Huts for Hiking, Skiing, and Biking: Why, Where, and How?

An overview of hut systems in USA and around the world, which includes a wide range of accommodations systems such as shelters, yurts, platform tents, inns and B&B's, hostels, and mountain huts of every size and kind.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

This presentation includes pictures and explanations of the different kinds of hut systems in different parts of the world, particularly in mountains, and abroad in rural front-country and on blueways. The term “huts” includes a wide range of accommodations systems such as shelters, huts, yurts, platform tents, pods, inns and B&B's, hostels, and mountain huts of various sizes and levels of amenities.

Focus will be on where and why these hut systems exist, and how they operate. Presentation is for people at all levels of expertise. Trails with are primarily dirt/natural surface often improved with standard trail construction techniques. However, some hut/trail systems use country roads for part of the journey, depending on access restrictions.

Most hut systems are optimized for skiing and/or hiking, but some also accommodate biking.


  • Definition of the types of hut/shelters that exist, the various levels of amenities offered
  • Discussion of a "typology" of accommodation systems and which types are most appropriate for particular terrain and user groups
  • Differences among regions of the world
  • Situation and outlook for huts in USA: analysis of the characteristics of the 17 existing hut systems in the USA
  • What we know about hut operations in USA and abroad
  • Benefits of hut systems in terms of environmental stewardship and accessibility
  • Challenges in designing, constructing and operating hut systems
  • Discussion of key challenges and opportunities for huts as part of the American recreational opportunity spectrum


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Sam Demas, Owner,

After over 40 years working in college and university libraries, Sam Demas' reinspirement project is studying huts. He travels the world learning how other nations shelter long distance human powered travellers. He writes about what he learns and puts it on his website, The hope is that it will inform a small but growing conversation about the future of huts in the USA.

He and his partner Laurel Bradley are visiting every American hut system as research for the first-ever guidebook to huts in the USA, to be published in 2020 by Mountaineers Books of Seattle. Sam’s hope is that through artful envrionmental education we can more intentionally leverage the phenomemal American interest in recreation to create a new generation of outdoor citizens committed to land conservation and to an ethos of biophilia in our society.


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