Join us this Friday! 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. Every other Friday our IFMGA/AMGA/AIARE certified ski guides will head out and create an amazing ski tour or "lift-accessed" backcountry ski day in the incredible Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass. Depending on snow conditions and specific clients' ambitions, our AMGA-certified/trained guides will tailor a memorable, one-of-a-kind untracked adventure. 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)
The following items are provided for your day tour:
The following Demo AT rental ski package is available for $15 discount per person ($45 pp):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.