A multi day ski or snowboard backcountry tour
2 days and 1 night
Professional Local Ski Guide and Avalanche Safety Equipment
Rocky Mountain National Park or Cameron Pass
January 1 – April 30th
Must be a confident resort skier with moderate fitness level.
Lodging and backcountry ski and snowboard equipment can be rented at industry standard rates. Please contact Apex Ex for more details about these rentals
2 Day: Private: $599. 2 people $899. Groups pricing available.
Backcountry Ski or Snowboard Overnight Trip Overview
A backcountry ski or snowboard weekend with an Apex Ex guide is an incredible way to experience winter in the Colorado Rockies. Whether you choose to sleep in a backcountry hut, or a decide to try a snow cave, spending the night in the Colorado backcountry during winter is an awesome way to enhance your backcountry ski or snowboard experience.
Day 1- Initially learn backcountry skills such as route finding, avalanche safety and efficient up-hill travel on backcountry skis and split boards. Learn the basics of safe backcountry travel in avalanche terrain, including proper use of avalanche safety equipment. You will also learn the basics of winter survival skills. That evening Apex guests experience a great meal and the company of your fellow skiers/splitboarders.
Lodging Options-Backcountry huts often have wood burning stoves and give you the chance to dry out your gear. Spending the night in a snow cave is a fundamentally different experience.
Camping Option– Sleeping in a snow cave provides a chance to learn some winter survival skills. The skills that one learns from a snow camping experience with Apex are very practical for those spending time in the backcountry during the winter months on your own without a guide.
Day 2-The following morning you have the opportunity to eat a hearty breakfast to fuel our final day adventure. Whether the objective of your group is to ski from the summit of a peak or just maximize your powder turns, the skills that you learned on the previous day are put to use.
A GREAT WINTER OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY WHILE GETTING TO EXPERIENCE COLORADO POWDER
At the beginner level you get the opportunity to learn the basics of safe backcountry travel in avalanche terrain. Training with include how to properly use avalanche safety equipment, as well as how to efficiently travel uphill on skis/splitboards. The basics of winter survival skills are also covered.
Ages: All ages and skill levels are welcome. Please contact Apex Ex and we will help you decide which level trip to sign up for.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Mountain Members have the opportunity to take part in ongoing training to enhance technical skills in the disciplines of rock, alpine and ski/snowboard mountaineering. You can choose which courses are right for you and join one class per month with the Mountain Membership. You may also add additional group classes within your course track for 1/2 off list price. Each course has multiple classes offered throughout the year, most often on weekends.
Choose the trial one month membership for $99 and have the opportunity to apply your credit towards a 6 month membership ($49/month) to learn the skills needed to climb, mountaineer and ski Colorado.
This trip is great for skiers or snowboarders who want to either ski powder in the backcountry or learn more about backcountry travel. An added bonus of these trips is to also experience an overnight in the backcountry.
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 overnight gear list (insert link) to find out everything you will need to bring with you.
Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality in the field. Your Longs Peak guide goes to incredible lengths to keep you safe and happy on the mountain. An excellent guided experience on Longs Peak it gratuity of thirty to sixty dollars per person is recommended.
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.
Avi 1 Ex
Backcountry Ski Day
Overnight Ski Tour
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.