Back Country Skiing

Crested Butte Backcountry Skiing

Day Tours

These tours are a full day of Colorado backcountry skiing or riding, including a lunch stop along the way. Your tour will take you through beautiful aspen glades, open meadows, and treeless ridgelines. Your day will be spent surrounded by the majesty of the wild and rugged Elk Mountains. Be prepared for a day of hard work, as skiing in the backcountry at altitude can be quite tiring to those not acclimatized to this type of activity. Once finished with the climb, the real fun begins! Your guide will guide you down untracked pristine powder runs; carving turns down open bowls, through beautiful and serene glades, and across open meadows. You and your group will enjoy a descent through famed Colorado powder from 1,000′ – 3,000′ + depending on conditions and destinations.

You will meet your guide and the rest of the group at our office at a predetermined time set by your guide. Here you will get outfitted for the day and get acquainted with your backcountry gear. From here your guide will orient you to the use of your skis/split-board, skins, beacons, boots, bindings, etc…

Take lots of pictures, make even more turns, and savor the feelings of a day spent carving turns through virgin backcountry powder runs.


Crested Butte Area: Come ski Crested Butte’s legendary backcountry terrain. Surrounded on 3 sides by accessible terrain, Crested Butte has long been known as a backcountry haven. Choose from such local favorites as Red Lady (a 5 minute drive from town and and awesome vantage of the West Elks’ from the top), Coney’s (easy access and relatively freindly skin track–one lap or two?), and Snodgrass Mountain (unparalled views of Mt CB and the East River Valley). Come sample what most people in this town moved here for! Read More »

Monarch Pass: Monarch Pass is located between the Salida/Buena Vista area and Gunnison known for it’s high elevation (11,312 ft) and it’s heavy snowfall. A great venue for people in the Arkansas Valley and beyond, skiing passes starts you off with only a short skin to the top, then creamy dreamy turns to the road, then slap those skins back on to get to the top of the pass. Read More »

Multi-Day Trips

Multi-day tours give the opportunity to explore many different and exciting areas of the Crested Butte backcountry. These tours are for people whom truly want a taste of what living and backcountry skiing/riding in Crested Butte is all about.

Meet your guide and group members every morning and head out to a different spot everyday. Spend your days in the silent and pristine powder runs of secluded glades, or spend your morning “earning your turns” on one of the areas majestic peak climbs, followed by a thousand-plus foot powder filled descent.

Spend your evenings with the areas ski crowd in town, and stay in the warmth and comfort of your in-town lodging of choice. Enjoy food and drink from some of Crested Butte’s finest restaurants, or simply cozy up at home and cook a meal. Spend your nights enjoying live music, theater production, or whatever else the Crested Butte nightlife offers up.

But save your energy for the next day of powder filled skiing or riding. Get up with the sun, enjoy a fresh brew of coffee from the local barista, and meet your guide and travel to someplace new and do it all over again!

Join these trips for two, three, four-days, or however long you can “live-the-life!”