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Hike to the top of 13,320-foot K-12 from the old mining town of Ophir and conquer a series of narrow gullies and 40-degree chutes. Ski around frozen Bear Creek Falls to the fixed-rope Monkey Bars, and end your descent of the San Juans with apres drinks in downtown Telluride.
$650; March – May;telluridemountainguides.com
From Ouray, ski in five miles to base camp at 12,000-foot Yankee Boy Basin. The next morning, skin and crampon your way up 14,150-foot Mount Sneffels and choose from a scary-steep descent down the south side.
$650; December – May;ourayclimbing.com
The East Coast isn’t known for its multi-day tours, but this two-day trip into the Adirondacks is worth it. Sleep in a cabin three miles into the six-mile approach or tent in the trees near the base of Gothics Mountain. The next day, climb the 4,736-foot peak (with crampons, ice ax, and rope) and descend the 45-degree New Finger Slide.
$460; February – April;cloudsplitterguides.com
Spend two days in Utah’s Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and lap Mount Superior’s wide-open Cardiac Bowl. Spend the night at a local motel and finish the trip with a 4,000-foot drop down Mineral Fork from Cardiac Ridge. Total vertical: 10,000 feet.
$560; December – April;exum.ofutah.com
This ancient battle route through the Swiss Alps serves up more than just history. Find out morehere.
Maximize your vert with this down-to-earth, big mountain ski tour in the Alaskan frontier. Find out more here.
Glaciers, cols, and crevasses surround the jagged spire of Forbidden Peak in northern Washington. Find out more here.
This horseshoe-shaped Silk Road, quietly pioneered by Canadian skiers, begins in Blackcomb and ends at Whistler. Find out more here.