New Group Maps Out Network of Backcountry Huts
The Vermont Hut Association is developing a network of backcountry huts in Vermont’s Green Mountains with the help of a grant from the Windham Foundation. The association’s first hut was under construction and scheduled for first use by hikers in the summer of 2018.
Working with recreation partners at the nonprofit, state, and federal levels, the association has initially identified approximately 15 zones between the towns of Killington and Stowe that can host a new backcountry hut. These zones are on or near existing trails.
In 2018 the project plans to identify precise locations and write complete proposals for each new hut site while simultaneously identifying additional hut zones north of Stowe to the Canadian border and south of Killington toward the Massachusetts border. This will realize the group’s goal of a year-round recreation network in Vermont.
In addition to determining locations for huts, the project is developing new hut design/build strategies, as well as long-term management plans for structures and caretakers. The Windham Foundation support has also helped spark a separate capital campaign to raise funds for the group’s first hut, constructed by Yestermorrow Design/Build School and slated for installation and public access in summer 2018.