February 16, 2017

FREE SCOTT Demo Day - Saturday Feb 18

Come try Scott backcountry skis and boots on Saturday February 18 from AspenExpeditions the base of Aspen Highlands!

February 14, 2017

Wednesday February 15, 5:30 pm - History on Tap - Backcountry Skiing in Aspen

Come listen to the living local ski legends Art Burrows, Dick Jackson, Neal Beidleman, Chris Davenport and Jordan White talk about the evolution of five decades of backcountry skiing in and around Aspen.


Event location: Highlands Alehouse$10 includes a beer
Presented by Aspen Historical Society

Skiing Mt Hayden 
December 14, 2016

Know Before You Go

It's time!  Take that Avalanche Course and enjoy the backcountry!

https://aspenexpeditions.com/collections/avalanche-courses

 

October 27, 2016

Women, Ladies, Babes, Girls.. bottom Line Is, "We Rip Too."



Women, ladies, babes, girls.. bottom line is, "we rip too." A lot of men, as well as women, seem to think that skiing "off-piste" is an extreme and dangerous activity. For this reason, females mistakenly become deterred from the backcountry. This lack of female participation in backcountry skiing as slowly been seeing an increase in participants. Clinics, camps and social networking has helped chicks feel confident enough to change the trend. 
Here at Aspen Expeditions, we are striving to create a supportive community where we can foster growth, confidence & fun amongst women in an otherwise intimidating arena. 

Our goal with a women's program is to build a community where women can feel comfortable getting out into the backcountry, learning safety and technique without feeling the normal 'pressures.' The backcountry environment is an ever-evolving process, where the more education and experiences one has the opportunity to engage in, the better off they are. 

Check out our program below and book online or contact us with any questions you may have! Looking forward to getting you out there with us!!

Aspen Expeditions' Womens Backcountry Skiing Program

See the following article in Forbes;

America's Hut To Hut Skiing--For Women Only - Forbes

 

September 23, 2016

Peak Season -the First Snows fall high in the mountains



The seasons are changing.  It's peak autumn season here in the central rockies near Aspen, CO. The Aspen Trees are golden, the high mountains covered with a dusting of snow.

Coming out this fall? Then come let us take you on day of fall rock climbing, maybe a peak ascent or scenic autumn mountain hike.

Planning to come this winter or thinking about it?  Join us for a day of backcountry skiing, take an avalanche course, go on a custom hut trip with your friends/family or try your hand at ice climbing.

 

August 30, 2016

Summer's not over yet here in Aspen!

It's late August.  As summer tapers off into the fall the weather here high in the

Rockies is still ideal for climbing mountains, climbing rock and trekking/hiking around the mountains.  Plenty of clear skies and a temperate climate!


The summer has been fantastic.   A thank you to all of our wonderful guests!  Below are a few images of good times in the mountains;

 

Guest feedback:

Craig says;

"Hey just wanted to say had an epic day. Jack is freakin' awesome.  Loved every second of it.  Can't wait to do more with you guys. "

Whit Kelly

"A quick note of thanks for a great day yesterday on Pyramid! Scott was a fantastic guide, keeping this flatlander on pace and on target. Truth is, I was quite unsure at the outset with my finger issue, my boots having blown out the day before and just general trepidation. We had perfect weather, saw plenty of goats and experienced views that cannot be beaten.

Scott engineered a great summit day for me and I appreciate his patience dragging me up where the air is a tad thinner than Fort Worth and the rocks a bit bigger. So, thanks to you and your team for a very memorable day."

May 25, 2016

Rock this Summer in Aspen/Snowmass!

Get outside and enjoy the mountains! Plan your day or multi-day trips now.

  • Go for a fun day of rock climbing up on Independence Pass. 
  • Get in an alpine climb up Pyramid Peak, the Maroon Bells or Capitol Peak and more.
  • Wander amid wildflowers in the high alpine wilderness on a mountain hike, overnight camping trip, or a trek to Crested Butte. 
  • Got a group or party? Consider an adventure ropes course Terrain Challenge including fun elements such as a zipline across a gorge, a climb out of an ice cave, a slack line across a river and more. (Customized for your group.) 
  • With snow still high on the peaks come on snow climbs and/or ski off of Independence Pass.

