New Summit County backcountry hut opening in the new year

New Summit County backcountry hut opening in the new year

Situated near timberline just east of Breckenridge with sweeping views of the Gore and Tenmile ranges, the new Sisters Cabin will open Jan. 12. It is the first new hut in the Summit Huts Association network in 20 years.

Located on a knoll near timberline at 11,445 feet on the northern slope of picturesque 13,684-foot Bald Mountain, the 14-person hut has a sauna and indoor toilets. It has a wood stove in the main living area and electricity that comes from solar panels. Traveling to the hut on backcountry skis or snowshoes involves a 3.9-mile climb of 1,300 feet.

The hut is the result of 13 years of planning and permitting. Construction on the 2,200 square-foot cabin began last spring and took six months. It was funded by the Denver-based Sturm Family Foundation, which supports various non-profits, and was amed to honor the bonds Sue Sturm formed with backcountry friends going back 20 years.

It’s the fifth hut in the Summit Huts network. The others are Janet’s (1991), Francie’s (1995), the Section House (1997) and Ken’s Cabin (1998).

The cost is $50 per person per night. Beginning Jan. 7, reservations can be made online ( or by calling 970-925-5775.



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