For many resort skiers and snowboarders, there is something decidedly romantic, wild west and even risqué, perhaps, about riding a chairlift up the ski area, then exiting the ski area and skiing down untracked chutes and bowls potentially as far down as the valley floor.
The mountains of the Elk Range and the access provided by our local ski areas — Aspen Mt., Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk — combine to make Aspen/Snowmass an incredible destination for backcountry skiers. From the top of a lift, a short hike — or just a traverse, in some cases — opens up infinite options for hand-crafted backcountry skiing tours.
Depending on snow conditions and specific clients' ambitions, our AMGA-certified guides will tailor a memorable, one-of-a-kind untracked adventure just for you and your group.Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
Duration: Day Tour - Approx 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place. If you need AT gear call 970-925-7625 to schedule a time to get setup at the backcountry center at Aspen Highlands.
Maximum Guide Ratio: 4:1
Fitness Level: All tours are custom and suited for your physical ability and needs.
Includes: AMGA trained/certified ski guide, use of avalanche beacon, shovel, probe & ski pack, 3% USFS land use surcharge
Not included: personal skiing equipment (Alpine Touring (AT) ski, or snowboard equipment (available for demo at $15 discount), single ride lift tickets, lunch/snack food.Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
Prep- Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss appropriate terrain for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time.
You will be provided with a pack w/probe, shovel & avalanche beacon. If you need alpine touring ski equipment (AT skis, skins, boots) we can arrange to set you up the morning of at 8:30 am at Aspen Highlands shop or the night before between 3:00-5:30 pm. (You will receive a $15 discount.)
The Day - Meet your guide at our shop or at a pre-determined location. From there your will head out to the trailhead. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group. You will stop for lunch and snacks en route. (lunch/snacks are not included)Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
The following items are provided for your day tour:
The following Demo AT rental ski package is available for $15 discount per person ($45 pp):
Participants will travel through the winter backcountry for field days on skis, splitboard with skins, or snowshoes. Come dressed appropriately with warm layers for moderate physical exertion in cool and wintry weather.
It is suggested that you maintain a good level of physical fitness. Maintain and build heart and lung endurance with cardiovascular activities such as swimming, cycling, running and hiking. Hike up hill, up stairs or do squats to prepare your legs for mountain travel.
Follow a day of backcountry ski touring with another ski day, a lift access backcountry ski tour, a backcountry ski camp, hut trip or international ski trip.Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. If you choose to cancel within 7 days of a scheduled trip, you will be charged full price. Within 7-14 days of your trip, we would be happy to work out a date to reschedule. If you choose to cancel 2 weeks or more (3 weeks or more for multi-day trips of 5+ people) prior to your scheduled trip, you will receive a full refund. If your guide decides that weather makes your scheduled trip a no-go, we will work with you to reschedule, give you a credit, or refund your trip. Travel Guard insurance is available via our website homepage.
Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience. Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
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