Intro to Backountry Ski and Splitboard Class: Rocky Mountain National Park

Location Colorado

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Intermediate

Duration 1 Day


This one day camp is ideal for the resort skier or rider who is looking to transition into backcountry skiing or riding. Our guides will help you to make the intimidating transition from from front country to backcountry feel more approachable by sharing the basic fundamental skills in both the classroom and the field.


By the end of the day, participants will have been introduced to the necessary skills to participate in future backcountry tours, either guided or as a well informed recreational partner. This information includes packing, layering, pacing, navigation and emergency planning, as well as any teachable moments along the way. 


Participants in the camp should be capable of hiking 3000 feet uphill in a day and must be strong intermediate to advanced skiers who are capable of skiing un-groomed and treed terrain. This camp is ideal preparation for for taking an AIARE 1 course.

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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Plan to meet your guide in Estes Park around 8 AM. During this time, you’ll go over the following topics:

  • Introductions
  • Risk Management
  • Gear and Packing
  • Avalanche Hazard Discussion
  • Navigation and Trip Planning

From there, you’ll head into the field for a tour, throughout which, you will cover the following topics:

  • Intro to Avalanche Rescue
  • Layering
  • Route Finding and Navigation
  • Skin Track Setting and Pacing
  • Snowpack Assessment
  • Traveling in Avalanche Terrain
  • Strategies for Downhill Travel

Price: $250 per person

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SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at Jackson location ONLY)

  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)




  • Top notch guide service with enormous experience. I love the educational aspect as well. I always learn a ton.

    — Dirk Friel
  • This is our third trip here to backcountry ski.  We love our guide and always request him.  The experience each year is always different and amazing.  This is the perfect escape for a few executives and we are already planning next year’s trip.

    — Paul Ellingson

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