pm

    I must say that I am envious. We are heading into a hot summer here on the south coast of NSW!

  5. George November 11th, 2012 4:25 pm

    Today’s report from Mike Y. is that Quarry Road is deep and requires a lift kit and aggressive tires/chains/retreads.

  6. Lou Dawson November 11th, 2012 5:17 pm


  7. gringo November 12th, 2012 5:14 am

    Lou did you ever, or would you consider posting coordinates of your place so we can check out your ski terrain?

    actually, as I write this I see that might not be a good idea…

    never mind!

    cool pics!

  8. Lou Dawson November 12th, 2012 8:32 am

    Gringo, it’s easy to figure out for anyone interested. That’s all I’ll say. We’re fairly generous with the place in various ways that many of our friends and associates know about, but I’ve never felt it appropriate to do an information dump. We don’t keep anything valuable up there so it’s not a security concern, more about at least a modicum of privacy. Lou

  9. Ken McKean November 13th, 2012 9:26 pm
  10. Lou Dawson November 14th, 2012 7:43 am

    Ken, I’d seen that. I did get a laugh out of it. The way they’re using the rig is really just a pull-behind RV that looks cool. The way they write about it seems to effort at making it into something more — though I’m sure what they’re doing is fun. Stick a wood stove in an RV, add some wood paneling, and there you go. Our porta-hut concept is to build something that’s intended to be portable, but more for the purpose of moving from one long-term location to another, and with super beef to handle huge high altitude snow loads. Sort of like a tiny mobile home on steroids. In a sense the WildSnow HQ is an RV, but it’s wide and tall, not something you’d just whip around the country with on a whim.

    If I built another one, I’d probably keep the jumbo width (9 foot 6 inches) but also go a bit longer than the trailer size of 16 feet, to what sounds like a lot of tiny house builders use, 20 feet.

    Thing is, I didn’t want to get to the point where anyone could accuse us of using or planting a mobile home, and the smaller size and appearance has a lot to do with that. So Keeping the size down is important in that sense. I’ve been in a lot of RVs that are bigger than the porta hut!

    In fact, when we were planning our project we did talk about just buying a big honkin’ pull-behind RV and reinforcing the roof. But those things are pricey and ugly, and even with a stronger roof the wall could be too weak. Our project of course had multiple goals: aesthetics, quality, and of course keeping the government from harassing us. Parking an RV and using it on occasion is the best way to keep harassment to a minimum, but other than that the idea wasn’t working for us. So we built an “RV” from scratch. We’re still delighted with the results and have not gotten any complaints.

  11. Glenn Sliva November 22nd, 2012 8:00 am

    Be careful on the snow shovel. This flat lander learned the hard way that a Steel Metal edged shovel tears up wooden decks. My neighbor quickly warned me and I returned the Shovel to Valley Lumber for a plastic Suncast.

    My mouth is watering to get some sliding in!

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