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Fred Braun

The Alfred A. Braun Memorial Hut System—Colorado’s first ski oriented hut system—was an idea originally envisioned by Stuart and Isabel Mace, of Ashcroft, in the early 1950s. Today, six high mountain cabins provide skiers with nearly endless skiing and mountaineering opportunities in the spectacular Elk Mountain Range.

The huts can be skied hut-to-hut or out and back from trailheads in the Aspen area. The Tagert and Green Wilson Huts can also be used in conjunction with the Friends’ Hut to ski between the towns of Aspen and Crested Butte.

The hut system is named after Fred Braun who managed it for over 20 years. Braun is also known as the founder of Mountain Rescue Aspen.

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