Louis “Lou” Dawson Bibliography


Books by Louis “Lou” Dawson

Colorado High Routes: Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte Ski Tours including the Tenth Mountain Trail. Mountaineers Books. 1986.

Colorado 10th Mountain Trails: Official Ski Touring Guide. WHO Press. First edition. 1989.

Colorado 10th Mountain Trails: Official guide, second edition. WHO Press. 1991

Dawson’s Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners: Volume 1, Northern Peaks. Blue Clover Press. 1994

Dawson’s Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners: Volume 2, Southern Peaks. Blue Clover Press. 1996

Wild Snow: Historical Guide to North American Ski Mountaineering: Hard cover. American Alpine Club. 1997

Wild Snow: Historical Guide to North American Ski Mountaineering: updated edition, soft cover. American Alpine Club. 1998

Dawson’s Guide – Colorado Backcountry Skiing, Cruisers to Couloirs. Blue Clover Press. 2001

Colorado 10th Mountain Trails, 3rd edition. WHO Press. 2003

Uphill Skiing & Light Tours of Colorado. Off Piste Ski Atlas. 2017

Light Tours of Colorado. Beacon Guidebooks. 2021

Selected Magazine Articles and Anthology Contributions by Louis “Lou”

Out Of Bounds and Out Of Luck. in Powder (magazine). November 1977.

Slip Sliding Away. in Rocky Mountain Sports and Fitness (magazine). 1987

Gear Down For Winter & Camping in the Winterlands in Outdoor Photographer (magazine). February 1987.

Skiing the Colorado Fourteeners. in Rocky Mountain Sports and Fitness (magazine). 1988

Alpine Touring Gear Update. in Climbing (magazine). #111, December 1988.

Fourteener Fever. in Couloir (magazine). November/December 1991.

Hasta la vista Heavy Metal (early coverage of ski touring binding that revolutionized the sport). in Climbing (magazine). Winter 1992.

The Perfect Zone. in Couloir (magazine). October/November 1994.

Silver Light. in Summit (magazine). Winter 1993-1994.

Fritz Benedict – Architect of the 10th Mt. Hut System. in Couloir (magazine). April/May 1994

Our Fair Share of Rescue Expense. in Couloir (magazine). December/January 1993/1994.

Safety Basics. in Snow Country (magazine). 1995

Into the Backcountry. in Aspen (magazine). Spring 1995.

10th Mountain Division Hut Association Newsletter. Editor and contributor, 1989 – 1997.

Rip ‘N Review – Bindings. in Couloir (magazine). December 1997.

Skiing the Colorado Fourteeners. in Rocky Mountain Sports and Fitness (magazine). 1998.

Beyond the Mountain. in Couloir (magazine). October 1998.

Snow Moves.in Climbing (magazine). 1999.

From the Top — Interview with Michael Kennedy. in Couloir (magazine). Spring 1999.

The 10th Power – Searching for North America’s Greatest Descents. in Backcountry (magazine). #26, 2000

Easy Slider – Skis are your ticket to backcountry climbs. in Climbing (magazine). February 2000

Trooper Traverse. in Skiing (magazine). March/April 2002

The Titan, Recollections. in Alpinist 8 (magazine). 2004

Glenwood — Hidden Treasures. in Colorado Ice (guidebook and anthology). 2005

Dawson Skis Pyramid. in Aspen’s Rugged Splendor (anthology). 2007

Mountaineering in the Elk Range. in Aspen’s Rugged Splendor (anthology). 2007

Thanks Dave – A Remembrance of the Ashcrofters. in Aspen’s Rugged Splendor (anthology). 2007

Harvey’s Raiders. in Desert Towers (anthology). Sharp End Publishing. 2010.

Foreword. Ski The Fourteeners (book). 2007

Silver Couloir/Buffalo Mountain. in Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America (anthology). 2010

Early Dynafit – Purple Jewels. in 30 Years Dynafit Tech Bindings (anthology). 2014

Monthly column. In Skiing (magazine). 2015

The Story Behind Wild Snow. in Backcountry #131 (magazine). 2019

Blog Posts. in WildSnow.com (website), 2,780 posts from December 21, 2004 through August, 2021.

Other Louis “Lou” Dawson Media

Speech, “Skiing Down & Up Colorado’s Resorts and Backcountry” 40th Annual Snow Conference 2022, Colorado Ski Country USA.

Podcast guest, Blister Podcast
Episode 194 – December 2021

Podcast guest,Totally Deep, September 2021.

Podcast guest, Totally Deep,multiple episodes.

Founder and writer, website WildSnow.com, 1998 to present.

Ski The Fourteeners. (movie), appeared as himself. 2012.

Steep. (movie), on-camera interview, historical consulting, unaccredited voice-over during introduction. 2007.

Lecture (Trooper Traverse) and book signing tour (guide books) 12 venues, 2002

Lecture and book signing tour (Wild Snow history book), 43 venues, 1998.

Lou's Recent Posts on WildSnow.com

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