Summit Huts Association provides a backcountry refuge for self-propelled mountain recreational users and provides a unique venue in spectacular natural settings for community, charitable and educational programs.

Founded in 1987, Summit Huts Association is a Colorado 501(c)-3 non-profit organization dedicated to developing and maintaining a system of backcountry cabins accessed by non-motorized trails in Summit County, Colorado.

Summit Huts currently owns and/or operates five backcountry huts under special use permits from the Forest Service and United States Department of Agriculture in the White River and Pike-San Isabel National Forests. The Summit Huts Association is a separate organization from 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and supply of our hut system.

The first hut in the Summit Huts system was Janet’s Cabin, which opened to backcountry enthusiasts in 1991. Four years later, in 1995, Francie’s Cabin welcomed its first guests. Ken’s Cabin and the Section House joined the Summit Huts system in 1997.

In 2015, Summit Huts Association received approvals to begin construction on the fifth hut, Sisters Cabin. Construction on Sisters Cabin took place in 2018 and it opened for its inaugural Winter season on January 12, 2019 in Weber Gulch on the Northeast side of Bald Mountain, just outside of Breckenridge.

Executive Board of Directors


Rich Rowley | President

David Jefferson | Vice-President

Maggie Lifland | Secretary

Mike Shambarger | Treasurer

Shauna Bocksch | Representative-At-Large

Advisory Board of Directors


Brandon Bailey | Colorado Front Range, Business Development, Marketing

Ryan Burr  | Education Program Coordinator

Tim Casey   | Business Development, Donor Relations

Robbie Dickson   | Hut Development

Scott Downen  | Hut Development

Josh Flenniken  | Outdoor Education, Systems Analyst

BJ Garcia | Events

Linsey Joyce | Summit County Community Relations, Events

Devon O’Neil | Outdoor Industry, Public Relations

Kasey Provorse  | Business Development, Non-Profit Organizations

Alison Rowley  | Marketing, Events

Paul Semmer | USFS Consultant, Hut Development

Scott Toepfer  | Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Hut Maintenance

Ron Uhle  | Community Outreach

John Warner  | Community Relations

 Staff


Chris Tennal | Executive Director

Karen McDonough Yule | Managing Director

Mike Zobbe | Operations Director