Lift Access BC Ski/Ride

  • For many resort skiers and snowboarders, there is something decidedly romantic, wild west and even risqué, perhaps, about riding a chairlift up the ski area, then exiting the ski area and skiing down untracked chutes and bowls potentially as far down as the valley floor.

    The mountains of the Elk Range and the access provided by our local ski areas — Aspen Mt., Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk — combine to make Aspen/Snowmass an incredible destination for backcountry skiers. From the top of a lift, a short hike — or just a traverse, in some cases — opens up infinite options for hand-crafted backcountry skiing tours.

    Depending on snow conditions and specific clients' ambitions, our AMGA-certified guides will tailor a memorable, one-of-a-kind untracked adventure just for you and your group.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.



      

  • Duration: Day Tour -  Approx 9:00 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, lunch/snack food.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • 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 location. From there your will head out to the trailhead. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group. You will stop for lunch and snacks en route. (lunch/snacks are not included)

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • BACKCOUNTRY SKIING EQUIPMENT LIST

    SKI EQUIPMENT

    The following items are provided for your day tour:

    • Day-tour backpack: (airbag available)
    • Avalanche Transceiver
    • Probe
    • 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)

    CLOTHING

    • 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
    • Helmet (recommended)
    • Sunglasses
    • Goggles 

    OTHER ITEMS

    • Water bottle
    • Small thermos: (Optional)
    • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
    • Headlamp
    • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit: for your personal meds/needs
    • Camera or Smartphone
    • Lunch/Snack food 
    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • 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  backcountry ski touring with another ski day, a lift access backcountry ski tour, a backcountry ski camp, hut trip or international ski trip.

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
  • POLICIES

    Booking/Cancellation policy: AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. Cancellations made within 7 days of a scheduled course will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via aspenexpeditions.com website.

    Risk Management

    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 and 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. 

    Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.



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