Locals!...schedule a day of backcountry skiing or spring ski mountaineering with one of our AMGA Ski Guides! You live here in Aspen or the Roaring Fork Valley and can ski anything inbounds without a 2nd thought and are yearning for something more...join us for a day of skiing beyond the boundaries of the ski resorts. Perhaps you are looking to hone your avy skills, learn more about terrain management or you are just after untracked deep powder. Our local ski day will provide for you and your group!
These tours are limited to 4 people per guide and you must provide a pay stub, bill or drivers license showing you are indeed a "local". Discover skiing in the Maroon Bells Wilderness with some of the most qualified backcountry ski guides in our country!
Sign up online or please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to request more information. Custom dates available. (price based on minimum guide ratio of 3:1 and maximum of 4:1 - supplement for more)
Duration: Day Tour - Approx 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place. If you need AT gear call 970-925-7625 to schedule a time to get setup at the backcountry center at Aspen Highlands.
Maximum Guide Ratio: 4:1
Fitness Level: All tours are custom and suited for your physical ability and needs.
Includes: AMGA trained/certified ski guide, use of avalanche beacon, shovel, probe & ski pack, 3% USFS land use surcharge
Not included: personal skiing equipment (Alpine Touring (AT) ski, or snowboard equipment (available for demo at $15 discount), single ride lift tickets (discounted day ticket available), lunch/snack food.
Prep- Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss appropriate terrain for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time.
You will be provided with a pack w/probe, shovel & avalanche beacon. If you need alpine touring ski equipment (AT skis, skins, boots) we can arrange to set you up the morning of at 8:30 am at Aspen Highlands shop or the night before between 3:00-5:30 pm. (You will receive a $15 discount.)
The Day - Meet your guide at our shop or at a pre-determined lift station. Head up the gondola, lift(s) toward the top of the mountain. The guide will start you on an inbounds ski run for a gear shakedown and beacon/probe/shovel overview. With a short hike or ski tour you will arrive to the drop in zone for a descent. Depending on the terrain chosen you either ski a long descent down to the valley floor, repeat it if time allows or you ski multiple short descents with short uphill ski tours and if conditions allow a long descent to finish the day. The lunch location is up to you & your guide - You can either lunch along en route or stop at a mountain restaurant. (lunch/snacks are not included)
BACKCOUNTRY SKIING EQUIPMENT LIST
The following items are provided for your day tour:
Day-tour backpack: (airbag available)
- Avalanche Transceiver
Avy shovel: metal blade is a must
The following Demo AT rental ski package is available for $15 discount per person ($45 pp):
- Touring skis or splitboard and boots
- Climbing Skins: adjusted to skis
- Ski Poles (adjustable length optional)
Socks: Wool or synthetic ski socks
Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
Mid Layer: Synthetic or wool zip shirt
Hard Shell or Softshell pants: A pair with side vents are best.
Insulated vest or jacket: down or synthetic.
Hard or Soft shell jacket: waterproof and breathable, no or little insulation.
Gloves: a pair of heavy gloves and a pair of medium weight gloves
Hats: one with brim, one for warmth
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava: optional, but nice to have
- Water bottle
Small thermos: (Optional)
Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit: for your personal meds/needs
- Camera or Smartphone
- Lunch/Snack foodÂ
Participants will travel through the winter backcountry for field days on skis, splitboard with skins, or snowshoes. Come dressed appropriately with warm layers for moderate physical exertion in cool and wintry weather.
THE FIRST STEP
It is suggested that you maintain a good level of physical fitness. Maintain and build heart and lung endurance with cardiovascular activities such as swimming, cycling, running and hiking. Hike up hill, up stairs or do squats to prepare your legs for mountain travel.
THE NEXT STEP
Follow a day of lift-served backcountry ski with another ski day, a backcountry ski tour, a backcountry ski camp, hut trip or international ski trip.
AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. If you choose to cancel within 7 days of a scheduled trip, you will be charged full price. Within 7-14 days of your trip, we would be happy to work out a date to reschedule. If you choose to cancel 2 weeks or more (3 weeks or more for multi-day trips of 5+ people) prior to your scheduled trip, you will receive a full refund. If your guide decides that weather makes your scheduled trip a no-go, we will work with you to reschedule, give you a credit, or refund your trip. Travel Guard insurance is available via our website homepage.
Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions andÂ route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience. Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.