I came across this post while researching a possible trip for next winter trying to link McNamara/Margy's/Diamond J/Betty Bear/Skinners. We love the mountain travel the huts system allows, though we have also done a few out and backs. We've had similar experiences with heavy snowfall and unbroken trails, including this past February (2016). It took us 9 hours to ski from Jackal to Fowler-Hilliard, mostly because the trail up from Resolution Road to the Resolution Mt. ridge was unbroken, and with the warm weather, our skins got wet and we carried huge snow loads underfoot every step. Next time I'll be sure to bring glop stopper! On a previous trip, it took us 10 hours to get from Continental Divide to Uncle Buds - the trail was not only unbroken but poorly marked and we lost the trail and spent 6 hours wayfinding, arriving at Uncle Buds after dark in howling snow. Neither of these experiences turned us off hut to hut trips, but reinforce the need to ensure we're as fit as possible, have good wilderness and navigation skills, leave early in the morning, be willing to bail out if it's dangerous, and be prepared to sleep out if we really get caught in a jam. At Jackal this year, we ran into a group who came from Vance's and were en route to Janet's - there's not even a 10th Mt. trail route for that, but they had done it before and were undaunted. Mountain travel can have perils, but wonderful rewards make it worthwhile. Have fun out there!