Colorado Adventure Guides provides guided winter peak ascents based out of our Silverthorne, CO basecamp. Summiting a peak in the winter is a lot different than summer travel and requires careful planning and route finding, but in the same token it can be a very rewarding experience. Our guides have years of experience climbing our mountains year round. Whether you choose to climb one of our more modest local peaks or want to tackle a 14er, we have you covered.
Climbing mountains in the winter can be challenging, rewarding, and fun. Our team of guides are here to show you an amazing experience while attempting to make it to the top. All of our Peak Ascents are ran as full-day outings and we have a variety of peaks to choose from with varying difficulty.
Whether you want to tackle that winter 14er, attempt a lesser known local classic, or just experience a day hiking in the peaks, we are here to show you the way. Below are some of our more popular outings.
Just twenty minutes south of our office in Silverthorne, Quandary Peak (14,265 ft) offers easy trailhead access, a straightforward yet challenging hike, and stunning 360-degree views of Summit County and its Tenmile Range. Our local fourteener’s standard trail boasts about 3500 feet of elevation gain and loss over a 7 mile round trip. Since there is no such thing as an easy fourteener, and our guides will help to minimize risk while maximizing enjoyment with an understanding of local weather patterns, a thorough knowledge of trail conditions, and an ability to keep morale high. Join us this summer for an ascent of Colorado’s 13th highest peak!
While peak bagging fourteeners has some grandeur qualities, escaping the crowds that flock to their summits is one of many reasons to seek out our local 12ers and 13ers. As it says in the name, Summit County is home to bountiful options when it comes to ascending peaks, and most of these options are between 12,000 and 14,000 feet. Choose from mountains such as Mt Royal, Mt Victoria, Peak 1, Grizzly Peak, Buffalo Mountain, and the list goes on… All these peaks are accessible within a twenty minute drive from our office in Silverthorne. Navigating a peak in the winter can be tricky. Hiring a guide will take away the stress of managing weather patterns, navigating a network of trails, and planning the logistics, all while keeping the fun factor numero uno!
Full Day (6-10 hours) – Dependent on the peak selected and current conditions.
Winter peak ascent tours generally operate from December to April depending on conditions. Book online or call today to book your tour.
1 person – $475
2 people – $300
3 people – $242
4-5 people – $195
6 Clients : 1 Guide
Summit Country, CO and surrounding locations.
204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498
Pre Trip – Clients will be contacted directly from their guide no later than 48 hours before trip start to discuss trip details.
Day of Tour – Meet at TH or CAG basecamp to meet your guide and then travel into the field for a full day of learning and fun.
Helmet (route dependent)
Medium sized backpack (approx. 40L)
Ice Climbing or Waterproof Mountaineering Boots – rentals available
Cold weather layering (see recommended clothing below)
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
Brimmed hat or visor
Neck gaitor or buff
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Refunds will be honored for cancellations with more than 48 Hours PRIOR notice to trip start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.
Rescheduling will be honored 48 HOURS prior to trip start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling.
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.
One our main concerns for Peak Ascents is Altitude. The elevation in town in Silverthrone is 9,035 feet above sea level and most towns in Summit County share similar or higher elevations. When adjusting to altitude, the body needs to work a little harder. You might experience difficulty sleeping, difficulty catching your breath even during mild exertion, a racing heart rate, nausea, and a loss of appetite. For our Peak Ascents we strongly recommend and encourage clients to spend around 3 days in Summit County or similar elevations prior to your attempt to one of our higher peaks, especially if traveling above 13,000ft. For those not yet ready we have some other great lower elevation and less demanding hikes. Altitude affects people differently, and can affect the same person differently on separate occasions. If you deal with chronic pulmonary, cardiac, or other health issues like asthma, COPD, diabetes, CHF or if you are pregnant you should consult your doctor before your activity. Our guides are trained to recognize altitude sickness symptoms in the field and reserve the right to end the trip at any time.
Local qualified and professional Guides
6:1 maximum client:guide ratio
Discounted use of ORTOVOX beacon, shovel and probe (if needed)
Discounted Demo Gear
We are cognizant that COVID-19 remains problematic, and we are instituting safety policies for our students/clients, guides, and staff. We will continue to follow all Local, State, and CDC health guidelines throughout the season and as such our COVID policy is subject to change. Please check our COVID-19 page for the most up to date information for your trip or 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.
All of our guided Peak Ascent trips are booked private and custom and priced accordingly. If you are looking for a group trip option please contact us to see if we have any group trips available on the schedule.
For field based trips clients will be encouraged to utilize our CAG Company vans or to carpool to help alleviate trailhead overcrowding. Your instructor/guide will contact you with more details at least 48 hours prior to the date of your trip that will include meeting time and location.
Your guide works 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%.
Our peak ascent tours have limited capacity and tend to book up. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.