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Backcountry skiing in Colorado’s many areas is at the very top of every powder enthusiast’s bucket list and Summit County is no exception. Escape tourist-packed ski resorts and enjoy mellow turns on meadows filled with deep powder on terrain with superb conditions. The off-piste locations in this region just 90 minutes away from Denver allow you to lay first lines in untouched snow and traverse alpine ridge lines. Skiing in solitude while breathing fresh air amid peaks touching the sky will do wonders for your body and mind. With a guide by your side, you’ll fine-tune your technique on Summit County’s wide array of out-of-bounds options. They’ll find ideal conditions for you to learn more about various uphill and downhill skiing techniques and decision-making in off-piste environments. Get your skis primed, head to Colorado, and let Summit County deliver some epic moments!
Soak up the snowy vistas in Colorado’s backcountry
Locations far from the crowds allow for deep immersion in skiing
Improve your off-piste skills on Summit County’s terrain with great powder stashes
Carve big turns and avoid tracked-out snow on a guided backcountry skiing adventure in Summit County. Master new skills in many out-of-bounds locations which abound in fresh powder. With optimal conditions and a professional guide, you’ll brush up your backcountry skills and come home fully recharged. Don’t forget to take in the scenic views all around you—Summit County’s landscapes never fail to amaze even the seasoned veterans.
We went backcountry skiing with Kyle. He was knowledgeable, professional, outgoing and patient with us sea-level people! The route and location could not have been better! Thank you!!!
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Summit County, CO, please refer to Colorado’s COVID-19 Travel Guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
What’s not included:
To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in very good physical shape. You will be on your feet for 8 hours for a full day covering several miles of terrain. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue and black-level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
Ski rental locations are in Silverthorne, CO, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and pricing:
Ski touring in Summit County can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to Summit County, most people fly into Denver International Airport just under 2 hours away from Summit County. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will usually meet your guide at your guiding service’s basecamp in Silverthorne, CO, but you will receive more details 48 hours prior to the date of your trip that will include the exact meeting time and location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.