Backcountry Skiing

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Avalanche Rescue Dogs

At Colorado ski resorts, a dog riding a chair lift is not a surprise. In fact, dogs throughout the western United States and world are becoming members of ski patrol and avalanche rescue teams at astounding rates. With an extraordinary sense of smell and high aptitude, these woofers are sometimes […]

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Ski Touring

What does the perfect ski tour look like to you? Chasing corn in 50-degree couloirs in the springtime? Sweet sweet deep winter powder shots in alpine bowls? 3 days of hut-to-hut trips hanging with the crew? The word “Perfection” is subjective but we are all chasing that ideal ski tour. […]

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Best Winter Hut Traverses in Colorado

The dynamic backcountry of Colorado is filled with breathtaking views, a wide range of options for all abilities, and a plethora of ski huts to choose from. Whether you’re new to the backcountry or a hardcore ski mountaineer chasing couloirs, Colorado has the hut traverses for you! Hut Trips for […]

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A Brief History of Skiing

Skiing has a vast and rich history. While its exact origins are unknown, evidence suggests that skis were first used in the last ice age (115,000 – 11,700 years ago). Furthermore, the first people proposed to have skied are the Sami, the indigenous people of Scandinavia, and the first known […]

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Anatomy of an Upslope Snowstorm

Anyone who has experienced winter on the northern Front Range knows that when the smell of cow manure suddenly permeates the air seemingly out of nowhere, heavy snow will start falling within the next 12 hours. As a widely accepted and honestly hilarious forecasting tool, this phenomenon is actually the […]

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Best Late Season Skiing In Colorado

Best Late Season Skiing In Colorado with Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides There’s a reason that Colorado is known as one of the ski capitols of the world. With a deep snowpack and hundreds of miles of backcountry, Colorado’s ski season lasts year-round for the most dedicated of backcountry enthusiasts. […]

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Colorado Skiing 14ers – An Introduction

Colorado Skiing 14ers – An Introduction  They’re big and daunting. Colorado’s 14ers are the pride of any Colorado mountaineer, hiker, and avid outdoorsman. During the summer through fall, the summits of Colorado’s 53 14ers (Peaks over 14,000-feet) are filled with hikers knocking off a checklist of achievable summits, either walking […]

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Classic Couloir Skiing of Colorado

Classic Couloir Skiing of Colorado As well as being known for it’s tours, Colorado is famed for it’s challenging and technical ski lines, ranging from 30 to 50+ degrees in steepness, and featuring some of the most thrilling drops in the West. A couloir is a steep, narrow gully that […]

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