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You can't giterdun alone. It takes the hard work of the team to to put it all together. Here's a little bit about the authors and the creative minds that make it happen.
Fritz Sperry

Fritz Sperry

Owner, Author, Skier, Artist

The founder and owner of Giterdun Publishing is the author of two books, "Makingturns in the Tenmile Mosquito Range" and "MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: Volume 1, South of Interstate 70" He shoots most of his own photos for his books and can be found searching for new routes for the next volumes he's working on. He can also be found speaking at mountain shops around the state, with a focus on avalanche awareness and mountain craft. With a history as an artist going back to his teens in the music industry, he paints the covers of his guidebooks. He also writes a monthly column and gear reviews for the Summit Daily News. He posts often to his blog you can find trip reports from all the routes in his books here.

Allison Seymour

Allison Seymour

Art Director, Skier, MTBer

When she's not at her Mac Book Pro working on freelance projects you can usually find her on the skin track or riding her Yeti Beti mountain bike. With nearly 20 years in the Denver/Boulder, Colorado playground she's worked for some of the biggest names in the outdoor industry as well as spending time in the craft beer industry doing top notch magazine design and art direction. She has her own freelance design company, Gravity Girl Graphics. Feel free to reach out to her if you are in need of design services.

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Author, AMGA Guide

Growing up primarily in the Front Range of Colorado, his first ski experiences as a teenager were utilizing skis to gain access to remote ice and alpine climbing routes. Before too long he found a way to get a pass by working as a ski patroller at the now defunct Berthoud Pass. Experience in the mountains soon evolved into working as a year-round, full-time guide and has given him the opportunity to work and train with some of the finest guides and organizations in the business while rock and alpine climbing in Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and ski mountaineering and heli-skiing throughout Europe, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. He currently resides in beautiful Valdez Alaska. He is an AIARE Level 1&2 course leader, AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide, WFR, Professional member of the American Avalanche Association and works as Alaska Heliskiing’s avalanche forecaster and lead instructor for the AH Guide School.


Local business is the source of so much good in our communities. Please support your local shops and purchase in your town. Below is a list of our retail partners.

Most are mountain shops and can help answer your questions regarding routes in our books.

Alma, CO

Alma Coffee House


 Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, CO

Arapahoe Sports


Aspen, CO

Ute Mountaineer


Avon, CO

Haute Route


Basalt, CO

Bristlecone Mountain Sports


Boulder, CO


Boulder Book Store

Neptune Mountaineering, Inc

Colorado Mountain School

Larry’s Bootfitting

Trident Cafe & Bookstore


Breckenridge, CO

Mountain Outfitters

Underground Snowboards

Rocky Mountain Underground


Buena Vista, CO

The Trailhead


Colorado Springs, CO

Mountain Chalet


Denver, CO


Weston Snowboards

Wilderness Exchange


Dillon, CO

Wilderness Sports

Edwards, CO

Ptarmigan Sports

Alpine Quest Sports


Estes Park, CO

Estes Park Mountain Shop

MacDonald Bookshop

Komito Boots

Kind Coffee

Colorado Mountain School


Fairplay, CO

High Alpine Sports


Fort Collins, CO

Outpost Sunsport

Jax Outdoor Gear



Fraser, CO

Icebox Mountain Sports

Rocky Mountain Roastery


Frisco, CO

The Next Page


Georgetown, CO

Georgetown Gateway Visitors Center


Glenwood Springs, CO

Summit Canyon Mountaineering


Golden, CO

Bent Gate Mountaineering


Grand Junction, CO

Summit Canyon Mountaineering

Idaho Springs, CO

Clear Creek Outdoors


Lafayette, CO

Jax Outdoor Gear


Leadville, CO

Leadville Outdoors


Loveland, CO

Jax Outdoor Gear


Lyons, CO

Red Fox North America


Minturn, CO

Weston Snowboards 


Nederland, CO

Tin Shed Sports

Mountain Man Sports


Ouray, CO

Ouray Mountain Sports


Salida, CO

Salida Mountain Sports

The Book Haven


Steamboat Springs, CO

Ski Haus

Off the Beaten Path


Internet Sellers

American West Books


Barnes & Noble


It's always nice to hear how great our books are but constructive criticism makes our books better.
Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range, Volume 1: South of Interstate 70 is another great book written and published by Fritz Sperry. This book features approximately 70 backcountry or mountaineering routes for skiing and snowboarding on 39 different peaks or areas. As the book title states, all of these routes are on the Front Range, and south of Interstate-70. The layout of the book is organized and easy to follow. The book begins with a map of the area that is south of I-70, with route numbers placed near the approximate route location so that you can easily see where each route is relative to the others. The table of contents which follows is descriptive and easy to use. From there, the book is divided into sections.... Visit for the rest of the review here.
Brittany Konsella

