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The Lynn Britt Cabin (Snowmass)

The Lynn Britt Cabin is located on Snowmass, almost directly underneath the Village Express lift at the end of the Velvet Falls run, and just above Makaha Park.  Its location is fairly close to the place where the Burlingame Cabin was located before it was moved to its present location in 1985 (and the Burlingame Cabin is not shown on the trail map anymore) near the location of Wally's Safety Trail and just above the location of Lizard Lodge.  The Lynn Britt Cabin was built new as a restaurant and named after and in honor and memory of Lynn Britt, who was a popular ski instructor who died of cancer on March 4, 1986.  Lynn Britt was a very good friend of Doug MacKenzie, who was the Snowmass Mountain Manager at the time; they taught skiing together and were also hunting buddies, and that is how the idea of a cabin/restaurant serving big game type food came to be.

 

Many thanks to Mike Britt and Jamie Britt for their help with the information on this page.

 

This quote is from this Town of Snowmass Village web page:  "1998.  The Lynn Britt Cabin, named after a popular ski instructor who died of cancer, opens for dinner sleigh rides.  The historic cabin was built by the Erickson family who dragged all the logs to the site and used it as a summer ranch.around 1900 and later used by Dr. Burlingame as a base for hunting in the early 1900s."  https://www.tosv.com/DocumentCenter/View/45/Snowmass-History-Timeline?bidId=  
 
This quote is from this Aspen Times page:  "The Burlingame cabins, for which the lift was named, were located under the lift just over half way up (now the Lynn Britt Cabin) and were originally part of the summer homestead of Mr. and Mrs. Erickson and their children Algot, Lillian, Alice, Wally and Anne in the early 1900s.  To build the cabins, the men dragged logs to the site and stacked without the convenience of horses and the floor boards also were hand hewn.  The Erickson's had a small garden and raised a few chickens and a cow though they did not actively graze cattle or grow commercial crops as did many of the year-round ranches lower down in Brush Creek.  Mrs. Erickson did, however, make butter and sell it to customers in Aspen.  During the winter, the cabins were inaccessible due to deep snow, so the family lived on Gibson Avenue in Aspen, which also allowed the children to attend Aspen High School more easily.  They sold the ranch to Pete Roberts and later on it was purchased by Dr. Robert Burlingame before becoming part of Snowmass Ski Area."  https://www.aspentimes.com/news/snowmass/history-cabin-fervor-at-snowmass/ 

 

The Aspen Skiing Company has this to say about the Lynn Britt Cabin on this web page (as of February 2019):  https://www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/snowmass/dining/lynn-britt-cabin  "Best known for:  Authentic Western ambiance meets gourmet sophistication.  Don’t miss:  Après food and drink specials and snowcat dinners.  Lynn Britt Cabin combines elegance, Western ambiance and gourmet cuisine with the beauty and seclusion of an on-mountain restaurant.  This quaint and romantic cabin is a spectacular setting for lunch or après ski.  Inside the rustic yet elegant dining room or outside on the patio you will find a menu of gourmet Colorado cuisine at its finest such as elk, lamb, trout and bison.  Take in the surroundings and relax in the moment with a glass of wine."  This page also has information on snowcat dinners and family chuckwagon dinners at the cabin.

Mike Britt (member of the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol) is the son of Lynn Britt.  In February 2019 Mike Britt gave the author this information:  "He moved here in 1973 with my mom from Southern California when I was 5 months old.  He started teaching at Aspen Highlands and then moved over to Snowmass after a few years."

 

Jamie Britt (former R.N. and former ski instructor at the Aspen Skiing Company) is the daughter of Lynn Britt.

 

See this page on this site for the Fisher Davis Britt Memorial Plaque on Aspen Mountain:  http://www.aspensnowmassshrines.com/index.php?The-Fisher-Davis-Britt-Memorial-Plaque-Aspen-Mountain.  Fisher Davis Britt was the grandson of Lynn Britt.

 

See this Denver Post article about the Lynn Britt Cabin by Dan Leeth:  https://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/11/28/lynn-britt-cabin-aspen-dining/201663/

 

See this November 15, 2015 Aspen Daily News article by Medeleine Osberger, http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/169016, which contains this quote:  "The Burlingame Cabin was moved to its current site in 1985."

 

See page 107 of John Moore's 2018 book, "A History of Aspen Highlands," for this quote:  "[Bob 'Smitty' Smith] first arrived in Aspen in 1966 at age 22 with his friend Lynn Britt."

 

See this page for Yelp photos:  https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/lynn-britt-cabin-snowmass-village 

 

If you have information about the history of this cabin or information about Lynn Britt that would be appropriate to add to this page, please send to aspenshrines@aol.com 
 
Some photos of the cabin are in the photo section immediately below.  All but the first one were taken by the author in February 2019.  Click on images to enlarge.

 

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See the photos of the two trail maps below.  The first photo is of an old trail map that shows the Lynn Britt Cabin, the Burlingame Cabin (after it was moved), and also the Burlingame lift.  The second photo is of the 2018-19 trail map; it shows the Lynn Britt Cabin but does not show the Burlingame Cabin, even though it is still on the Snowmass ski mountain (but on a privately owned parcel of land).

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The photos in the photo section immediately below were taken by the author in March of 2019.  Click on images to enlarge.