Books by Lou

New in 2017, guidebook for moderate tours with minimal avalanche danger, as well as resort uphilling.

New in 2017, guidebook for moderate tours with minimal avalanche danger, as well as resort uphilling.

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First book to cover skiing the 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado.

First book to cover skiing the 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado. Historic.

Backcountry Skiing

2nd book to cover skiing the 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado.

Dawson Guide Colorado Backcountry Skiing

Dawson Guide Colorado Backcountry Skiing. Out of print, ported to hutski.com and backcountryskiingco.com. This was the 2nd edition of Colorado High Routes.

Wild Snow is Louis Dawsons signature work, covers the history of North American ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing.

Wild Snow is Louis Dawson's signature work, covers the history of North American ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Out of print but can be found as resale or used, in both hardcover and soft.

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

10th Mountain Huts guidebook is out of print, completely ported to web at www.hutski.com

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 frustrating. Printed books are so expensive to produce it’s difficult to keep them updated or even in print unless they sell large numbers of copies — and backcountry skiing guidebooks in North America are not huge sellers. Though I did go against my best instincts and have another guidebook published in 2017 (see above, and it’d doing well), I remain convinced that the future of backcountry guidebooks is digital, presented with smartphone and computer apps.

Thus, my latest book is published digitally on Rackup, and 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 BackcountrySkiingCO.com.

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


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