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Summit County: New backcountry ski hut plan gets hearing

Colorado skiers may soon have a new base camp on Baldy, near Breckenridge, as Summit Huts seeks approval for a new hut near Weber Gulch.

Local support letters sought before the Forest Service launches a study of the proposed new hut on Baldy Mountain

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado skiers may soon have a new backcountry destination, as Summit Huts prepares to move forward with plans for a new hut on the flanks of Baldy Mountain, near Breckenridge. A new hut has been in the organization’s master plan for quite some time — in fact, the Summit Huts 1989 master plan envisions as many as seven cabins, with French Gulch identified as a potential area for hut development.

The hut would be built on national forest lands in an area designated for non-motorized recreation under the 2002 White River National Forest plan. The proposed hut site isn’t far from popular ski terrain on the north and west side of Baldy, but it’s separated forest bands and other terrain features.

“The site is known as ‘the Knob.’ It gets a lot of sun and it’s just a short ski to a north-facing shoulder of Baldy with some good skiing,” said Summit Huts board member Jack Wolfe. Continue reading

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