Intro to Ski Mountaineering
Important: Pricing is based on a four-person minimum. If the course has less than four people, we have pricing options available to run it with less than four people. Please inquire at (720) 242-9828.
Join us for a two-day introductory course on ski mountaineering in the breathtaking terrain of Rocky Mountain National Park. Our experienced guides will cover everything you need to know to safely explore high alpine terrain, from equipment and clothing systems to tour planning, uphill pacing and track techniques. You’ll also learn essential skiing techniques on variable snow terrain, snow and alpine climbing, and anchoring techniques, as well as how to manage avalanche hazards. Whether you’re new to skiing or an experienced skier looking to try something new, this course is a great way to explore the art of Ski Mountaineering.
● Clothing systems for ski mountaineering
● Equipment for ski mountaineering
● Tour planning
● Uphill pacing and track techniques
● Skiing techniques in variable snow conditions
● Snow climbing techniques
● Using ice axe and crampons
● Rock and snow anchoring & belaying systems
● Understanding and managing avalanche hazards in ski mountaineering
Included in our rates: The services of a professional ski mountaineering guide, any rock climbing equipment (helmet, harnesses, belay devices).
Not included in our rates: Park entrance fees, which are $10 per person daily for Eldorado Canyon State Park and $15 per person daily for Rocky Mountain National Park. Entrance fees are paid directly to the Parks upon entrance, gratuities for your guide are also not included (while the amount is at your discretion, the recommended gratuity is 20%).
Difficulty Description: Moderate – Hard
What to Bring: Food and water for the day, personal ski gear, beacon, probe & shovel.
Meeting Location: Meet at climbing/skiing location or at Trailhead
Prerequisites: Ski touring experience, rock climbing experience, AIARE1 or AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course recommended