Books by Lou

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

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 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 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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  • See: Thanks for the science, Lou. I couldn’t believe those screws would hold in ...
  • XXX_er: I think steel is likely to be more hardy and aluminum looks purdier but at...
  • Alex: Dabe, Thank you! I really like the spitfires. Sportiva boots fit my feet su...
  • Cody: sooo....when are we going to get a topless on snow review? :P...
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  • Jim Milstein: A longitudinal line runs lengthwise along the ski. There can be no dispute ...
  • Frame: Zippi, I think it comes down to interpretation. I interpret longitudinal ce...
  • atfred: How about "ski width midpoint"? Points should be the same wherever measured...
  • trollanski: High five to Roman Dial and others for proving this...Great vids on youtube...
  • Thom Mackris: In case any Coloradans are interested, I just learned that the 1st Annual C...
  • Joe John: Looks like fun. Someone should send one to the German that swims to work i...
  • zippy the pinhead: Hi Jim, I fail to understand why you insist on using a word which relate...
  • Jim Milstein: Longitudinal center line is exactly the term you want. No ambiguity. If you...
  • zippy the pinhead: Exercising my search-engine-fu, I came up with a couple of antonyms for lon...
  • Sedgesprite: AKA: Poor Man's Supercub. Roman Dial has been advocating them for years. Eq...
  • Lisa Dawson: Sure looks like fun. My achy knees agree!...
  • Alex: alas....if only a kayak could fit in my packpack, yes I would have a melt d...
  • biggb: Shhhh ... don't tell this guy about whitewater kayaking ... he might have a...
  • Crazy Horse: Lou, the thing is, solutions that actually have a chance of solving the hou...
  • Jim Milstein: Center line...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Crazy, I keep thinking that if the political will was there, then the land ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Bill, re the waste disposal, it's handled just like any other hook ups....
  • Lou Dawson 2: Zippy and all, I agree, longitudinal is probably not the best word. I did a...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Afox, yeah, the way most ski graphics are applied to skis is not inherently...
  • Matus: I usually measure the real width on the base side of the ski. Much quicker ...
  • Torquil: 1) print off Wild Snow paper template. 2) trim the template to fit on t...
  • afox: The binding freedom self centering guide block is worth every penny! htt...
  • afox: I use the paper method. Its a PITA but works well. If a ski manufacture...
  • See: In above comment, the “front set of holes” and “the holes at the back of th...

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Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring 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 ski touring news and information here.

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