Backcountry ski or snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies with an Professional Apex Ex guide
Full Day-6 hrs
Professional Local Guide
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
January 1st – May 30th (Snow Dependent)
Must be a confident resort skier with moderate fitness level.
Avalanche Safety Gear: Beacon/Shovel/Probe $40 per person
Private $299. 2 people $350.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Overview
Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is growing in popularity because of the unique experience of un-tracked powder while exploring secluded mountains ranges. Apex Ex ski guides provides an experience that any skier or rider will not soon forget. Whether the focus is powder turns, gaining local knowledge; from first time backcountry skiers to seasoned riders there is an Apex Ex trip for you. Prerequisites: No previous backcountry ski or snowboard experience necessary; Apex Avy course preferred. A moderate level of fitness with the ability to comfortably ski or snowboard intermediate runs in all snow conditions is recommended.
A great way to have fun and stay safe while skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry
At the intro level you will learn the basics of safe backcountry travel in avalanche terrain. Training will include how to properly use avalanche safety equipment, as well as how to efficiently travel uphill on skis/splitboards.
This day is geared to get you hooked on the sport. We understand that different people have different goals. Our guides will keep you safe, both physically and mentally while you are in the backcountry. If you are considering this trip, you might also be interested in our Apex 2 day avalanche course or our Backcountry overnight ski tour.
Ages: Majority of our clients are adults, but we can accommodate family trips as well . Please contact Apex Ex and we will help you decide which level trip to sign up for.
This trip is great for skiers or snowboarders who want to either ski powder in the backcountry or learn more about backcountry travel.
Healthy and active people will do well on these trips. Solid skiing skills along with a moderate level of fitness will increase your enjoyment of these trips.
Wear layers so that you can shed them if you are hot and bundle up if you are cold. Consult the backcountry ski/snowboard gear list (insert link) to find out everything you will need to bring with you on a backcountry ski/snowboard day.
Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality in the field. Your guide goes to incredible lengths to keep you safe and happy. A tip of twenty to thirty dollars per person per day is recommended for excellent service on this trip.
Cancellation Policy: There is a 50% refund available for trips canceled more than 2 weeks in advanced. All trips are non-refundable within 2 weeks of the trip date. In the case of inclement weather prior to the trip start you will be credited the amount paid for future use with Apex Ex valid for up to 1 year from the scheduled trip date.
Responsibility: In the case that a member of the party becomes sick or injured it is the responsibility of the group to abandon the summit attempt and assist in rescue. Additionally, if for any reason the guide determines the group is in unreasonable danger, it is the responsibility of the climbing members to stay with the guide. These situations are part of mountaineering and are non-refundable.
Backcountry Travel Winter Progression
Gain the skills to safely travel the backcountry by ski or snowboard. The Apex Ex progression provides both the education and the experience needed to enjoy challenging yet rewarding winter mountain terrain. From the Avi 1 Ex to the Backcountry Ski Tour build the confidence to find the best powder Colorado has to offer.
Apex Avi 2 day Avalanche Course
Backcountry Skiing Basic
Overnight Ski Tour
Check out this backcountry ski video.
The winter progression stems from a foundation of knowledge that is gained from taking the Avi 1 Ex course. The next step is to gain practical experience during backcountry ski days with an Apex Ex guide. The final step of the progression includes a multi day backcountry ski or split board tour that includes overnight survival techniques and 2 days of powder skiing. Following these steps with Apex Ex will help you to develop your confidence and experience in the backcountry.