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Alpine Summit

The most remote area in the lower 48 is nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Lake City, Colorado is the perfect winter destination for recharging and inspiring songwriters of all genres.


The Songwriter's Alpine Summit is an all inclusive event experience. (excluding alcohol & travel of course)

Pack some warm clothes and your snow boots, your musical instruments of choice. 

Bring your songwriting questions and tired spirit to our summit and leave rejuvenated by the cold mountain air, filled with inspiration to write the next hit with tips and tools to take your song writing to the next level!  Join our thoughtful talented speakers in this intimate setting surrounded by the quiet calm that only snow covered mountains can bring!

Registration is limited to 30 total attendees. Early registration is highly recommended.


Michael Hearne

After hosting years of informal barn dances, Michael officially began his Big Barn Dance Music Festival in 2003. Now a three day event featuring the best songwriters and performers in Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Singer-Songwriter and everything in between, the event draws music aficionados from across the United States. Throughout the event, Michael is found either on-stage – adding his signature sound to the music of his friends and peers, or just to the side- soaking in the music and preparing to introduce the next talented act to his enraptured audience.

Now with many miles behind him and countless stages beneath his feet, Michael has amassed a dedicated and ever-expanding fan base. After many busy years of touring, recording, and promoting his Big Barn Dance Music Festival, Michael Hearne still has no doubt in his mind about his calling. Whatever he might be doing, Michael is sure to be found with a guitar in hand, his destiny intertwined as ever in wire and wood.

Don Richmond

Don owns and operates Howlin' Dog Records, which has recorded and released hundreds of other recordings by many local, regional, and national artists. Don has also been an Artist-In-Residence and Aesthetic Institute instructor in Colorado Council of the Arts’ Art in Education program. Don created and recorded the music for the public television documentary Roy Bedichek’s Vanishing Frontier, the highly acclaimed civil-rights documentary film We Did It All Ourselves, and a film on the plight of Katrina refugees titled Still Waiting – Life After Katrina, which aired nationally in the fall of 2007.

Don published a book on performance psychology and creativity titled Getting Your Music Past the Fear. He is also a regularly featured contributor on creativity to the nationally-syndicated radio program The Art of the Song. Don is currently on the board of Crestone Performances, Inc., which produces the Crestone Music Festival, the Society Hall Foundation, which owns and operates the non-profit performance space Society Hall in Alamosa, and is a past board member of the Alamosa Live Music Association. He also volunteers for and supports numerous other local non-profit organizations. Don was awarded an honorary doctorate in musical performance from Adams State University in 2014and in 2015 received the Governor's Award for Creative Leadership in the state of Colorado.

Chris Coady

Chris Coady is an Americana/Folk songwriter and performing artist from Gunnison Colorado on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains.

Chris’ songwriting is inspired by family, community and the natural environment with a sense of place in Colorado and the Southwest. He is known for his lyricism. Mostly a solo writer he has had several notable co-writers. The song “Why Not Try Me” was co-written with Dean Dillon (George Straight, Kenny Chesney). “Tomorrow’s Got Nothin’ on Me” was co-written with Kevin Walter and “Dancing on Uneven Ground” with Missy Chamberland. Chris was recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International as “One to Watch” for his songs “For Crying Out Loud” and “Here for Good”. 

As a recording artist Chris has released several albums: Where You Find It (2008), From Down Here (2011), and It’s About Time (2015) produced by Don Richmond at Howlin’ Dog Studios. His songs have had thousands of streams and downloads globally on itunes, iheart radio, spotify. etc.


As a performing artist in the bands 18 Mile Radius and 9Mile Chris has opened for Asleep at the Wheel, the Bellamy Brothers and Firefall to name a few. Notable festivals played include Mountain High Music Festival, Lake City Wine & Music Festival and Fibark Fest. Chris was a featured performer at BMI’s 2013 Crested Butte Songwriter Festival sharing the bill with Robert Earl Keen, Dean Dillon, Paul Overstreet, Even Stevens, etc. Chris currently performs solo and in Quarter Mile Mule - an acoustic duo with Kevin Doherty. He is also a member of the Jimmy Buffet cover band Alan Ray and the Coconut Telegraph. HIs workshop will be on Right Brain/Left Brain and the Cluster Approach to Songwriting

John Hausdoerffer

Dr. John Hausdoerffer is an environmental philosopher, teacher, organizational founder, and writer from Gunnison, Colo. He believes that peace between humans begins with a spiritual connection with and just distribution of the "ecosphere" that forms our local and global home. His books "Catlin's Lament"; "Wildness"; and (forthcoming) "What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?" ​imagine how environmental health must come from and result in the healing of deep histories of social injustice and cultural trauma. "Dr. John" calls for a new ethic that views all places as part of our home, all generations of all beings as part of our scope of responsibility, and all actions as potential expressions of human care for the world. As he often says, "environmental ethics insists on humans as more than bodies that consume bodies in a global economy, insists that we are wholehearted beings capable of understanding and caring for the complex local and global systems that sustain us." 

John will focus this workshop on Nature writing, so be ready to be inspired!

Tyson Hausdoerffer

Tyson Hausdoerffer is Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University, where he also teaches in the undergraduate Philosophy Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, his M.A. in Classics from CU Boulder, and his B.A. in English from Western. While he has published and taught on a variety of topics, his abiding passion is Homer. His current projects include a verse translation of The Iliad and a book-length study of Homer called Nostalgic Fictions. He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he is just barely keeping up with his daughter, Judit, on the slopes and on the trails.

What happens to our sense of place when we are in motion through it? How does movement affect our awareness of our environment, of ourselves, and of our relation to our environment? In this workshop, we will explore these questions and practice writing lyrically about “moving through nature.” This course is open to writers of all genres and styles; no prior writing experience required.



Day One – Tues Feb 9th


Attendees packet pickup in Moseley Arts Center


Check in at The Matterhorn Motel


Reception in Moseley Arts Center Sign up for Open Mic to be held at MelTy's


Dinner at CLIMB Elevated Eatery


Open Mic at MelTy's

Day Two – Wed Feb 10th










Continental Breakfast in the Alpine Room, Matterhorn Motel.

Morning Workshop

Network, take a break, or collaborate

Lunch at Lake City Cafe

Sign up for Open Mic to be held at Lake City Cafe


Network, collaborate or take a break and explore the beauty of Lake City!

Catered Dinner - Moseley Arts Center


Open Mic at Lake City Cafe

Day Three – Thur Feb 11th






Hot Buffet Breakfast in the Alpine Room, Matterhorn Motel.


Network, collaborate or take a break and explore the beauty of Lake City!

Lunch at MelTy's • sign up for open mic to be held at Lake City Brewing Co.





Network, collaborate or take a break and explore the beauty of Lake City!

Dinner at CLIMB Elevated Eatery

Open Mic at Lake City Brewing Company

Day Four – Fri Feb 12th



Grab & Go Breakfast in the Alpine Room at Matterhorn Motel.

Check out time

Free shuttle service to Gunnison Airport, please let us know if you'd like to use this service.

Why not make plans to stay for the annual ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL on Sat 13th of Feb!

Feb 13th is also the date of the Cannibal Snowshoe Race at Lake San Cristobal.

SO much to do in Lake City, why not stick around?!

Utah's Sanitation

Harvey and Kathy Duchene

Kat Menzies

Pam & Hector Gomez

Alpine Animal Art

From the High Country

Julia & Henry Rothschild

Kristie Borchers

Bruce Vierheller




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