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Summer Climbing Club 2024
from $100.00
Summer Climbing Club 2024
from $100.00

Summer Climbing Club 2024 (for beginner to intermediate climbers)

Let's make it a weekly thing! With our Summer Climbing Club, climbers meet every Thursday for guided climbing and instruction in Clear Creek Canyon in Golden. This is for beginner to intermediate climbers looking to gain mileage on real rock, improve climbing technique from a guide, learn technical skills, build relationships with other climbers in the community, and have fun on the rocks!

Prerequisites:

  • Some indoor climbing experience recommended
  • must be a minimum of 18 years old

Time: 5:30-8pm, with an option to start at 5pm some days if your schedule allows for it. 

When: Every Thursday of the month, May through August

Monthly membership fees. If you need to miss one of the dates in the month, we can transfer one day per month to the following month for no extra charge. Transfers of the one make up day end in August. 

Costs are for the entire month, or for the entire summer at a discounted rate, are below. 

May: $375

June: $300

July: $300

August: $375

All 4 months for 2024: $1,000

To Register, make a $100 deposit on this page for the month you pick from the drop down menu. We will then contact you with more info to complete registration. 

Intro to Lead Climbing
from $250.00
Intro to Lead Climbing
from $250.00

Intro to Lead Climbing Course

This is a 6-hour course that covers the below topics. All of the intro to lead courses are taught on bolts for sport climbing, with bolted anchors. 

  • Gear used for lead climbing
  • Belay devices used for lead climbing
  • Lead belaying with an Assisted Braking Device
  • Lead Climbing (clipping and techniques)
  • How to build anchors
  • How to clean anchors

Prerequisite: Toprope experience is required to take this course.

The max ratio in this course is a 4:1 ratio. 

Cost: $250/person

Dates are below

April 20, 28

May 4, 12, 19

June 1, 8, 16, 30

July 7, 21

 

To register, add this to cart. After payment, you will be promted for which date you would like to sign up for and you can add that information then. 

Intro to Trad Climbing
from $250.00
Intro to Trad Climbing
from $250.00

Intro to Trad Climbing Course

In this full-day course, we cover the below topics. 

  • Gear orientation (active v passive)
  • Gear sizing and how it related to jamming
  • How to place and remove gear - even when it seems stuck
  • anchor building
  • considerations for gear placements while leading
  • mock leading and evaluation of gear placements

Cost $250

Dates are below

April 7, 13, 28

May 4, 18, 26

June 2, 8, 16, 22

July 6, 14, 20

To register, add this to your cart and make purchase. Once paid, you will be prompted and be able to enter the date that you would like to sign up for. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at 303-884-2755 or [email protected]

Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing
from $250.00
Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing
from $250.00

Join us for a full day (8-hour) course on multi-pitch climbing! DMG Guides will bring you through everything you need to know for multi-pitch sport climbing. Topics include knots/hitches/friction hitches, anchors for multi-pitch climbing, devices used for belaying, belaying from above, rope management, transitions, lowering, and rappelling. This course is outside at the crag, typically in Clear Creek Canyon. 

The prerequisite for this course is that you must be able to lead 5.6 sport outside. 

DMG guides will provide all of the multi-pitch gear you need for the day, and you will be able to make a gear list throughout the day of things you'll need for future adventures. 

Cost: $250/person

Dates are below:

April 6, 20

May 4, 11, 19

June 2, 8, 15, 23

July 7, 21

 

To register, sign up here and when prompted after registration, type in the course date that you could like to sign up for. 

Multi-pitch Rescue Course
from $250.00
Multi-pitch Rescue Course
from $250.00

Learn to be self-sufficient in the vertical! Are you climbing multi-pitch routes but have never taken a rescue course? This course is for you! 

This full day (8 hour) clinic is perfect for climbers leading multi-pitch routes and are looking to take their rescue knowledge and skills to the next level. In this course we will take you through the basics of multi-pitch rescue. Topics covered include lowering and hauling from above, belay escapes and transitions from above, pick-offs in multi-pitch terrain to rescue an injured climber, and counterbalanced and tandam rappels. Participants will receive a list of necessary gear to bring for the day as well as a list of knots and hitches to practice before the course. We will also be covering the required knots and hitches in the first part of the course. Prerequisites are that you must have at least 1 year of multi-pitch climbing experience or have a base knowledge on multi-pitch climbing.

