Hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance, Colorado Mountain Club and 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, this year’s Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) Summit will take place at the Fowler-Hilliard Hut above Camp Hale.

Fowler-Hilliard Hut. Photo Courtesy 10th Mountain Division Huts


The annual meeting will take place on March 14, 2024. Beds are available for a maximum of 16 people per night from March 13-17. Come for just two nights (March 13 & 14) or extend through the weekend, but be sure to reserve your spot in advance (see below, first come first served).


One of the most popular huts in the 10th Mountain Division Hut System, the Fowler-Hilliard Hut is located on US Forest Service land about 6 miles west of Vail Pass at an elevation of 11,500 feet. The main winter route (nonmotorized) into the hut is approx. 5 miles mostly uphill, starting at the Pando Trailhead at Camp Hale.


BSI’s mission is to protect sustainable recreation opportunities for backcountry skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and winter hikers. BSI builds community awareness around human-powered recreation and promotes conservation of the wild lands that sustain them. As a program of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), with support from Winter Wildlands Alliance, the BSI works statewide on Forest Service and Over-Snow Vehicle Planning, winter recreation mapping and data collection, wintering wildlife conservation, snow rangers and other issues.


Winter Wildlands Alliance, Colorado Mountain Club, backcountry partners, grassroots groups, hut associations, SnowSchool educators, public land managers, snow rangers, wildlife experts and other friends.


Sponsored by 10th Mountain Division Huts Association, this trip has no cost to participants, but is fully self-supported in terms of food, beverage, sleeping gear, musical instruments, and travel/ski equipment. Be sure to read through the hut website for details, protocols, approach and other information. If you have any questions, please reach out to Brittany Leffel.

Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization working to
inspire and empower people to protect America’s wild snowscapes.