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Mt. Sneffels Ski Mountaineering Course

Learn Ski Mountaineering Skills and Ski 14,150' Mt. Sneffels

Other Ski Programs: Alaska Ski Mountaineering | Guided Backcountry Skiing

                                AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course | San Juan Hut Skiing Trips    

                                AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course | Companion Rescue Clinic

                                Hut Based Level 1 Avalanche Course

                                Intro To Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding Course | 


program details

Location:   Sneffels Range, San Juan Mountains Colorado

Dates:  April 21-24, 2017

            April 28-May 1, 2017

            May 5-8, 2017

            Private programs of any length can also be arranged

Cost: $799.00 per person

Cost includes:  Four days of instruction and guiding with an AMGA trained ski mountaineering guide; group gear including ropes and hardware; avalanche safety gear including beacon, shovel, and probe; and mountaineering gear including ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, and carabiners.

Cost does not include: Transportation, food, lodging, gratuities to guides, travel insurance, personal insurance, personal ski equipment, and camping equipment (see equipment list below).  Alpine touring ski packages and camping gear is available for rent from our shop.


  • Advanced downhill skiing or snowboarding ability
  • Ability to make controlled turns in a variety of snow conditions including deep powder, firm or icy surfaces, or breakable crust
  • Previous backcountry touring experience and familiarity with equipment for ski or snowboard touring
  • Ability to execute uphill-facing kick turns in a steep uphill skin track
  • Excellent fitness

Client to guide ratio: Maximum of 3:1



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"Thanks again for the great ski mountaineering trip on Mt. Sneffels.  It will forever be on my list of top ski memories."

Larry H.

Mt. Sneffels Ski Descent May 2013

Premier Colorado Ski Mountaineering Venue

The rugged terrain of the Northern San Juans is a premier venue for ski mountaineering in Colorado.   We capitalize on this vast repository of steep couloirs and jagged peaks to bring you four education-filled, challenging, and rewarding days of instruction and descents in the heart of Colorado ski mountaineering country. The course culminates with a ski descent of the highly regarded Mt. Sneffels (14,150'), a centerpiece achievement for any ski mountaineer.

Taught By Highly Qualified Guides

Our instructors have high credentials to ensure you are learning proven techniques for ski and snowboard mountaineering. Our guides have training as ski guides from the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and they have years of ski mountaineering experience in wild places like the Cascades in Washington, the Chugach in Alaska, and the Rockies in Colorado. We have helped many skiers and snowboarders build their skills for a lifetime of rewarding ski mountaineering.

Small Group Size

This course is limited to just three participants so each student can receive personalized coaching and feedback from the guide.  The small group size also allows for safe and efficient travel in technical terrain. 

Learn Skills To Become A Ski or Snowboard Mountaineer

We commonly teach the following skills in the context of some incredible ski mountaineering tours and peak descents:

  • Tour planning and terrain selection
  • Map, compass, & GPS navigation
  • Tracksetting for safety, efficiency, and observations
  • Crevasse rescue systems and techniques
  • Use of ski crampons, ice axe, and boot crampons
  • Construction of THINX ski anchors
  • Lowering and rappelling for access to steep terrain
  • Steep skiing and snowboarding techniques
  • Advanced snowpack stability assessment through layer identification, understanding of spatial variability, and understanding direct and indirect weather effects


*Peak Mountain Guides Colorado Backcountry Skiing programs are located on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests under priority use permit from the Forest Service, USDA.  Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.*

AMGA Certification
Peak Mountain Guides staff members Angela Hawse, Geoff Unger, and Tim Brown are AMGA certified American Mountain Guides and IFMGA internationally licensed guides.

Peak Mountain Guides LLC | 280 7th Avenue | PO Box 1025 | Ouray, CO 81427 | 970-325-7342 |

IFMGA internationally licensed guides