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Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Mountaineering Course

Ski & Splitboard Mountaineering

Technical Backcountry Terrain Course

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Ski & Splitboard Mountaineering Course

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The Ski and Splitboard Mountaineering course was developed to teach skills and decision making for traveling through technical terrain with your skis or splitboard. This is a course in which we will be covering a wide array of topics emphasized on traveling through intermediate to advanced terrain

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Ski & Splitboard Mountaineering

Navigating Technical Backcountry Terrain

The Ski and Splitboard Mountaineering course was developed to teach skills and decision making for traveling through technical terrain with your skis or snowboard. This is a course in which we will be covering a wide array of topics emphasized on traveling through both intermediate and advanced terrain. Over the span of this course we will learn and overview many “hard-skills” including use of crampons, ice axe, and rope management skills. Another component of the course is a focus on trip and route planning, communication, and emergency response to prepare ourselves for our decided objective.

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Women’s Splitboard Mountaineering Course

Hut-Based Course

Join like-minded women and take your splitboarding to the next level! This hut-based course includes 3 days and 2 nights in the hut with professional guides. A course for those with a strong foundation of backcountry skills, who are ready to put in the work, and who want to learn how to travel through technical terrain on splitboards.

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What You'll Learn

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Introduction and overview of technical gear
Ropework; use of knots, tie-ins, belays, anchors, and rappelling
Ice axe use; including self-arrest, belay, and climbing techniques
Crampon usage

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Trip Preparation

Advanced trip planning and route selection
Rescue and emergency preparation


Techniques used while traveling through technical terrain
Steep skinning and bootpacking techniques
Climbing and snowboarding couloirs
Steep riding

General Info

Course Duration

Standard Course: 2 Days

Hut-Based: 3 Days


Standard Co-ed Course: April 20th-21st, 2024

Hut-Based Womens Splitboard Mountaineering: April 26th-28th, 2024

*Contact us for private course dates


Standard: $499/person

Hut Based: $895/person

Student:Instructor Ratio

3 Students:1 Instructor


The standard course will be held in or around the Summit County Area. Exact locations will be chosen based on the group, weather, and snowpack conditions.

Silverthorne Basecamp:

204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

The hut-based course will be run out of the Ravens Nest Hut

Course Itinerary

Pre Trip – Clients will be contacted directly from their guide no later than 2 weeks before course start to discuss trip details.

Day One – Meet at office. Short Gear overview and classroom session and then head into the field for hard-skills.

Day Two – Attempt an objective to climb and ski/ride to practice some of the newly learned skills. Travel out of field.

Required Equipment

Avalanche Beacon

Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Shovel

Ice axe, crampons and harness

Backcountry Pack

Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard

Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)



Recommended Clothing

Hard or softshell pants

Synthetic or merino wool base layer

Softshell jacket (optional)

Down or synthetic insulated jacket

Hardshell or water/wind resistant jacket

Light gloves for uphill travel

Warm gloves

Brimmed hat or visor


Neck gaitor or buff

Reschedule/Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be honored for cancellations more than 14 DAYS PRIOR to a course or a camp start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.

Rescheduling will be honored 14 days prior to course start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling. This allows us the time to contact those who have been put on the wait-list.

All activities are Rain or Shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserve the right to shorten or reroute activity in the case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.


Students are required to have at least 3 seasons of backcountry touring experience including completion of a Level 1 (Level 2 recommended) avalanche course as well as an Avalanche Rescue course within the past 2 seasons.

Students must be comfortable skiing and riding all terrain on a ski resort (double black diamond skier at minimum). Students should be able to travel off-trail on exposed, ungroomed or unmaintained terrain for extended periods of time and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow. Touring skis and splitboards are available for rent from our Silverthorne, CO basecamp.

Price Includes

Local qualified and professional Instructors

3:1 maximum client:guide ratio

Discounted use of ORTOVOX beacon, shovel and probe (if needed)

Discounted Demo Gear including crampons, ice axe, ect

Price Does Not Include
  • Air­fare
  • Trans­porta­tion to and from designated meeting place
  • Food for lunch/snacks
  • Clothing and gear (see FAQ for recommendations)
  • Guide gra­tu­ities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)

Frequently Asked Questions

How physically fit do I need to be for this course?

Colorado Adventure Guides is priority is keeping our patrons and students safe. Our instructors are trained to recognize potentially hazardous situations in the backcountry; they plan and operate accordingly. Prior to the start of any course or backcountry trip you will be asked to complete a brief health history. The failure to disclose pertinent information on the health history form could result in serious harm, even death, to the signing participant, other guests and/or the guide. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. This can be a physically demanding course, and your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness, thus it’s recommended that you are in good physical condition.

What if I would like to book a private group course?

For those who would like to select all the members of their party, you may book a private group course. If you are interested, please let us know!

When and how do I meet up with the group?

Your instructors/guides will contact you no later than 2 weeks prior to course start to discuss meeting time and location details.

Should I tip my instructor?

Your instructors work hard before, during, and after your course to provide you with a great experience and while not expected, gratuities are always highly appreciated and if you had a safe, educational, and fun experience. Gratuities typically range from 15-20%.


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Our Ski & Splitboard Mountaineering courses have limited capacity and tend to book up months in advance. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your spot before the winter season starts.

204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

(970) 893-8007


    204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498


    (970) 893-8007

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