May 17

The climbing and ski mountaineering season on Mt. Sneffels is in full swing. At the time of this writing, all of Yankee Boy Basin and the climbing routes on Mt. Sneffels have snow coverage. This is making for excellent ski conditions and very good climbing conditions in the early morning when the snow is frozen. Crampons and ice axe are recommended for all routes. Following are some photos showing the conditions.

Looking down the unnamed “shortcut” couloir that is used to access the Southwest Ridge of Mt. Sneffels. Yankee Boy Basin in the background.





























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Jan 22

Here are a few photos from some of our adventures this winter:

A group of skiers on a backcountry skiing trip to the North Pole Hut. They enjoyed great skiing in the open Aspen glades near the hut.














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Dec 7

Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.



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May 2

As cell phones grow more powerful with integrated GPS receivers, stronger antennae, and a myriad of useful applications, they are becoming a staple in the packs and pockets of outdoor enthusiasts.  The following 3 apps are some of our favorites that we use in the backcountry on a regular basis.

Topo Maps App























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Mar 27

Spring skiing is in full swing on Red Mountain Pass, although not in the traditional sense of hot days, slushy snow, and swimsuits.  A series of powerful spring storms have buffeted the range in the last two weeks, bringing almost two feet of snow and incredible powder skiing conditions.

Spring Powder Skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Spring Powder Skiing on Red Mountain Pass. Photo courtesy Jayson Simons Jones.


















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Apr 3

It’s April and ski mountaineering season is in full swing in the San Juan Mountains.  With good snow conditions and reliable weather, we have been making ski descents of classic peaks like Red Mountain #3, Gilpin Peak, and the Chattanooga Chutes. Check out these photos from our recent trips:

On top of the Chattanooga Chutes.

On top of the Chattanooga Chutes.


















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Nov 14

With snow falling from the sky and ice forming in the mountains, winter 2014-2015 is here!  We are once again offering a full array of courses in ice climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness, and ski mountaineering.  Click on the image below to see a full list of courses and dates for the season.  Book by Thanksgiving and get 10% off!

Winter 14-15 Course Dates

Click on the image to see a full list of course dates for the 14-15 winter season.





















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May 7

The Snake Couloir is one of the most sought after ski descents in the San Juans.  It will test your mettle for steep skiing, climbing, altitude, and ropework – and will reward you with a beautiful line through a tight couloir followed by a vast, wide open bowl below.  If you’re ready to expand your ski mountaineering skills and push your skiing to new levels, the Snake Couloir is for you.  We offer guided descents of the Snake Couloir throughout the spring season.

The elevator shaft crux of the Snake Couloir.

The elevator shaft crux of the Snake Couloir.


















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Apr 18

Following is a trip report from our 2014 Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course.  The participants – Chris, JP, Zack, & Chelsea – accomplished numerous high level ski tours while learning the ropes of ski mountaineering.  By the end of the week, they were using their new skills to lead the group through steep, complex climbs and descents in the heart of the Chugach Range near Valdez, Alaska.

Riding the Cracked Ice Glacier with Python Peak looming in the background. Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course 2014.























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May 8

Guide Matt Wade and client Larry Hall just completed a ski descent of the Lavender Couloir on 14,150′ Mt. Sneffels.  This is a classic ski mountaineering trip in the San Juans that includes an exciting roped climb to the summit, a chance to top out on a highly regarded “14’er”, and a beautiful ski descent that begins in a tight couloir and finishes on wide-open rolling terrain nearly 3000′ feet below.  Larry sent us this note after the trip: “Thank you again for the great ski day on Mt. Sneffels.  It will forever be on my list of top ski memories!”

Larry enjoying perfect turns in soft corn snow during a ski descent of 14'150' Mt. Sneffels.

Larry enjoying perfect turns during a ski descent of 14’150′ Mt. Sneffels.

















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