Dawson Guide Colorado BackCountry Skiing

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING GUIDEBOOK
Dawson’s guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing

Out of print, ported to web, please see: http://www.backcountryskiingco.com.

Aspen, Independence Pass, Alfred Braun Huts, Friends Hut, Carbondale, more… Dawson’s Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing raises the bar for North American guidebook quality and detail.

30 pages of crisp, accurate maps, custom built by the author! More than 190 pages of ski touring route information. More than 150 backcountry skiing photographs, fully annotated by the author with insider knowledge. Covers the historic Alfred Braun Hut System near Aspen and Crested Butte. Details the famed Friends Hut, Colorado’s finest ski cabin. Historical information — stories of famous epics. Covers everything you can ski from the Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Hints for first descents and unexplored backcountry skiing areas. Wonderful for snowshoe and snowboard routes as well.

Aerial photo, Friends Hut environs, sample from guidebook.

Aerial photo, Friends Hut environs, sample from guidebook. (Note, Crystal Pass is now known as Star Pass.)

Cover, Dawson's Guide Colorado Backcountry Skiing

Cover, Dawson’s Guide Colorado Backcountry Skiing

Perhaps best of all, Colorado Backcountry Skiing is written from Lou Dawson’s unique and incredibly informed point of view. Wondering about the most famous lost backcountry skiing people in recent decades? Read about them here. Want details for incredible ski descents near the huts? Look no farther than this book. Wondering how to get amazing ski descents without killing yourself in an avalanche? Read the Dawson’s guide…


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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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