Cost $250/person

Dates are below:

April 28

May 5, 12, 18

June 2, 16, 22

July 7, 20

 

To register, sign up here and when prompted after registration, type in the course date that you could like to sign up for. 

 

Intro to Self Rescue
from $250.00
Intro to Self Rescue
from $250.00

This is a great course for people looking to learn more about being a self-sufficient climber in single-pitch terrain. 

This full day (8 hour) clinic is for all climbers that haven't taken a rescue course, or if you want to brush up on your rescue skills. Topics covered include knots and hitches for rescue, ascending and rappelling, belay take-overs, load transfers, and rescuing a climber on the wall (also known as a pick-off). 

The prerequisite for this course is that you know how to toprope belay. 

Cost $250/person

Dates are below

April 6, 13, 27

May 5, 12, 25

June 9, 29

July 6, 14

 

To register, sign up here and when prompted after registration, type in the course date that you could like to sign up for. 

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
from $50.00
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
from $50.00

SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. The SPI Program consists of a 3-day course, followed by a 2-day assessment. After completing the course and then passing the assessment, you become an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. The SPI is considered gateway training to other programs in the AMGA Rock discipline.

You can confirm availability by calling 303-884-2755 or emailing us at [email protected]

Instructors: Ryan Campbell, James Klaers, Andrew Megas-Russell

SPI Course Dates below:  

May 31 - June 2 (OPEN)

June 7 - 9 (OPEN)

June 14 - 16 (OPEN)

July 26 - 28 (OPEN)

August 2 - 4 (OPEN)

September 6 - 8 (OPEN)

Sept 20 - 22 (OPEN)

October 5 - 6 (OPEN)

Cost $650

You can register by making a $50 deposit on this page.

Sign up instructions: Once you make your payment on this registration page, it will ask you which date you would like to sign up for. When prompted, you can enter the date of the course you would like to attend. At any point, you may email us at [email protected] or call and text 303-884-2755 to sign up over email or the phone. 

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Assessment
from $50.00
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Assessment
from $50.00

SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. The SPI Program consists of a 3-day course, followed by a 2-day assessment. After completing the course and then passing the assessment, you become an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. The SPI is considered gateway training to other programs in the AMGA Rock discipline.

Please call 884-2755 or email [email protected] to confirm available space.

Instructors: Ryan Campbell, Andrew Megas-Russell, Steve Levin

Dates for Assessment below:

April 27-28

May 18-19

 

Cost $500

Sign up by making a $50 deposit on this page. 

Sign up instructions: Once you make your payment on this registration page, it will ask you which date you would like to sign up for. When prompted, you can enter the date of the course you would like to attend. At any point, you may email us at [email protected] or call and text 303-884-2755 to sign up over email or the phone. 

Warrior's Way Climbing Clinic
from $265.00
Warrior's Way Climbing Clinic
from $265.00

The Warrior's Way Sport Climbing Clinic

The Warrior's Way, Outdoor Sport Climbing Clinic, coached by Sevve Stember

Falling & Commitment

How do you react when you are pumped and doubting your ability to commit to the next several moves? Many climbers lose commitment and won’t make the moves because they overthink when climbing.

To stay committed you to need to stop at rest stances and think through the risk.

Then you need to make an appropriate risk decision - go or no go. Can I fall here? Can I not fall here? Then, you need to commit completely to taking action on that decision. That is the emphasis of this sport climbing mental training camp.

This one or two-day sport climbing mental training course helps you:

●  Learn where you can and can’t fall

●  Climb efficiently to keep from pumping out just before you reach the anchors

●  Make sport climbing more relaxed when on the sharp end.

Your Warrior’s Way trainer teaches skills and techniques which apply to all climbing grade levels. As wanted, the trainer can teach 5.11 and higher techniques and mindsets for those climbing in this ability range.

"I’ve always considered myself an intuitive climber but after one day with Warrior’s Way, I made a startling realization. In moments of hesitation, instead of listening to my body and going with the flow, I start to over-analyze and doubt myself. We worked through movement drills, breathing, and mental practices that helped harness my analytical energy and translate it into intuitive movement."

-Nina Williams, pro-climber & North Face athlete

Learn How To:

●  Become aware of your mind’s limiting tendencies (like thinking you’ll clip the chains)

●  Distinguish between no-fall and yes-fall zones

●  Rest efficiently to avoid the pump

●  Develop flow and momentum to make climbing easier

●  Deal with mental stress before, during, and after the climb

●  Improve problem-solving skills for better route finding and beta sequences

●  Make and stick to appropriate risk decisions

●  Use your intelligence to do effective risk-assessment

●  Reduce fear when pushing yourself

●  Make climbing more fun

Pre-requisites:

●  Able to sport climb 5.9 in a gym with no falls

●  Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week

●  At least 9 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

Locations: All clinics are held in Golden and Boulder, Colorado.

Dates for 2024

Sport Climbing Clinics (1-day clinic):

  • March 24 - Sport Clinic in Clear Creek Canyon
  • May 5 - Sport Clinic in Clear Creek Canyon
  • June 15 - Sport Clinic in Clear Creek Canyon
  • July 20 - Sport Clinic in Clear Creek Canyon
  • July 21 - Sport Clinic in Clear Creek Canyon
  • October 26 - Sport Clinic in Clear Creek Canyon

Trad Clinic in Eldorado Canyon (1-day clinic):

  • May 4 - Trad Clinic in Eldorado Canyon
  • October 27 - Trad Clinic in Eldorado Canyon

Cost = $265

Sign up instructions: Select a date from the drop down menu and make a purchase, then we will reach out to you via email. Feel free to call us at 303-884-2755 or email at [email protected] for more info or to sign up. 

Rifle Climbing Trips for Adults
from $100.00
Rifle Climbing Trips for Adults
from $100.00

Rifle Mountain Park Climbing Trips for Adults 2023

Located on the Western Slope, Rifle Mountain Park is home to world-class sport climbing! The narrow canyon offers tall, breathtaking walls that are perfect for ALL climbers! Jam packed with hundreds of routes on the limestone walls, this location is a true gem and a must-visit climbing location.

These are three day trips, Friday through Sunday. We have July and August options available to choose from, or come with us on both trips!

On these trips, we will be able to work with climbers to improve technique, gain confidence while climbing on limestone and be able to work on skills to make them a better climber. Some people may want to work on their lead climbing ability and fear of falling on these trips while others might want to toprope some fun routes and push themselves while on the wall.

What’s included?

  • Camping fees
  • Guided instruction for 3 days
  • Dinner for Friday and Saturday night

Prerequisites for the trip

  • Proficient at toprope belaying
  • Comfortable toproping 5.10 in the climbing gym
  • Minimum age of 18 years old to join these trips

Ratios are 4:1 maximum on these trips

Cost = $600/person

Dates for 2024 coming soon!

To register, add which month you would like to attend to your cart and make the $100 deposit on this site. Once your deposit is made then you will be contacted with more info and for final registration. You may also reach out to us through phone or email at 303-884-2755 or [email protected]

Intro to Mountaineering Course
from $650.00
Intro to Mountaineering Course
from $650.00

Intro to Mountaineering, 2-Day Group Course

Want to go higher? In this intro to mountaineering course we will teach you the skills necessary to enter the alpine and begin to chase those dreams of standing on top of some of the tallest peaks in Colorado… and beyond! Mountaineering is an amazing way to bring adventure into your life on a massive scale, however it requires quite a bit of knowledge to step into alpine terrain and remain safe. Let our professionally trained guides show you how you can enjoy ascending technical mountains as safely as possible.

This is a 2-day introduction course in which you will learn the fundamentals of mountaineering. The two 8-hour days that we are out in the field will consist almost entirely of hands on learning in the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park. This venue allows us to experiment with a variety of techniques on many different types of terrain. It is hard to find a better classroom to learn these skills in. We are looking forward to bringing you out and providing you with a whole new set of skills that you will be able to use to achieve all those dreams up high.

-Day 1 will consist of ground school and honing in the skills needed to be in an alpine environment

-Day 2 we will put those skills to use on an alpine climb in the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park!

All trips in Rocky Mountain National Park are run through Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides. 

Curriculum

  • Equipment Overview
  • Route planning and logistics in the alpine
  • Managing objective hazards
  • Use of crampons and ice tools
  • Rock/snow/ice protection (when and how to use)
  • Snow climbing fundamentals
  • Ice climbing fundamentals (conditions dependent)
  • How to self arrest
  • Alpine belay tactics

 

Price: $650

Dates: Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10, Jan 13-14, Feb 17-18, March 16-17

To register, make payment on this site and then we will reach out to you to specify which day you would like to sign up for. 

