Crested Butte | Colorado

Backcountry Skiing in Crested Butte

Skill level

Intermediate and above

Group size

1 – 4 people

Price range

from $350 per person

Come explore backcountry skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado. Going by splitboard, telemark or alpine touring, you’ll have a blast in all the beautiful powder in the Colorado backcountry. 

Crested Butte has long been known as a backcountry haven. Five separate drainages offer hundreds of routes, so you can rest and ski assured that even with years of skiing, you’ll won’t have to ski the same route twice. There’s open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, and big alpine peaks. The backcountry has it all. 

Count on exploring classic runs like the Red Lady Bowl at Mt. Emmons, Ruby Range and SnodgrassMountain.

Your guide will take your skills into consideration when planning your day in the backcountry. You can count on doing a lot of backcountry skiing. Book this course privately or join up with other likeminded enthusiasts. This course is also great to take in conjunction with an Avalanche Level 1, Level 2 or an AIARE Avalanche Rescue class.

After this class you’ll
  • Have skied in some beautiful, gorgeous powder
  • Be ready to try the next step, like a hut-to-hut tour
Prerequisites for backcountry skiing

All participants need to be competent and comfortable skiers on variable packed snow and untouched terrain. The skiing is a ton of fun, but it demands some experience.

Need to know

When is the best time to go?

There’s often enough snowfall in December to hit the backcountry, but the ideal months for snow are January and February. There’s good skiing to be had through late March and early April.

What about bad weather?

Inclement weather can always get in the way of skiing, and your guide will know whether or not to stay or put the objective on hold. More importantly, touring with a guide will mitigate avalanche risk and evaluate terrain and conditions.

What's a typical itinerary?

After meeting and ensuring that all gear is in working order — avalanche safety gear especially —  decide on objectives and set out for the day.

What about group sizes?

The maximum group size is four guests per one guide. The more people you book with in your group, the cost per person will drop.

Getting there

Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC) is a 30-minute drive to town. Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is a 90-minutes away by car.

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