Backcountry Adventure Guide - Rockies



Aspen Adventure Skiing Camps

, Aspen, CO

Dates: 4 five-day camps between February and April

Price: $995

Description: If your view of this mountain is still prejudiced because of a few one-piece-suit-wearing Hollywood millionaires, this five-day ski-mountaineering camp will show you just how 'core Ajax and its surrounding backcountry really are. The camp, which is designed for expert skiers in top condition, will also teach you what you need to know about winter backcountry travel, from self-rescue to avalanche awareness to ski technique.

Phone: 970-429-3222


Babes in the Backcountry, Breckenridge, CO
Dates: Feb. 17-19; March 2,3
Price: starting at $250
Description: These highly popular backcountry courses are for women looking to get into the backcountry in a less testosterone-filled environment. Run out of Breckenridge ski resort for the past four seasons, Babes in the Backcountry will teach you everything from skiing skills to building snow shelters to rescue and avalanche procedures. They offer two courses: Babes I for novices and intermediates; Babes II for the more experienced.
Phone: 970-453-8583

Berthoud Powder Guides, Berthoud, CO
Dates: Open throughout season
Price: $60 and up
Description: Even while it was closed for a few years, Berthoud got a lot of traffic from college kids backcountry skiing off the pass. So, you might as well forget the lifts altogether and let a Berthoud guide take you through areas like Currant Creek, Pump House, Russle Peak, Hidden Knoll, and the Peak Chutes. Hike-to-ski half-day tours run $60 including a $34 lift ticket; full-day tours are $100 and include lift ticket and lunch.
Phone: 800-SKI-BERT, x24

Chris Anthony Adventures, Vail and Arapahoe Basin, CO
Price: $250 and up
Description: Ski with 1996 Alaskan Extreme Skiing Champion Chris Anthony as he and his staff educate you on the best types of equipment, route selection, basic education, and snow safety. Participants should expect a physically demanding day of aggressive skiing tied together with instructional tips on backcountry skiing technique. Two-day A-Basin camp runs for $250. Heli-skiing packages are also available.
Phone: 970-845-9082

Sunlight Mountain Resort, Glenwood Springs, CO
Dates: Open throughout season
Price: $75 and up
Description: This little intermediate resort gets a hell of a lot bigger and a hell of a lot more challenging when it drops its ropes. New for this season, Sunlight's Williams Peak Tours (after the mountain you'll ski) are run by experienced backcountry guides and cover safety techniques and rescue procedures. Tour options are half day, single day, or take one as part of two-day workshop¿respectively $75, $110, and $190 per person.
Phone: 800-445-7931

Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Sun Valley, ID
Dates: Open throughout season
Price: $50-$100
Description: Tired of pricey lift tickets and movie stars crowding the slopes with their entourages of security guards? Hook up with the Sawtooth Mountain Guides for a guided trip through the Sawtooth Hut System and sample the amazing vertical around the Williams Peak yurt. Guided trips are $100 per person for a three-person group. (Or do it on your own for $30 per person.) Sawtooth Mountain Guides also offer avalanche-safety courses and introductory backcountry classes.
Phone: 208-774-3324

Moguls Ski Tours "Fresh Tracks" Program, Big Mountain and Big Sky, MT
Description: Ski tour company offers a fond farewell to anything resembling a crowd. The "Fresh Tracks" program is designed to take you to resorts that remain largely undiscovered by the skiing public with untracked expanses of ski trails, back country, and "oh my god" scenery.
Phone: 800-666-4857

Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Trips, Snowbird, UT
Dates: Five trips between Jan 13 and Feb 11, 2001
Price: $2995 - $3495 Canadian
Description: Whistler-based company specializes in all-mountain guiding and coaching for advanced-intermediate to expert skiers. 7-8 day trips to Chamonix, France; Champery, Switzerland; Verbier, Switzerland; Snowbird, Utah; and Kootney Triangle, BC, Canada.
Phone: 800-938-9656

Exum Mountain Guides, Wasatch Mountain Range, UT
Dates: Mid November-Mid April
Price: $215
Description: Imagine all that light, fluffy Utah powder in an untouched bowl the size of Guam just for you and a handful of friends to enjoy. Let Exum be your guide through the legendary Wasatch Mountain backcountry. With introductory, lift-accessed, wilderness, and custom backcountry tours, they can accommodate almost any trip you can think of. Turning skills in variable conditions are a must.
Phone: 801-550-EXUM

Moguls Ski Tours "Fresh Tracks" Program
Description: Ski tour company offers a fond farewell to anything resembling a crowd. The "Fresh Tracks" program is designed to take you to resorts that remain largely undiscovered by the skiing public with untracked expanses of ski trails, back country, and "oh my god" scenery. Trips are available to Alta, Brighton, Deer Valley, Elk Meadows, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance, and The Canyons.
Phone: 800-666-4857

Utah Interconnect Adventure
Dates: Open throughout season
Price: $150
Description: The interconnect is still one of the coolest things to do while visiting Utah resorts. You ski Park City, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird all in one shot-with a few lift rides, traverses, and short hikes in between. And you'll probably get to see more of the Wasatch wilderness than Joseph Smith himself. Trips leave from Park City or Snowbird, take about eight hours, and cost around $150 per person.
Phone: 801-534-1907

Jackson Ski Guides, Jackson, WY
Price: $415
Description: With Jackson's new open-boundary policy, there's a plethora of new terrain for visitors to explore (as if there wasn't enough already). If you're intrigued but intimidated by all the snow, steeps, and open space, hook up with these guys. They can deftly (and safely) guide you through the Bridger Teton national forest. Design your own trip, with suggestions from your guide.
Phone: 800-450-0477