Backcountry Skiing in Colorado
There are a few reasons that Mountain Trip relocated our headquarters to southwest Colorado. Most of the reasons revolve around our passions of climbing and skiing. The backcountry skiing above our office in Telluride and our homes in Ophir is absolutely world-class! We structure our lives so that we can have ample opportunity to sample the great snow that falls above town and to explore the immense quantity of great terrain that the San Juan Mountains provide.
Operating under permits from our local US Forest Service, Mountain Trip is offering guided ski touring amidst the 13-14,000′ peaks in our southwest corner of Colorado. The opportunities are endless. We have access to everything from rolling hills (perfect for novice ski tourers) to steep couloirs, bowls, and tree skiing for the expert skier or snowboarder.
If you have ever dreamed of learning the skills to explore the winter backcountry or dropping into steep lines off craggy ridges thousands of feet above an alpine valley, give us a ring! Our guides are highly trained in the specialty field of ski guiding as well as avalanche forecasting, assessment, and rescue. We love teaching the skills necessary to help you expand what you thought possible in the mountains.
Introductory courses focus on:
- The use of backcountry equipment
- Route planning
- How to ascend efficiently
- Travel techniques in the backcountry with an emphasis on avalanche awareness
- How to ski powder and mixed conditions commonly encountered outside the tracked-out ski area
Private ski touring can be tailored to best meet your vision and goals. We are happy to instruct you in the basics, review higher level skills or venture far and wide seeking those face shots so commonly found above 10,000′ in the Rockies!!
**Mountain Trip operates under a special use permit in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.
Mountain Trip provides services and employment opportunities regardless of an individual’s ethnic or cultural heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or physical handicap.