Brittany Konsella
Giterdun’s series of three guidebooks sticks with eastern Colorado. For now, anyway. For those of you who’ve followed my stuttered career as a writer, it’s true that at one time I was trying to produce a series of ski touring books for Colorado. I was ahead of my time on that and we didn’t sell enough books to make the project truly viable. Then I got into web publishing and paper/ink fell by the wayside like one of those trees they chop for paper pulp. With much more interest in backcountry skiing as well as the relative ease of desktop publishing, Giterdun has already exceeded where I left off and that’s nice to see.... Visit for the rest of the review here.
Lou Dawson

Lou Dawson
It’s easy to get stuck. Things to eat, what you listen to, your familiar ski tours. With so many good, albeit relatively small, stashes near the Front Range, I find myself skiing in the same places, over and over. With Mark Kelly’s new book Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park, I’m going to try and suss out a few new spots in the Park. Add to Mark’s book Making Turns in the Tenmile-Mosquito Range, from the same publisher, Giterdun, and now I’ve got absolutely no reason not to get further afield this winter and spring. Packed with the same color photos and detailed route descriptions, Making Turns offers nearly 300 pages of ski descents stretching from Frisco past Leadville to the south. I guarantee there are dozens of ski lines you’ve never even considered.... Visit for the rest of the review here.
Rob Coppolillo

Rob Coppolillo


Get in touch and let us know how we're doing. Or let us know if you'd like to advertise. We're also looking for other authors to work with.


We at Giterdun Publishing see community outreach as a duty. We put on avalanche awareness presentations each year at many of our local mountain shops. We look at local routes covered in our books as well as some of the mistakes that we've made. We also talk about our philosophy for getting it done safely Some events feature raffles to benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Upslope Brewing sponsors these events by providing free beer for all in attendance. Come on down to an event and lets get stoked for some awesome backcountry days.

(links will be added to event pages as they become available)

1/11 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ REI Boulder - Postponed due to powder and roads.

1/18 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ REI Denver - 6:30PM

1/27 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Live Music By FamilyDog Stringband
$10 Includes raffle tix and beer @ Salto/TinShed in Nederland 6PM - Close

2/1 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Mountain Chalet, Colorado Springs - 6:30PM

2/2 Beginner Backcountry Awareness w/Howl Often, She Jumps & Allison Seymour
Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder - 7PM

2/3 Fritz Sperry ClimbTalkRadio
KVCU 1190AM & 98.9FM, Boulder - 9PM

2/4 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Next Page Books, Frisco - 6PM

2/8 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ REI, Boulder - 6:30PM

2/9 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Underground Snowboards, Breckenridge - 7PM

2/15 SheJumps Wax and Wine w/Allison Seymour
$15 @ RMU, Breckenridge - 7PM

2/16 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder 7PM

2/17 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Wilderness Sports, Dillon 6PM

2/22 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Bent Gate Mountaineering, Golden 7PM

2/24 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Estes Mountain Shop, Estes Park 6PM

MARCH 2017
3/9 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Haute Route, Avon 6:30PM

3/10 SheJumps Presents Shades of Winter's Between
$10 - $20 @ REI, Denver 6:30PM

3/18 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Salida Mountain Sports, Salida TimeTBD

3/25 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Trident Cafe & Bookstore, Boulder 6PM

APRIL 2017
4/6 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Weston/Battery 621, Denver 6pm
Music by Mark Morris Rapidgrass Guitarist
Art by Casey Perry & Jacob J Photography
To Benefit 
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Tentative 4/8 Front Range SplitFest - Loveland Ski Area 
We will have a table.
Come by and get our books and talk about lines and snow.

4/13 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Zeal Optics Showroom, Boulder 6PM

4/14 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range: The Movie
Free @ Alma Town Hall, Alma 6pm
Music Afterwards - Show to Benefit Mosquito Pass Hut Restoration

4/15 Fritz Sperry MakingTurns in Colorado's Front Range Volume 2: Book Signing
Upslope Tasting - Locals Appreciation
Free @ Locals Liquors, Silverthorne 4-7pm


We're always looking for great companies to work with on our projects.

Below is a link to our media kit with advertising rates for both print and website, as well as other services, such as photography, art and design.

Media Kit 2016-1