Indian Creek Crack Climbing Trip
from $0.00
Indian Creek Crack Climbing Trip
from $0.00

Join Denver Mountain Guiding for a once in a life time experience of crack climbing in the desert!

Learn to crack climb on some of the best sandstone splitters out there! Knowing how to crack climb is an essential skill to being an all-around climber in the mountains, and Indian Creek offers splitter cracks along with beautiful desert landscapes.

Who is this trip for?

  • This trip will be for beginner to intermediate crack climbers. The routes will mostly be in the 5.8 to 5.10a range. 
  • We will be covering beginner crack climbing skills, with a variety of skills used, such as hand jams, fist jams, finger locks, layback techniques and how to jam in a corner, and we will even touch upon a little bit of offwidth as an option. 

What's included?

  • 2 days of guided climbing and instruction
  • Camping fees
  • Group size is limited to the first 4 people that sign up!
  • Arrive Friday, anytime in the afternoon/evening, and plan to climb all day Saturday and Sunday, then departing on Sunday. 

Prerequisites

  • Participants are required to be proficient at toprope belaying
  • Participants must be familiar with climbing on a variety of terrain, whether it's in the gym or outside, and be willing to challenge themselves. 

Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Indian Creek and food for themselves. We can create a carpool list once we get all participants. 

Space is limited to 4 total participants for one guide to limit group size at the cliff and facilitate a more one-on-one experience. If the first group fills up, we can have a second guide and split up during the day at the crag. 

2024 Dates: April 6-7 and 20-21

Cost $600/person

To sign up, register on this page for free and then we will send you an invoice for payment to confirm your spot. 

Youth Outdoor Climbing Days (Summer 2024)
from $100.00
Youth Outdoor Climbing Days (Summer 2024)
from $100.00

The youth outdoor climbing program is designed for youth climbers that are excited about climbing and want to take their outdoor climbing to the next level. We meet for outdoor climbing sessions three times per week and encourage everyone who meets the prerequisites to sign up for as many days as they would like. No matter your ability level, we will be able to help you improve your all-around outdoor climbing ability. We also work on skills during these sessions, like anchor building/cleaning, intro to rock rescue techniques, and an option to practice trad gear placements. 

What is it?

  • Three days per week (9am-4pm)
  • Outdoor coaching
  • Skills sessions 
  • Kids are NOT required to attend all sessions
  • Sign up for as many days as you want to

Coaches 

The three coaches for this program are Kevin and Laura Capps, and Vasya Vorotnikov. Kevin and Laura have been guiding and coaching youth climbers for over 14 years, with extensive experience with outdoor climbing and coaching. Vasya grew up competing in the youth and adult competition circuit for US Climbing.

Prerequisites

  • Ages 11-16
  • Must be able to toprope 5.11 and above in the gym
  • Toprope belay experience required

Dates: Starts May 27th, and ends on August 3rd, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays. You can sign up for one or a few dates, or all of the dates. Please email us for an updated list of dates available, dates fill up!

Cost: $100 per day

Add to cart and make a $100 payment for your first day's payment. Once you make the deposit and register, you will be contacted to complete the registration process. Since there is an application process, registration cannot be confirmed until you talk with us. Please email [email protected] or call 303-884-2755 to confirm registration. 

Dates available are below

May 27, 29

June 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

July 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

August 3, 10, 12, 14, 17

 

DAWN PATROL CLIMBING with Becca Droz
from $225.00
DAWN PATROL CLIMBING with Becca Droz
from $225.00

Greet the sun from the Canyon and climb classic multi-pitch routes in Eldorado Canyon before work!   

Half day in Eldorado Canyon 

Cost: $275 for 1 climber; $425 for 2 climbers

Max ratio is 2:1

To register, you can make a deposit here, or you can reach out to us at 303-884-2755 and [email protected] to confirm Becca's availability. 

Route Development Clinic w/ Kevin Capps
from $100.00
Route Development Clinic w/ Kevin Capps
from $100.00

Route Development Clinic

Have you ever wondered what goes into bolting a new route?

