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 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 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

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

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

 Staff


Karen McDonough-Yule | Managing Director

Mike Zobbe | Executive Director, Operations