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Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding in Colorado

Backcountry Clinics

Winter Backcountry Clinics in Colorado

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Avy Savvy Clinic Series

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Back for this season we’ve teamed up with some of the top brands in the industry like Weston, Ortovox, Karakoram, Scarpa, ATK and DPS  to bring you the Avy Savvy Winter Clinic series. This is the perfect place to start to help to start build a foundation for your backcountry travel, or a great refresher for the seasoned travler. With clinics like our Ski/Splitboard 101, Hut Tripping 101, Avy 101, and Trip Planning 101 we have something for everybody! And the best thing, they are all FREE and 1.5-2 hours in length!

Attend one of our clinics and receive 15% off an Intro to Ski/Splitboard  or AIARE Avalanche Course! Clinics take place weekly November through February at a variety of hosting partners spanning from Summit County, to Grand county to the front range. Hosting Partners include  Cripple Creek Backcountry, Bentgate, evo, Icebox Mtn Sports, Hideaway Park Brewery, Powder 7,  and more…..

Check out our current clinic dates and registration links below and don’t hesitate to call us at 970-893-8007 with questions!

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Avy Savvy Clinic Series
Free Avalanche Safety & Backcountry Education Clinics

Colorado Adventure Guides is excited to announce a full season of backcountry safety and education programming again this season through our Avy Savvy Clinic Series.  The series consist of five different clinics that focus on how to successfully prepare for the backcountry, stay safe while you there and get you home at the end of the day. All clinics are presented by members of our staff and the series is sponsored by our valued partners at Weston, Ortovox, ATK, Karakorum, Scarpa and DPS.

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6th Annual Beacon Bash
Practice - Refresh - Practice

When: Saturday, December 2nd

Where: Venture Out Fest – Winter Park Resort Base Area

Beacon Park – Look for the Colorado Adventure Guides and ORTOVOX tents on Lower Hughes where we will have a beacon park setup to hone your search skills along with a transceiver checkpoint for practicing your pre-tour safety skills. Try out the new Diract Voice beacon & Litric airbag from ORTOVOX. Time: All Day- Cost: Free – No Registration Required

Avy Burial & Rescue Demonstration –  Avy rescue skills are perishable! Join CAG’s Lead Snow Safety Educator, Justin Ibarra for this professional 30 minute demonstration focusing on the skills required to  quickly and efficiently conduct an avalanche burial search and rescue. Time: 12:30 PM – Cost: Free – No Registration Required

Get On Up – Join  guides from the WP Uphill Program, Weston and CAG on a short uphill  tour  where you can learn about modern AT & Splitboard touring equipment and uphill  techniques from engageable outdoor professionals. Time: 10AM, 10:30AM, and 11AM – Cost: Free – Onsite Registration

Avalanche Safety 101 Clinics
Free Avalanche Safety Clinic

In this 1.5 hour clinic you will learn about the resources used to make smart decisions in the backcountry. We will talk about the gear, using the forecast, and avenues for backcountry education. We will also end the clinic with an update of the current state of the snowpack.

Dates & Location
  • January 10, 2024, 6 pm @ evo, Denver, CO
  • February 23, 2024, 6 pm @ Hideaway Park Brewery, Winter Park, CO
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Backcountry Ski & Splitboard 101 Clinics
Free Backcountry Clinics in Colorado

Our Backcountry Ski/Splitboarding 101 Clinics will introduce skiers and riders to backcountry equipment and available resources. We will define what the backcountry is and take a look at the specialized equipment that is necessary to use while traveling in the snowy mountains.

Dates & Location
  • November 17th, 2023, 6 pm @ RMU, Breckenridge CO
  • December 14th, 2023, 6 pm @ Weston, Denver, CO
  • January 24, 2024, 6 pm @ Bentgate, Golden, CO
  • February 8, 2024, 6 pm @ Weston, Denver, CO
  • March 7, 2024, 6 pm @ Weston, Denver, CO
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ORTOVOX SAFETY SESSIONS – Avalanche Danger & Tour Planning Clinic
Backcountry Education Clinic

As an ORTOVOX Safety Academy Partner we are pleased to introduce our new  “Risk Management in Avalanche Terrain and Tour Planning” Clinic, an in-person, interactive snow-safety course.

Presented by ORTOVOX USA
Learn how to identify and avoid avalanche terrain on your next tour.  Participants will form touring groups (4 groups of five) and through a variety of guided exercises will learn how to choose a tour that fits the conditions and minimizes avalanche risk.

ORTOVOX’s Safety Academy 3D Mountain model is used by each touring group as an interactive learning tool to graphically demonstrate avalanche terrain and simulate tour planning.  Participants learn how to identify avalanche terrain, interpret an avalanche forecast, apply the forecast to their mountain model, and in the end will draw and explain their route.

Due to the hands-on nature of this clinic, attendance is capped at 20.
RSVP required, with standby and overflow allowed.  Free with RSVP.

Each participant will receive a free gift from ORTOVOX!

Time duration:  1.5 hours

Dates & Location
  • Nov 1st, 2023, 6PM @ Bentgate Mountaineering – Golden, CO
  • Nov 14th, 2023, 6PM @ evo – Denver, CO
  • Nov 16th, 2023, 7PM @ Neptune Mountaineering – Boulder, CO
  • January 21, 2024, 6 pm @ Hideaway Park Brewery, Winter Park, CO
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AIARE Level 2 - Route Selection. Classroom portion of course.
Avy Savvy Hut 101
Winter Hut Tripping 101 Clinic
Free Backcountry Hut Clinic

Join us on a Hut Trip 101 Clinic to learn the basics about using a backcountry hut in the winter. From tour planning to food and gear planning we will be covering a wide array of topics that involve your hut adventures.

Dates & Location

2023/2024 Season dates will be posted soon!!

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Trip Planning and Terrain Management
Backcountry Education Clinic

Terrain management is a tool we can use to reduce our risk in avalanche zones.  In this intermediate-level snow talk, we cover the basics of how a backcountry traveler should arrive at choosing appropriate terrain for a backcountry ski or snowboard tour.  We’ll look at weather history and forecast, snowpack conditions, an avalanche hazard forecast, the details of our group and human factors, and discuss how these ingredients help us make our daily terrain choices.  Attendees will be introduced to the resources used by professionals and experienced recreational skiers, key observations, and considerations needed to make an effective tour plan.

Duration:  1.5 hours

Dates & Location
  • December 8, 2023, 6 pm @ Hideaway Park Brewery, Winter Park, CO
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Other Winter Activities & Courses
Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding
Ski & Splitboard
Intro to Backcountry
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Education Course
Avalanche Safety Course
AIARE Level 1
AIARE Avalanche Companion Rescue
Avalanche Rescue Course
AIARE Rescue
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Our backcountry clinics have limited capacity and tend to book up. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

(970) 893-8007


    204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498


    (970) 893-8007

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