Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park

Location Colorado

Season Winter - Spring

Difficulty Intermediate to Difficult

Duration 1 Day

Overview

Our ski mountaineering programs are designed to build upon basic backcountry touring skills.  Current snow and avalanche conditions and the guests interests will dictate the choice of venue and particular skills taught.  Our typical Ski Mountaineering objectives cover 4000-6000 vertical feet in a day and usually take place In Tyndal Gorge or Glacier Gorge and could include skiing from the summit of Longs Peak, or a variety of other 13,000 ft peaks.  Technical skills and techniques covered on each objective may include ice axe use, steep snow climbing, boot and ski crampons, rope management, snow anchors, belaying and rappelling.

Season Winter - Spring

Elevation Gain 4000-6000

Minimum Age 18

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Itinerary

The itinerary for our Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat fluid due to conditions and ability level.  One thing is for sure, it requires an alpine start.  Generally you will meet up with your guide in Estes Park the night before to go over gear and discuss goals, route objectives and preparation.

Starts usually occur between 2:00 and 4:00 am and we are out all day.

$650 private; $400pp for 2; 

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.

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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.

UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters
  • Socks: (1 to 2 pairs) synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.

HEAD AND HANDS

  • Gloves 2 to 3 pair: 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
  • Hat: medium weight ski hat
  • Hat: baseball or visor for sun
  • Balacava/neck gaiter

ACCESSORIES

  • Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
  • Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
  • Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
  • Ski Goggles
  • Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Headlamp-Extra batteries
  • First Aid: minimal-blister kit

SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)

  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet
  • Ice Ax
  • Crampons (ski boot compatible)
  • Ski Crampons
  • Harness
  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)

 

 

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Testimonials

  • Top notch guide service with enormous experience. I love the educational aspect as well. I always learn a ton.

    — Dirk Friel
  • Amazing Back Country Ski day with JHMG. Our Guide knew exactly where to find the best pow! I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    — Rob Barton
  • Sensational! What an amazing experience. This experience was top-notch. The guides are experts, sponsored by core brands, and totally friendly. You will get pushed to your limits but what is really nice is that they take the time to combine people with similar skill levels. They are here for you.

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Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.

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