Colorado Backcountry Basics Tour

Location Colorado

Season Winter

Difficulty Intermediate

Duration 1 Day

Overview

Our “Backcountry Basics Tour” is a one day backcountry touring program that takes people into Rocky Mountain National Park with the emphasis on refreshing general backcountry and avalanche safety skills.  Many people ask us what they should do after they take a Level I or Level II Avalanche Course and this program fits the exact need for filling in the gaps and having the ability to practice a skill set while completing a classic backcountry tour.  This tour is built to meet the needs of those that have a experience in the backcountry as well as some avalanche safety and want to get out with friends and practice and polish a specific set of skills.  The program is designed for the intermediate to advanced skier or rider looking to expand their mountain knowledge and continue their avalanche safety education.  We look to have a minimum of 3 people for these programs as to provide a diverse learning environment.  So if you and you’re backcountry friends are looking to get into the mountains, gain some new skills as well as ski or ride the scenic terrain of the Tetons then this is the program for you!

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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This epic refresher tour is an all-day affair.  So don’t forget snacks and water!

Once you sign up, your guide will be in touch with you to discuss goals and desires for the day.

You will meet your guide at 7:30am  at the designated trailhead.  We will do a quick overview of the curriculum and head out!

You should plan to be back at the trailhead by 4:00 pm.  With achy muscles and a head full of knowledge, you will hopefully feel better prepared for your next backcountry skiing adventure.

Price: $450 Private 1:1, $275 per person 2:1, $200 per person 3:1

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 (optional)

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
  • This is our third trip here to backcountry ski.  We love our guide and always request him.  The experience each year is always different and amazing.  This is the perfect escape for a few executives and we are already planning next year’s trip.

    — Paul Ellingson
  • 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
  • It was an amazing trip, with professional, fun & hilarious guides (Aimee, Steve, Erica & Lisa)!  The experience was one that I will remember for a lifetime, and the skills I learned will be utilized on many upcoming adventures! Thanks JHMG, for a wonderful adventure!

    — Kathi O'Neill

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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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