Summit Huts seeks volunteers to prepare Section House for winter |

Summit Huts seeks volunteers to prepare Section House for winter

BRECKENRIDGE – Those unversed in hut trips will find, when staying in one of the cabins maintained by Summit Huts Association, that the experience is more than just a roof over their heads.

“People are very impressed with the huts,” said Summit Huts administrative manager Melissa Kuwahara. “They don’t expect to see this big, beautiful house in the middle of the woods.”

Summit Huts includes Francie’s Cabin, Ken’s Cabin and the Section House in Breckenridge, and Janet’s Cabin near Copper Mountain. All cabins come equipped with beds and sheets, stoves, toilets and more amenities than many people have in their own homes. Francie’s and Janet’s cabins even come equipped with saunas. The huts are used regularly for educational programs with the Summit School District, college classes, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Keystone Science School, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and are open for booking to the public for winter hut trips.

Regular maintenance and attention is required for the upkeep of these huts, and it is the time of year for such. In the past two weeks, Summit Huts staff members and volunteers have been busy preparing Francie’s and Janet’s for winter use, and Sunday, a group of volunteers is needed to stack firewood, clean and prepare the Section House and Ken’s Cabin for winter visitors.

The two are located together at the summit of Boreas Pass, about seven miles down the road from the trailhead in south Breckenridge. The Section House is a large, two-story cabin with an assortment of wood and gas stoves, wood furniture, a kitchen stocked with pots and utensils, and historical decorations. It sleeps about 12 people, with backcountry skiing available behind the hut on Boreas Mountain. Ken’s Cabin, which shares a restroom with the Section House, has its own kitchen and supplies and sleeps two people.

All huts in Summit Huts Association are booked through the Tenth Mountain Division, which operates several cabins throughout the Rocky Mountains.

“Tenth Mountain has gone into a lottery system, it’s become so popular,” Kuwahara said. “They go to the lottery to be eligible to book trips during full moons and on weekends. Weekends usually get booked up about a year in advance.”

Those who volunteer for the Section House preparation earn a night’s stay in the hut master quarters of any SHA hut. The quarters have a private sleeping area in the cabin and are equipped with cooking supplies. The cleanup begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Interested volunteers should call (970) 453-8583.

Summit Huts Association is also conducting its Backcountry Ball fund-raiser from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Bergenhoff Restaurant on Peak 8 in Breckenridge. The cover charge is $15, or $18 at the door, and includes beer and refreshments, live music, an interactive skills and gear demo, door prizes and silent auction. For tickets or more information, call (970) 453-8583.

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