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
Maggie Lifland | Secretary
Mike Shambarger | Treasurer
Shauna Bocksch | Representative-At-Large
Advisory Board of Directors
Brandon Bailey | Business Development, Marketing
Ryan Burr | Educational Programs
Tim Casey | Business Development, Donor Relations
Robbie Dickson | Hut Development
Scott Downen | Hut Development
Shauna Farnell | Newsletter, Public Relations
BJ Garcia | Events
Linsey Joyce | Events, Community Outreach
James Letson | Hut Development
Brian Litz | Outdoor Industry, Public Relations
Devon O’Neil | Outdoor Industry, Public Relations
Kasey Provorse | Business Development, Non-Profit Organizations
Andy Richmond | Legal Counsel
Alison Rowley | Events, Marketing, Social Media
Paul Semmer | Hut Development, USFS Consultant
Chris Tennal | Hut Development, Outdoor Industry
Kenny Thaemert | Hut Development
Scott Toepfer | Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Hut Maintenance
Ron Uhle | Community Outreach
John Warner | Community Outreach
Josh Flenniken | Executive Director
Karen McDonough Yule | Managing Director