Welcome to Louis “Lou” Dawson’s Website


Louis (Lou) Dawson

Lou Dawson, Denali basecamp 2010.

Writer and ski mountaineer Lou Dawson is the founder and publisher emeritus of WildSnow.com, the first independent ski-touring dedicated website in the world, established in 1998.

Dawson is also the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks (the fourteeners), a project he completed in 1991.

Along with his career in digital content, Dawson has authored numerous books and print articles covering ski touring and mountaineering.


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As Lou describes backcountry ski touring, “When a ski or snowboard descent completes a fine climb, the alpinist becomes a joyful, even sublime part of the the wild landscape. No human game is more elegant and exalted that that of climbing to a summit, then sliding down a mountain on a glistening mantel of white snow.”

Louis Dawson's most recent publication details a variety of moderate ski tours in Colorado.

Louis Dawson’s most recent publication details a variety of moderate ski tours in Colorado. Building on a successful first edition, this second edition adds a variety of trips, all intended as safer options for Colorado’s avalanche-prone winter snowpack.

Dawson's ski mountaineering history book.

Dawson’s ski mountaineering history book.

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Dawson has a special affinity for the history of ski mountaineering. In 1998 he authored the authoritative text on the history of the sport in North America. Titled “Wild Snow,” the book covers 54 classic mountain ski descents of North America, with chapters devoted to each major mountain region on the continent. In all, a historical narrative that will make both beginning and expert ski tourers anxious to grab their skis or snowboard and head for the hills.

Through his more than two decades tenure of the WildSnow.com website, he broke stories, promulgated history, and enjoyed many journeys to Europe where he covered the roots of ski mountaineering.

Currently, Lou continues work as a blogger and content creator for WildSnow.com, while involved in numerous long-term creative projects.

Lou's Recent Posts on WildSnow.com

Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's personal website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners.

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