Our Favorite Colorado Ski Tours In the Front Range
Colorado’s mountain ranges are a testament do its rich history of skiing. From the legendary 10th Mountain Division, to breeding some of the worlds most renown and famed racers, athletes, and explorers, Colorado’s front range backcountry is among one of the most famed around the world. Ranging from Rocky Mountain National Park to the James and Indian Peaks Wilderness, with steep thrilling couloirs, high passes, powdery trees, and wide open basins under soaring peaks.
Our guides have their favorite Colorado ski tours, where they know how to find the hidden powder stashes, the most exciting drops in the state, and a chance to get out into Colorado’s spectacular ski wilderness. Here are some of our favorite Colorado Front Range ski tours. Want to join us?
Rocky Mountain National Park
From the descents from its summits, to the narrow couloirs above spectacular alpine lakes, and low angle powder, Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect ground for any level skier, from introductory tours to some of the most cutting-edge descents in the West. Rocky Mountain National Park hosts some of the most remote terrain with numerous 12 and 13er peaks (mountains above 12 and 13,000 feet) and Longs Peak, the premier 14er in the state with it’s own descents and couloirs. Rocky Mountain National Park has a bevy of skiable terrain for all levels. Hidden Valley, the former ski area lodged deep in the park has riding from the top of Trail Ridge Road above 12,000-feet to the bottom, as well as mellower low-angle terrain for those just getting their start in touring and backcountry skiing. On the other side, above Bear Lake, the Banana Bowls offer high-flying riding near Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain.
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Set only an hour west of Boulder, the Indian Peaks are a wonderland of climbs and descents that is so close, yet feels a world removed from the city. Starting from the frozen shores of Brainard Lake, the wilderness opens up to a number of trails, including breathtaking tours around Forest Lakes, Crater Lake, Lake Isabelle, and Blue Lake, all set under an unforgettable alpine backdrop. With fewer crowds and a variety of wildlife, the Indian Peaks offer thrilling descents off its jagged skyline as well as the opportunity to ski tight gullies and travel through open basins and frozen lakes. An Indian Peaks Ski Tour means seeing a part of the state that very few get to see and experiencing a true and exciting wilderness area.
James Peak Wilderness Area
With it’s soaring rounded peaks, dense forests, and titular peak rising high above the skyline, the James Peak Wilderness Area offers descents off permanent glaciers year-round, a drop of James Peaks steep slopes, and easy tours through the basins, trees, and lakes at its base. The James Peak Wilderness, which has a remote and wild feel, straddles the edge between Summit County and the Indian Peaks Wilderness, with a variety of trails for all ability levels. Starting from East Portal, through dense brush and forests, we make our way high to a series of lakes and snowy basins. With it’s easy access to the Boulder and Denver area and it’s exciting terrain, the James Peak is a locals secret and one of the best backcountry areas in the state.
Flattop Wilderness Area
The Flattop Wilderness is one of Colorado’s newest wilderness area, and while the name conjures images of flatness, it’s one of the most exciting new backcountry areas set between Grand Lake and Grand Mesa. Miles of steep terrain await the backcountry rider which dramatic scenery set just above Summit County, thrilling drops, and breathtaking scenery with few crowds. For those who are looking for an adventure removed from the ordinary, the Flattop Wilderness is one of the most thrilling ski tours on the western side of Colorado.
Want to see these wild, unique, and spectacular areas? Call us at 720 242 9828 and we’ll plan the half, full, or multi-day trip of your wildest imagination.