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Pikes Peak

Intro to Avalanches and Tour Planning

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from $315

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Group size

1 - 4 people

Spend two days learning the particulars of backcountry skiing/splitboarding AND get some avalanche education! There'll be plenty of time for some awesome riding too. Enjoy the powder in Monarch and Hoosier Pass!

Learn backcountry touring and avalanche skills!

This two-day on-mountain skiing/splitboard and tour planning course includes key components of avalanche education. You'll build upon the skills you've already acquired skiing/snowboarding at resorts or in the backcountry and apply your knowledge as you travel through the mountains. You'll learn to keep a sharp eye for avalanche conditions and use these skills to discover the best places to ride.

Each day you and your group will start at a coffee shop near the tour location to review the avalanche bulletin. After that, you'll put together a trip plan for the day based on the bulletin, the weather and the group's objectives. You'll also cover companion rescue on the first day.

Next, it's off to the trailhead for two full day tours!  You'll focus on skiing or splitboarding fundamentals, kick turns, and quick transitions. Our avalanche education along the way will include terrain recognition, hazard and group management skills.


All participants must be intermediate resort level skiers or have some experience in the backcountry.

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)

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  • Guiding fees
  • Beacon, shovel and probes

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