Books by Lou

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

Dawsons Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing was the new edition of Colorado High Routes. It is now out of print though available on the used market.

Dawson's Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing, new edition of Colorado High Routes. Out of print, parts published at as well as

Wild Snow is Louis Dawsons signature work, covers the history of North American ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Soft and hard cover editions still in print.

Wild Snow is Louis Dawson's signature work, covers the history of North American ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Soft and hard cover editions still in print.

10th Mountain Huts guidebook

10th Mountain Huts guidebook is out of print, completely ported to web at

Backcountry Skiing

Lou's first book, long out of print. Collector's item if you can find one.

From Lou:
Getting published on paper over the last decades has been an interesting journey. It’s resulted in a few successes and what I’m comfortable calling contributions to the sports of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering.

On the other hand, my career in ink-paper publishing has been ultimately frustrating. Because printed books are so expensive to produce it’s difficult to keep them updated or even in print unless they sell huge numbers of copies — and backcountry skiing guidebooks in North America are not huge sellers. Perhaps that’s changed, and the next generation will have more success sharing route information in printed publications. I wish them the best in their publishing journey, though however great their efforts with paper I feel that printed guidebooks will sooner or later give way to internet and digital based information technology.

Thus, I’ve actually been happy to let several of my books go out of print so I can then publish that same information on the web. Offered for free, perhaps supported by advertising.

For example, my “Dawson’s Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing” is out of print as of 2012, and ported to the web at .

For information about any of my books, just click on the cover images on this page. Thanks for your interest in my work!

Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information opinion website and e magazine. Lou's passion for the past 45 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about backcountry skiing and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free back country news and information here, and tons of Randonnee rando telemark info.

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Backcountry skiing is a dangerous sport. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions or templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow its owners and contributors of any liability for use of said items for backcountry skiing or any other use.

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