The staff and professional AMGA Mountain Guides at Aspen Expeditions excel at providing a custom outdoor experience for you and your group. From easy half day private hikes and rock climbs to multi-night "turn-key" camping and technical peak outings, let us help you plan some outdoor mountain fun!  Contact us today via email or voice at 970-925-7625

Tidbits

  • Aspen Expeditions Worldwide is a US Forest Permittee since 1976
  • AEW only hires the most professional mountain guides with formal AMGA training or certifications!
  • AEW was voted 'Business of the Year' by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association
  • We love our staff & mountain guides ... and know you will too!
April 24, 2016

Thank You For A Stellar 2015/2016 Season!

Ahh, what a season it has been...

I will admit I've made the "best day ever" statement a few times this year. Each day would come and trump the one before. With our zone averaging a relatively stable snowpack, the backcountry scene was going off. We got to big zones and big lines all season long - and in excellent condition (for the most part). The overall vibe around town seemed to hold at a high level of stoke. 

Here at Aspen Expeditions, we were reaping the benefits of Mother Nature's blessing. We had a very busy ski guiding season, with lots of new clients and our wonderful returns.

Some memorable hut trips went down. Two of my favorites included our rockstar all-women's hut trip that landed right smack in the middle of a two-foot powder storm, and a Crested Butte to Aspen hut traverse that landed several peak summits along the way, (just to highlight a few...)

Greg Shaffran (AE ski guide), & team relaxing on the porch of the Friends Hut.

This year's ice climbing season was also a strong one, with some great melt-freeze cycles bringing some of our local classics into fat condition. 

On the international front, we had a successful Haute Route with an incredible group of folks - some Aspen locals and some folks from a far. They traveled through everything from total white-out conditions, to bluebird glacial skiing. They explored Chamonix and drank beers & wine along the way, experiencing the exclusive European ski culture. 

We are soon heading down to Bolivia with some clients to climb Mururata. Mururata is a mountain in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia. It offers accessible climbing with moderate routes. Good luck to the team!

Congratulations to several of our guides, who completed/passed AMGA courses/exams, adding quite a bit of credentials to their resumes. Congratulations to Britt Ruguer on his AMGA ski guide exam, and Sammy Podhurst and Nate Emerson on their AMGA ski guide course!

Oh, and how could I forget - we won the 2015 Business of the Year!!! What an achievement and proud moment for our wonderful owners Dick Jackson and his wife, Paulina VanderNoorda, as well as the entire AE family. 

All-in-all, it was a top-notch season and I think we can all say we got our fill of exceptional ski days. While we are still spring skiing and mountaineering, I can say it is just about that time for me to turn my attention to the rock - send mode!

Thank you all for a great season - we wouldn't be here without you all and without the support from our great community.  

March 07, 2016

You're invited - 5 pm, March 9, Highlands - Group Dynamics in the Backcountry

Come to Aspen Expeditions' Backcountry Snowpack Roundtable Discussion this Wednesday, March 9, 5 pm at the Aspen Highlands' Taqueria .  Featured guests include Aspen Expeditions' Guides &  Staff and local journalist, ski aficionado Tim Mutrie to discuss the differences and similarities between the interpersonal dynamics of a 'guided group'' vs. a 'peer group' going out on a backcountry ski tour. 

Schedule a custom date for a local's backcountry ski tour for you and your group (4 people max guide ratio). Enjoy a great tour in the backcountry along with the local knowledge about the status of the backcountry snowpack! Just contact us!
 
Coming up:
March 18-20, 2016: AIARE LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE ... The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, and rescue. In a continental snowpack such as the Elk Mountains, AE's customized instruction maximizes student learning outcomes as they relate to backcountry travel. Aspen Expeditions has been teaching avalanche courses since 1980 and has an intimate knowledge of the Colorado snowpack. (ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT)
March 01, 2016

This Friday, March 4, Get Outside on a Local's Backcountry Ski Tour

Join Aspen Expeditions' Local's Backcountry Ski Tour this Friday, March 3 with IFMGA guide Mike Arnold. Meet at Aspen Highlands.  You must preregister either online, stop by our shop or call us at 970-925-7625 (SPACE IS LIMITED TO 4 per guide).

IFMGA guide Mike Arnold will share his intimate knowledge of the local backcountry conditions and more.

Can't make it this Friday?  We'll be going out every other Friday or on a custom date scheduled that works for you and your group (4 people max guide ratio). Enjoy a great tour in the backcountry along with the local knowledge about the status of the backcountry snowpack! Just contact us!
 
Coming up:
March 18-20, 2016: AIARE LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE ... The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, and rescue. In a continental snowpack such as the Elk Mountains, AE's customized instruction maximizes student learning outcomes as they relate to backcountry travel. Aspen Expeditions has been teaching avalanche courses since 1980 and has an intimate knowledge of the Colorado snowpack. (ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT)
 
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