Why We



The beauty and allure of the Green Mountains have attracted mountain purists from all over the world. Hard-working Vermonters have created remarkable recreational opportunities for locals and tourists to enjoy. Countless trails were created over the years by skiers, mountain bikers, and hikers. Our mission is to take these individual trail systems and unify them by linking a cohesive network of backcountry accommodations – where huts, cabins, yurts and lodges will exist to enhance our outdoor adventures.


Our immediate efforts will be to unify the existing backcountry accommodations in the state. Once that’s completed, we’ll look to create new lodging opportunities to connect the dots in between.

This process won’t be easy, but it needs to be done, and that’s what we’re here to do.


It will take an enormous amount of statewide and community collaboration to build this network. So, if you operate a backcountry shelter, we’d love to chat with you. If you’re an eager mountain biker or skier, get involved by raising awareness about our efforts. The time has come to put Vermont huts on the map.


Devin & RJ




Existing Huts


Miles of Trails


The Team

RJ Thompson
Executive Director

RJ lives to be in the mountains, and he loves sharing his passion for the outdoors with anyone who is willing to join him on foot, skis, or bike. As the owner and operator of Native Endurance, a business with the mission of offering top-of-the-line endurance races in remote areas, RJ has developed a strong understanding of backcountry event operations. His love for the Green Mountains began in 2002 while studying at the University of Vermont, and his commitment to Vermont’s landscape motivated him to complete his M.S. in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. When RJ is inside, you can find him dancing to random folk songs with his wife, Olivia.

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Devin Littlefield
Director of Marketing and Communications

The outdoors have been a part of his entire life and will be for the rest of it. Devin received his Bachelors degree in Outdoor Studies from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage and has worked extensively in the outdoor recreation and travel industries since. His deep knowledge of backcountry huts comes from experiences with multiple organizations from Maine, his home state, to Alaska, the surreal dream state. When Devin is not dreaming up things for Vermont Huts Association, he is with his wife, going on or planning for the next adventure. And drinking coffee. Lots of coffee…

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Board of


Amy Kelsey
Angus McCusker
Brian Mohr
Dave Hardy
Jamey Fidel