This clinic is for you!

During this full day (8-hour) clinic, your guide, Kevin Capps, will bring you to Clear Creek Canyon and teach you about developing sport routes. He will go into detail with you on the below topics. 

  • rules, regulations, and ethics on bolting in the canyon and around the Colorado areas
  • how to pick a route to develop
  • considerations before drilling
  • gear orientation (drills, bolts, hammers, brushes, etc)
  • how to drill a proper hole
  • how to place a bolt
  • placing bolts while on a fixed line
  • cleaning a route
  • rope ascension will also be taught at this clinic

All participants will get to be a part of bolting, cleaning, and naming a route in the canyon. 

About your guide: Kevin Capps has developed around 200 new routes in the Colorado area, wrote the guidebook for Clear Creek Canyon, and has a deep passion for teaching people about route development!

Prerequisites:

  • profficient at toprope belaying with a GriGri
  • are passionate about climbing and giving back to the climbing community

Cost: $300/person

These clinics are limited to 6 participants to ensure everyone in the clinic will be able to have a turn to place bolts on the route. 

Dates

April 27

May 11

July 13

To register, pick a month from the below menu and make a $100 deposit. You will then be contacted to complete registration. You may also reach out to us through phone or email to register at 303-884-2755 or [email protected] 

Redpoint Mastery Clinic
from $265.00
Redpoint Mastery Clinic
from $265.00

Redpoint Mastery Clinic, coached by Sevve Stember

Do you have dreams of climbing a new grade? Have you thought about projecting a route, but aren’t quite sure how? Projecting is an extremely enjoyable process that allows us to climb closer to our maximum physical and mental limit. It’s also not mystical - there are best practices climbers use to help them make progress from session to session. During this in-depth clinic you will demystify the process of projecting and learn best practices to put into practice on your own projects.

Learn the following topics and skills:

● Warming up on your proj ● Route selection ● Mini-projects vs. mega-projects ● Getting draws on route and a top-rope set ● “Chunking” the route into sections ● Crux rehearsal ● Red point cruxes ● Rehearsing “easy” sections ● Creating useful tick marks (hint: it’s more advanced than you think) ● Brushing holds ● Low pointing ● Clipping stances ● When to extend draws ● When to give your proj red point burns ● Going in direct ● “Clipping up” ● Stick clipping ● Visualization ● Resting between burns ● Staying hydrated and on top of caloric intake ● Resting on route ● And more :)

Client testimonial: “I took this class with Sevve and cannot recommend more. I went from being afraid to climb 10b to onsighting 11b and now projecting 12a. If you have any interest in upleveling your projecting game I would highly recommend it!” -Logan Breuning, another totally normal climber out there trying to get better just like you!

Pre-requisites:

● Able to lead 5.9 sport climbs outside without falling

● Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week

● At least 9 months of climbing regularly within the last year / year and a half

Location: Clear Creek Canyon

Cost = $265

Dates: June 16th, 2024

Duration: 1-day clinics

Sign up instructions: To register, select the date below that you would like to sign up for and add it to your cart to make the purchase. Feel free to call us at 303-884-2755 or email [email protected] if you have any issues or have any questions. 

Youth Climbing Trips to Rifle (2024)
from $0.00
Youth Climbing Trips to Rifle (2024)
from $0.00

Youth Climbing Trip to Rifle Mountain park

Located on the Western Slope, close to the town of Rifle, Rifle Mountain Park is home to world-class sport climbing! The narrow canyon offers tall, breathtaking walls that are perfect for youth climbers to cut their teeth on! Jam packed with hundreds of steep to overhanging limestone walls and caves, this location is for the intermediate to advanced sport climbers looking to really push themselves.

This is a three day trip, Monday through Wednesday, and takes place once a month in the summer. We have a June, July, and August option available to choose from, or come with us on all of the trips!

Kids will be dropped off in Golden at the DMG headquarters and driven to Rifle on Monday morning. Kids will be expected to sleep in tents, climb on rocks,eat food cooked by DMG guides, and have fun! They will then be driven back Wednesday evening. 

Ages are 12-16 years old

Guides for the trip: The lead guides for these trips are DMG owner, Kevin Capps, and youth coach, Vasya Vorotnikov. 

