Ski: Intro to Ski Mountaineering (Full Day)
This course will take you to the best ski mountaineering routes in the Front Range, from the James Peak Wilderness, the Indian Peaks, and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Colorado is one of America’s most classic and beloved destinations for full-throttle ski mountaineering, with grand scenery, exciting drops, and a bevy of peaks and ranges to choose from. This course will take you to the best ski mountaineering routes in the Front Range, from the James Peak Wilderness, the Indian Peaks, and Rocky Mountain National Park. We’ll go over technique, safety, and navigation as we find routes that match your ability and ambition.
Itinerary: For this guided ski tour, we depart Boulder, Denver, or Estes Park in the early morning and travel through the town of Estes Park or Allenspark into Rocky Mountain National Park. We then spend the day skiing in the best spots based on the desires of the groups and the weather / snow conditions.
Included in our rates: The services of a professional ski guide, round-trip transportation from Boulder office or hotel, snacks and water (lunch is also included during full-day excursions), education about local and natural history (including library of Rocky Mountain flora and fauna), medical kit, personal avalanche gear (beacon, probe, shovel), touring ski poles (if needed), and contingency and emergency support.
Not included in our rates: Park entrance fees, $15 per person per week for Rocky Mountain National Park, payable directly to the park upon entry, ski touring equipment (AT randonee skis, boots, and skis – we can arrange rentals) and gratuities for your guide (the amount is at your discretion, but the recommended gratuity is 20%).
Special Notes: AT ski touring skis or Tele skis, skins, and boots can be rented from Crystals Ski Shop for $50 per day. When on a guided trip, we supple avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, and probe). On a side note: Crystals also rent beacon, probe, shovel for $30 per day. The whole package for all gear (ski and safety) is $65 per day for future reference. PH: 303-449-7669.