Summit Huts Association provides meaningful backcountry experiences 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 four 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 it’s first guests. Ken’s Cabin and Section House joined the Summit Huts system in 1997.
In 2015, Summit Huts Association received approvals to begin construction on a fifth hut on a site in Weber Gulch just outside of Breckenridge. Construction on this new hut, Sisters Cabin, will take place during the summer of 2018 thanks to a generous grant from the Sturm Family Foundation. Summit Huts anticipates opening Sisters Cabin for winter 2018/2019.
Executive Board of Directors
Rich Rowley | President
Chris Tennal | Vice President
Mike Shambarger | Treasurer
Maggie Lifland | Secretary
David Jefferson | At-Large / Hut Development
Advisory Board of Directors
Shauna Bocksch | Summit County Community Relations, Events
Brandon Bailey | Colorado Front Range, Business Development, Marketing
Tim Casey | Business Development
Robbie Dickson | Hut Development
Scott Downen | Hut Development
BJ Garcia | Events
Bailey Jefferson | Community Outreach
Linsey Joyce | Summit County Community Relations, Events
Devon O’Neil | Outdoor Industry
Todd Rankin | Business Development
Alison Rowley | Marketing, Events
Paul Semmer | United States Forest Service
Missy Stabile | Summit County Community Relations, Events
Scott Toepfer | Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Hut Maintenance
Karen McDonough-Yule | Managing Director
Mike Zobbe | Executive Director, Operations