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Rocky Mountain Ski Mountaineering Camp

Location Colorado

Season Winter - Spring

Difficulty Intermediate to Difficult

Duration 3 Days


Are you an experience backcountry skier? Have you been looking to take your backcountry skiing to the next level? We can help. The Mountain Guide’s Colorado ski mountaineering camp is the perfect venue for anyone looking to improve their technical ski and split-mountaineering skills. The curriculum includes risk management and decision-making, as well as technical skills like snow climbing, anchors and rope management. The best part is that the course takes place on classic technical ski mountaineering objectives in Rocky!

The first day will start at our office discussing clothing, equipment, the contents of our backpack, and current snowpack conditions. We will then transition to the field for skill-building. Lessons include  snow-climbing, avalanche rescue, rope systems and steep-skiing techniques.

Days 2 and 3 take place in RMNP, ascending and descending some of the best technical ski mountaineering objectives in the Rockies. The participant of this camp should be capable of hiking uphill 6000’+/day, an experienced backcountry skier, an advanced level skier/rider, in excellent physical condition, and have an adventurous spirit to participate. This camp is for those who are capable of going big, but desire the skills to go bigger!

Season Winter - Spring

Elevation Gain 4000-6000

Minimum Age 18

Trip Planner



Risk management discussion

Planning and prep

  • Backpack
  • Backcountry equipment
  • Clothing
  • Technical equipment
  • Basic land navigation

Seasonal snowpack discussion

Terrain options based on conditions and snowpack

  • Travelling in avalanche terrain
  • Open/closed terrain concept
  • Snowpack assessment (on ski tour)

Avalanche search and rescue

  • Practice
  • Improvised rescue sled
  • Improvised shelter

Backcountry travel techniques

  • Route finding
  • Track setting
  • Skinning
  • Descending

Technical skills for increasing security

  • Knots and hitches
  • Anchor construction
  • Belaying
  • Lowering, plus knot pass
  • Rappelling
  • Basic raising systems
  • Mountain axe
  • Boot crampons
  • Ski crampons

Steep skiing techniques

Multiple backcountry ski tours with technical ascent and descents in RMNP

Going forward discussion

  • Mentorship

Pricing: $950 per person

April 24-26, 2020



  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pants
  • Socks:  Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.




  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet
  • Ice Ax
  • Crampons (ski boot compatible)
  • Ski Crampons
  • Harness
  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots

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
  • Amazing Back Country Ski day with JHMG. Our Guide knew exactly where to find the best pow! I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    — Rob Barton
  • Sensational! What an amazing experience. This experience was top-notch. The guides are experts, sponsored by core brands, and totally friendly. You will get pushed to your limits but what is really nice is that they take the time to combine people with similar skill levels. They are here for you.

Trip Sponsors

Participants get test a full line of Fischer Skis and Boots at NO charge!!! Reps will be on hand to help you choose a ski and Boot to meet the needs of the course!

Talk To Us

Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.

By Phone 800.239.7642

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