Monarch Pass | Colorado

Backcountry Skiiing in Monarch Pass

Skill level

Intermediate

Group size

1 – 4 people

Price range

from $200 per person

Season

Late December through mid-April

Travel

Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC)

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Backcountry skiing in the Central Rocky's Monarch Pass and Hoosier Pass

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 you expect while backcountry skiing?
  • 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
How do you know this backcountry tour is right for you?

All skiers in this program should be in excellent physical health and able to carry a pack while skinning uphill. Skiers should also be comfortable on black diamond level runs at a resort.

Here are other great locations outside of Monarch and Hoosier Pass
  • Glen Cove on Pikes Peak (spring season)
  • Crags and Devil’s Playground on Pikes Peak (spring season)

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When is the best time to go?

The backcountry season in the Central Rockies gets underway late December to mid-April.

What about bad weather?

Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured that your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions of that particular day, including making the call to reschedule if needed. If you have any other questions, send an inquiry for more information.

What's a typical itinerary?

After introductions to your group and guide, you’ll check avalanche gear to ensure it’s functioning as it should. After that, you’ll discuss potential objectives for the day and then head out!

What about group sizes?

Group sizes are small. The largest group will be a 4:1 ratio of guests per guide. Remember that the more people in your group means that the cost per person will decrease. It’s the perfect time to bring along friends and family.

What gear will you need?

After you book your program, your guide will send you a comprehensive list of gear to bring. Avalanche safety equipment is provided free of charge. There are ample places to rent gear in Salida should you need anything else.

Getting there

Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC) is 68 miles from Salida.

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