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Love skiing or boarding? Inspired by the quickly emerging backcountry scene? And intimidated by the world of backcountry skiing? We can help you confidently and safely embark into the world of backcountry skiing and boarding. 

This process may begin with choosing the right gear, learning to properly pack a pack, understanding the basics of backcountry skiing or boarding, or furthering your avalanche education. Know which skis you should rent or buy, which beacon is best, which pack is most suitable for your rig, basic skinning techniques, backcountry etiquette etc. Enjoy guided human-powered or mechanized backcountry travel such as by helicopter, snowmobile, or snowcat. Join an existing avalanche education course or get a group of friends together for private instruction. Immerse yourself in the backcountry by staying in a backcountry hut or lodge. The possibilities are endless!


safely navigate San Juan backcountry

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ski with local, experienced guides

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learn the basics of avalanche terrain and safety protocols

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explore beyond resort boundaries

Frequently Asked Questions

What is not included in the trip price?

Backcountry gear - beacon, shovel, probe (available for rent for $35 / day)

Skis, board, boots (rental prices are around $60-$70 for each day)

Trip Insurance


Where can I rent gear?

In the Telluride / Ouray area, we recommend the following outfitters:

Ridgway Adventure Sports | Skis, boots, poles, climbing skins, shovel, beacon, probe

Boot DoctorsSkis, boots, poles, climbing skins, shovel, beacon, probe

Pine needle Mountaineering Skis, boots, poles, climbing skins

What are the payment terms?

We ask for a 50% deposit upon reservation. The remainder is due 60 days prior to the trip. Please see our Program Policies page for more information. 

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