Friends Hut, built in Colorado in 1985, is one of the sweeter ski cabins around. Built with all volunteer labor, memorial for plane crash victims, beautiful location in the Elk mountains between Crested Butte and Aspen. Gestation of the hut involved a bunch of fund raising as well as problems acquiring a permit to build it on public land. I detailed some of that years ago in our Friends Hut article, but I’ve recently being doing some curating of the historical archives. A few amusing and interesting scans resulted:
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.