Ski the Colorado Backcountry!

Intermediate
1 day
All ages
1–4 people
Overview

Spend a day backcountry skiing and splitboarding in beautiful Colorado, and explore Hoosier Pass or Monarch Pass!


Take in some amazing skiing and gorgeous scenery

Skip the crowds and forget the expensive resort lunches! Get into the beautiful backcountry instead. Discover guided skiing off the groomed trails and learn how to access beautiful backcountry terrain. You’re in control of your ascent and descent. No lift lines needed for this one!

What should I expect while skiing the backcountry?
  • You’ll review avalanche rescue and assess backcountry risks
  • Get an understand the basics of tour planning, implementation and gear
  • Develop better group communication skills
  • How to select optimal terrain for safety and good turns
  • The particulars of track setting and pacing
Prerequisites

Your guide recommends skiers have an intermediate skiing ability.

Here’s some of the locations for skiing
  • Monarch Pass near Salida, CO
  • Hoosier Pass near Breckenridge, CO
  • Glen Cove on Pikes Peak (spring season)
  • Crags and Devil’s Playground on Pikes Peak (spring season)
Where we are
What's included
  • Guiding fees
What to wear/bring

When you book your adventure, your guide will contact you with an equipment list

Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Pete Lardy

Pete climbs and guides worldwide and currently resides Colorado Springs with his wife, Crystal. Climbing means many things to Pete. He strives for the technical, physical, and mental challenge that comes with mountain climbing but also sees the mountains as his escape from the hustle and bustle of life below. The mountains give him that “something” we all have but cannot quite explain. Alpine rock and ice routes are where he loves to be, to teach, and to learn. Pete has become one of the top resources for conditions and happenings on Pikes Peak year round. Pete has over 20 years of climbing and split boarding experience which has taken him to the Himalayas, Andes, the Alaskan Range, the Cascades and the Rockies. From fast and light one-day ascents on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge and Mount Huntington’s Harvard Route to 30 and 40 day expeditions on Denali and Himalayan 8000m peaks, Pete loves all facets of climbing and the friendships fostered in the mountains.

Casey Graham

Casey is a Colorado Springs local who has been guiding and playing in the mountains of Colorado since 2009. Originally from the East Coast, he has made his way around the country working for outdoor education organizations, mountain and river guide services, colleges, and the federal government offering a variety of outdoor instruction for a wide range of clientele. Casey is the Program Director and Head Guide for Outdoor Adv. Programs at the Air Force Academy and has been for the last 5 years, and guides part time for a number of other services around the state as a rock, ice, and ski guide. He is passionate about exposing his clients and students to challenges in the mountains in a safe and manageable way, encouraging a high level of learning and reward at the end of each trip in the most inspiring and breathtaking places on earth. Casey has been skiing for 25 years, and climbing rock and ice for over 10, and is most passionate about ski mountaineering, and studying snow in the high peaks. While he has played often and much in C-Springs and the Front Range, he likes to get out all over the state and country to practice his crafts and explore new and amazing places. More than most mountains though, he loves to ski and climb on the hidden gems on Pikes Peak, right in our backyard.

Sebastian Grau

Seba is a professional Mountain Guide and Geographer. He has been guiding since 2001. Seba  grew up in Chile and has been living in the US since 2009. Seba has a great amount of experience guiding high altitude mountains and expeditions- between Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Hampshire, Antarctica and South America.

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