Backcountry Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Location Colorado

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy-Difficult

Duration 1 Day


Colorado is well known for its high snowy peaks and expansive views. Rocky Mountain National Park offers the Backcountry Skier and Rider incredible terrain and amazing access. We at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides live for backcountry skiing and riding the Rocky Mountains.  You can rest assured that any one of our guides that you go out with will have intimate knowledge of the terrain, the snow pack and the daily weather patterns to help choose the perfect backcountry tour for that day.  Our guides work in these mountains year round and tend to know many of the runs and summits that most folks are not aware of.  It takes years and years to become familiar with the range and knowing multiple options and tours for all conditions and weather and this is something that we truly pride our self on.  We offer custom trips for novice to expert skiers and riders and will help you select objectives in line with your ability and enthusiasm.  Join one of our experienced guides for a day of untracked powder, solitude and exercise.  Our backcountry tours span from gladed tree skiing during low visibility days to scenic summits and high mountain traverses and everything in between.  Get a group together or join us for a private day out for some of the most beautiful backcountry touring terrain in the states!

Season Winter

Minimum Age 10

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Arguably the best value in The Front Range! This adventure requires no $100 lift ticket or I-70 traffic jams and pairs you with one of the most experienced backcountry guides in the industry. An unparalleled experience for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers and riders.  The day starts early in Estes Park for a quick gear check as well as a quick avalanche beacon refresher.  From there the group will head into Rocky Mountain National Park where we will quickly get into touring mode and start stretching the legs for the uphill ascent.  Options like The Banana Bowl and Hidden Valley offer guests amazing introductory terrain, while The Dream Shots, The South Face of Hallet and Tyndal Gorge gives more advanced riders opportunity to test themselves. Expect to get in 2000-5000 vertical feet during your tour.  You can also expect these days to run about 6-8 hours in total beginning early at the JHMG office.  Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked directly online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your adventure.

Ski some of Rocky Mountain National Park’s famous couloirs and plush descents, such as the prominent  on Dragon’s Tail or the Dead Elk to name a couple.  These tours are for advanced skiers and riders only. Expect to get in 3500-65000 vertical feet.  You can also expect these days to run about 7-9 hours in total beginning early at the JHMG office.  Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked directly online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your adventure.

General Ski Tours Price: $450  private; $300 pp for 2; $200pp for 3-6

Advanced Ski Tours Price: $550 private; $400pp for 2; $300pp for 3-6

Group pricing is for 2 – 3 people on a trip. We tend to guide 3 guests to 1 guide for group trips.

Private trips cannot be booked directly online based on scheduling, please click here to inquire about specific dates for a private trip. Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

Boulder is located 25 miles northwest of Denver, and about 43 miles from Denver International Airport. Meeting locations vary depending on the time of year and the class/trip, your guide will provide you with this information. There are plenty of accommodations and amenities located in Boulder, however camping is not readily available. If you have any additional questions your Colorado climbing adventure, please contact our call (303) 532-5184.


Conditions can be favorable for climbing at nearly any point during the year, but for most objectives, better climbing conditions occur in spring, summer, and autumn. Spring has a higher likelihood of precipitation. Summer afternoon temperatures can climb into the 90’s and isolated afternoon thunderstorms are common. In the autumn, climbers tend to find the most reliable conditions. Winter has many spells of great climbing weather, but it is difficult to plan in advance, as the Front Range can also receive full Rocky Mountain snowstorms and cold fronts. Because cliffs are dramatically affected by sun and wind exposure (or lack thereof), please refer to your JHMG guide for route or area recommendations. Suggestions are to provide our guests with the most enjoyable experience.

During summer months, even if the day dawns clear, all climbers should pack a rain jacket for the occasional surprise afternoon thundershower. Synthetic clothing is strongly advised at many times of the year, and is almost always preferable to  cotton. Comfort levels can vary quite a bit depending on where you are climbing within a given climbing area, so please ask us for our clothing recommendations based on your planned climb/class and if you are unfamiliar with the area. It is common for us to suggest an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

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