Bridal Veil Backcountry Ski Camp
Come test your fortitude in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Inspired by Alaska-style base camps, our Bridal Veil Backcountry Ski Camp will help you dip your toes into winter camping, with the added benefits of heated tents and catered meals, all while enjoying incredible backcountry skiing.
Challenge yourself in a more friendly winter camping environment at altitude
These trips are for the experienced backcountry skier or rider who is considering an Alaska Range Ski Camp trip, skiing Denali, heading to Chamonix, or has any other expedition-oriented goals. While it may lack the glaciated terrain of those areas, the stunning basin of Upper Bridal Veil Basin provides an excellent backdrop to test your skills as a skier and mountaineer, and provides altitude experience as you’ll be sleeping at 12,500 feet.
Included are three guided days of backcountry skiing and two nights of heated tent camping in Upper Bridal Veil Basin. All groups will be guided by one of our AMGA trained or certified guides. We’ll access the Bridal Veil Backcountry Ski Camp by skiing out the gate of the Telluride Ski Resort, so purchase of a single-day ski pass will be necessary. From base camp, we’ll have convenient access to world-class backcountry skiing.
The base camp consists of three double-walled Arctic Oven Tents. Each tent sits on an insulated wooden platform, providing some extra warmth for your feet. In addition, you’ll be sleeping on cots donned with sleeping pads and down sleeping bags. While the sleeping situation may not be considered “warm” by normal standards, it’s certainly more comfortable than your average winter camping experience, allowing for a softer introduction into what can be an intimidating experience.
Catered meals are included as part of the experience, complete with a kitchen tent for sheltered dining. After skiing, you’ll enjoy some of the best stargazing in the area beside a blazing evening bonfire.
Sleeping bags, a camp parkas and meals will be provided, so all you need to bring is a toothbrush, sleeping bag liner, and one change of warm clothes (keep it light!). Backcountry ski gear is not provided, but is available for rent through Mountain Trip.
If you have questions or are unsure of where to start in your backcountry progression, please contact the Mountain Trip office at [email protected] or (970) 369-1153.