Pikes Peak Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding
Dominating the skyline of Colorado’s southern Front Range, Pikes Peak (14,110’) offers a wide variety of backcountry skiing/riding and mountaineering options from late winter to early-summer. The cirque at Glen Cove (11,425’), easily accessed from the paved Pikes Peak Highway (toll required), is famous for spring and early summer backcountry ski lines that range from intermediate-level open bowls (Big Blue and Cornice) to advanced-level steeper couloirs (the classic Little Italy and Chimney) and beyond (the expert-level Y and Railroad Couloirs).
The northwestern aspect of Pikes Peak can be accessed by the Crags trailhead (10,000’) off of Highway 67 near Divide, Colorado. Terrain varies from meandering meadow routes and gentle tree skiing (winter to early spring) to steeper bowls and chutes above tree line (spring to early summer).
Important note: Skiing/riding Pikes Peak is a true backcountry experience and much of the best terrain is avalanche terrain. It is mandatory to be familiar with safe travel practices and rescue techniques. The access provided by and proximity to the Pikes Peak Highway does not make the mountain “safer” or “easier.” In addition to being avalanche terrain, Pikes Peak is notorious for its fickle and complex snowpack. There is no ski patrol or managed slopes. Hiring a guide can enhance your safety and the quality of your backcountry experience.
Guided Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding and instruction on Pikes Peak:
Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer