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:
I laughed out loud after I dug this one out the box and read it: Friends Hut charter board member and spokesman Jim Gebhart says 'Reservations will probably cost $10 per night per person...while some have balked at the price...complete with gas stove and built in couch Friends Hut is more luxurious than the houses most (Crested Butte) locals live in.' In those days, he was somewhat right! Those were still the days a ski bum could live in a coal shed.
Board meeting 1994, everything the authorities thought about us was true! But we got the job done.
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