June 10th-12th | $500 | Max participants 8 kids 

August 5th-7th | $500 | Max participants 8 kids

To register, add a month, or all three months to your cart. We will then follow up with you later for payment to complete registration. You can also call 303-884-2755 or email [email protected] to sign up. 

Prerequisites for this trip are being able to toprope 5.11a in the gym.

Lake City Ice Climbing Retreats
from $50.00
Lake City Ice Climbing Retreats
from $50.00

Join us in Lake City, Colorado for world-class ice climbing! Nestled into a little valley southwest of Gunnison, Lake City is home to two large ice parks that are open to the public and built for ice climbing. The walls are around 70-110 feet in height, and consist of routes ranging in difficulty from WI3-5.

No matter your ability level, these two-day trips are designed to make you a better ice climber through mileage on the ice and technical skills taught by DMG guides. Guides will work with you one-on-one to ensure you improve your skills and are having a good time while on the ice!

Ice climbing gear can be provided for no extra charge. This includes boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. 

Lodging can be arranged through DMG upon request. For larger groups, it's nice to rent an Airbnb in the area. DMG has connections for discounted rates. Also, hotel rooms for around $100/night at the Matterhorn Motel are available. Transportation can also be arranged and carpooling options may be available upon request from Denver. 

Cost $500/weekend

2024 Dates are below. Please sign up soon if you’re interested, registration is limited. Each trip is two full days of climbing, Saturday and Sunday. Privately guided trips may be arranged for a similar price as well. 

January   20-21

February  3-4,  10-11,  24-25

March  9-10,  23-24

Sign up instructions: Once you make your deposit on this registration page, we will reach out to you within 24-48 hours for trip details. At any point, you may email us at [email protected] or call and text 303-884-2755 to sign up over email or the phone. 

Private Trips: If you would like to arrange a privately guided trip to Lake City, let us know! We can arrange these trips as well with a minimum of two people per trip for $600/person or $1,200 for 1 person. 

Trip minimums: We require 2 participants per trip as a minimum requirement. If there is only one person signed up for a weekend, we can still make the trip happen for an extra charge, if desired. 

Ski Mountaineering Course
from $700.00
Ski Mountaineering Course
from $700.00

2-Day Ski Mountaineering Seminar

Itinerary: This two-day seminar is for students who are well versed in the function of backcountry skiing but want to further develop their skill set to include technical ski descents in steep terrain as well as focus on explicit ski mountaineering; skiing down from the top of a mountain. In addition to this focus, if it is appropriate for the group, considerations and techniques for glaciated ski touring can be implemented within this course as well.

The first day will start at a trailhead of the guides’ choosing. The team will do a brief gear check and introduce some of the novel pieces of equipment found in the pack of a ski mountaineer; the harness, helmet, ski & boot crampons, mountain axe, rope and various climber accoutrement required for technical ascents and descents. The guide will conduct a group discussion regarding the risks associated on that given day including but not limited to avalanche hazard, weather concerns and other objective hazards found in the mountains. The team will perform a routine trailhead departure check using their avalanche transceivers and if need be, refresh avalanche rescue skills before heading to an appropriate outdoor “classroom” to conduct an intro to snow climbing and technical descent techniques.

The first day will be a dedicated “classroom day” to learn snow climbing techniques, mountain axe usage, rappelling and lowering and steep skiing considerations. The day will wrap up with a short ski tour or shorter couloir and then conclude at the trailhead.

The second day will be dedicated to choosing and finding the right terrain for the group whether that be an attempt to ski from the summit of a nearby peak or a climb and ski of a local classic couloir in Rocky Mountain National Park. This will ultimately be up to the guide and based on the group’s collective ability and conditions on any given day. Whatever it ends up being, it will certainly be a memorable experience for the guests!

All trips in Rocky Mountain National Park are run through Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides. 

Prerequisites: Black/Double Black resort run downhill skiing ability, general fitness at elevations up to 13,000’ and the ability to endure cold/windy conditions for 6-8 hours. Intro to BC Skiing course or equivalent.

Gear Required: Ski Touring Skis (AT/Telemark) or Splitboard, Ski Touring Boots, Skins Fit to Skis, Poles, Ski Touring Pack + Standard Ski Accoutrement and Appropriate Clothing for the conditions, ski mountaineering harness, helmet, mountain axe, boot crampons, ski crampons, belay device, locking carabiners, double length sling

Gear Provided: Avalanche safety equipment e.g. transceiver, shovel, probe, as well as some of the basic ski mountaineering gear like helmet, harness, axe, crampons, etc.

