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From Steamboat’s “champagne powder” to the rowdy terrain on Red Mountain Pass, Colorado offers backcountry riders every kind of terrain imaginable. Spartan plywood yurts, comfortable backcountry huts, and even five-star VRBOs cater to every budget and psych level.
Buyer beware, though: Colorado frequently leads the nation in avalanche fatalities. A sketchy snowpack and plenty of charging riders make for a deadly combination. Consider an AIARE avalanche course or hiring a certified, professional mountain guide before heading into the backcountry.
Don’t be deterred, though, there’s plenty of safe, scenic skiing, too! At resorts or on carefully selected terrain in the backcountry, Colorado makes a great venue to discover backcountry skiing and splitboarding.
The 57hours team has compiled a list of some of the state’s most famous stashes. Rest assured, there are dozens more — but our team of professional guides has to keep some of their secrets!