Lou Dawson: Ski Mountaineer, WildSnow.com founder, & Author (Ep.194)

On the Blister Podcast, we talk to WildSnow.com founder, Lou Dawson about the history and current state of backcountry skiing, and his new guidebook, Light Tours of Colorado, published by Beacon Guidebooks.

Lou Dawson is a ski mountaineer, founder of WildSnow.com, author, and the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. We discuss all of the above; the history and current state of backcountry skiing; and his new guidebook, Light Tours of Colorado: Mellow Backcountry Ski Routes to Minimize Avalanche Exposure, published by Beacon Guidebooks.

(We had Beacon Guidebooks founder, Andy Sovick, on episode #152 of the Blister Podcast, “On Guidebooks & Decision Making in the Backcountry”. Check it out.)

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Founding Wild Snow (6:05)
  • Lou’s first guidebook (13:36)
  • Rationale for creating guidebooks? (16:07)
  • Biggest developments in backcountry skiing? (22:17)
  • Current state of backcountry skiing (30:48)
  • New guidebook, Light Tours of Colorado, 2nd edition (38:10)
  • Future projects? (54:30)

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On the Blister Podcast, we talk to WildSnow.com founder, Lou Dawson about the history and current state of backcountry skiing, and his new guidebook, Light Tours of Colorado, published by Beacon Guidebooks.
Lou Dawson, Denali basecamp 2010

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