Ratios: 3:1, 6:2

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park

Dates: May 18-19, May 25-26, June 1-2

Price: $700

Intro to Backcountry Skiing
from $650.00
Intro to Backcountry Skiing
from $650.00

2-Day Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Itinerary: The first day the students and their guide will meet at an indoor location near Rocky Mountain National Park to cover the course goals, itinerary, clothing/gear selection, avalanche hazard, weather forecast and considerations for the day ahead. The course will spend 1-2 hours indoors and then make their way to an appropriate field location for the remainder of the day. At the trailhead the guide will introduce how to use their skis for uphill travel, run through and demonstrate a trailhead departure check using their transceivers and then the team will begin an introductory ski tour but not before a brief introduction to basic avalanche rescue techniques. While on the subsequent tour the guide will demonstrate and facilitate the learning and application of uphill skiing techniques, uphill turning techniques, transitions to downhill skiing and downhill skiing techniques in the backcountry. Once the entire team has had an opportunity to do a complete uphill-downhill cycle, the guide will then facilitate the educational outcomes of the group by allowing team members to have the opportunity to pace the team for additional uphill-downhill laps and search for the best snow to ski in the area. The first day will conclude at the trailhead and the guide will instruct the students for the following day (where to meet, what to expect, etc.)

The second day will be a combination of guide-led and student-led ski tour at another appropriate field location for the group ability and dynamic. If appropriate the guide can also do a brief indoor introduction of tour planning considerations and navigation methods used in the field while ski touring. The objective for this day is to find the best snow to ski, continue to develop uphill/downhill skills introduced on the previous day, allow the students to be in the lead if/when appropriate, monitor and assess changing conditions that could potentially present new and more dangerous avalanche conditions as a primer to avalanche education courses. 

All trips in Rocky Mountain National Park are run through Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides. 

Prerequisites: Blue/Black resort run downhill skiing ability, general fitness at elevations up to 12,000’ and the ability to endure cold/windy conditions for 6-8 hours.

Gear Required: Ski Touring Skis (AT/Telemark) or Splitboard, Ski Touring Boots, Skins Fit to Skis, Poles, Ski Touring Pack + Standard Ski Accoutrement and Appropriate Clothing for the conditions.

Gear Provided: avalanche safety equipment e.g. transceiver, shovel, probe 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park

Dates: Feb 17-18, March 9-10, March 16-17
Price: $650
Ratios: 4:1 8:2

 

Select Ski Tour
from $325.00
Select Ski Tour
from $325.00

Single Day Select Ski Tour

Itinerary: This is a single day course designed to emphasize the pure enjoyment of skiing in the backcountry of Colorado’s Front Range. This is an appropriate day for folks with only some backcountry ski experience or a lot of experience alike as there is accessible terrain available to a wide variety of skill levels. This single day course will find the students and their guide meeting at an indoor location near Rocky Mountain National Park to cover the course goals, itinerary, clothing/gear selection, avalanche hazard, weather forecast and considerations for the day ahead. The course will then find their way to an appropriate field location for the remainder of the day. At the trailhead the guide will run through and demonstrate a trailhead departure check using their transceivers and then the team will begin a skill level appropriate ski tour. The emphasis of the day will be focused on finding the highest quality snow for the team to ski. While on the subsequent tour the guide will demonstrate and facilitate the learning and application of uphill skiing techniques, uphill turning techniques, transitions to downhill skiing and downhill skiing techniques in the backcountry.

All trips in Rocky Mountain National Park are run through Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides. 

Prerequisites: Blue/Black resort run downhill skiing ability, general fitness at elevations up to 12,000’ and the ability to endure cold/windy conditions for 6-8 hours.

Gear Required: Ski Touring Skis (AT/Telemark) or Splitboard, Ski Touring Boots, Skins Fit to Skis, Poles, Ski Touring Pack + Standard Ski Accoutrement and Appropriate Clothing for the conditions.

Gear Provided: avalanche safety equipment e.g. transceiver, shovel, probe 

Ratios: 4:1 8:2

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park

Dates: Dec 29, Jan 19, Jan 27, Feb 25, May 12

Price: $325